Team ESCAA rode 105 miles (itinerary says 111) with heavy headwinds all day (see our Facebook page for video of the headwinds) and temperatures well into the 90s. They pedaled for 9.5 hours. This kind of day demonstrates the truth that a cyclist simply cannot train too much. He/she has to prepare himself or herself not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally to just keep going. Thus, each member of Team ESCAA once again had to call upon the self-discipline learned during their scouting experiences. Meeting the challenge is sweet.
The team left Plymouth for quite the climb to join other Scout troops at Camp Winton -- spectactular views at this elevation. On the way, they stopped at Shake Ridge Road and a "roadside angel" Joann learned about their quest. She offered to buy burgers for the group at Cooks Station! View our slide show below for the lunch stop with Joann and ESCAA's arrival at Camp Winton.
Kind words from Marlene Hanson that was sent out to the Davis Bike Club:
The Eagle Scouts' visit to Davis Monday/Tuesday last week on their way across the USA was a great success in every way. Fifteen Eagle Scouts and 5 leaders spent the night at Davis Community Church after biking 105 miles from San Leandro, and left Tuesday morning, after a hearty breakfast of pancakes and eggs (cooked by Gerry Peterson with help from a Davis area Boy Scout). A total of 72 people showed up on Monday night to welcome the scouts and share food, including DBC people and around 27 area Boy Scouts who helped with set up, serving and clean up. Meeting these dedicated, respectful and helpful young men gives me hope for the future.
A huge thanks to all the help I received in planning for their visit, including:
1. David Waggoner, DBC member, who donated and cooked lamb stew.
2. Gerry Peterson, who met the group in Winters on their way to Davis, supplied snacks for them (left over from the DC), and cooked pancakes on
3. Christina Sturm, who found 27 area boy scouts and their parents/leaders to help with set up, serving and cleanup for both meals. (These kids were
4. Geoff Chan, DBC member, who arranged for the scouts to shower at the Community Pool.
5. Davis Community Church who cheerfully provided two rooms for the boys to sleep in, plus use of their kitchen, equipment and fellowship hall for the
meals.(And especially to Cindy, the custodian, for all her help).
6. The Davis Masters Swim Team for sharing their shower at the Community pool.
7. Eight or ten DBC folks who rode with the group from Winters to Davis on Monday, and Davis to the Capitol on Tuesday morning.
8. All the DBC'ers who came Monday evening with food to share and support for these young men.
Bruce White, the leader for the scouts, sent me an email following their visit, in which he stated: "You and your community showed our group the most amazing hospitality and support."
You can follow the group's trip at the following site: http://www.escaa2014.org
Thanks to everyone who offered help and support help and support.