Welcome 2016 Bike For Backpack Riders

The 2016 Bike For Backpacks Fundraising Ride, schedule for September 13-17 is firing up.  We are riding through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado again this year and we have additional riders coming along for the journey this year.  Welcome this awesome cast of riders…or cast of “Mikes”… Jason Lampe, my former roommate from our days at CU Boulder.  We are … Read More

Thanks to you, we fed 2,800 children!

It’s not everyday that we get to do something special, but thanks to your generosity, we were able to do something incredible! Our 2015 Bike for Backpacks Event, Journey Through the Colorado Rockies, was a tremendous success! With combined donations and sponsorships, we raised enough to fill over 2,800 backpacks of food to be distributed through local food banks throughout the … Read More

Sailing into home

It was bittersweet embarking upon our final day in this years Bike for Backpacks journey.  After more than 200 miles we had become well re-acquainted with our bicycles and the sound of the river running alongside us. Hwy 103 out of Idaho Springs led us southbound before heading east to climb up the back side of Squaw pass, a challenging … Read More

Epic downhill!

Last night we had my sister Amanda from Denver and our friend Terri Blattenbauer from the Twin Cities join us in Frisco.  A big thank you to you gals for your support…and for taking Bob off our hands!  We enjoyed some burgers at Ollie’s and a walk thru Frisco before hitting the sack in preparation for another day of riding. … Read More

A Picture Perfect Day in Paradise

Wheels started rolling as the morning chill was lifting and the sun still filtering through the Aspen trees that engulfed the trail.  The trail that runs from Frisco to Copper remains in the shade most of the day so the first hour or so was brisk but incredibly beautiful.  Our route took us on the most pristine bicycle trail that … Read More

Up, Up, Up and then down we went

Day 2 – Idaho Springs to Frisco After a good night of rest we were up early and ready to hit the road.  We knew going in that today was likely going to be our most challenging day both in terms of miles and vertical climb…and the route did not disappoint.  Those of you who are in Colorado and familiar … Read More

Off we go!

The day we’ve been waiting for arrived this morning, another beautiful Colorado morning!  Thank you to the incredible team at The CE Shop for all of your efforts to pull together our ride send off event at The CE Shop HQ this morning.  A special thanks to Shannon, Ellie, Allie, Rebecca, Liz and Wynter for the weekly meetings and to-do’s … Read More

Two days and counting

Finish Line Event

We are almost there…just TWO more days and we embark upon the 2nd Annual Bike for Backpacks adventure.  Virgil and I have spent the weekend preparing our bikes, gear (Bob the trailer) and other misc. items that need to be tuned up and ready to go for our Tuesday morning departure. Join us Tuesday morning @ 8:30am for the send … Read More

Rays of hope – ending childhood hunger

We are now less than a month away from our 5 day journey through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Training time has been limited mostly to early morning rides along the Cherry Creek Trail and the Platte River Trail – thank you city of Denver for maintaining these great trails. Each morning ride reminds me of how fortunate I am … Read More

Game on!

It’s official, the dates have been determined and we are heavy into the planning of all the logistics.  Kudos to the incredible team from The CE Shop who have come up with some fantastic ideas for making this years event even better than last year.  Stay tuned as the site navigation is going to explode with everything from a route … Read More