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Day 7 - June 5th 2016 - Gig Harbor, WA

Today we woke up bright and early because it was going to be a pretty eventful day. This was the day that the guys would be going on their first practice ride, a ride of about 15 miles. I learned a cool thing this morning while we were prepping our vans for the practice day. I learned how to rack a bike both on a roof and back rack. After lunch, cyclists get into their kits and we headed to a nearby middle school parking lot to have them perform a skills assessment test. Staff, crew, and our cycling coach helped make sure the cyclists were ready to ride at this time. It was pretty cool to see how prepared all the riders were and I'm excited to see everyone develop and grow into great cyclists. The ride itself went pretty well, but it was apparent that it was our first time. When it was my turn to mark my first turn and passed the 4th van, it all became real. I was nervous and shaky and second guessing the decisions I was making. I loosened up and was able to mark it correctly. 

The phrase "First pace line is heading out" gave me goosebumps and it was at that point that the summer journey had begun! With it being our first time, something was bound to go wrong. Right off the bat some cyclists took a wrong turn, the one of our vans got lost, a guy popped a tire, and there was a couple of red flags. Everyone handled it very well, the best thing we can do is have a positive attitude and learn from the things that didn't go well. While I was marking my turn, a guy pulled over and asked me if I needed water or anything. I thought that was so incredible, and am appreciative of people like him! I will definitely remember this day and compare it to when we arrive in D.C.! 

All the roads in Gig Harbor look like this! Beautiful! 

All the roads in Gig Harbor look like this! Beautiful! 

Day 6 - June 4th 2016 - Gig Harbor

This morning I realized that I shouldn't sleep during the day in order to be able to sleep at night. It was kind of a tough morning because I didn't fall asleep until late, but the fact that the cyclists were getting in today gave me the extra boost of excitement I needed to keep me going. The crew members drove to the airport to meet and bring back cyclists for their orientation and training. It was great to finally meet the gentleman the crew and myself will be responsible for this summer. I was reunited with Mitch Stone, from Wazzu, after seeing him last at our chapter's Initiation about a month and a half ago.

After going through some formal introductions, we covered a lot of the same material we covered at crew training. It felt great to know and understand what Spencer was teaching. I felt like I was on top of my game. After the day's training, team had a ritual and I came out of it feeling that much more excited to get on the road and really start changing lives, as well as having MY life changed.

I am doing this for the people who have such amazing dreams and ambitions, but for some reason are not able to fulfill them. I hope that by doing this, I can show people that if you really want to do something to either change your life for the better, or just gain a little more excitement in life, it is possible. No matter where you are from. After all, the only thing that can hold you back from doing something is you, so don't hold yourself back from chasing your dreams!

Day 5 - June 3rd 2016 - Camp Collins/Gig Harbor

Today was our last day at camp Collins, and our crew training has come to an end. It was a bittersweet day today for sure! Packing the camp up was a weird feeling and it felt like the last 5 days have gone by way too fast. A lot of the returning Pi Alphas say that the summer will feel similar. On paper it seems like it is going to take a while, but before we know it, the journey has ended. We packed up the vans, and before we split up and headed our separate ways, we all got to get a tour of World Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. The tour and campus were great, it was definitely something I thoroughly enjoyed, I am a huge sports and Nike fan myself. The time had come to head our separate ways, South route heading down to Long Beach, CA, North route down to San Francisco, and us heading up to Seattle. We said our temporary goodbyes and were on the road. Arriving at the cabin in Gig Harbor, we now await the cyclist team and can't wait to meet them all tomorrow!

Day 4 - June 2nd 2016 - Camp Collins

Like yesterday, there was not much "classroom" learning today, but more pre departure preparation today. With my route being the first route to kickoff this summer, we get a lot of first pick/ priority over the other two routes which is kind of nice. We worked hard and took inventory on the things that were vital to our safety and our success. One of the supervisors here, "Campo", trained all 3 finance coordinators today and let us know the ins and outs of our position. Although it is an important role of the team, it didn't sound too intense once he finished training us. I am getting more and more excited to perform my duties as the days go on. We did our practice run today, and things went pretty well even though there were some hiccups. Right before we started we realized my van had almost no fuel and so while the bikers were riding I had to fuel up and head back ASAP, then the vans got out of order. But we handled it very well through great communication and making great on the spot decisions. We loaded up the vans with all of our equipment and plan on taking off tomorrow morning from Camp Collins. I can't wait to get to Seattle and meet all of our cyclists on Saturday!

Selfie of the day

Selfie of the day

Day 3 - June 1st 2016 - Camp Collins

Today was pretty low key as far as training was concerned. We went over the descriptions of each of the positions on the crew and what kinds of responsibilities each one of us had. I will be the Finance coordinator for the TransAmerica route and am looking forward to taking on that role. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous at all. My biggest fear in life is failure, and having that fear is what gets me through tasks and responsibilities of I may or may not be comfortable with. I will do my best to make my team happy and make sure to hold myself accountable. North route did their practice run today and I'm getting anxious and nervous about our turn. The TransAmerica route will do our run tomorrow morning. There was a lot of equipment prep today and it made me realize how close to kickoff we are. The week is whizzing by and we've accomplished a lot, it's a surreal feeling for sure!

Day 2 - May 31st

Today Day 2 was a little more jam packed than yesterday. We went over a lot of material pretty quick, but it was thorough enough to cover it directly and effectively. Learning about how to act and what to do in certain scenarios, going over cycling behaviors, really made me realize the responsibility that I have to this team and to this summer. We broke off into our different groups and played some get to know you games with our routes. Learning a little about the guys I'm spending the next couple months made mw look forward to get to know them even more. After playing two truths and a lie, Mike, our PM informed us that these were the types of things we should look forward to this summer. We should be asking each other all sorts of questions to get to know each other. I think that will make this summer go a lot smoother, and I have a feeling that some of these guys have incredible backgrounds and stories. The guys are definitely getting a little more comfortable with each other and we are getting more involved with the the training. We did a little site seeing during break, seeing Multnomah Falls, it was a great sight! I can say that it was a great day today, albeit busy, but a great day nonetheless.

Most of the Crew gents at Multnomah 

Most of the Crew gents at Multnomah 

What a beaut! 

What a beaut! 

Kappa Iota brothers excited for Journey of Hope! 

Kappa Iota brothers excited for Journey of Hope! 

Day 1 - May 30th

Today was the first day of JOH crew training. We went over introductions and figured out what kinds of leaders we are through a self assessment test. I found out that through the results of that test I was an inspiring leader. I feel like that is correct for the most part, I can definitely see how that was the end result. Enabling others was right up there, it was only a point away. That kind of leadership style is more apparent because I like to tell people how it is and what kinds of things they can work on to better themselves. As hard as it is, I make sure to do it in a manner that won't discourage, but encourage individuals to be more effective leaders. We were asked today what the definition of a leader is, and a thought popped into my head. The definition of a leader is subjective, and so is the way a good leader is perceived. The way they lead tends to be subjective as well. Everyone leads in their own way, but as long as others buy into your ideas and goals, then it shouldn't matter how you lead right? There are a lot of great individuals among me and I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by such great young men. Today I was proud to be a Pi Kapp! These young men are just as excited, if not more excited than I am to be doing something like this. I can see it through the Pi Alphas present here today that this opportunity truly is amazing and worth every second that we are putting a smile on someone and enable them to feel like they have a purpose. I shouldn't say it lies that, I should say we are showing them their full potential and helping them discover their limits. Seeing the Pi Alphas talking to each other about all of the amazing experiences they have and the memories gets me even more excited. I can't wait to be able to tell people the story of this summer and what kinds of things I learned about myself, and what kinds of things I was able to learn from the people we are helping and representing. That's all for now, remember, you know you are a great leader if people follow you simply out of curiosity, so go out and make someone curious by doing something different!

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