We made it across America!

YAY, we did it!!!! Two months and five days from Atlantic to Pacific.

March 6, 2012 to May 11, 2012.

We did it!!!!

We have successfully made it across America!  Last Thursday we put in 101 miles of roller skiing. That left us with roughly 55-60 miles to go last Friday (the 11th).  We weaved through the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, and passed by Hayward, CA.  We looked for the best and safest routes to the coast and found plenty of bike paths that led us to San Gregorio Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay.

Before making it  to the coast, we traveled through Yosemite National Park. While there, we were told we could not ski through the park. So, Santi and I did the next best thing. We ran/walked approximately the 50 miles through Yosemite National Park until we were allowed to put the skis back on. This was only the second time we were told we could not ski somewhere.  Santi and I were overjoyed to put our skies back on and speed up the progress. While we were in Yosemite Judy, Santi, and I were able to see Half Dome, El Capitan, several water falls, and a lot of wildlife.

Yosemite National Park

With Judy in Yosemite.

To be honest, the wild life got to know us. While we were camped out, in the middle of the night Santi came across a little raccoon on his way to the bathroom. In the morning Santi realized that a raccoon had opened up his backpack and dug out a little piece of chocolate. Along with the chocolate he decided to take Santis phone with him. It was not until the next day that Santi realized his phone was missing. Later I received a call that someone had found a phone in the dirt near Yosemite Village. It may be a while before Santi can be reached on his phone.

Once we made our way out of Yosemite we were able to hammer away at the miles. The last few days were long and tiring but well worth the extra push. On the morning of the last day we met a former Matador and the fastest hay slinger you will ever know. Our new friend Dale!

We are currently in San Francisco with Santi’s cousin Alec who led us the last stretch to the ocean!

It’s hard to believe that our journey has come to an end, but the fight against hunger in our world continues. We challenge all to remember to think of how fortunate we are and that we all have talents that can help others.

Finishing the last 15 miles together!

Skiing to the Pacific!

We would like to first thank God for inspiring us and guiding us through this and life’s journey. We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Food for the Poor and helped us out with trip expenses. We also want to say thank you to all who helped us along the way by providing us with food and housing. Last but not least we want to thank everyone who believed we could do this and cheered us on!

Thank you Judy! You are truly one in a million!

This has been a once in a lifetime experience for us and we are truly touched by the kindness in our world. We are very grateful for our sponsors, New Moon, Solomon, Suunto, Wilson Electronics, and our amazing skis from V2!

Santi falling into the ocean

Whats next for the Ski Across America duo? We will be back to work and ski training within the week. We will also be planning with God’s guidance life’s next endeavor!

Please be sure to check back in periodically with the website. Santi will be posting a gear review to let everyone know how our equipment worked and we will be adding some other pictures from throughout the trip!

Thank you all and God Bless!

We have made it to the final state, California!!!

Yesterday, May 6th marks two months since we started Ski Across America. Today (May 7th) we made it to California! The home stretch is in sight. We were joined on Saturday by our good friend and fellow New Moon co-worker Judy Krueger. She has joined us for the last stretch of the journey so Santi and I can get in so big skiing! It has been such a blessing to have her here with us. Along with being an awesome supporter she is the best ski cheer leader around! Judy has been at many of our ski races with her husband Jim cheering us on over the years.

Before picking up Judy we skied on the Extra Terrestrial Highway through Nevada!

We have our protective helmet's on!

Oh the things you see on the ET Highway!

Hmmmm... 51 road, I wonder what that could be? Possibly Area 51?

After miles and miles of skiing this is what we found.

Santi skiing through the long valley's in Nevada.

We have been advised by many friends and family members to fill up with gas and have plenty of water in Nevada. The roads are long and towns, showers, and bathrooms are very few and far between. It has been neat to spend several nights under the  Nevada stars, off the beaten path. Last night we were treated to a beautiful full moon, rising over the hills of Nevada.

The little friend we found at our camp site.

Today we skied our last miles in Nevada and crossed into the final state, California!

The final stretch is in sight!

Tomorrow we ski through Yosemite National Park on our way to the Pacific!

 

Hello Nevada!

YAY! We have made it to Nevada. We are down to the last two states! This past week we took a few days to rest up for the last pull of the trek and plan out some details. We were able to stay with our good friend Dave Knoop.

We also had the opportunity to visit one of our sponsors, Wilson Electronics in St. George, Utah. There we met with Ken Perkins and he showed us around. Wilson Electrons gave us a cell phone booster to improve our cell phone signal and provide just enough service to get calls out in areas where it is spotty. A big thank you for your help on our journey Wilson Electronics!!!

Visiting one of our sponsors.

While taking some time to trip plan we received a picture from the St. Francis De Sales School in Spooner, WI. Thank you St. Francis School for cheering us on and your support towards the cause!

Thank you for your support St. Francis!!!

We also have some more exciting news, after reviewing our maps and some details we are a little less than 700 miles from the coast! Yahoooo, home stretch here we come!

Here is some more exciting news (if the title did not give it away). We made it to Nevada!

Goodbye Utah you were lovely, hello Nevada!

We battled a bit of a headwind most of the day but successfully made it to the town of Caliente, Nevada last night. Today we hit the road with hopes of putting in another 80-90 miles.

Here is a little treat for all of our readers. This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago and I did not get a chance to post it. Some may wonder if Santi gets enough calories in during the trip. Well I am here to tell you the $1 McDoubles are a favorite of his.

So Happy!

If anyone has a picture with their Ski Accross America T-shirt (found at New Moon Ski and Bike) and would like to share it on our blog please send it to skiacrossamerica@gmail.com