Canada to Mexico: The ride for acromegaly and rare pituitary disease

Follow Risa’s progress: Read about the ride with periodic updates from Risa. For more information on the ride click here and you can read more about Risa and how to support her effort here.

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Day 1 – September 12, 2021 – At the US-Canada border in Washington State. “Today started off cold and rainy but soon gave way to blue skies and sunshine. It was a 40-mile day with some hills and beautiful ocean bay views. A few minor bike issues, and joint pain, but all in all a good first day!”


A long crazy bridge to ride over

Update – September 18, 2021 – Somewhere in the southern Washington State coast and planning to make it to Astoria, Oregon tomorrow. A typical day: “By the time I get into camp, it’s usually around 4 pm (I get up at 5 am and hit the road at 7 am). I ride around 75 miles. Get to my campground. Dry all of my camping gear because everything gets wet here in the mornings. After everything dries, I set up my camp, cook dinner, clean up, take advantage of the campground showers, and now I’m filling up water and getting my gear set for the morning, another 5 am day.  My body is sore and stiff, but I felt strong today. Lots of hills and climbing. I’m hoping to miss some rain that’s in the forecast.”   Stay tuned to PWN for more updates.  more information here


Update – September 23, 2021 – Reporting on the segment from Astoria Oregon. Those photos are Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. “This was the best day yet. I had my injection yesterday.  Minimal injection sight pain today. Knees are very sore. Fatigue as per usual. The views are outstanding and I’m feeling stronger.”  The “fun” of acromegaly therapy. You still have to get those shots! Yikes!! Today approaching Newport Beach, Oregon described by locals as a “pretty funky” place. More in the next few days.


Update – October 2, 2021 –  Risa keeps moving at a remarkable pace through the middle and southern magnificent Oregon coast with stops for vaccines and rest and making progress on her trek.  She writes, “Made to California! It’s been sunny during the days, but cold at night. I’m taking it day by day and enjoying the scenery and majestic redwood trees! My body is tired and sore, but growing stronger. My confidence is building with each mile.”  Stay tuned to PWN for updates.



Update – October 7 to 11, 2021 – Approaching the city of San Francisco over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from the north and starting to move south toward Santa Cruz and Monterey, California.

“Enjoying my time in Monterey!  Santa Cruz was alive with energy as is Monterey. There are street vendors, music, and lots of people enjoying the beaches.  The mornings are still cold but soon give way to warmth and sunshine.  My body feels stronger, but the fatigue never wanes.  I can’t believe how quickly my ride is going!”. Risa writes.

It looks like those two dudes behind her are also having a good time.  We recorded a podcast with Risa when she arrived in San Francisco, which we will publish in the next few days, so stay tuned for that.



Update – October 12 to 17 – After a tough hilly ride south from San Francisco, some challenges and detours due to the latest Southern California wildfire north of San Barbara, California. A rest day in Carpenteria, California, and back on the road to complete the ride Thursday, October 21.  Stay tuned!