Day 14 – St. Louis, Missouri

We have officially been on the road two weeks and today we had the opportunity to see beautiful St. Louis after spending a night with the Ritter family of Bethalto, Illinois who were kind enough to take us in.  Thank you!

The Pink Pedal at the Ritter residence

After the Ritters took us out to a great local breakfast, we made our way across the mighty Mississippi River to St. Louis, which to our dismay was not as big as the geography textbooks from 8th grade made it appear.  It also was not as clean as I would have imagine it appeared when Louis and Clark journeyed to the west, but it was a symbol that we are making serious progress across the country.

Travis, Ty, and John looking at the Mississippi River.

We then passed by the St. Louis Arch, the gateway to the west.  We decided not to ride up to the top, because 40 dollars per person was just a little too steep for our budgets.  After crossing the Mississippi and passing under the Arch, we are officially going west.  MANIFEST DESTINY at its finest.  We checked out the museum under the arch, and enjoyed the beautiful day in the green around the monument.  St. Louis is an absolutely beautiful place.

John looking at “The Gateway to the West.”


“Check out the reflection in the shades.”

John trying to fit the whole Arch in a picture.

Travis catching up on the cell with his mom.

While in St. Louis we heard the fireworks and cheer of a home run hit at the Cardinals game in Busch Stadium, had a homeless man try to steal Nick’s camera, and ate a great lunch buffet at Sweet Tomatoes (Thank you Derron).  We told many people of our story and spread the word of The Pink Pedal to some of the fine folks of St. Louis and received some generous offers for food and a place to stay.

We even had the local REI tune up our bikes for us free of charge, thanks.

I feel as if every single day we are making a bigger (albeit still small) impact on the world around us.  It is human nature to help those who cannot help themselves, and I hope this trip and our trials and tribulations pay off and the money we raise goes to finding a cure to breast cancer.

Keep supporting us because there is nothing that will stop us from getting to California and nothing will stop us from raising as much as we can to help the fight against breast cancer.


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7 Responses to “Day 14 – St. Louis, Missouri”

  1. jeannine Says:

    hey guys!

    Great job…..we are very proud of u!!!!

    johnny and ty this is the easiest way to get ahold of u guys on here dont think its easy to pedal and talk on ur cells and im sure ur parents are calling u guys enough (hahahaha)

    ok i think i should be ok to talk about this now on here saw the doctor and everything is scheduled to go……..
    to everyone johnny and ty are both my cousins so this pink pedal thing touches close to home right about now…..

    Guys im having surgery on june 21st to see if what they found (papillary like ductal cells and cant rule out a papillary like ductal inclusion) from my right breast is benign or malignant. Doctor feels it should be ok and nothing to worry about, so we will see. they are also going to biopsy and remove some from the left because it is questionable on that side too….. I want u guys to know u doing this makes me very proud to know that the 4 of you are working so hard to raise money to help fight breast cancer. This is a really scary place to be in right now and honestly knowing that u guys are out there doing this kinda helps me a little. i hope it helps u the 4 of u when your thinking u cant go on or get tired and think only one more mile that there is someone at home here that is thinking of u guys and what your doing could potentially help them!

    kinda like the movie nemo when dory sings
    “just keep swimming” just keep pedaling just keep pedaling we know u guys will make it!

  2. Cuth Says:

    Hey Guys,
    I’ve been following you guys on here since day 1 and it is amazing the progress that you guys are making on a daily basis. As your 8th grade geography teacher I feel like I need to apologize for that textbook thing on St. Louis. Keep up the great work and I know you guys are making N.S. very proud!

  3. pauly Says:

    We love you and we will pray for you. Stay strong and positive and know that we are here if you need ANYTHING. Uncle Paul and Aunt Toni

    To the Pink Pedals, hearing about Jeanine is bringing your mission even more close to home than it was before. This disease is hitting too many women, young and old and it is devestating. Thank you and Keep Peddaling to find the CURE ASAP.

    Paul and Toni Bereskie

  4. Antoinette and Louis Mattu Says:

    Dear Ty,
    We just got done viewing your videos and reading your blogs and the first thing we noticed is your hair cut. Good job. We sure hope you didn’t pay for it. We are so proud of you and your friends and hope the rest of your journey goes well. May the good Lord Bless and Keep You.

    Grandmom and Grandpop

  5. Joyce Anczarski Says:

    the two GPS for bike riders are in and we will get them to you guys right away…just need Johnny to call his dad to see where to ship them to….hopefully no more getting lost! Love ya all, Mom Joyce

  6. Sandy and Steve Anto Says:

    We are enjoying your blog and thinking of you each day. You guys are truly amazing! Take Care. We love you!

    The Anto’s

  7. lynn lyon Says:

    I had just read the story about the Pink Pedal Project in the Quay County Sun and then saw the accident story in the AZ Central newspaper…I am so sad and my prayers go out to the family…To have had such a great idea to do something good and to have it end in this way is devistating. I know God must have other Plans for John’s life. Believe this tragedy will be used for God Glory…You’ll see…Love, Lynn

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