Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hello!  Christian Lyman reporting from Highland Utah!  We are finished!  We got to Virginia beach yesterday!  It was the best experience of my life!  This trip was so fun!  We learned so much!  Thank you to everyone who followed the blog through our great journey and thank you all for your support!  Special thanks to Grandpa for getting us on this trip in the first place!  We love you!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tomorrow is the Day!

This trip has been amazing!  I have learned so much!  I have been noticing some pretty weird stuff lately too.  It's almost like we aren't even riding anymore.  Ha we have doing this for about a month now and it just seems normal to me to wake up at 4:30 and spin all day.  Is that weird?  Time is going by so fast while we are on our bikes and I can't talk for everyone but I am starting to zone out while riding....  You could ask me 10 questions about anything we passed today and I would maybe get 1 right.  I have no clue where we are (on a map)  and it doesn't even matter anymore.  All we wanna see is the beach and I think that until we see it, we wont see anything else.  Except for big hills...  those are still visible.  Unfortunately.  Well!  Tomorrow will be the last post!  Talk to ya then!



Monday, June 27, 2011

We're not in Kansas anymore

Virginia.  Virginia Virginia Virginia.  Well.  It's our last state.  We are in Danville tonight.  Today was actually a pretty cool day because we are out of the Appalachian mountains for good!  Growing up in Utah I have always been told that The Appalachian mountains were small and basically "big hills" compared to the Wasatch.  

I was sadly misinformed.....

They are much larger than everyone says they are!  And once you get to the top!  You just go down and back up!  For about 200 miles give er take a few!  Oh what a day it has been.  I also had 20 more chicken nuggets (for those of you tallying them all up).

2 days till it's all over!


Saturday, June 25, 2011


Howdy yall!  We made it to Virginia!  400 miles till we are DONE!   Today was a pretty average day.  We woke up at hit the Cumberland Gap.  It was a huge tunnel!  Right through the mountain!  Then when we came out on the other side.  We were in Tennessee!  Then we went into Virginia about 5 minutes later!  Then back to Tennessee!  And we did this all day long!  So I'm honestly not sure what state we are in right now.  Oh well!  It's not the ocean so it just depresses me.  We have 4 days left or as Jerry says "3 days and a wake up".  I like this more because it seems like less.  But either way!  We still have alot of spinning to do!  Today we climbed!  Much climbing!  It was just up and down!  And whoever said they were just rolling hills never road these "hills" on a bike!  Because everything seems much larger when your doing it under your own power.  Oh well.  Gramps says it puts hair on my chest.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Is Kentucky really Lucky?

Hello world wide web!  Christian Lyman here! And I think that Kentucky is the most beautiful place in the world!  It's so much better than the desert!  But then again..... It's not hard to beat the desert...

We have been climbing a ton lately! Something about crossing over the Appalachian Mountains.  But who knows.   And I just realized that in the past 3 days I have eaten 75 chicken nuggets.  If you would like to hear the story.  Please text me.

People are so nice!  I have always seen the human race as kinda well... I dunno.  Some people just don't go out of there way to help strangers most of the time!  But here they do!  Everyone is so nice!  I pulled over at the car this morning to take my coat off and 2 different cars pulled over to see if I was alright.  I wanted to just ask for a ride to the coast but is that considered cheating?

So Grandpa thinks that everyone and their dog should know how great he is...  The other day we get to the hotel....  and he walks inside and the first thing he says to the person at the counter is "wanna know how far I rode my bike today?"  Talk about a Stud Muffin.  The next day he went to a grocery store to get some goodies but he forgot to grab one of his bags!  So we had to go back the store later that night.  We walk up to customer service and the first thing they ask us is if we are doing that bike think with the old guy!  I LOVE MY GRANDPA!

Here are some pics of the adventure.


 Country Roads through the Country!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Homestretch! Well..... kinda

These past  few days have been pretty exciting!  We started in Missouri yesterday!  Then we crossed the Mississippi into Illinois   Then we crossed the Ohio into Kentucky!  It was so cool!   Well.  That's about all that happened.  Oh!  But then I went exploring and found a cave!  Oh and Then it started to rain really hard!  Riding your bike in the rain is not very fun just just in case you were wondering.....  Well!  have a good night.  And stay classy San Diego!


This last one is from the bridge crossing the Mississippi.  It was a pretty cool experience.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I Wish I was In Disneyland

Hello!  Today was a pretty exciting day I'd say!  We had a reporter call us because there is going to be a story  about us in the Provo Harold!  Woot Woot!  Matthew's life goal of being famous is becoming a reality (or so he thinks).  Oh and other great news!  We got over the hills today!  It's amazing what you can do with a little bit of flat road, a nice shoulder, and a tailwind.  We finished the last 40 miles of our ride today in about 2 1/2 hours riding time!  It was awesome!

 And the stories keep coming and coming!  Who knew old guys could have exciting lives!?!?!  I sure didn't!  But Gramps and Jear-Bear have seen it all!  Everything from gang fights in Compton California to fighting in Vietnam!

Because of popular request.....  I would like everyone to know that Matthew and I have received a gift from the heavens...  Legs of steel!!!

Talk to ya tomorrow!


 Done with hills!
 We eat hear at least 1 time every single day...

So there is a story behind this little turtle.  Eric murdered one the other day.....  So he decided to make it up to turtles everywhere by saving this one that was in the road.  It probably just went back into the road and died after we left...  but its the thought that counts right?

Saturday, June 18, 2011


It's been a few  days!  Lots has happened!  We haven't had internet at our hotels!  So...  we are through Kansas!  And into Missouri  It doesn't smell as bad here!  :)  But there are rolling hills.  It is just up and down. Up and down.  Up and down!  It in crazy!!!  WHEN WILL IT END??? proally at Virginia Beach...  So these  last 1000 miles will be very interesting.  Ha today while we were riding Matthew thought it would be funny to   ruin my day (or so he thought).  He saw a dead  armadillo down the road and decided to make me run right into it.  But at the last second I jumped over it on my bike and it was amazing!  I never thought my road bike would leave the ground but it did!!!  Talk to ya tomorrow!!


 Eric's new best friend...  What an ugly frog.
Some cool Amish guy.... no biggie.
Missouri welcomed us!!!!!!  Whaaaa!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What a Day!

So nothing super crazy happened today.  Oh but we saw an armadillo!  Well...  I think that's what it was.  I couldn't tell for a second.  But then I saw the other half of it a second later in the other lane of the road.....  Hope I don't become roadkill.  Wichita is a pretty cool city!  (we went there today).  It just looked pretty normal for a city.  But then again.... it's in Kansas.  The norm here is quite boring.  Besides the occasional large tornado and other things like that.  We are taking it super easy tonight.  Its 7:00 and I have been in bed for about thirty minutes icing my knee.  I'm super excited to do it again tomorrow!!!  yeah.... Ummm.  Oh man.  2 more weeks. Pray I don't end up like my little armadillo friend.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More Kansas!

Hello!  So ya know how everyone says that Kansas is flat?  Well it's mostly true.  But there are still hills!  I never saw this one coming!  I was expecting it to be just fields and farms and flat!  But there are small hills and trees and ugly things and cow feed places and slaughter houses of all sorts!  Whenever we are riding we always see these huge semi trucks filled with cows on their way to the slaughter house....  it's kinda sad.  But then when we eat dinner I usually get bacon burgers everywhere we go.  And I look down at my plate and see the cow that I saw in the semi truck.  It grosses me out for a second,  but then I see the bacon and just dig in.  Because bacon is good:)

Today we rode in rain for the first time.  Well, I think it was rain?  it might of just been incredibly humid and it would just drench everything.  Actually......Yeah.  That was probably it.  We are in Kingman, Kansas right now. And Matthew still thinks he is too good for Kansas...  The kid needs to learn.  Oh well.  All we can do is keep spinning!


Here are a few pics from our adventure!

 Eric got pulled over for being too handsome.
Matthew Stole the trash can from last nights hotel....dork.
See!  There are hills in Kansas!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Getting outta Dodge!

So we are in Dodge, Kansas tonight.  It's fairly decent I guess..  Matthew thinks that he is too good for this place.  But that happens almost everywhere we go so I guess its ok.  We moved into central time today!  I think that's 3 different time zones in the past week.  I guess that's cool right??  Well I'd love to stay and talk but the Bachelorette is on so yeah....  BYE!!!


 It was a really cool sunrise today!
 It was super foggy too!  And we got all wet!  Ewww!
This is so my mom can see my mohawk....  Don't you love it mom??

Sunday, June 12, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

There's no place like home!  What was that lady in the red shoes thinking!?!?!  We came into Kansas today and it's terrible!  It's basically a wasteland that smells like cow poop! (pardon my french) But it's true!  It's actually been a pretty decent day though besides being in the worst place on the planet.  We woke up this morning at 4:30 (usual time)  and ate breakfast.  then I think we were on the road by 5:30 or so give er take a few minutes..  We were going so fast today!  We got in 75 by lunch and were chilling at the new hotel by 3!  Not bad for back-to-back-to-back centuries if you ask me!  And we will be doing 100+ for the next 2 or 3 days in a row also!  Thank heavens it's flat!


This is Kansas as you can see by that there sign.  Can you see how happy we were at the time?
This is where we grow all of our food.

Let's Compare these hills..... Shall we?  

What one looks more fun?  Left or Right?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Are We There Yet?

 So these past few days have been very interesting....  remember how I said we were out of the desert?  Well I'm young and reckless and most of the time.... I'm wrong.  Turns out that after you pass the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  There's more desert.  And that's exactly where we are.  We are in La Junta
 (La- Hoon- Tah)  or as the French say it (Lay-Hun-Tae).  We will be crossing into Kansas tomorrow!  But today we rode 121 miles and went  over La Veta Pass with a nasty crosswind all day.  Doesn't that sound fun? Didn't think so!  Oh and we also went over Wolf Creek Pass 2 days ago!  We climbed up to 10,000 ft!  It was crazy!  Waaaaa!  Oh and Tanner wants a shout out too....  So if there are any single ladies reading this... give him a call.  He's super handsome and he has a wonderful personality.  Well here are some pics from these past few days!


This morning on top of the pass

Also this morning while we were riding!  America is decently beautiful I guess....
This was a ski resort on top of Wolf Creek Pass!
This is my...eager face.
 Grandpa loves my new mohawk....  Why doesn't my mom????
As handsome as Lyman boys can get  in Central Logic blue.
Huntsman Cancer!!! Woo Hoo!