Independence is a myth. I have an uncle who has lived in a cabin in Vermont with essentially no electricity or running water for the past 40 or so years. He’s about as off-the-grid as anyone I know (and I know there are more extreme cases), but when you peel back the layers of his … More Better Together: Introducing Race Across America Team Sea to See
Sit back, relax and enjoy a short video that recaps John and Ann’s tandem RAAM journey.
Kind of like dessert first… Our honeymoon was our Race Across America (RAAM) attempt, June 13th to 17th. Our reception was with our RAAM Crew in Pagosa Springs, Colorado (where our honeymoon was cut a little short), June 18th. Our ceremony was at The Inn at Sunset Hill in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, July 20th. … More We did it “our” way.
As we climbed Wolf Creek Pass yesterday evening, our medical man extrordinaire, Jim Gagne discovered this location (see photos) for Ann Rasmussen and I to take a nap at. Despite a front tire flat on our Santana tandem at the end of a steep descent 30 miles into the race and a nighttime flat tire on our … More Our long strange trip is evolving…
Hello Tandem RAAM followers. First of all, my sincerest apologize for disappearing during such a suspenseful time. As many already know through Facebook or Live Tracking, Tandem RAAM withdrew from RAAM near the 1,000 mile mark in Colorado after battling days of health issues compounded by desert heat waves and massive climbs. Not only am … More Homeward Bound – a brief recap
John and Ann are rolling along and have hit the 800 mile mark about 13 miles outside of Mexican Hat. When I first met John about 9 years ago, shortly after his last RAAM finish, he told me about descending out of Mexican Hat; hitting about 50 miles an hour, getting speed wobbles :-0. Hopefully … More (Day 3) 800 miles & Mexican Hat
There’s no denying it, yesterday was brutal. The excessive heat and monster climbs coupled with sleep deprivation took a little bite out of Tandem RAAM. For anyone that’s ridden a tandem before, you know that climbing does not come easily on a tandem (and if you haven’t, now you know). It takes a little more … More To Durango! (Night 3)
Just over 50 hours into RAAM (it’s about 8:30pm EDT on 6/15) and Tandem RAAM has cycled 570 miles. Based on the tracker, they’re taking a brief stop just outside Happy Jack, AZ and are just about at the high point of a grueling climb. Ann and John have about 45 miles with an elevation … More ‘Even the Downhills Are Up’ (Day 2)
After 400+ miles, lots of climbing, and excessive heat Tandem RAAM was do for short break and a good meal, but at 2am Denny’s is pretty much what’s available. (I’ll apologize in advance to any Denny fans). Menu snobbery aside, it was a welcomed opportunity to chug coffee and spend a brief moment off the … More Ode to Denny’s (Night 2)
As Tandem RAAM approaches Congress AZ and Time Station 6, they’ve successfully ridden four hundred hot and hilly miles over the past 28-ish hours. While there is plenty of pavement left to this journey, let’s take a moment just put 400 miles into perspective… It typically takes about 8 hrs (if you’re not a maniac) … More 400 down (Day 1.5)