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Tour De Forth

Don Forth is a registered rider in the 2017 Trans Am Bike Race with the goal to raise money and awareness for JCS.

Beginning June 3 2017, 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 approximately $5,000 dollars for The Joshua Chamberlain Society Heroes.   He plans to surpass that goal this year by raising $10,000! 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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  • Dean Gallagher
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    When will you be riding through St Louis?

    • Todd Nault
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      Mr. Gallagher,

      We will update on precise course and locations as the event unfolds. As of now, I believe his trek thru Missouri will be farther south than St. Louis. We will keep you posted!!

  • Jeff
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    What a Ride!! I thought the MS 150 was hard… You Have My Utmost Respect!!!
    I am currently an unemployed IT guy in St Louis, but will pledge $50 for your cause.
    Plus, I will share this to my FB page to a few Thousand friends to try and make your Goal……
    Will track your progress on your set…
    Good Luck!!!

  • Donald forth
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    Thanks for your words of encouragement and your donation. I am looking forward to getting started. it has been two years of planning.

  • Don Forth
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    I am in Astoria getting all my gear ready and situated. Taking time Friday to relax and see the sights up here. I want to thank everyone who has already donated and others who will donate over the next couple weeks. I am honored that I am able to use this ride to raise money for this groups of Soldiers that JCS supports

  • Todd Nault
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    Don embarked on his cross country ride this morning. Please follow his progress here : http://donaldforth.weebly.com Feel free to leave comments and well wishes!

  • Todd Nault
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    Family and Friends,

    This initial update is a summary of Don’s 1st day on his 4,270 mile adventure… The race began at 6 AM with temps in the low 50s. Just before the race started, Don encountered a problem with his GPS, but he managed to ride ~ 190 miles his first day.

    Below is the short note Don sent me this morning before he started Day 2, along with a couple of pictures!

    “Day one went pretty well shy of my GPS maps disappearing off my Garmin. Climbing and climbing and climbing like unbelievable, but the scenery was spectacular. I saw a steam engine running along the Pacific coast and the little beach towns are awesome. I stopped for the night about 10:30 PT (12:30 AM CT). Slept under a bush. Was probably the noisiest town I’ve ever been in. Then the sprinklers came on in the park at about three in the morning. It was pretty cold. Got up this morning about 4 AM PT and got moving.”
    I talked to Don for just a few minutes. He is tired as he did not sleep well last night, but he is doing good. He is hoping to make it to Sisters, Oregon tonight and find a hotel there. Sisters, Oregon is nestled at the base of the majestic Three Sisters Mountains (Faith, Hope, and Charity) in central Oregon and is the gateway to the Cascades. This will put him in reach of McKenzie Pass, which is supposed to be one of the most picturesque views Oregon offers – with elevation at 5,335 feet.

  • Todd Nault
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    Don’s second day was a tough one…he was able to make it to Sisters, Oregon,– finishing his day at around 10:30 PM PT (12:30 AM CT).

    His day began about 4 AM PT. He rode for a while before stopping for biscuits and gravy! Then he started the long trek toward McKenzie Pass – a mountain pass in the Cascade Range in central Oregon. Don told me it was the hardest thing he’s ever done as it is about a 5,000 foot climb over approx. 20 miles.

    Below is a quick note from Don about his day:

    “I arrived at the base of the mountain around 2:30 PT and started my way up. I knew that I wouldn’t be to the peak by dark so I was going to camp in the deepest, thickest woods I’ve ever seen in my life, which would have been pretty scary, but I decided to press on and tackle the mountain. When I made it to the summit at about 9:30 PT it was 32° and I was freezing to death. The good thing is I made it down the mountain pretty quick and got a hotel room so I can regroup. Tonight my plan is to just get a good night’s sleep and wash up some of my stuff.”

    Don texted me this morning. He was more rested, but achy. He told me he had the thermostat in his room set at 90° and finally got warm in the early morning hours. His right quadriceps and knee is very sore after all the climbing, and he is worried about the mileage he has covered so far. Praying for an easier day today with a reprieve in all the climbing so he can cover more distance!

    As of this e-mail, he has ridden 338 miles and is approaching Redmond, Oregon. He is stopped at a McDonald’s having breakfast, and is ordering several cheeseburgers “to go!”

  • Sarah Frye
    Reply

    Keep it up Don! We are cheering for you!!!

  • Todd Nault
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    “There was a 52 mile climb with an amazing 9 mile downhill at 40 MPH! I actually had bug splatter on my hands. I decided to stop for the night at a great hostel (in Mitchell, Oregon) with food and bunk, and shower. I did not want to take the chance at getting stuck at the summit (on his way to John Day, Oregon, which was 100 miles away across some pretty rough terrain).”

    “Tomorrow (today as these updates are a day behind!) is another day of climbing. I think there are 4 summits left in Oregon. I am hoping to make some good headway. “The weather has been clear, but it is hard to dress. The days start out in the 30’s, but the temps climb to upper 80’s pretty quickly.” (I am glad for the temperature climb as this morning Don has had to stop several times to warm up.)

  • Bob Nichols
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    Don,
    This is what an Awesome Adventure everyone in meetings are talking about …………………….. where’s Don! Keep the Faith Brother! We will try to see you when you fly through Missouri. Cause you are on Eagles Wings Baby! Go Get Em!
    Bob Nichols

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