Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Announcing Tour de Emily!

Rob and I have been working on this idea since January, but I haven't shared it with you until today. There is reason behind all of recent bike madness!

This fall, several friends will be joining us on a five-day bike tour from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo! 250 miles altogether, a big challenge!

The idea originated from a conversation with Jackie during a long bike ride. Both of us - along with the rest of our group of close friends from high school - are turning 30 shortly. We wanted to each do something significant for this milestone and Tour de Awesome was born.

The idea is for each person to host some event or challenge to mark their birthday. The Tour de Emily bike ride is the first since I'm the oldest. Tour de Jackie is centered around a major hiking expedition.

So far, we've got the route for the ride mostly worked out, key campsites booked and a friend who is a veteran triathalon logistics volunteer on board to provide daily support. I'm working on creating a logo, getting people started training and investigating sponsors (email!).

What would you choose for your "Tour" stage?

7 comments:

Emily said...

That sounds amazing! Hard, but amazing. :) We miss San Luis Obispo so much. It was our favorite place to live.

Emily said...

What a fun idea! And such a neat way to remember and celebrate such an exciting birthday! I think for my "tour de" it would be several days of wine tasting.... I love Virginia wines and we live not far from loads of great wineries. We could go camping in the mountains for a long weekend and hit the wineries throughout the days.... sounds like I should start planning! -e

Ashley said...

My husband and his friends just did a bike ride to Yosemite, from the east bay. It was AMAZING. It took them 3 days. My kids and I came up on day 2 for dinner. Then we were able to get to into the park and watch him ride into the last camp ground. My only thought to add, is it would have been nice if they have some type of fan fare when the riders came finished. Everyone finished within an hour of each other so the timing would not have been that hard. A banner to ride through, ribbons, people clapping, something.....

AEO said...

What a fantastic idea!! You guys are too smart to do something like this. I have no idea what I would do, but it would be so much fun!!

Amanda said...

What a wonderful way to mark an important date! Way to go, Emily!

Meghan said...

Yeah, girl! What a fun, awesome idea for you and your friends. I'll be rooting for you from NC! :)

Joanna said...

How fantastic, cycling along the Big Sur will be a challenge but what a feat! Good luck with the planning!