About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Day 9 - Cave Junction, OR to Ashland, OR (74 miles)

Surprisingly we survived our stay at the Junction Inn and departed with the same number of organs with which we arrived. We headed north and quickly passed through the town of Kerby and got to see the Holiday Motel in its somewhat cleaner glory.

We pedaled on along 199 past residences as we looked at nondescript landscapes that paled in comparison to California's beautiful forests (it was at this point that I nicknamed the state "Boregon" in my head). We rewarded with a surprise downhill that led to my new record of 40.0mph on my fully loaded bike.

We made good time into Grant's Pass and quickly grabbed a snack before heading off on highway 99 towards Medford/Ashland. This route was mostly flat, but we started to notice that the mountains were no longer partially barren due to forestry. Instead, we were entering a drier climate as we head east towards Oregon's desert.  Interestingly, it was along this road that we passed more wineries/vineyards than we did during our entire tour through California. When we arrived in Medford we decided that we easily had another 17 miles of pedaling ability in us due to the flat terrain. With that in mind, we booked the cheapest motel in Ashland and traveled for another 1 hour 45 minutes.

Ashland is the home Southern Oregon University as well as a popular Shakespeare festival. Due to these attractions, the pleasant downtown area was packed and all hotels/motels showed no vacancies. Ashland proudly displayed their "bicycle friendly" status upon entry and backed it up with well defined bike lanes and signals throughout city limits. Of the Oregon towns/cities through which we passed, Ashland is by far the most comfortable.

It is worth noting that Oregon has already been kind enough to supply us with 1.5 days of a well-deserved tailwind since our arrival. I hope this trend continues!

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