A message from the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

Ryan and Dwight hope to raise $10,000 to support the burn camp, which will host 70 children between the ages of 8 and 18. They are determined to reach the West Coast as a personal challenge as well as helping young burn survivors.

Started in 1991, the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp is located in northern Connecticut on 176 acres. Every summer, burn survivors come to the burn camp, which is a safe and fun environment that helps kids heal emotionally and physically. The Burn Camp is free to the children, who come primarily from the Northeast and some foreign counteries, but any burn survivor child anywhere is welcome. More than 70 adult counselors, primarily active and retired firefighters and burn unit nurses, occupational and physical therapists, child psychologists and even a doctor will serve as mentors for the week.

It's also our goal to promote burn awareness and fire prevention and education, which we do year around. We sponsor a burn survivor, burned in a car accident that involved speeding and drinking alcohol, who speaks to high school students throughout Connecticut. We also support the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, helping to purchase equipment.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

HALFWAY, BABY! officially

The exact geographic center of the 48 contiguous states

Usually there would be a picture of both Dwight and I but as you see, it's just me. Dwight is far ahead of me. He's been tearing it up since we got on route 36, across northern Kansas. He means business and I can barely keep up with him.

I was lucky enough here to get up close to him in action!

You can feel the intensity behind his sunglasses and look at those legs!

He's gotta eat a staggering amount of healthy calories to maintain this pace.

Who would win in a fight? I don't know anymore... My bike has gone 2,000 miles without even a flat tire.

This picture of the tank was taken at the town center of Atwood, Kansas, 55 miles from the Colorado border and another time zone! We stayed in the town park last night and I showered in some really cold, smelly lake water. We're planning to be in Denver in 3 days drinking Fat Tires with Bobby and Joanna, two very close friends from home.

Over the past six weeks, our friends and family have been asking for places they can send us notes or cookies along the way. Bobby and Joanna were kind enough to offer their address to anyone that wanted to send us some shtuff.

Bobby and Joanna

1412 Steele St Apt#206

Denver CO, 80206


Claudia said...

Hey Ryan-
Tell Dwight he's going to have all the dogs worn out before you come along behind him if he keeps that pace up.
p.s. - just because you're about out of KS don't forget us!

Albert said...

Ryan, I'm a little perplexed by your photo of
“ the exact geographic center of the 48 contiguous states.” Where was this photo taken exactly? I understand that the center of the US is commemorated by a pyramid-shaped monument near Lebanon, KS - and you left that in your tracks some time ago.

Interestingly enough, the center is theoretically established by the concept of a two-dimensional map of the 48 states perfectly balanced on a pencil. The pencil marks the spot where the exact center should be.

Ryan said...

The photo in my post was taken on Route 36 in Smith Center, KS, about 15 miles west of Lebanon, KS. We didn't go to the monument because it was a good deal out of our way.