"A Push to Remember" team pushes to 9,033 feet in Wyoming

July 15, 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://sanluisobispo.com/.

Began our day in Cody, pushed 50 miles to Greybull. We were lucky to fall in with the Tour de Wyoming Bicycle Tour, so we had some company and extra safety vehicles around. One of the riders even kicked us a $20 donation. We parted routes just before Greybull.

We then pushed another 15 miles to Shell, where the real fun began. That is where our climb up the Bighorn Mountains began at an elevation of 4,219 feet. The ascent was unrelenting, I'm guessing a 4-6 percent grade, sometimes steeper. We actually made the climb with only four members of our team, as Melanie's knee was acting up. The most overused phrase of the day was, " I think the summit is just around the corner." It never was! When we finally reached the summit, the sign said 9,033 feet. The total length of the climb was 19.4 miles.

Dylan, Colleen and Marc were absolute animals on the climb, these young people are amazing. When we topped out we chose not to skate down the 8 percent grades with everything from motorcycles to tour buses whizzing by at Mach speeds.

We are currently holed up in Sheridan, Wyoming. Tomorrow we hope to make it to Gillette. Traffic should be much calmer as we will be in the hard to find Middle of Nowhere!

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