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Jen here with an update from the road. My brother Hamilton and I met up with the team in the middle of the night in WV somewhere and it was SO great to see them all! We brought food and supplies, and both the riders and the crew seemed strong and definitely ready to push it on home!
Needless to say, the close quarters of the RV were taking their toll on everyone, as were the multiple sleepless nights in a row, but, overall, I was pleasantly surprised to find Xtreme4 in much better shape than I thought they might be!
We hung out with them through two rider and crew changes, and it was amazing how smooth the transitions were between riders and crew. This might be everyone's first time competing in RAAM, but you would never know it from watching them. What this team has achieved over the past 6 days is truly remarkable!
Although there have been some hiccups along the way, as is to be expected, the riders and crew have taken them all in stride and keep on plugging away. The hills of WV were brutal, but the riders and crew remained optimistically focused on the finish and kept pounding the road, ignoring their muscle pain, saddle sores, and intense fatigue. At the time of writing this, they only have 93 miles to go and have just recently overtaken the Irish 4 person male team they have been neck and neck with for days....Awesome!
So, keep it up Xtreme4! Finish strong and we will be in Annapolis with cold beer and champagne to toast your amazing accomplishments, and with open arms to welcome you home after a long, epic, and amazing journey!!
Xtremely well done, team, and see you at the finish!
by: Jay Talbott - 06/18/2008 12:07 AM
What an accomplishment that you all will be able to hang your hat on for your life! Look forward to meeting you all. Jay
by: Olwen - 06/18/2008 02:59 AM
Hey everyone I keep leaving voicemails for you hope you aren't deleting them out of sheer fatigue and irritation. Congratulations on keeping it together for that long, i would have gone postal. PS thanks for the great web site because the RAAM offical website was a complete black hole as far as information was concerned. I still have no idea where you placed or anything like that.