"A Push to Remember" team continues to push through Oregon

July 10, 2013 

Morro Bay resident Jack Smith is skateboarding across America to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Smith and his "A Push to Remember" team is hoping to raise $100,000 on their three-week trek from Oregon to New York. For the team's route and other information, visit http://www.apushtoremember.com/. Smith's updates on the trip will continue to be posted at http://www.sanluisobispo.com/.

Started the morning in John Day, Oregon. For most of the morning we had sweet road surfaces and mild temps. Some big climbs once again. We push up every mountain that stands in our way. There are times when we don't skate down some of the steeper passes, especially the ones with no shoulders and too much traffic. My motto is "there is only shame in not skating up." Anyone can skate down.

Early afternoon found us in one of my favorite places: Unity, Oregon, population is maybe 50. My leg finished up right at the local "watering hole." While I was waiting for the rest of the team to show up I chatted with some locals who were pretty amazed to see someone my age come riding up on a skateboard. Unity is really in the middle of nowhere ... look it up. As I started to open the door I couldn't believe what I was seeing, a Rootmental Push sticker, placed there by Scott Kam, a member of our 2003 skateboard ride across America. The owners were stoked when I told them we had placed it there ten years ago. Man, I just wanted to stay in there the rest of the afternoon and drink root beers.

We pushed the rest of the afternoon on terrible pavement, into headwinds. When we finally reached Vale, Oregon it was 99 degrees. Tonight we are in Ontario, Oregon and will begin pushing tomorrow from Nyssa, Oregon. Tomorrow we will be joined by Curt Chapman, a skater from Utah who will skate a bit with us.

I would like to thank all of you who made donations to A Push to Remember today, we noticed quite a spike in contributions. Remember you can follow our progress at http://www.apushtoremember.com/.

Time for rest.

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