Saturday, June 27, 2009

Our Crew

So much to do, always more to be done. Much thinking on the fly and more thinking fatigued. A thrill a minute, lots of laughs, some tears. Short tempers, forgiveness a moment later and one common goal. Crewing is working your ass off for no money and not minding that at all. It’s feeling guilty that someone else’s money is paying your expenses because this is one of the best vacations you’ve ever had. It’s taking pride in making something work. Together.

It's nutrition science and bike mechanics. It's math (egads!) and psychology. It's comedy and drama.

I did not sign up for this kind of math!

My crewmates have tolerated my taking photos at inopportune moments. They’ve never complained about what I might say about them in the blog. (Although some of them might not have seen it yet.) We have worked together most of the time, and have managed to work through those times when we had differences of opinion. We’re all exhausted, but we’ve had a blast. I can’t wait to do it again, if ever asked.

Here’s our team:

Top row: Johanna Bajc (Cleveland, OH); Lary Stokes (San Diego, CA); Jim Karlovec (Shaker Hts., OH)

Middle row: Ken Runyan (Boise, ID); Jonathan Jahant (San Antonio, TX); John Welch (Poolesville, MD); Don Magie (Toronto, Canada); Jeannie Roberts (Cleveland Hts., OH)

Right: Eileen Hardy (Phoenix, AZ)

Thanks, guys. All of you. We couldn’t have done it without each other.


Katie said...

What a good looking crew! Not to mention the two studs on the bikes! :)

What an incredible effort! I can't believe how far you have come and that you're almost done! Keep it going, what an achievement!


Anonymous said...

That's my daddy!

You all have been an awesome crew. Thanks for all the blogs, J!

Laura Stokes