Ripon to Groveland, California
“One Thing That Cycling Has Taught Me Is That If You Achieve Something Without A Struggle It’s Not Going To Be Satisfying” – Greg LeMond
For some reason this ride seemed a lot harder than it should have been. The extremely high temps and the course profile were likely the cause. Priest Grade is a formidable climb. When coupled with the hot sun beaming down on the fully exposed grade and relentless long stretches of 6-8% while dodging RVs, I was happy to see it end!
We spent the rest of the day taking in the majesty of Yosemite. It never gets old! When you turn the corner and get your first glimpse of the valley the stunning vista and magnitude of the landscape takes your breath away. Like a kid on Christmas morning. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever had the privelage to behold. The pictures do not do it justice!
About the DIRT Dad Fundo Pledge for Day Two—Joy Murphy
Joy is a personal trainer and cycling coach from Jacksonville, FL.
“I am short and fiesty and love bikes. I think biking across the US is pretty awesome so I want to donate.”
Amount Raised to Date—$798
Thank you, Joy!
Now off to Lee Vining, CA!
Semi-retired as owner and director of his private Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice after over 20 years, Chris is blessed with the freedom to pursue his passion for virtual cycling and writing. On a continual quest to give back to his bike for all the rewarding experiences and relationships it has provided him, he created a non-profit. Chris is committed to helping others with his bike through its work and the pages of his site.
In the summer of 2022, he rode 3,900 miles from San Francisco to New York to support the charity he founded, TheDIRTDadFund. His “Gain Cave” resides on the North Fork of Long Island, where he lives with his beautiful wife and is proud of his two independent children.
You will read him promoting his passion on the pages of Cycling Weekly, Cycling News, road.cc, Zwift Insider, Endurance.biz, and Bicycling. Chris is co-host of The Virtual Velo Podcast, too!