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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 13 - Rest Day in Lakeview, OR (0 miles)

Today was our first day off from riding since we left San Francisco on June 19.  As with any good rest day, 0% of our time was spent on our bikes (the only distance it traveled was out the door to be fashioned as a drying rack for my rinsed riding gear.
After a well deserved late start, a COPS TV marathon and the final USA World Cup game, Greg and I headed over to the Lakeview Post Office with gear and clothing that we had deemed to be "extra". With 3 flat rate boxes between us, we were able to fit everything we wanted to send home. Personally I got rid of 9lbs and 2oz of gear that I will be happy to not pedal up the next mountain climb that we face.
We returned to our TV marathon and awaited the arrival of Jonathan! He flew into Boise, ID and was driving a rental car down to Lakeview. During the next two days as we trudge across the Oregon High Desert, he'll be able to assure that we're staying hydrated and not being burdened by our gear (which he will carry in his car).
Having eaten at Burger Queen (no, not Burger King or Dairy Queen) last night, we treated Jonathan to the other restaurant in town, Pizza Villa.  The chef/cashier/waiter talked with us and warned us of some high elevations we'd climb before leaving Oregon, namely Drinkwater Pass. He also told us a good spot for climbing Abert Rim during tomorrow's ride. Something tells me we won't quite have time to climb a shear cliff tomorrow as we bike nearly 140 miles.

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