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Day 68: Banff, Alberta July 24, 2007

Posted by jonpierson in Uncategorized.
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It’s official, I’m done.  Finished up yesterday at about 7 pm.  I am glad I rode the Canadian portion of the Great Divide, it turned out to be the finest section of the entire trip!  The last 2 days were truly epic.  I crossed the US border on Friday at 5 pm, and arrived in Banff at 7.  That’s good time if you ask me.  220 miles in 3 days.  It really takes 2 months to get in that kind of shape, physically and mentally.  I just rocked it!

Alex Rafanelli and Alex Rossin were here at the hostel to greet me last night.  We went out, had a nice Mexican dinner and then hit the bar.  We had quite the celebration!  Lots of fun.  Today we’re going to drive the world famous “Columbian Icefields Parkway.”  I can’t wait.  I am very psyched to wrap up the trip here with a week of car touring in the Canadian Rockies.  The weather is perfect right now.  We’ll be out mountain biking, hiking, and sightseeing for the next 9 days.  Life is good.

Glad to see they’ve moved my story to the front page of the nau website.  You can check it out at www.nau.edu.  You may have to refresh it for it to pop up because the stories are on rotation.  I am not sure if the Arizona Daily Sun has picked up the story yet, I’m still waiting to hear back.  I will post again when that comes out.  I will also have photos, lots of photos, to share with everyone.  I will post those next week when I return to the States. 

As far as donations, please read the instructions on the right side of the page under “YODER FOUNDATION.”  I rode 2700 miles, completing the original goal.  It was an amazing experince that is hard to put into words.  I was absolutely buzzing yesterday afternoon during the final 17 miles.  The last 12 were singletrack and downhill.  A fine way to wrap things up.  And my last 2 days had consistent tailwinds!  Unreal! 

So that’s it, it’s over.  Thank you everyone for following my ride throughout the last 2 months.  The support has been tremendous.  I just can’t believe it’s over!  What’s next?  I’m flying back to the east coast next week to see my family and go to 2 weddings!  My stepbrother Benjamin is getting married on August 5th and the following week my sister is getting married!  How exciting!  Open bars, good food, and the fam!  It’ll be a blast for sure.

2700 miles.  30 continental divide crossings.  200,000+ feet of elevation.  5 US states.  3 countries.  Wam bam thank you mam, I’m done!

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1. Leslie Pierson - July 24, 2007

congratulations. what more can i say. see you in a week or so.
love
ma

2. Jason Zaikov - July 24, 2007

Unbelievable. You truly are the complete opposite of me :)
Still, pretty remarkable accomplishment, very impressive! Can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks, we’ll have to see if your legs are now bigger than my beer belly :)

3. garynne drake - July 24, 2007

wow i had goose bumps reading the last blog, congrats on finishing… what a job.love you seen you in a few.

4. Rob - July 24, 2007

seriously incredible. great job, jonsky.

5. Liz - July 25, 2007

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m sooooooooooooooooo proud of you! I can’t wait to see you & hear more about it. Time to make our donation, I am so happy to get to do that, it lets me be a itty bitty part of this amazing thing you did.
Can’t wait to see you- give me a call! Love you, Lizzy

6. Harry Pierson - July 25, 2007

Jon,

Sending out my check to the Yoder Foundation tonight.

This is an achievement you can look back on 50 years from now, and still feel a sense of pride.

Congratulations on the recognition you are getting. I am very proud of you, and very happy for the sense of accomplishment this trip provides.

Love,

Dad

7. Dan - July 25, 2007

Congratulations! See you in a week!

8. Topher - July 25, 2007

Well done Jonny! Well done.

9. Kat - July 25, 2007

I thought this was the week! What a great accomplishment. I’ll let you know of a few great homemade ice cream places in NY when you return. Congrats =)

10. Jamie and Lee - July 25, 2007

Congratulations! You rock.

Jamie and Lee

11. Phyllis & Richard - July 26, 2007

Hey Jon,
Been logging in now and again to “The Blog”! We are totally excited…at our age, to have had the privilege of meeting you, visiting with you and to know you’ve accomplished this awesome goal!!! We would love to have been at the end of that bike trail to let out hoops and hollers with you….know this will not be your only outstanding adventure…got a real feeling there are a lot more places you will be treking off to in the future.

Our check went out to the Yoder Foundation about 3 weeks ago…let us know what the total is when you have a chance…we hope it’s heaps for the Foundation!!!! Know you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Canada…been there…long ago to Banff…loved it then, still do!!!

Take good care…have your best life!!!!

Phyllis & Richard Taylor
Saratoga, Wyoming

Celebrate well…Happy Travels!!!!

12. Tyler & Lauren - July 26, 2007

Hey Jon, congratulations on finishing your journey. Hopefully lunch helped you as much as your stove advice helped us. Great to meet you on the last leg of the adventure, see you Tuesday for a beer!!

Tyler Lowe & Lauren Hinam
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

13. Harry Pierson - July 28, 2007

Jon,

I just spoke to Gary, he’s been really ill and isn’t going to be able to make it Tuesday.

I guess if you haven’t been able to reach him, you’ve probably given up on him by now, but I just want you to know ASAP.

Love, Dad

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