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September 15, 2005


5:12 PM
We're at Cape Blanco Lighthouse State Park. Today was the hardest ride of the trip, but also the first day that all 14 riders made it from start to finish. I'm positive we'll have some who'll drop out tomorrow. Jenny Choi has been charging every morning. First to leave, her and Monica started riding at 7 AM. Ten minutes later I left hoping to catch up with them. Unfortunately, i got lost. I went to a store and asked this guy which way to 101. He said "cross the bridge and take a left on LIBBY". But this guy was a stereotypical redneck. And after 4 miles of climbing hills, I got scared and headed back into town. I went into a hardware store and talked to the workers there. they seemed much more with it and even drew me a map of where to go. I started my climb and still wasn't 100% sure I was going the right way. I was scared to be honest, but after 2 hours, I saw Gerry drive by in the van and he assured me I was going the right way. Soon after, i saw Jenny and Monica. Wheeeew...

Monica's knee has been hurting lots, so I ended up having to tow her on some of the climbs. SHe would grab on to my right shoulder and just hang on as I plowed forward. I'm sitting next to a camp fire closing my eyes as the smoke is blinding me. There's only a few people here. Everyone headed to the beach. I was there for a bit, but it was cold and was wearing flip flops. We made the best dinner of the tour. Burritos:Rice, Beans, Cheese, Tortilla, and salsa. Who would believe that this simple combination would taste to friggin good. I think everyone is pretty pleased after such a hearty meal. I'm finding myhself straying away from certain people as personalities are conflicting, but I think everyone is a good person and that's all that matters in the long run. We're only one week into this trip. It seems longer. Not to make it sound like I'm not having fun, I am.. It's just that it seems like we've been going for awhile. One more week and we'll be in San Francisco. FUN FUN.
Be well.
Peace always,
Mike Park


BIKE TOUR DONATIONS to DATE:
Anonymous-$50
Vien To-$12
Misa and Kaoru-$15
Brian Quirk-$15
Ellen-$5
Kris Racer-$23.45
Christina Giordano-$3
Dustin Dumas-$40
Scott Butterworth-$14
Jessica Burnham-$15
Ken Lee-$33
Kevin Koegel-$30
Brian Abolins-$25
Mark Veon-$15
Michael Cavaleri-$10
Rey Hernandez-$20
Dan Richter-$50
Dan Shannon-$5
Gary Yee-$10
John Anderson-$20
Seth Odell-$10
Sung Kim-$40
Britt Osbourn-$10
Black Sunday-$10
Andrew Paciocco-$10
Kyle Trittipo and Anuja Vichare $25
Matthew Chantler-30 BRITISH POUNDS
Dan Droller-$100
Diana Mendoza-$200
Evan O'Neil-$7
Steve Hahnlein-$17
Adam Bubash-$30
David Loyd-$25
Anonymous-$100
Julien Lestoclet-$15
Brett Bussard-$50
Mitsuhiro Sabu-$100
Eugene Ahn-$100
Drew Bienemann-$100
Andrew Wong-$25
Matt Skiba-$100
Karim Jetha-$5
Kanallakan Priscilla-$5
Murphy Fennel-$4
David Pereira-$132
Rob Meckstroth-$15
Mitsunori Sabu-$20
Michael Sosin-$10
Michael Daphin-$7
Kristi Reese-$20
Saddle Creek Records-$250
Thick Records-$250
Kung Fu Records-$150
Soundtek Studios-$250
Thomas Skiba-$500
Chulie Park-$150
Fly PR-$25
Marc Howlett-$200
Bob Walsh-$120
Julie and George Kent-$50
Sue Farwell-$100
Margaret Brenner-$25
Kwai Kong-$500
Audrey and Tom Gerraty-$200
James LaVigna-$100
Jeff Hsue-$100
Joseph Jerkens-$15
Jenny Choi-$200
Paul Weinacht-$50
Rachel Munyon-$35
Paul Jemison-$500
Elinor Towler-$5
Rhona Flanagan-$15
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!