John Beaver, the Placerville man who is cycling from Canada to the Mexican border, is still going strong after more than three weeks.
“It’s going great,” the retired firefighter said. “I had a couple of negative things happen today, but other than that, it’s great.”
Beaver, 53, began his ride in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Aug. 27 and was in Big Sur on Sept. 10. He has already ridden through Washington and Oregon.
“Someone got into my pack while I was getting a soda, they took some riding clothing,” he said of the day’s events. “Otherwise, it’s been a good trip. I’m in Big Sur now, I’ll be in San Simeon tomorrow.” He also noted he had a “small mechanical problem” when he was in Crescent City, but it was easily fixed.
He is also physically and mentally holding up well. “My body is good, I feel great. I miss my kids and grandkids, but that’s to be expected.” The worst part was a “lonely swath of Fort Bragg. It was 110 miles of desolate nothing. I had one meal a day. That got weird, but I survived.”
As of Sept. 10, Beaver had traveled 1,368.9 miles. The entire ride is to benefit the Firefighters’ Burn Institute in Sacramento. ”They provide support, either financial or rehabilitation, for firefighters burned on duty, for those who have received burn injuries,” Beaver previously said. “They also have a yearly camp for kids who have been burned.”
Beaver updates his blog regularly athopesanddreamsride.blogspot.com.
Donations can be sent to the Firefighters’ Burn Institute at ffburn.org.