"Forty-five days, 3300 miles, 25 flat tires and we are DONE!"
So wrote MIT student Kyle Rattray, who with fellow students Greg Mahowald and Taku Iida completed their cross-country bike ride on July 25. The trio biked from Boston to Seattle—including an emotional celebration in Rattray's hometown of Sunnyside, Wash.—with the goal of raising $25,000 for the American Cancer Society.
In his final thoughts about the trip, Rattray alluded to "It's Not About the Bike," the book by Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong. Said Rattray: "This trip was not about the bike ride, it was about fighting cancer."
Rattray, also a cancer survivor, kept a diary of the trip. Excerpts may be found below by clicking on each stop of their trip.
Stage 6: Montana, Idaho and Washington - July 13-25
Stage 5: South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana - July 5-12
Stage 4: Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota - June 28 to July 4
Stage 3: Michigan and Wisconsin - June 21-27
Stage 2: New York, Ontario and Michigan - June 15-20
Stage 1: Massachusetts and New York - June 10-14