We are taking off in the morning! 70 participants! We are a mighty force in the fight to cure FA!

FUNDRAISING UPDATE: $175,000! We're not done yet!

Today we had a team meal at Outback Steakhouse. We met all the new teammates and had a great meal. Thank you to Outback for providing the meal and the outstanding service!

Tonight we held "pre-registration" in my hotel room and it became aparent how many people we have riding with us:

This morning one of our teammates, Tess, called a friend to pick her up to drive to the airport so she could fly here to Portland. The friend, Angela showed up at Tess's house at 6am. They loaded all Tess' stuff in the car, started the car to warm it up and walked back to the house to grab something...As they were walking back to the house, literally 20 feet away from the car, someone jumped in the car and got on the freeway never to be seen again! CAR...GONE. ALL TESS' GEAR...GONE. Yes, this really happened this morning. So what did Tess do in the face of losing all her stuff (her bike was not in the car)? First of all, she let Angela borrow her vehicle to make it through the weekend. Then she went to the bike shop and bought all new gear. She changed her flight to a later time and now she is here with us as part of the team!

Tess has set the tone of dedication for the team this week. We will keep this in mind as we take off in the morning in the cold and rain...