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Thanks for stopping by at bike4thecure – a charity project in order to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Here you can follow my bike adventure on famous Route 66 from Chicago all the way to LA. Check in every day to watch new videos, pictures and read all about what’s happening on the road as well as at various event locations along the way. Thank you very much for all of your support.

Yours,
Iris

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Chicago

Chicago

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Arrived in Chicago safely on September 7th, 2010. Going thru immigration at JFK took an eternity and it feld like being in a sauna. We all were cramped together like sardines in a tiny, tiny hallway with no windows and it was incredibly hot. Anyway, made it to the "windy city", picked up rental car and drove to our friends´ house in Mundelein, IL. Soooooo happy. September 8th, 2010Had a good night´s sleep and some yummy breakfast. Drove to REI Northbrooks and got a bike GPS and some other stuff. Had lunch at Whole Foods,…

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Day 44

Day 44

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October 26thPASADENA, CA - SANTA MONICA, CA (30 miles)No words could describe how I feel right now. I know I should be happy, but I´m just very sad right now. For the last couple of miles I just cried and kind of still am as I am writing this. I wish I could stay and find somebody who would give me chance and offer me a job. As this project has hopefully proven I do have a lot of positive energy. I will keep on trying and my fingers crossed that someday it will become a reality.…

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Day 43

Day 43

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October 25thSANTA CLARITA - OJAI - PASADENA (120 miles)Well, what can I say. Biked to one of my favourite places today and enjoyed every minute of it. Ojai Valley is simply stunning. Really tired right now and pretty emotional too. So, I better get some rest before the big day tomorrow.{youtube}/v/CCBhgOU6Vz0?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 43 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day43{/gallery}

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Day 42

Day 42

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October 24thSANTA CLARITA, CA - GREEN VALLEY (60 miles)I can just start to feel my fingers again. It was sooooooooooooooooo cold today. Seriously, they should rename that song, cause it was much more California freezing than dreamin. Plus I was a little tired from the Halloween party last night, which was great. Anyway, I had fun biking and I can´t believe it is only two more days. Got to go to bed right now and getting ready for tomorrow´s stage, which is gonna be the longest of the entire tour: 130 miles. I will probably bike towards…

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Day 41

Day 41

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October 23rdSanta Clarita, CA (60 miles)Stopped by at Results Fitness in the morning and told folks about the project, which was pretty cool. Such nice people. Then in the afternoon I biked for about 60 miles all around Santa Clarita and beautiful Canyon Country. I have not seen the Pacific yet and I don´t actually paln on doing it until Tuesday (cause I don´t want to ruin the big finale), but I can almost smell it. And since Halloween is only a couple of more days away, tonight it will be party time…

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Day 40

Day 40

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October 22ndLAS VEGAS, NV - CALIFORNIA (80 miles)California dreamin....biking towards the Pacific coast. After two break days in Las Vegas it felt good to be back on the road again. And California did not disappoint me: Sunshine all day long. Hope it stays this way...{youtube}/v/qPj1vTnnElo?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 40 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day40{/gallery}

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Day 38 & 39

Day 38 & 39

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October 20th and 21stLAS VEGASI have to admit that I didn´t really do anything in Las Vegas except walking up and down the Strip one time. Well, a little bit of gambling, but other than that it just felt good to rest for two days after beeing on the bike for 5 weeks. So, that´s why there are just a few pics and no video.Day 38 & 39 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day38{/gallery}

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Day 37

Day 37

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October 19thBOULDER CITY, NV - LAS VEGAS, NV (30 miles)Glenn invited us to have breakfast with the "ROMEO guys". I talked a bit about my project and we then has to head to City Hall, cause I met the mayor. He presented me with a proclamation and declared October 20th, 2010 as BIKE4THECURE day in Boulder City, NV. Biking into Las Vegas afterwards was a breeze and it only took me about 2 hours. Checked into the hotel and.......everything else will be kept under wraps !!!{youtube}/v/m65Gc1KP46U?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 37 (click…

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Day 36

Day 36

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October 18thKINGMAN, AZ - BOULDER CITY, NV (80 miles)Upps, got stopped by a cop his morning.....but it´s all good - he was a really nice guy. And I swear that none of this was staged . Anyway, biked on Hyw 93 towards Boulder City respectively infamous Hoover Dam. Unfortunately.....for all the cars ....they still hadn´t open the bridge so traffic was terrible and everybody was stuck. Well, not everybody....a german girl, who happens to ride her bicycle across the USA right now, pedaled…

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Day 35

Day 35

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October 17thSEDONA, AZ - SELIGMAN, AZ (80 miles)First of all Red Rock County really rocks. The scenery is just stunning and soooo unique. It was a lot of fun to bike thru it and pass all the traffic, because there were tons of tourists. Second of all, for the first time, it rained, which was cold, wet and simply no fun.  So, now all I want to do is go to sleep....{youtube}/v/9F3_Z1w6UoQ?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 35 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day35{/gallery} 

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Day 34

Day 34

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October 16thTUCSON, AZ - GLENDALE, AZ - SEDONA, AZGot up at 4am in order to be in Glendale, AZ by 6.45am. Tyler of Arrowhead Country Club was nice enough to offer me a chance to teach a couple of tracks at this great location and tell people about my project. In order to this I decided to drive to Glendale and then bike to Sedona, AZ in the afternoon, Tyler could not have been nicer and I had a really good time. Vilma gave me a great massage and I´m glad…

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Day 33

Day 33

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October 15thTUCSON, AZ - Event dayI always knew that Arizona is a wonderful state with such diverse and stunning and breathtaking and gorgeous and beautiful and impressive and amazing and fantastic scenery, but now I also know that Arizonians - especially everybody who lives in Tucson - well, actually everybody who is a member at Canyon Fitness  - top that by at least 300%.  You guys have been sooooooooo freaking awwwwwwwwwwwesome I don´t even have words for it. Thank you so much for having me…

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Day 32

Day 32

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October 14thGLOBE, AZ - TUCSON, AZ (75 miles)Amazing Arizona. Biked thru some beautiful scenery and saw tons!!!! of Saguaros for the first time in my life. Really cool. Tucson offers some breathtaking scenery and seems to be a pretty cool place. Can´t wait for the event tomorrow. Also, today I just wanted to show you how a typical bike4thecure day looks like...and it´s all true {youtube}/v/ws-5DyWsDic?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 32 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day32{/gallery}

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Day 31

Day 31

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October 13thHOLBROOK, AZ - GLOBE, AZ (75 miles)Worked on my tan today - I am orange now. Due to the fact that I will be having an event in Tucson, AZ on friday I said good-bye to Route 66 in the morning and now taking a little detour and heading south. And then the unbelievable happened: I found another puppy, which was put out on the street. There was a cardboard box right next to the shoulder and as I passed it I heard this weeping noise - so I stopped to check it out. I could…

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Day 30

Day 30

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October 12thGALLUP, NM - HOLBROOK, AZ (75 miles)Wow, that´s all what comes to my mind today. I´ve been in love with Arizona since my time working at the Grand Canyon. It is just stunning. Biked thru Petrified Forest National Park today, which kept me breathless. After each corner there was another new "Wow" moment. Pictures can only reflect a fraction of how beautiful the park really is - you have got top see it with your own eyes. Checking out national parks is one of my favourite things - as a matter of fact - from now…

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Day 29

Day 29

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October 11thGRANTS, NM - GALLUP, NM (60 miles)The scenery just keeps getting more pretty each day. Really enjoyed biking today. Crossed the "Continental Divide" and - again - got in some indian trouble. Don´t worry we smoked the pipe of peace afterwards. Tomorrow I will be entering Arizona and start to head south towards Tucson, AZ. LA is getting closer and closer. {youtube}/v/IiY6lGmn56o?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 29 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day29{/gallery}

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Day 28

Day 28

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October 10thALBUQUERQUE, NM - GRANTS, NM (100 miles)Boy oh boy, how stunning is our planet. Biked out of Albuquerque today back into the desert and was overwhelmed by its beauty. Everybody needs to treat our planet with the most respect and help to preserve it as much as one possibly can. After having a break day it felt good to be back on the road again even though - for about 2 miles - I had to bike on pretty bad stretch of gravel road. No fun with a racing bike.…

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Day 27

Day 27

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October 9thALBUQUERQUE - Event dayWoke up at 6.15am in order to get ready for my huge Albuquerque event today. I also wanted to make sure to catch sight of some hot air ballons, because today was the second to last day of famous Ballon Festival. The weather was just perfect and I spotted about 50 ballons on my way to the gym. After getting to the gym I sat up my little fundraiser table and had some fgun myself with a whole bunch of helium ballons. Then I started to collect…

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Day 25 & 26

Day 25 & 26

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October 7thSANTA ROSA, NM - MORIARTY, NM (100 miles)Well, today it would have been 100 miles on the interstate, which I did not like at all. So, I changed my stage and instead biked from Clives Corner to Santa Fe and then to Moriarty, which equaled a 100 miles. And boy, was I in for a treat. The scenery was just stunning and there was almost no traffic. I had my lunch break at Whole Foods and quickly checked out the Santa Fe Plaza. It really is a cool and artsy…

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Day 24

Day 24

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October 6thTUCUMCARI, NM - SANTA ROSA, NM (80 miles)When I started in the morning I thought not much would happen on the road today - just another beautiful day in New Mexico riding my bike thru the desert. Little did I know what state no. 6 had in stock for me. First I had to bike an the interstate - I want to stress that I did not want to do it - but there was no other option due to the fact that there were no other roads I could…

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Day 23

Day 23

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October 5thADRIAN, TX - TUCUMCARI, NM (65 miles)From now on there is definitely NO TURNING BACK!!! I made it to midpoint Route 66 and after biking 1139 miles now I´m looking forward to the next 1139 miles. May the force be with me!!! So, today, leaving Texas behind and heading to New Mexico. Once again the terrain changed as soon as I crossed the state line. Unfortunately it changed from a nice paved road to gravel road, which is no fun to ride on with a racing bike. But I had…

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Day 22

Day 22

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October 4thAMARILLO, TX - ADRIAN, TX (80 miles)Ok, here come today´s attractions: First of all, of course, "Cadillac ranch" and then - let me think -then there was wind, followed by some more wind and what else...I can´t remember....  oh, yes, that´s right...even more wind. Seriously, the worst wind day yet. Maybe having beans for dinner wasn´t such a good idea ? However, I made it to Adrian.... and now have a new hairdo. A little too early for Halloween. Anyway, today is halftime or…

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Day 21

Day 21

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October 3rdAMARILLO, TX - Event dayWhat a day!!! Sorry, if I have to repeat myself, but Texas is terrific - and really chilly on October 3rd. There was a huge thunderstorm at night with apparently one very, very loud thunder, but I slept like a rock and didn´t hear a thing. There was an excellent article about the project in the sunday edition of the Amarillo Globe News, which was really exciting. I coudn´t believe how many people showed up at the gym today and filled the room with such an…

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Day 20

Day 20

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October 2ndGROOM, TX - AMARILLO, TX (70 miles)Last night I´ve hugging my pillow, because I knew I was gonna go to Amarillo. Well, what can I say? First time in Texas and I am already loving it. People are so laid back and fun. Sylvia and a whole bunch of other people gave me such a warm welcome and made me feel at home right away. Later that night we went to a place called "Texas Roadhouse" where I had a very delicious baked potato, some fresh veggies and a salad.…

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Day 19

Day 19

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October 1st Erick, OK – Groom, TX (75 miles)   Today was Texas premiere. I have never been here before and I already like it a lot. Riding thru so much open space feels very liberating. It does not matter if you look to the right or left – the land seems to be endless. Once again very intense sunshine, but fortunately only a little wind. Right after I crossed the state line a couple of dogs chased me down the road. I guess they had never seen someone crazy like me…

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Day 18

Day 18

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September 30thClinton, OK - Erick, OK ( 60 miles)Last day biking thru beautiful Oklahoman indian territory and having some fun on the road. And for some reason today was the first day I really got a Route 66 feeling. Maybe it was, because for the first time the pic in my head matched the terrain I was biking thru. Weird, hmmm? It was just a whole lot of nothing - no matter where I looked. Just nothing. Really looking forward to check out what the next states will have to offer.…

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Day 17

Day 17

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September 29thOklahoma City, OK - Clinton, OK (90 miles)First of all I want to say that I had such a blast in Ardmore, OK last night. Those guys were so much fun. Thanks for hosting me. Worked on the video editing until about 1am in the morning and got up 8.00am. After a quick breakfast we drove back to OKC and I jumped on my bike at around 10.30am. Once again - and you are probably getting sick of this - blue skies and sunshine. Even though it was in the…

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Day 16

Day 16

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September 28thARDMORE, OK - Event dayFirst of all: I love Ardmore, OK. I had such a blast and everybody was simply amazing. I cannot get over how enthusiastic, wonderful and supportive the people at Ladies Workout Express were. They had arrange a hotel, dinner vouchers and free food for the event. Thank you so much for all of this. I really think that in this case pictures say more than thousand words - so roll it.....{youtube}/v/T97BmuDATY0?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 16 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day16{/gallery}  

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Day 15

Day 15

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September 27thDavenport, OK - Oklahoma City, OK (80 miles)As for bike riding: My favorite day so far. Hit the road at around 9.00am with beautiful blue sky, perfect temperature and sunshine. Today I could have continued to bike for hours. Enjoyed Oklahoma scenery and just let my mind wander and thinking about.....nothing really. I just sucked in whatever was around me and enjoyed pedaling towards Oklahoma City. The place we spent the night at was just breathtaking. Very unique. {youtube}/v/aR0D7E8oPaU?fs=1&hl=de_DEfs=1&|600|500|1{/youtube}Day 15 (click on any image to start slideshow){gallery}day15{/gallery}…

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Day 14

Day 14

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September 26thTULSA, OK - DAVENPORT, OK (60 miles)Today was a pretty unspectacular 60 mile bike ride. Not much exciting happened. It only took me about 3 hours, because the terrain was rather flat and almost no wind. However, it was freezing in the morning or was it just me? I don´t remember, because that part of my brain still needs to defreeze. I put on all the biking gear I had and still was longing for some hot tea. It did get a little better in the afternoon, but I soooo…

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Day 13

Day 13

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September 25thTULSA, OK - break dayWoke up in Tulsa at 6.30am and went to the Susan G. Komen "Race for the cure" at Oral Roberts University. With perfect weather it was amazing how many people showed up and took part in this great cause. KOTV Channel 6 briefly interviewed me about my project and I also got to meet LeAnne Taylor of KOTV and we chatted for a few minutes. Maybe they will air my tape piece on the news. Afterwards we went to a fundraiser breakfast at Applebee´s and Scott…

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Day 12

Day 12

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September 24thVINITA, OK - TULSA, OK (60 miles)Today actually felt like a breeze and somehow each and every day gets better and better. I thought that I might feel a little worn out by now, but that´s just not happening. To be honest with you - not at all. I guess it´s because every day is so exciting and different in so many ways and I get to meet a number of very interesting people. Plus everybody is very supportive so that helps me to keep up my motivation and energy.…

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Day 11

Day 11

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September 23rdJOPLIN, MO - VINITA, OK (60 miles) Today´s word: Headwind....well, actually "Sidewind", which really nearly swept me off my bike a couple of times - but I won . Anyway, biked thru 3 states today. Started out in Missouri, conquered Kansas and by the end of the day made it to Oklahoma. Did I already mention that it was windy today? It is so interesting, because each state is so different from one another and it is very hard to say, which one I…

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Day 10

Day 10

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September 22ndSPRINGFIELD, MO - JOPLIN, MO (85 miles)Today was the best day yet. Started pretty early in the morning, my legs felt very fresh and ready for another day of biking thru beautiful Missouri. Then, after about 2 hours, the unbelievable happened. I started to talk to a guy about what I was doing and he spontaneously called the local radio station, which agreed to do an short-notice interview with me. How great is that? I just couldn´t believe it, but went down to the station anyway where I met Dan,…

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Day 9

Day 9

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September 21stSPRINGFIELD, MO - Break daySlept in.......that felt really great. Had a healthy breakfast with a lot of fresh fruit and enjoyed some playing time with the animals. Worked on the webpage a bit and stocked up on groceries at the supermarket. In the afternoon me and my roadie Phil went to a baseball batting cage and had some fun hitting a couple of fast (well, at first slow) balls. Like right now I don´t get to work out enough !!! Went to dinner with…

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Day 8

Day 8

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September 20thWAYNESVILLE, MO - SPRINGFIELD, MO - 85 milesToday I already got a glimpse of what it will be like in New Mexico, Arizona and California. Riding in the sun all day long with almost no shadow. I used up an entire bottle of sunscreen. Route 66 basically was just going straight for miles and miles and miles - and of course up and down and back up again. I took breaks about every hour or so just to get out of the sun for a few minutes, which everytime was…

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Day 6 and 7

Day 6 and 7

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September 18thST. LOUIS, MO - SULLIVAN, MO - 75 milesWoke up in St. Louis, MO on a beautiful sunny day feeling well rested and ready to take on the road again. Had some cereal for breakfast and headed out the city around 10.00am. Traffic was kind of heavy and I had to watch out for cars and some massive pot holes in the street. After leaving the city behind me I realized that Missouri is really, really green and really, really hilly. I should have figured that when I saw a…

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Day 5

Day 5

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ST. LOUIS, MO - Break dayA beautiful day in St. Louis, MO. Spent the night at a real nice house right near the university. Very relaxed atmosphere, which reminded me when I was at UC Berkeley. I spent most of the day updating my blog. Took the metro to the "Arch" and took a couple of pics. Very impressive. Had some dinner and went to bed early in order to be fit for the next day. PS: The Cardinals won :-)Day 5 (click on any image to start slideshow{gallery}day5{/gallery}…

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Day 4

Day 4

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Springfield, IL to St. Louis, MO (100 miles)The longest stage yet. 100 miles. Quite a workout, but really great. Left Springfield pretty early in the morning. It was a little overcast and not too hot, which worked out perfectly for a ride like this. Passed thru some cute little towns on the way south and once again a lot of corn fields. Unfortunately there also were many dead animals - mostly skunks - along the road. After a little more than 7 hours and right around sunset I crossed Missouri Stateline and the Mississippi.…

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Day 3

Day 3

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Peoria, IL to Springfield, IL (60 miles)Another beautiful day in Illinois, but luckily with less sunshine so my legs did get some "sun relieve" and temperatures a little lower. Biked for about 4 hours thru fields and fields and what else? Oh, yeah - some more fields. It was fun though and everybody I met was just soooo friendly. Some hills along the way as well and some more fields. I was so happy to have my bike GPS, because I would have been soooo lost. Got to Springfield, IL at about 5pm. Check out the…

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Day 2

Day 2

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Bloomington, IL to Peoria, IL  (60 miles)In the morning I was a guest on the Scott Laughlin radio morning show. The interview went well and I hope that many people listened to it. After a quick breakfast I started to bike towards Gardner, IL. It was really, really hot and I got quite a sunburn. After getting to Gardner, IL I jumped into the car and we drove to "The clubs at River City" in Peoria, which hosted an event that night. I have to tell you that these guys were amazing.…

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Day 1

Day 1

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Chicago, IL to Gardner, IL (70miles)Today my big cross country adventure started and project “bike4thecure” finally really hit the road. The weather couldn´t have been better - sunshine, blue skies and 80°. Just perfect!!! Went to “The Bean” first and at about 9.45 started to bike down Adams St, which is the starting point of Route 66 (in fact it is Jackson Blvd, but they made it a one way). Biked thru some great neighborhoods and got one-on-one with Chicago. You just feel so much more connected to a place if you…

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About Me

About Me

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I was born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany on May 1st, 1975 at 6.35am as – get ready for this - Iris Sybilla Maria Klein, but wasn´t able to pronounce much less write my full entire name until I hit puberty – so basically last year ;-). Trust me I had no say at all in this whole middle name giving issue and all the credit has to go to my parents, who decided to do that in honor of my two grandma´s.  I guess the best…

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