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Jackson Wyoming Welcomes Jeannie – July 6 2009

Jeannie on the  Road

Jeannie on the Road

Well, hello out there!  All I can say is, “Wow!”  I am now in Jackson, WY.  It was quite a day today!  Leaving from Idaho Falls about 6:30 this morning, we had breakfast at 5:30, up at 5.  On the road by 6:30, got into Jackson at 3:30 this afternoon.  We started off at 6000 feet elevation and ended close to 9000 feet elevation today.  It was the biggest climb I’ve ever done in my life.  It was the most exhilarating and the most difficult thing I think I’ve ever done.  It was amazing. 

For the first 25 miles to the first SAG stop we hit quite a headwind, so even the beginning of the trip was difficult.  From that SAG stop to the next SAG stop we went approximately 20 miles.  Some headwinds, but not as bad.  We were still following the Snake River.  We turned onto Route 31, which headed us to the Teton Pass Summit.  From that spot we were at about 6700 feet elevation, and went through a major climb to get up to the Teton Pass Summit, which is close to 8500 feet.  The climb into Jackson, WY was very sweet, to say the least!  We had some headwind with climbing too, but sometimes not, so that was very helpful.

One thing that I absolutely loved while I was climbing was that my legs were working for me, that was really good!  I’m very thankful for that.  But another thing too was that the wind through the trees, the cliffs looking down with the babbling brooks and the rushing streams, were absolutely gorgeous and intoxicating.  Hearing the birds and the mountains just surrounding me was so majestic, I just have to say it was a glorious day today.  The blue sky with the puffy white clouds.  Even though it was hard going through some of the wind, it was really, really a major victory today, I have to say. 

I’m very thankful that we’re all safe on the team, everybody is making it in safely, which is always a real relief.  I still have not had a flat on my bike, which I’m extremely grateful for, especially today.  Thank you everyone for your prayers for my safety and for my health and my strength, because your prayers are really making a difference, I can’t thank you enough.

Tomorrow we go into Dubois, WY, which will be a smaller climb than today.  I’m pretty sure it’s about 83 miles; I haven’t had rap time yet but I’m pretty sure it’s 83 miles.  The next day we head into Casper, which we’ll then have a rest day, which we’re all looking forward to.

All is well.  I just want to say to all of you again, God bless you, God bless America, and I just thank the Lord.

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Jeannie Benton’s Ride for the Military and OLT- Next stop Jackson Wyoming!

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July 5th,2009

Hello everyone!

It’s Day 14, and what a lovely ride it was today, quite a bit different than yesterday. Today really made up for yesterday’s difficulties. We went from Blackfoot to Idaho Falls, only 33 miles today. It really was a cakewalk, so to speak. But they wanted us to be able to get to Idaho Falls, so here we are, and I’m really glad that we came.

The ride out was very pretty, a lot of back roads, just winding, comfortable back roads. The falls at Idaho Falls are absolutely gorgeous, wonderful to see. It’s great to be here. Once again we had fabulous weather, in the 70s and 80s. It’s really been nice and I very much appreciate that.

When we arrived, not all of the hotel rooms were ready. As I was waiting, I was sitting on the steps of the hotel just outside, and I looked down and there was this little piece of paper that was folded into an airplane. I just thought I’d share this with you, it said on the wings, “USA Rocks. If you find this, you rock too!” I thought that was pretty cool! USA does rock, and I’m proud to be an American as we celebrate the 5th of July, part of the 4th of July weekend. Also while I was outside the hotel I was waiting to be interviewed by Channel 6. I met a wonderful interviewer, Lauren, who was very, very friendly. I was very comfortable interviewing with her. I’ve never really been interviewed for television broadcast. We were outside looking out over the park over the falls, and it was a lot of fun interviewing with her. I hope the people in Idaho Falls will enjoy the information on Channel 6 that I shared about me as a rider with Operation Life Transformed. I hope you’ll listen for the information on how to go on the website and pledge for our troops and supporting them and their families. I talked a little bit about America By Bicycle, how wonderfully they are supporting us, all the information, all their careful details, all of the food and the provision during the SAGs for us; it’s been absolutely wonderful to ride with them. I’d recommend America By Bicycle to anyone. I shared a little bit about that, and my thoughts on Operation Life Transformed, what they do and how wonderful it’s been to work with them, and to see this beautiful America we live in. The interview was a lot of fun and then I had a nice team dinner with all of the 50 team members I ride with.

It’s been a really nice day. Tomorrow we head into Jackson, WY, which is about 88 miles. We will be doing a significant amount of climbing tomorrow, heading into Jackson there are going to be a lot of climbs. In fact, it will be some of the most significant climbing we’re going to be doing for the whole trip, going into the Teton Pass Summit, which is up to 8431 feet above sea level; it will be quite a climb. So I will be getting my rest tonight. I hope all is well with all of you out there.

Hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend. God bless you and God bless America.

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