"A Push to Remember" team faces winds and rough roads in the Dakotas

July 19, 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/.

Got an early start today, hoping to beat as much wind and heat as possible. Will somebody please turn the dang wind machine off! Another day of 15-20 mph headwind/sidewind and temps in the 90s. Made really good time the first two hours, then started playing the "disappearing shoulder and chip seal" game. At one point we even had to follow a pilot car over freshly laid chip.

The shoulder on 212 kept alternating from 5 star to non-existent for most of the morning. Finally around noon, I made the call to drive about 15 miles north on a county road to try our luck on Highway 20. We got lucky...nice shoulder, smooth surface almost all the way to Watertown. Mr. Headwind accompanied us the whole way!

The kids did a great job of pushing in terrible conditions today...they are tough.

Cathy from the Watertown Visitors Center was able to line us up free lodging at the beautiful Ramkota Best Western. Deb, the manager of the Ramkota made us instantly feel at home. Now if she could only do something about that dang headwind.

This evening, an old friend and skater from Morro Bay, Bill Miller, drove six hours from his home in Wisconsin to meet us and treat us to a wonderful dinner. Bill was one of the first and major contributors to "A Push to Remember." He also drove tomorrow's route for us on his way here and handed us detailed notes before he left. Thanks for everything Bill!

Tomorrow we invade Minnesota.

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