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Thank You

July 14, 2010

On behalf of everyone involved with The Pink Pedal we would like to say thank you for the tremendous support.  Every person that donated to the cause, bought a t-shirt, gave us somewhere to stay, and even left a comment on our website helped push The Pink Pedal to what it is today.  We  also can’t say enough to thank everyone who donated to help out the Anczarski family in their time of need.

The Pink Pedal has come a long way from an idea just thrown around in early January.  In a little over four months we successfully created and executed a cross county cycling trip to do what we could to help the fight for breast cancer.  The Pink Pedal was a lot more work than I think any of us imagined when we decided to go ahead with the idea.  Behind the scenes we were working day in and day out to get this up and running.  Knowing how many people we could potentially help really inspired us to push the project ahead.  We never would have thought that biking would actually be one of the easier parts of the trip (and by no means was it easy).

The hundreds of phone calls and emails showed us just how much work goes into a fundraiser of this magnitude.  We remember talking amongst ourselves that the IRS makes it really hard to do something good.  Learning all of the subtitles of tax exemption took weeks until we actually figured out to legally make The Pink Pedal.

Figuring out a breast cancer organization was also difficult as we needed to find one that could help us take secure online donations.  After calling what seemed like every cancer and breast cancer organization in the United States, Susan G. Komen for the Cure quickly became the obvious choice for our venture.  They had a great online infrastructure already set in place and we knew they could put the money we raised where it needed to go to make a difference.

After contacting countless companies in every industry imaginable and many frustrating days, we ended up with some great sponsors that helped make this trip a reality.  For every one company that agreed to help us, it was like 10 would say no right off the bat and 20 would never even call us back.  Gaining corporate support was much more difficult than any of us initially thought.  We were all in different parts of the country so organization could sometimes prove difficult, but in the end it all worked out for a departure in late May.  The Pink Pedal truly was the trip of a lifetime.

We all wanted to make a difference in the world and I think we have made a larger impact than we could have ever imagined.  Rest In Peace John.  Your sacrifices and the mark you left on the world will never be forgotten.

-Ty Bereskie

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John Anczarski

June 23, 2010

John Anczarski was involved in a serious accident in Laguna, New Mexico and has passed away from serious trauma to the head. Rest In Peace. To support the Anczarski family in this difficult time you can send checks to:

John Anczarski
111 Valley Hill Road
Ashland, PA 17921

Make Check Out To: John Anczarski


Forever in our hearts and minds, Rest In Peace

John Robert Anczarski

Hot Air Balloon Champagne Ride

June 20, 2010

While in Albuquerque, we had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon.  Albuquerque is known for it’s HUGE hot air balloon festival and is the mecca of ballooning in the United States.  Knowing this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity, we welcomed the chance with open arms and eagerly awaited Saturday morning to set off to the skies.

We awoke around 5:45 A.M. to be ready for a 6:45 departure. In the hot summer months, ballooning must be done before it gets too hot.  The weather was perfect and barely any wind, perfect ballooning conditions.

Ty and Travis on the way to the departure site with the family.

We made our way to the departure area and worked with the crew to set the hot air balloon up.  Even though we were the only four going up (not including our pilot), there was a large support team out there helping set everything up and to chase the balloon.


The Pink Pedal with our pilot Elaine on the balloon.

Ty and Travis were the first to set off to the sky and left the ground to a cheering crowd of the balloon crew and Pink Pedal supporters.


Ty and Travis about to set off.


And we’re off…

After a half hour ride, we set down in a small commercial plaza and after getting out of the basket we couldn’t stop smiling.  It was truly an amazing experience.  Next it was John and Nick’s turn.  


Nick and John in the skies above Albuquerque.


The view from above


Sharing the skies!

After what only seemed liked a few moments, they were back on the ground and our ballooning adventure was over.  All that was left was to pack up the balloon.


The crew squeezing and packing the balloon up.


Folding it into the bag.


The Pink Pedal compresses the balloon for a snug fit.

After the ride and packing up, the group went to a nice park near Rio Ranchero and had a breakfast.  Here we were officially sworn in as honorary members of the balloon crew.  Now, they don’t call it a “Champagne Ride” for nothing.  Our great pilot pulled out a bottle of Champagne to celebrate our first ever hot air balloon ride.  We thought you are supposed to drink it to celebrate…


First we had to try and catch the cork


Then we were told to drink from the cup with no hands as tradition states!


THEN THIS…Our first ride, our champagne ride!

The crew soaked us with champagne to our surprise and we officially became members of the I am Banana’s II hot air balloon crew with balloon pins to show it!


Travis receiving a congratulatory hug.


Nick receiving his pin.

Expect videos from the balloon soon!


New Mexico has amazing sunsets.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 19, 2010

The short ride from Moriarty to Albuquerque turned out to be a little more difficult than expected. The first half was plagued with probably the worst head wind we’ve experienced yet. Despite the rough start we managed to make up time on the descent into Albuquerque.  About 3 miles away from Lisa Hornberger Edmonds’ and Amy Hornberger Susan’s neighborhood we were surprised by a motorcycle escort from a kind friend of theirs, who at the time was sporting a Pink Pedal shirt.

The excitement was high as we came closer, nearing the house we came across some cheering fans.


Upon our arrival.


Great support from Albuquerque, we can’t thank you all enough for everything you’re doing for us.

Shortly after our arrival we had to hop in the car to get downtown where we were set to meet the mayor. Although our time with him was short, it was great to see the city was beyond us all the way up to the mayor. While with the mayor we received personal congratulatory letters and pins from the city.


Travis introducing himself to Mayor Richard Berry


The Pink Pedal posing with the mayor.

After meeting the mayor our weekend of relaxation hit full force.  We enjoyed a beautiful day with Lisa, Amy and their friends and family filled with LOTS of food and an amazing pool.  At the end of the day we retired to the much needed beds that we were provided, they were just a tad more comfortable than sleeping four in our support van as we did the previous 2 nights.

Friday morning we woke up bright and early to support our nations soccer team, only to watch the refs take the winning goal away from them. Thanks to England’s poor performance in the following game, we are still alive in the world cup. GO USA!

Following the game we made our way back to the pool for the day. Oh how good it was. Now that we had a chance to even those biker tans out, we were ready to experience the sites, sounds, and tastes of Albuquerque.


Great photo op with a local mariachi band.


With Lisa and Amy in Old Town Albuquerque.


Ty and his #1 fan Julia.


Hanging out with Julia and Ryan. Someday they’ll be riding across the country just like us.

It was a great start to our stay here in Albuquerque with much more to come. Saturday morning we’ll be going up in a hot air balloon and in the afternoon we’ll be recording a story with Albuquerque’s ABC network to air on the Saturday evening news. Check back for more updates…

New Mexico

June 17, 2010

The Pink Pedal has been through Oklahoma and Texas in the last few days and now we are in beautiful, but desolate, New Mexico.  It is a welcomed change in landscape from the grazing-land and farms of the midwest.  Signs of civilization here are few and far between, which means finding any internet at all can be a chore (it can be nearly impossible to find a GOOD connection).

Route 66 is a shell of its former self.  Every other building we see is abandoned.   I can only wonder what it looked like in its heyday.  The surroundings here have been weathered by wind and time in what can even seem like artwork from god.  At one point John forgot he left his boat shoes on the roof of the van and realized 30 minutes later.  He found his shoes flat as pancakes on historic Route 66 and is actually wearing them right now!

We spent our first night in New Mexico camped out at a truck stop.  John and Travis slept under the New Mexico stars, while Ty and Nick slept in the van.  At the worst time possible, 3:48 A.M. to be exact, the sprinkler systems turned on and chaos ensued. Travis and John were soaked with what they thought was rain. Only to realize it wasn’t, but not before they had ran for cover. With no other choice they had to put their cots in the middle of the parking lot.  At about 7 a.m. security woke John and Travis from their sleep to inform them they don’t allow people to sleep on cots in the middle of the parking lot.  At this point it didn’t much matter, we already got our decent nights sleep.  Thanks to our early wake up we were able to cook up some breakfast in the parking lot. We enjoyed a meal of pancakes with syrup and water to drink.  Life on the road can sure be luxurious!  John even snuck into a hotel’s spa for some much needed rest and relaxation.

At the end of riding that day, we arrived in Santa Rosa, New Mexico and found a local swimming hole.   After riding through the desert all day a quick swimming session was just what we needed and counted as our bath for the day.


We even came across a fellow Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania resident traveling west like us (but by car of course) and another cross country bike rider.

Yesterday we battled a strong headwind for much of the day, but at the end of the day we were averaging over 24 miles per hour with a very strong tailwind that helped us end our day strong.  Today, we will be arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the largest city in the state!  Hopefully we can do some fundraising here and get in touch with some of the local media.

Day 19

June 12, 2010

The last few days we have not had a great internet connection, so we havn’t been able to get pictures and detailed posts up.  However, while we havn’t been able to update, we HAVE been spreading the word of The Pink Pedal!  So here is a long blog update with lots of pictures to catch everyone up on our last few days.

Route 66 Drive-in

John has an audience.


We spent Tuesday night camping out at a local Wal-Mart and we were bombarded by a thunderstorm that woke us up early in the morning.  The wind slammed into our tents into dawn and we all ended up soaking wet along with all of our tents and gear.  After the deaths recently associated with the flash floods in Arkansas, we were all happy that we decided to camp on high ground…although a bed and a roof over our heads would have been much better.

Travis drying out the tent after the storms.

We spent Wednesday with Luke Hasenberg in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and enjoyed some much needed Sportscenter and some good Oklahoma pizza.

John over one of the few streams in Oklahoma.


We spent Thursday with Stuart and the Edwards family in Norman, Oklahoma.  He directed us to some of the best ice cream in town and gave us a few comfortable beds to sleep in.  His good friend Cooper escorted us throughout the Oklahoma University campus and gave us a VIP tour of all of the OU athletic facilities.  We had the chance to go to the top of of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and even walk on the field!

John, Ty, and Travis in the Oklahoma Athletic Director’s cart.

Sooner Country!

“It is big….but it is no Beaver Stadium.”

J.R. is a rebel without a cause.

The tunnel

Trav and John running the hundred yard dash.

Today we spent all day battling a strong headwind/crosswind that was blowing us all over the road.  A strong headwind isn’t only physically demanding, but mentally demanding.  At least hills have an end, headwinds seem as if they never end.  For the first day in a week, there was also NO FLAT TIRES!!!

Only a train can stop us…momentarily of course

Nick loves biking!

Video update from the St. Louis area

June 10, 2010

Day 15 & 16 – Missouri

June 8, 2010

Day 15 covered a distance of about 109 miles through Missouri.  NEWS FLASH: Missouri is full of very steep hills.  Every mile was filled with beautiful farm landscapes with little civilization in any direction. The road kill in Missouri was quite different from the previous states, consisting mostly of crushed turtles and not to mention one poor armadillo.

The previous nights sleeping arrangement left us high on life, only to fall back when we found ourselves troubling to find a town with a population greater than 600 people.  Our ending point on day 15 was Iberia, Missouri. With nothing more than two gas stations and a closed super market we didn’t have many options for a place to stay. Luckily a local was nice enough to offer us his yard to set up our tents for the night.  Little did we know he owns the loudest rooster on record…at least we didn’t have to set our alarms.

Thanks to the rooster we were able to get a good jump on the next day bright and early.  We continued inching closer and closer to California.

John has a bad case of helmet hair

The Cows.


Ty doing his best cow call.


Once Ty finished calling in the cattle, we made a team decision to ride further south to journey into the depths of Oklahoma rather than Kansas. We ended day 16 in south west Missouri, from which we will soon cross into Kansas briefly before venturing through Oklahoma followed by Texas and New Mexico.  Sorry Kansas, maybe next time.

Day 14 – St. Louis, Missouri

June 6, 2010

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.”

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“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.

Day 13 and Bethalto, Illinois

June 4, 2010

Today was one of the most beautiful yet toughest rides of the trip thus far.

We faced strong headwinds throughout the entire journey and temperatures were reaching the upper 90s all along Route 66.  It was a relief for all of us when we reached the Ritter household.

We would like to thank George and JoAnn Ritter for giving us a place to stay and ordering us some of the best pizza in all of Illinois along with some great hospitality.

To anyone trying to contact Ty….his phone still hasnt’ been repaired or replaced so if its important you can call one of the other guys or email him at tbereski@uvm.edu.