YAY, we did it!!!! Two months and five days from Atlantic to Pacific.
March 6, 2012 to May 11, 2012.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!