Ford, KS Sleep Break

Rick will be down on a 3 hour sleep break until 10:00 am. EDT. He is resting from yesterday’s 282 mile effort. Last night we played word games over our radios to keep him awake. I’m not the sharpest tack in the box but it really smarts to get beaten by someone who has ridden 1400 miles on 13 hours of sleep. While we are waiting for Rick to sleep the speedy German rider Komscher has pulled into our rest area. He always looks good.

One note for those of you following the progress on the gps tracking system. The tracker is in the follow car not on ricks bike. During the day the follow car is allowed to leave Rick for a short time to check road conditions or buy him coffee. I thank you for being interested but RELAX! This is stressful enough.

Thanks again for all of your comments on the blog. We read you greetings to Rick while he is riding and it is a huge encouragement to him. Please keep them coming.

We have a time cut to make at the MS river. We are cutting it a little closer than we would like but we have a plan and we are going to make it.

14 comments to Ford, KS Sleep Break

  • Bill

    Go Rick! You are doing great. Looking forward to coming out to take pictures as you ride down MD27 toward that last time station in Mt. Airy, MD. And hi to George too. We are hitting the refresh button, anxiously awaiting your posts.

  • Jon Levitt

    Rick: You are a ROCK! You go man!
    Here is a joke to make you go faster:

    During a recent password audit, it was found that a blonde was using the following password:


    When asked why such a big password, she said “The instructions said it had to be at least 8 characters long”.

  • You can do it you crazy nut & being your brother I KNOW what a nut you are. We’re proud of you..
    Best of luck & Keep your chin up (couldn’t resist ;)

  • G

    Rick, I was at Thorne control on LEL and was very impressed by the way you finished the ride on Lev’s bike after that crash. You go man!

  • Go your crazy nut!! (being your brother I KNOW what a nut you are). We’re proud of you! 1st rounds on me. Best of luck & keep your chin up (couldn’t resist ;).

  • Andrew

    Go Rick! GREAT day yesterday. Today will be just as good.
    George, you need to pick up a pocket dictionary in the next town and start reading.

  • Go rick I am with you buddy, tell the crew to keep an eye on those behind you, they are going twice as fast at night than in the day, little strange.

  • Sitting here in Pittsburgh rooting for ya!! Stay strong and focused. I’ll be checking on your progress…………

    Tony Lonero’s Mom

    JoAnn Bary

  • Bret (BCAAS)

    Ride Rick Ride! Keep the pedals turning and the competition at your back. These blog entries are great…next we’ll need some streaming video to go with the entries. I guess the neck issues prevented you from looking up to much, but maybe you’ll get a peek at a different sky at night in those dark areas.

  • sharon

    Hey there Bro- we are really proud of you! The Rex RAAM is providing excellent coverage and we are enjoying checking up on you. Nice neck bra!

  • Scott Grimes

    REX – from one climber to the next, “if you die we split your gear.” Taken from my days of learning how to climb at Seneca rocks WV. I admire your self-discipline. Best of luck to you and your team as you enter the 2nd half of your journey. – One more climbing quote “Lunge or Plunge.”


  • Linda

    Good going Rick. You’re back in second place in Pratt, KS. I’m keeping the CycleFunnatic crew updated on your progress.

  • Keep up the good work, Rick! This time I’m writing you in English instead of Dutch, because I don’t know whether it will actually be my sister who reads this to you, or one of the other members of the crew. We keep track of you all the time here in Holland, and are convinced you are going to make it to the other side, in time! Lots of success from René and Corry!

  • “I can’t change the direction of the wind,
    but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
    Jimmy Dean


    Wishing you smooth sailing the rest of the way, –you are one TOUGH dude.


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