Donald Forth 2018 Trans Am Bike Race – St. Louis

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Don Forth is a registered rider in the 2018 Trans Am Bike Race with the goal to raise money and awareness for JCS.

Beginning June 2 2018, he will embark on a 4,270-mile race that begins in Astoria, Oregon and finishes in Yorktown, Virginia; crossing 10 states from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Riders will typically sleep for only four hours a night and push through tiredness and fatigue in order to get to the end. They must deal with the fear of sleeping in grizzly bear country, riding through snow, tackle the high mountains of Colorado, battle the winds of the Great Plains, and endure the rolling mountains of the Appalachians.

There are no support vehicles or check points and every rider is responsible for their own food, shelter, and bicycle maintenance.

Don’s last adventure raised almost $7,000 dollars for The Joshua Chamberlain Society Heroes.   He plans to surpass that goal this year by raising $10,000 or more! You can help him meet that goal by donating now.

 

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To follow Don’s progress on his ride, please go to http://donaldforth.weebly.com/

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  • Wayne Forth
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    I’ll be rooting & praying for you throughout this adventure. Love you, son. Dad.

  • Todd Nault
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    Friends and Family,

    I thought I would send an initial update to let everyone know Don arrived safely in Astoria, Oregon. He is endeavoring for the 2nd time, the Trans Am Bike race (TABR)! You may recall Don’s ride ended early for him last year when he sustained an injury to his tibialis anterior tendon on the 2ndday and ultimately had to drop out of the race. He rode 565 miles in 4 ½ days making it to Baker City, Oregon on the historic Oregon Trail pedaling one-legged.

    Beginning tomorrow (Sat., June 2) at 6 AM PT (8 AM CT), he will once again embark on this self-supported, cycling race with a goal of making it to Yorktown, Virginia in approximately 23 days. This ~4,300 mile route runs from the Pacific to the Atlantic, passing through ten states. We have every confidence in Don that this will be the year he is able to complete this race!

    After delays in Denver, he arrived in Portland, OR at 2:45 AM (CT) and found a cozy spot under a bench to sleep for a few hours before taking the light rail to Union Station where he took a bus to Astoria. I have attached a pic of him landing in Portland and a pic from the bus window on his 3-hour trip from Portland to Astoria; along with a beautiful picture of the Astoria Riverwalk at dusk.

    The last picture is on Don’s bike; packed and ready to go. All he will have with him is contained in the specially crafted bags he made for this ride. There are no support vehicles or check points. Don will be responsible for his own food, shelter, and bicycle maintenance; and will ride up to 250 miles per day to make the finish line.

    Don is riding to benefit The Joshua Chamberlain Society (JCS), a St. Louis based charity that aids wounded and fallen veterans. JCS was formed with the mission of providing long-term support to veterans from local areas that have sustained permanent combat injuries. It also provides long-term support to the children of local veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in our service.

    Tracy Forth

  • Todd Nault
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    Friends and family,

    Thank you all for your prayers and support! Don got off to a great start! He rode 18 hours on Day 1 and made it to Corvallis in central western Oregon at around 12:30 PM PT – a distance of about 190 miles from the starting point. Temps were in the 60s…good riding weather! I think Don has found a new love – Darigold chocolate milk! Should I be jealous?!

    He slept a few hours and was back in the saddle early. There is a picture attached showing his view this morning.

    I have not really spoken to Don, but as far as I can tell from his route, he went through Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Rose Lodge, Grand Ronde, Salem, and Monmouth, Oregon on his first day. Cannon Beach was named after a small, iron cannon that came ashore from a shipwrecked U.S. Navy schooner, “The Shark.” It has been one spectacular view after another.

    In reading about the places he rode through, I discovered that Grand Ronde has a rich cultural history. On January 4, 1855, a treaty between the Kalapuyans and Oregon Superintendent of Indian Affairs was effected, calling for the various bands to remove to a reservation to be established by the government. For this purpose the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation was opened on June 30, 1857, covering 60,000 acres. The town of Grand Ronde began as “New Grand Ronde” in about 1908 when the first large groups of Indians were leaving the Reservation and establishing their own farms and ranches under the Dawes Act. In 1921, International Harvester laid out a town site. In 1922 the company built nine miles of track from Willamina to Grand Ronde, calling it the Willamina and Grand Ronde Railroad. The short railroad connected the area with the Southern Pacific railroad at Willamina and helped the timber industry to flourish.

    I will continue to send updates, but you can also follow Don’s ride at https://donaldforth.weebly.com.

    Tracy

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