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In the Books: TCC #14

It’s official; we’re retired.

Last Friday we turned in our car, handed over our keys, and entered the Trail Care Crew Alumni Association as the 14th Crew. We are so very grateful for the journey we traveled over the last two years. Without a doubt, it ranks as the ‘best job in the world’.

As you can imagine we racked up some interesting statistics while crisscrossing the United States. Equipped with a Subaru Outback we tallied 68,493 miles on 2 sets of tires and 58.8 quarts of oil.

With a mission to educate and advocate, we visited 69 different communities in 28 states. We were humbled by the dedication and commitment of the people we trained, all 2,528 of them. During our TCC weekends we helped them build over 30,000 feet of trail in addition to maintaining almost 20,000 feet more.

When we weren’t driving, teaching, or organizing communities, we found time to ride. Our ‘ultimate’ mountain bike road trip included 2,000 miles of sweet singletrack across 40 states. In the process we managed to wear out eight sets of tires on our Trek and Gary Fisher mountain bikes.

During all of this we managed to embark on a variety of culinary experiences. Thankfully we burned off most of the 2.7 million calories and 2,000 cups of coffee that kept us going nonstop.

Words cannot describe the gratitude that we feel towards our sponsors, co-workers, and the wonderful people we met on the road. Thanks to each and every one of you who took part in our journey. The relationships we’ve developed and the experiences we’ve had will provide a lifetime of wonderful memories.

We look forward to the next adventure!

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Come back to Knoxville

Come back to Knoxville anytime. Thanks for all your hard work.

Thank you!

Even though your trip the Bay Area this year was "rained out", it was a fun day listening to your stories of the road. Many of the BTCEB went out later when the trails dried out and we spent a good day re-working a section of trail. It was good muddy fun for all!

Hope you both are well and perhaps your new travels will take you back to the Bay Area soon!

Cheers from the San Francisco Bay Area!
Larry Placido

Larry Placido Photography
www.larryplacido.net

58.8 quarts of oil

I assume that the 58.8 quarts of oil was consumed by regular oil changes, not by having the car burn/leak oil. Since Subaru is your sponsor, you may want to reword why the oil was used (or delete the comment altogether).

Just regular oil changes. 

Just regular oil changes.  Thanks for having us clarify.  All the best!

It was great to work with you

It was great to work with you when you were in Colorado!
I suppose you can now sleep in your own (or maybe Mom's?) beds, or is it back to Laos?
Best wishes to you wherever you end up.
Paul Mead

Leslie & Chris

IMBA couldn't have had better "ambassadors" (and I couldn't have had lower maintenance guests).

Best of Luck to Them.
Alec

job well done....

Love the pics! I look forward to pics of your adventures to come.

Best,

Paul
Harrisonburg, VA

Compression socks aside . . .

 

With out a doubt, you guys are they coolest, (compression socks aside - although I get the functional need) hippest, smartest, most committed, photogenic, and my most favorite Trail Care Crew to retire this year!!
Thanks for making such a huge difference in advancing IMBA's mission.
Gratefully,
Mike

With out a doubt, you guys are they coolest, (compression socks aside - although I get the functional need) hippest, smartest, most committed, photogenic, and my most favorite Trail Care Crew to retire this year!!

Thanks for making such a huge difference in advancing IMBA's mission. I really appreciate you guys. And I appreciate your next adventures including more of IMBA!

 

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