Manuel Prado: Hills, Wind and Cars, Oh My! First of all, thank you so much for your support. Your support goes a long way in changing lives and even saving them at times. Your support is greatly greatly appreciated! This year was very different from years past. Since the Ranch could not obtain the permits for this year, the riders had to find alternatives routes and support for the 24 hour ride. In 12 years, this is the first time Gabriela helped out!! It was great support. But it was a lot quieter than all the past years. I rolled at 1 pm on Friday, by myself, which just felt odd. I had a min goal of 350 but really wanted to hit 400 again but I was going into an unknown since I was not familiar with the rout. I was told, by one of the other fellow riders (names are not mentioned for his protection!) that is was flat… The ride was held in Genoa NV, at the base of the Sierras on the 208. When I was driving the road to the “sag station”, all I saw was rolling terrain! Uhhh, where is the flatness!! And then the wind, there were thunder storms blowing in so the winds were at times puffing 30 plus mph. And since the road ran parallel to the mountains, it was basically a cross wind, and this was an out and back ride. This allows for no real time to coast. Lastly, since no one wants to stay indoors, lots of cars going to Lake Tahoe!! Still called the Agony Ride!! But I like to ride my bicycle! A little prayer for safety and off to work for the next 24 hours! After 2 hours, working on keeping a 20 mph pace (needed for 400 miles), I knew it was going to be too hard an of effort with the wind and the climbing. At times I was only able to achieve 6 mph going up hill with a headwind! No problem! Doing it for the students! The plan was then ever changing and I kept cutting the route down to eliminate the climbing as much as possible! I felt fine the first day and just focused on keeping the pedals moving, eating and drinking properly. All good. Sun goes down around 9 hours in (usually that alone would be an epic ride) and 15 to go! The night portion I knew would be odd since the moon (1/4 moon) set around 9 pm. It was dark! This is the first time I ever rode alone at night. I was on my own if a bear decided to fatten itself up for the winter! I did shorten the out and back to about 10 miles from 20. During the evening, I almost hit a couple dear, a couple of skunks and an ELK! That was one big mammal about 15 feet from me! That will wake you up! It is amazing when the sun starts to rise and the light just starts to creep over the horizon, just around 5:15 in the morning. IT always gives me the extra boost of energy when the new day rolls in. But then I have to remind myself not to get too jumpy since I still have 7.5 hours to go! But I knew at my current pace, 350 was going to be very close! The hours roll by, traffic picks up, wind is still blowing but much calmer now. At my age I am surprised that the energy level is still high and the legs feel good. But I was craving a nice super burrito with all the trimmings! For me, it is trying to get as many miles as possible! The last 3 hours was a short 3 miles out and back now, slight tailwind uphill and then slight headwind down hill. That was the easiest sector! At 12:30, I headed back to the truck, stopped at 12:51 with 352 miles, 10,000 ft of climbing! My wonderful wife was there as everyone else had left. We packed up and headed to a Mexican restaurant that I had visited 10 years prior in Carson City! Got my monster burrito with all the trimmings! One great visit I cherished during the ride was from Jackie, a previous student from CER during my first Agony Ride in 2008. She made a big impression on me back then on why I truly appreciate your support and why I enjoy riding for the cause. Seeing her now, college graduate, making a great impact in other people’s lives (and mine!), is priceless. I thank you again for your support. 357 days to go to the next Agony Ride…. Manuel
Paul Ratzlaff: What a ride! There were two of us riding in Orland and a total of twenty saggers at various times. Part of the joy of the ride is recruiting new people, either as riders, saggers, or supporters. Praise God for all who contributed one way or another this year.
Dwight Williams: For the first time in my life I rode my bike into a stop sign. It was just after 10:30 pm on the 24th and I just looked down at my odometer. Looked back up and collided with the stop sign that was a good 6 feet from the curb. Sadly I had rode by it 13 times before. I knew I was tired and quit for the night to get some rest.
Alena Egense: praying for all you students while I head out for my last lap. you are the reason I ride!
Aaron Tonissen: Total so far is 141
Bill McQuerry: Finished at one to the cheers of several CER students. What a great ending to a challenging ride.
Amber Tippett: 2.5 hours to go!! Hoping for 25+ miles
Mark Reitz: Los Vaqueros Watershed yesterday, around 75 miles done.
Mark Reitz: Big shout out to my partner and agony first time rider Chris for leaving it all out on the course, well done!
Paul Ratzlaff: DONE
Kat Atkinson: my actual mileage completed is 150 error in recording - help where is the edit
Alena Egense: thankful for my SAG team!! :)
Dwight Williams: the actual mileage for me was 101, sorry I entered it wrong
Amber Tippett: Just hit 100 miles!! Feeling pretty good :) stopping for lunch break with the fam
Carol Douglass: Dear Friends, Team-Agonizers & Super-Sponsors, My elderly mom had a heart attack last week & I am her primary caregiver. The Ranch was amazingly gracious to allow me to do my Agony Ride next week. I'm aiming for Thursday-Friday July 30-31 on the Musketawa Bike Trail (formerly the Railroad thru Ravenna, Michigan). I've been to every Agony Ride since 1990 and I don't intend to miss this one....just have to manage a "detour" here! Thank you for your support, sponsorship, good wishes & prayers!! My mom Sharon Douglass is recovering amazingly well from her 5th heart attack. Feel free to send her (and my dad Dan) encouragement at 3734 Center St. Ravenna, MI 49451 and tell them something you love about the Agony Ride. My Agony Bike, efforts & focus were set aside, but I will shift into High Agony Gear next week...I promise! Thank you so much for prayers. I've not found riding partners, so I'll be riding Agony alone-ish. Bike riding is a great time to sense God's Spirit with me, in conversation, Scripture & song, so I won't really feel alone. A couple of perks I'm looking forward to!... It's warm all night in Michigan, elevation just above Lake Michigan, there's not much wind to speak of, and.....the bike trail is only 100 yards from my mom's kitchen! What's a better SAG than that?!! BLESS YOU FOR LOVING RANCH STUDENTS!!!! "The Battle belongs to the Lord!" ~Samuel 17:47 Carol Douglass, going for 350 miles & $7,000 for CEM
Erika Cramer: We did it! My daughter Emma, friend Connilyn and I made 153 miles and my dad made 103! All reached our goal! This was Emma's first Agony Ride.
John Vonhof: My ride is over. 10:02 Fri to 9:56 Sat. excellent ride. Great experience. Now a shower and sleep. Thanks staff and students.
Beth Welch: done
Jennifer Adams: We are finished!
Terry Welch: Done!
Paul Ratzlaff: "but I'm in pain!"
Jim Milne: Finished! Agony ride is done... my agony continues a little longer! two crashes 🤪
James Doherty: Thanks for all of the encouraging messages. It was needed to complete these last 50 miles.
Truy Pham: that was a major challenge. thank you for allowing me to be a part of this cause.
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): We're done! We didn't reach out goal, but we feel okay about it.
Alena Egense: Found my cheer team!! :)
Becky Westfahl: God is faithful
Jared White: almost done! 😂
Paul Ratzlaff: tired,
Kat Atkinson: god and his love
Amber Tippett: First lap of the day done! 3 to go!
Lorri Eggink: yay finished! yay for the students!
John Vonhof: Taking a short break and now heading back out for the last two hours. Still feeling good.
Alena Egense: First friend cheer support! :)
Jonathan Palmer: Last push - number 13. Let's get this done.
Jonathan Palmer: Last bit of food before the final climb.
Becky Westfahl: 24 hours Finished!
Amber Tippett: Woo hoo!! Going for 100 today
Baker Cleveland: On miners ravine trail
Chris Adamson: Beautiful sunrise!
Becky Westfahl: God is good
Jared White: good morning!
Jonathan Palmer: summit #11 done
Kirk Moberg: heading out to ride again for last push. sorry sponsors but just couldn’t get to my goal this year. but all to the Glory of God and any bit of help we can do for CER. thank you all so so much for your incredible support. it is so beautiful to see the body of Christ at work for such a great ministry.
John Vonhof: Back home for a short break, some more rice with chicken and mushroom soup and an egg. I have been blessed with a calm gut and no problems so far. I am thankful for the prayers of friends for no health issues while I ride. Five hours more. It's getting cooler outside so a few warmer clothes and gloves are in order. I I'll be heading out soon.
Mikenna Kossow: Tim and Mikenna
Paul Montalvo: Happy to have helped the Students!!
Mikenna Kossow: I’m doing this because I care
Jonathan Palmer: back down from summit#10. can't imagine another one
James Doherty: Hey guys, it’s morning and hot breakfast sounds amazing. Maybe we will swing through the drive of McDonald’s for a coffee:)
bill green: Starting lap 7 shortly
Mikenna Kossow: the fatigue is hitting hard. 5ish hours to go
Rachel Jamison: Awesome day. Thanks for the support
John Vonhof: Patch one of my remaining tubes. Now heading back out.
Paul Montalvo: Getting Tired
Beverly Roberts: I'm tired
Michael Boon: Gonna sleep for awhile and get back up to ride later
Mikenna Kossow: I short changed myself the last 5 loops
Chris Adamson: Booty hurts, legs are tired, time for a little nap and then back to it.
Zoya Lee: Charmin ultra soft.
Paul Montalvo: still feeling good
Erika Cramer: 116 miles done! Time for a little sleep and then head out again!
Craig McAtee: other faithful support crew here in the Valley! keeps us riders pedaling!!THANKS
Craig McAtee: fresh before the ride and ready to go! getting prayed up!!!
Craig McAtee: met Chuck on the route!
Craig McAtee: At 9:37 PM and still going strong. less winds now. pray for safe night riding!
Chris Adamson: Both Mark and Chris got flats, but a quick change and they got back on the road! They just came in for a water stop and are back out, hoping to get another 15-20 miles before some sleep!
John Vonhof: Had a bite to eat and rested a few minutes. Nie leaving on my 4th leg of riding.
Paul Montalvo: feeling excited
Beverly Hann: just a few more to go....getting late. loading up on some caffeine for whatever the remainder of this ride looks like.
Michael Boon: Getting ready to do another loop !
Becky Westfahl: I am SO grateful for all of you sponsoring me so generously and sending such encouraging messages!!!!!! When I feel like quitting, I see how many loving people are behind me, and it makes me want to cry with happiness instead of pain.
RJ Moore: 31 miles down. late start after working all day! Going to hit another 30 here in a bit!
Paul Montalvo: Feeling good
Daniel Piper: I attached a picture of the strava activity showing that I did 150 miles on July 24 2020
Joyce Swan: it’s time to rest for the night and finish my miles in the AM!
Carmelita Wasson: She’s done! 20 laps. 10 miles. She could probably go a little more, but it’s getting dark quick. Blessed my daughter’s heart of sacrifice and love. She just told me she’s a little sore, and I smiled because that’s what is supposed to happen during the Agony Ride. Here’s hoping she will ride with me in six years in the valley when she’s 16.
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): 134. Starting to feel it! But we're done with the heat!
Truy Pham: What’s that noise??!?
Beverly Roberts: I'm exhausted! Time for rest and food!
Jonathan Moothart: I can’t hardly sit on my butt anymore, Which is fun, but I’m so close! I can’t give up now. Time is really crawling too. Please pray for me, cause boy do I need it
Zoya Lee: weariness is settling in. thinking of a student who hasn't lived at home for several years because she has been in programs. praying for the love of Christ to break through. gotta keep pedaling.
Jonathan Palmer: summit #6. what was I thinking. back down where internet is, so posting. time to get ready for night
John Vonhof: After taking a dip in the pool to cool off and then getting something to eat, John went to the garage to get ready to head out again. And, surprise - he had a flat tire. Picked up a goat-head thorn somewhere close to home. Thank you, God, for such good timing. He's ready now to head out on his third leg.
Terry Welch: up to 75 miles now. pretty tired.
bill green: Starting lap 4
Truy Pham: Happy the sun went down.
Carmelita Wasson: Sybella has gone 6 laps. Her daddy is riding with her and she has some great support.
John Vonhof: Taking a little break and getting some nourishment before heading back out.
Zoya Lee: just passed mile 100. Tom hula danced on his bike. sorry, no pics.
Carmelita Wasson: Sybella has started the Agony Ride! She is filling in for me since I have a concussion and was advised to not ride this year. her goal is 20 laps, which will amount to about ten miles. Go Sybella Go!!
Chris Palmer: it's getting fun...
James Doherty: Just ate some pizza and now going out for another loop. So glad the weather got cooler!
Jared White: Stage 1 complete! 😂 I’ll be back on my bike in LWW after some food and a few hours rest!
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): 7 hrs and 93 miles! I'm aware of my feet and shoulders 😂
Becky Westfahl: This morning's SAG
Kat Atkinson: hot, sweaty going to rest for a few and refuel
Zoya Lee: with the old timers ;)
Lorri Eggink: we are about to climb our last mountain around Tahoe! pray we make it!!! I’m having so much fun so far!
Garry Trogdon: Heading out to a flatter area to get more miles.
Amber Tippett: Just about to start my ride woot woot!! I'm doing 4pm-8pm today, 7am-4pm tomorrow. Let's goooooooo!!!!! 🙌🏼🚴♀️💪❤️
Joyce Swan: it time to rest now!
Becky Westfahl: Thank you to the best Saggers in the world!
Jonathan Palmer: In-N-Out hits the spot: one benefit to a virtual Agony.
Zoya Lee: it's kinda hot. Tom just likened me to Genghis Khan. I don't know how I feel about that.
Jonathan Palmer: summit #4, this time with my man Dennis
Beverly Roberts: 75 miles in! Taking a cool down break! 🥵
Kat Atkinson: all the beautiful faces cheering us on...
bill green: Starting lap 3
Bill McQuerry: I rode 15 miles, met two new neighbors and got a mirror for the bedroom..
Kat Atkinson: little snack and Gatorade
greg shears: 52miles at this point... another 60 miles to hit goal !
Paul Montalvo: greatful
John Vonhof: Had some lunch and now heading out for the second time.
Aaron Tonissen: Great day. Thank you all for the words of encouragement. Love you all
John Vonhof: First loop completed. It’s hot so maybe I’ll stick to shorter loops to refill on cold water in the heat of the day.
Jonathan Palmer: On the road again ... Many thanks to the most excellent Dennis Mingo for coming along for the ride!
Terry Welch: back at base in Novato! about 30 miles in.
Kelly Stevenson: Total of 57 miles at 1pm...i will learn how to do this postung eventually....
Chris Adamson: 1pm start to the 2020 Agony Ride with father-in-law Mark Reitz!
Jim Milne: Made it to the top of Sierra college Boulevard!
Jonathan Moothart: First lap done, a solid 31.3 miles! I’m pretty sure this is officially the longest ride I’ve ever done! but boy do I have a ways to go.
James Doherty: It’s hot out here so I’m going to take the next couple laps slow. Sweating to much and it’s going to catch up to me.
Aaron Tonissen: Blackwood Canyon Tahoe. At Sugarpine now
Truy Pham: only two loops in??? live track link is below. https://www.wahooligan.com/users/live/dUAKY8tKN4_vmUxYwjpolQ
Chris Leonard: Lunch at Arbys5
bill green: Starting lap 2
Jonathan Palmer: At the bottom for a quick sag, then off again for loop 3.
Beverly Hann: On my way to west sac!
Robin Soares: Tail wind! 48 miles of the bike
Terry Welch: Little over 10 miles
Zoya Lee: so. much. wind.
Kat Atkinson: Good morning- today is the big ride. I wanted to thank you so much for all your support. I will be doing my first Agony Ride today alongside a couple of good friends and some other riders. We are doing it in Lincoln because the big group ride in Loyalton could not happen due to COVID19. Here is the Virtual Agony ride app if you want to track my progress or send me a message. I want to thank everyone for their support and this great cause in a program that restores broken lives of our youth!! Appreciate all your prayers today, not just for me but for all of our riders too!! Thank you! 🙏
John Vonhof: Leaving my home at 10:02 a.m.
Kelly Stevenson: Cruizin!!! 2 hrs.in. 32 miles. !
Rachel Jamison: Thank you everyone for your sponsorship and prayers. I started today at 12 pm and rode 51 miles. I'm at home with the kids for the night and will begin again at sunrise tomorrow morning. Keep praying for Dan, he's out there riding for the night.
Beverly Roberts: Thank you to our Holly, Dwight, Michael and Paul! I'm back on the road! 👍🙏
Erika Cramer: We started at 10:20 in Souths Lake Tahoe!
Robin Soares: Just passed rancho murieta 35 miles on the bike. First aid station
Jared White: should I be using the app while riding!? 🤔
James Doherty: Thanks for the support
Jared White: Here we go! I’m off and and riding! See you in 24hrs! 😂👍🏻
Terry Welch: Ready to ride.
Jim Milne: starting!
Jonathan Moothart: had a hitch to start off with, forgot my helmet and had to start late, but I’ll be on the trail in a few minutes!
Jennifer Adams: Our starting time will be 10:00! Woo hoo! 🤗
Becky Westfahl: Wild Horse Ranch
greg shears: excited!
Zoya Lee: and we're off!
Garry Trogdon: Currently 61 degrees with a high of 73 degrees for our ride today. Heading out in 1 hour!
Jim Milne: the Ride
Gregory Thomas: peddle peddle
Jonathan Palmer: Ride start, 8:30 AM. Goal: ride an Everest, with 29,029 feet of climbing.
Mikenna Kossow: starting
Joyce Swan: let’s get this done!
Chris Leonard: Breakfast...
Gregory Thomas: stoped for food
Jonathan Palmer: Pre-ride breakfast? Check. About to head back and gear up for the ascent up Spooner.
Paul Montalvo: Feeling Good!
Austin Sather: It’s time!!!! getting started now! Follow along here for updates
Paul Montalvo: And away we go!!
Beverly Roberts: Here I go! 😊👍🙏
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): The car is loaded and we're off to Nevada! We start riding at 9am tomorrow!
John Vonhof: Hey guys, I’m getting everything organized for the ride Friday and Saturday. My plans are to start riding around 10am Friday and hope my gut issues are good and calm for the 24 hours. I hope to update my miles every three hours throughout the ride. there’s a lot to do: charge all my electronics, phone, lights, earbuds, and portable power banks; prepare my food and snacks; get my hydration and bottles set; clean and lube my chain; set out all my hot and cold weather clothes; and of course get some sleep in advance. When possible, I’ll try to post updates here. Check it out during the ride and the Saturday afternoon to see my totals. I appreciate all of my supporters and give you a huge “Thanks.”
Luke Brouwer: Well, I finished at 9:20pm, just as the Park Rangers threw us out because the park had closed. Here are the final statistics. 15 hours and 15 minutes, 175 miles, 1 flat tire, 0 crashes, too many hurting body parts to count, 26.43 MPH top speed, from start to finish there was a -1 foot elevation change (because we started and ended at the same spot), 16,500 climbing feet, and therefore 16,500 descending feet, and 113 average heart rate over the whole day, (also, picture of the sunset in Sac.
Luke Brouwer: Everything hurts so much. But special thank to my SAGGERS who came out to bring us Scooby-snacks, and sandwiches and other goodies! 13 hours and 30 minutes, 149 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes. Thank you again Olivia and Salena!
Luke Brouwer: Well, there are no cows and horses like at regular Agony, but there are plenty of sheep and goats! I hope I get my second wind soon, because I am HURTING. A motorcycle sounds really nice right about now because it powers itself. 10 hours and 50 minutes, 118 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes, and everything hurts except my back and core.
Luke Brouwer: Owww, I'm really starting to hurt now. 102 miles in, and 78 to go and my buttocks are very tender, my feet are sore, and my knees are just now starting to hurt. Makes me feel like an old man. Every time I ride it's always around the 100 mile marker when I wonder why I signed up for this... 5 times!
Roger Brouwer: Biscuits and gravy for lunch, made by my wonderful, precious Jewel. 7 hours 30 minutes, 80 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries, 2 sore bottoms. Location: Sunrise RecArea.
Luke Brouwer: Time for some biscuits and gravy for lunch. We just reached the halfway point for the amount of time we have. 7 hours 30 minutes, 82 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries, 2 sore bottoms.
Amber Tippett: Just logged 50 miles of training, more than I've ridden in years, haha..hoping it will help to get me ready for Friday and Saturday!
Luke Brouwer: Well, we are nearly 6 hours in, which is an hour pass a third of the way in, and only 65 miles in, which is only 5 miles pass a third of our goal. If we have no more flat tires we just might be able to make our goal. Statistics so far: 5 hours and 50 minutes, 65 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries, 6981 climbing feet, 130 average heart rate, and 1 sore buttocks.
Jared White: Well, My Agony plan is coming together! I plan to depart Friday morning on a solo ride from the top of Banner Mtn. to Davis (approx. 100 miles) where I will then board the Amtrak back to Auburn and then board the Gold Country Stage back to Grass Valley. (Mrs. White and a few brothers will be on standby should I have any major issues during my ride) Then I will ride from Grass Valley down to Lake Wildwood and continue riding into the night with Bill Mcquerry on his small LWW circuit. It should be interesting! I will attempt to post updates on here throughout the ride! Thanks again for your support. Jared
Luke Brouwer: Got a flat tire and me and my dad had to spend a good chunk of time fixing it. Where are those SAG station mechanics when you need them... Oh wait, Corona... Also, we made it to the end of the trail at Folsom Lake. 4 hours and 20 minutes, 46 miles, 1 flat tire, 1/2 hour fixing said flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries.
Luke Brouwer: Sun's out, guns out. Time to take off the sweatshirt. Special thanks to my sister Elizabeth for customizing my jersey. #the2020AgonyShirtsDontMentionTheRanch 2 hours, 26 miles, 0 flats, 0 crashes, 0 injuries.
Paul Montalvo: Thank you for your support!
Luke Brouwer: We have just arrived and will be starting shortly. Please keep us in your prayers.
Gregory Thomas: I did my last big training ride yesterday. we did the forst leg of our ride Friday. Chris and I rode 85 miles to Sacramento. can not wait for Friday
Amber Tippett: Thank you sponsors for your encouragement, and, well, support!! I'm super close to my fundraising goal, woo hoo!
Beth Welch: Hey there, you wonderful Agony sponsors! This year Terry and I are going to be riding in Novato, CA. Terry's sister, Jennifer Adams, has joined the rider list this year (actually, it's her 2nd time to ride!) and she and her husband invited us to come ride from their place! Also, our brother in law, Garry Trogdon, from Grass Valley, will join us in Novato. So, that makes 4 of us riding together next weekend! We'll be bringing a couple of saggers (the infamous saggers, Benjamin and Daniel Welch) from home to help us reach our mileage goal of 200 miles. It's going to be different, but we're super excited to ride for the Ranch this year! Thank you for your prayers for safety, and your sponsorship support for Christian Encounter Ranch. They are worth every effort...to God be the glory!
Gregory Thomas: just a quick update. after a little bit of a set back this week. I am still planning on riding on the 24th and 25. I am planning on riding from Manteca to Sacramento then back to home. also planning on doing loops around the wayfair building in Lathrop that evening and into the night. this is a 2 mile loop very well lit. I will be doing this we several friends. I will post an exact map after we get it all mapped out. thanks for supporting me on this ride.
Jim Milne: Just now starting getting ready... I request prayer! Thank you.
Luke Brouwer: For those of you who don't know, I recently Interned at the Ranch for a year. An Intern at the Ranch is like a counselor that is available 24/6. We live with the students, grow with them, cook for them, supervise their chores, help them gain work experience, and during the school year help with their classes, and are there for them whenever needed. Students come from all sorts of walks of life, from struggling from drug abuse and/or addiction, to being victim of horrible acts that I didn't know existed and, after learning their stories, still wish I didn't know existed. Most do not have a father, or a father-figure in their lives. Now the Ranch is not god; the Ranch is not their savior, but the Ranch can provide them with a secluded safe environment for them to heal. The Ranch provides them with professional counselors and the Interns. The Ranch provides them with tools and strategies to assist them to overcome. After my Internship I continue to volunteer at the Ranch about 20 hours a week, and in the 18 months that I have been here I have seen lives changed, and students graduate the program as totally different people. But, the Ranch can not do this without your help! For 50 years the Ranch has been funded entirely on donations. Their biggest fundraiser of the year is the Agony 24-hour Bike-A-Thon, which had to be cancelled because they were denied their permits for the event do to COVID-19. My Father and I will be doing our own mini-Agony to help raise funds for the Ranch. We will be riding on Tuesday, July 21st from 6am to 9pm along the American River trail from Folsom to Sacramento. The Stretch is about 25 miles, and we hope to ride it 6 times in the 15 hours we have while the trail is open. Please help us raise funds to tent to these young lives, and train up the next generation of leaders. Thank you, Luke Brouwer
Daniel Jamison: Less than two weeks to go of training! Had some rain in the last couple days but are praying for dry weather during the weekend of the 24th and 25th. The last few Fridays I have tried to put in some mileage to see how my body responds. This Friday I will be doing something like 50-60 miles on dirt and it will take several hours but in a beautiful place. Mostly the challenge relates to keeping calories in and metering my effort so that I don't get too worn out. Pray for our final stage of planning and preparing our family for that weekend. Our kids will be involved in support and helping us be able to turn around and set off again after breaks at home. Thank you for all the support so far and we look forward to seeing how others are able to sponsor and pledge to bless the Christian Encounter Ranch. Daniel
Joyce Swan: I think we can all agree 2020 hasn’t exactly been a year of normalcy. Now one more big change…..The Agony Ride. While I will still be riding – it won’t be in the traditional setting up in Loyalton, with support and other riders. This year, they have had to move the ride to a Virtual Ride. The Plumas County Health Dept isn’t signing off on the required permits – so, everyone stays home – and rides at home. I am still working out my route, and how I will need others to provide support….things like water, ice and food and encouragement will be critical during the riding time. My riding time won’t include any night riding, since it wouldn’t be safe to be out on a road alone – without the support vehicles and other cyclist that the Loyalton ride would have. I am going to reach out to some of my Sacramento area friends to see who wants to give me a hand during the time I am riding and maybe even some of my cycling friends will join me for 10 or 20 miles on my journey! Once I have my route mapped out and a general time frame, I will be sure to update everyone. In the meantime, training rides continue and this Saturday will be another long one!
Chris Adamson: Thanks for choosing to sponsor me! This is my first ever 24 hr Agony ride and I am really excited to be helping fund such a great cause. This sponsorship will help at risk young people receive tuition / room and board for a CER (Christian Encounter Ranch). This ranch is built to help young people on a stable path, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Though I have not participated in this ride yet I can imagine a per mile sponsorship would be a huge motivator for me at 2am when my booty is screaming to stop riding. Your prayers, support and sponsorship in any form is greatly appreciated.
Craig McAtee: thanks for sponsoring me for the 2020 agony ride to provide tuition and room and board for at risk students. Saturday I hit 1000 miles and hope to have 1500 miles by July 20 so your prayers are appreciated as I juggle family time, home projects, along with riding. I am praying for you on my rides and the last 2 days I came upon 2 prospective sponsors that I met as I was riding! Praise the Lord! They have not sponsored me in the past.
Becky Westfahl: Wow, I'm astounded by what God did in this Ride. I'm reminded of His analogy in the Bible of His people being like a Body: when each part carries out its unique assignment from the Head, amazing things can be done by the power of His Spirit in us. May His love, power, and wisdom be clearly shown to anyone looking. "For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen" Romans 11:36 Thank you, each of you, for joining me in this sacrifice of praise to Him. I'm looking forward to seeing how He uses it all to save the lives of many precious young people. Becky
Jonathan Palmer: thanks everyone, for your support! couldn't have done this without a good reason... this is a neat accomplishment, but far more important is the money raised from so many generous friends and family!
Alena Egense: Legs are feeling it but feeling otherwise energized.
Aaron Tonissen: Praise for my wonderful wife who kept fed and motivated. I love you Elaine
Aaron Tonissen: Beautiful area
Amber Tippett: Just finished at 160 miles! So glad I signed up for this ten days ago, was a challenge but so worth it. Love the Ranch, Love the students. May they know in their bones how loved they are. Way to go riders!! We did it!!
Charles Inwards: If hills counted for extra miles, I'd have extra miles. It was great to see Craig & Nancy out there as well.
Paul Montalvo: Thank you for your generous sponsorship, I had an amazing time representing "our team" and cant wait to do it again next year! Was it hard.??.yes, was it worth it?? Absolutely!! We helped to make a difference and show Christ's love to the Students of Christian Encounter Ranch! Thank you, Paul
Mark Reitz: Changing a flat (2nd one) around 11pm.
Mark Reitz: Finished up with 203 miles! 3rd year Agony Ride 2020
Paul Ratzlaff: oops. 107.2 miles for Paul....good help is hard to find
Bill McQuerry: Thank you for the prayers and support. Could not have done this without you!
Mark Reitz: Pit stop for snacks with my sag team before the last push!
Paul Ratzlaff: error in recording miles...correct miles 94
Jennifer Adams: It’s called the Agony Ride, but some moments are pure JOY! (Saturday morning with Gary, Terry, Beth, and Jennifer)
Terry Welch: Finished with 128 miles but also over 4800 feet of climbing too! I liked riding in Novato!
Emma Cramer: We did it!! My mom, friend Connilyn and I made 153 miles and my Ba'pa made 103. We all made our goal! Thank you so much for sponsoring me.
Tom Deeble: We did it. Mileage goals met: 103 for me and 153 for Erika and Emma!
Terry Welch: Sagger pick up!
John Vonhof: My ride is over. 212.2 miles never slept. Two flats. Rode from10:02 Fri to 9:56 Sat, excellent ride. Great experience. Now a shower and sleep. Thanks staff and students.
Garry Trogdon: Finished
Michael Boon: My wife was a great personal sagger!
Mikenna Kossow: I finished at 7:30 this morning. so grateful for this ministry and all the impact the people involved make.
Jared White: I’m done! 😁
Jonathan Palmer: Finished a little over an hour ago. 13 times up Spooner. 220 miles. 29,730 feet of climbing. That's a wrap.
Jonathan Palmer: I did it - got the Everest
Chris Adamson: That’s a wrap for Chris! 161 miles logged, 61 mi over his goal. So proud of his heart, perseverance, and crushing his goal! Now for some much deserved rest and recovery!
Kirk Moberg: I am finished with Agony 2020! thank you every sponsor, you all are awesome. thank you so so much for supporting CER and sponsoring me. your encouragement kept me going.
Kirk Moberg: I am done riding 24 hours 9:15 am to 9:15 am
Dwight Williams: everything's numb
Alison Guiremand: finished!!
greg shears: actually feel good !
Terry Welch: Getting those last miles in before 10!
Joyce Swan: done!
JANET PEARSON: Completed and still standing!!!
Kelly Stevenson: Done!
Jonathan Palmer: #12 - this time enough fingers!
Mikenna Kossow: Done
James Doherty: We are at 172 miles and still going to put in two more laps. Probably short of the goal today but we will hit 200!
Jim Milne: on the road again!
Zoya Lee: Well, I'm calling it at 226. Coming into the ride this year I knew that I might not hit 300. But I had to try. Because the students are worth everything I have to give. It was a different kind of year for everyone and there were additional factors personally coming into the ride I knew may be limiting. But I can confidently say I gave it everything I had. Thanks Amy, Tom, Rob, Paul and Michael. I loved every minute with you guys.
Beth Welch: Well, this years Agony is definitely one for the history books. slept almost 7 hours. maybe we can get in 30 miles before 10 am.
Jonathan Palmer: The sun's up. In the home stretch. 11 down. 2 to go.
Alena Egense: here we go!
Truy Pham: Resting and awaiting some yummy yummy breakfast. much props to anyone taking this kon. I have a whole new respect for the toughness if this. The lack of sleep is a game changer.
Daniel Jamison: All is well. Although second lunch seems like a good idea. Many thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. Rachel and I were able to spend quite a lot of time together riding the bicycle in the last 24 hours. We started and finished the whole thing together. In between I did a few little efforts to try and squeeze in more miles. It can be humbling how all that effort doesn't always translate into lots of extra miles. Thank you to all the sponsors who gave of their hard earned cash and chose to support the work of CEM. We are happy to have participated and are looking at the next one and how we would want to approach it. Maybe next time I will ride alone on a different weekend and then also ride with Rachel to keep each other encouraged. Very cool to see my wife who used to despise the idea of riding a bicycle with knobby tires and a fork on dirt. Now she has reached some all time distance personal records. Thank you for those who prayed for the weather. It has been really hot, dusty and smoky as many people burn their fields to clear them for planting. We had a very generous rain shower Friday morning. It didn't really stop until around 11:00 AM. So we prepared and when it was over we left home at noon. The dust was gone, the soil very firm and only one hill was chewed up and a little muddy going down. Two hours later when we climbed the same hill the mud was firm. We could have not asked for better conditions and weather. No rain last night and beautiful cool morning today. The Lord provided us with food, water, safety, no mechanical issues or flat tires and our kids were very cooperative. It was a great time all around. When we finished back at home we grabbed a bunch of snacks and walked to the river to dip in. Very cold water today but it felt great and the food never tasted better. Our children always seem happy swimming and fishing at the river. Thank you for all who chose to sponsor us for the Agony Ride. This won't be our last one. My wife really enjoyed the whole experience and the challenges that came with it.
Mark Reitz: heading out after a rest
Mikenna Kossow: Mikenna has one more lap to meet her goal!
Chris Palmer: well, it's not a 300 year. but God's providing the financials! I'm over 6000 dollars for the ranch already!
Paul Montalvo: Tired
JANET PEARSON: It's cold and we had a headwind on 6 mile stretch at 2am!
Kelly Stevenson: Its cold!
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): At any about 1:30a, we realized we were going to have a difficult time reaching out goal. We slept for a bit and are getting back on our bikes to see how far we can go in our remaining 6 hours. My quads hurt more than anything else.
Gregory Thomas: 2 mile loop very safe.
Zoya Lee: two hundred twist.
Jonathan Palmer: back down from summit #9. so done with this mountain
John Vonhof: Eating rice and soup for energy. Restocking another tube and CO2 cartridge. Had another flat - always hard to change at night. Feeling well. Nothing that a nap later won't cure.
bill green: Starting lap 6
Beverly Hann: might be done as it is late and I am tired (getting dangerous). if I wake up at 3 am, might get last 30 miles - will see!! feeling pretty good about double century plus....
Craig McAtee: Good night riding! Thanks for prayers...keep them coming!!
Zoya Lee: Tom just walked straight into the screen door.
Robin Soares: Finished swim 2.4 mi, bike 112 mi, run 26.2 mi. at 9pm. Loved being able to see some other Agony Riders out there. My friend Karen finished her ironMan at 10:30. There were challenges, setbacks but God blessed me by not having my injured knee hurt during the run! Thank you, Lord.
Terry Welch: Finally over 100 miles!
Beverly Roberts: sleep🤣
Chris Palmer: 171
Craig McAtee: my support crew...great food and cheering!!
Craig McAtee: heading out with Bob from Loyalton
Kat Atkinson: Half mikes down, resting period now, will start early in morning. This road is pretty dangerous at night even with lights. Thanks for all the encouragement everyone
Mark Reitz: Last segment 2 flats😩
John Vonhof: eating an egg and yogurt. back out soon. wish the wind would die down.
Jonathan Palmer: summit #7
Zoya Lee: Tom looks like a straight up highlighter.
Jonathan Moothart: That was tough. I had a really stressful bit at the end and I’m just really tired. Thanks to all who supported me!
bill green: Starting lap 5
Beth Welch: my excellent nephew Zach got us cheeseburgers!
Beth Welch: my excellent nephew Zach went and got burgers for us!
Jonathan Palmer: climbing
Terry Welch: Time to change into some warmer gear!
Amber Tippett: Got dark so I'm heading home to rest..back at it tomorrow morning!
Chris Adamson: Dinner time after our 4th loop!
Jared White: Riding with Bill M.!
Kat Atkinson: break time — tired one more lap for the night then rest.. start again tomorrow
Paul Montalvo: Still feeling strong but running out of time for 250. Still going for it
Carmelita Wasson: 13 laps down. Sybella is feeling great and enjoyin a break with some Red Vines.
Robin Soares: Been hot but God keeping me going
Rob Thornton: Hi, had a hard 100 miles so far today. my left foot is hurting real bad so I am stopping a bit early before sunset. I’m going to treat it tonight and get back out early tomorrow am if it feels better. I got to see a lot of agony friends and quite a few kids from the ranch. That was a great surprise. More to come.
Garry Trogdon: Pushin’ on
James Doherty: Taking a break while some friends grab us some food. Going to try to nap
Amber Tippett: Just did a 25 mile loop, about to do another. Some crazy wind and my tires were low so it was a bit of a struggle. Now I have a couple friends for reinforcement..woot!
Joyce Swan: about to head out for another lap. let’s see how this one goes!
Beverly Hann: sore!!!
Gregory Thomas: peddle
Paul Montalvo: Feeling pretty good, just made it to Lockeford.
Austin Sather: Finished our goal of 112. Thankful for a safe ride and the family and friends who came out to SAG for us.
Truy Pham: rested. back.
Aaron Tonissen: Riding again in the morning
Jonathan Palmer: out of fingers, and about out of gas. summit #5
Becky Westfahl: Proof haha 😁
Diane Robinson: In Agony but not dead yet!
Becky Westfahl: Rolling out muscles with a cute helper
Becky Westfahl: Reached Centennial at 12:43, happened to see some friends from Laramie! Got some orange juice and a friendly chat from Mountain View Inn, and left at 1:36.
Jonathan Moothart: 62.2 miles! boy I’m pooped. thanks to everyone who’s sent me words of encouragement! it’s sure put a smile on my face!
Kelly Stevenson: Sweet valley wind...so predictable...eeek!
Gregory Thomas: hot
Chris Palmer: 82 miles and she looks even more beautiful than ever!
Truy Pham: hot
Chris Adamson: First loop done & back on the road! Mt. Diablo is in the background.
Austin Sather: The last 20 miles have been the most beautiful through downtown Spokane! Getting close
Beverly Roberts: It's hot! There is a breeze and that definitely helps! Great course! Thanks Paul McClain!
Becky Westfahl: Laramie airport
Michael Boon: Looking pretty good at 46 miles, at Sag stop!
Zoya Lee: team Lincoln 300 actualized.
Robin Soares: Great aid station in Lincoln! Mile 89 of the bike. Karen at Mile 84. Warm and breezy. Next is a big climb...
Aaron Tonissen: Actual mileage is 42. Been adding wrong. Oops
Gregory Thomas: let’s getter done.
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): 60 mi in. feeling pretty good.
Jennifer Adams: Feeling great after 30 miles!
Chris Palmer: broke the 50 mile mark! whoop woop!
JANET PEARSON: Completed the Sierra Valley loop!
Tom Deeble: 3 generations of Agony Riders.
Jonathan Palmer: a windy summit #3
Chris Adamson: They’re off! Agony Ride 2020, Chris Adamson and Mark Reitz riding around the Brentwood area!
Zoya Lee: these headwinds ain't doing us no favors. taking lunch break.
Austin Sather: The winds still in our face. We are hoping that once we get to the end of the trail, it’ll help push us home. Over half way to our goal!!! Here’s a little motivation for the last 50. Another great reason to be in WA!
Paul Montalvo: Feeling strong, 67 miles down making the turn back home. Got a speciall visit on the ride. Thank you for all you do.
Paul Montalvo: still feeling Strong
Gregory Thomas: lunch time.
Kelly Stevenson: Janet is tracking i am posting.. ral n sue are our roaming sag...steve 'wasi' is our escort...
Terry Welch: Turn around at the Marin French Cheese Factory! 15 miles!
Jonathan Palmer: summit #2
Jared White: 15 miles in! at Folsom lake!
Paul Montalvo: Feeling good!
Kat Atkinson: start time
Zoya Lee: my own personal sagger!
Austin Sather: wind sucks. 19 miles and now back in Washington. beautiful though. here’s my skis from the last post. we are now further then Trevor has ever been. all safe and taking a break.
Emma Cramer: Emma, Erika, and Tom...3 generations of Agony Riders!
Erika Cramer: Emma, Erika, and Tom...3 generations of riders!
Tom Deeble: Emma, Erika, Connilyn, and Tom
Emma Cramer: We started at 10:20 in South Lake Tahoe!
Tom Deeble: We started at 10:20 in South Lake Tahoe!
Aaron Tonissen: Looking forward to a great ride
Jonathan Palmer: One lap down, twelve to go!
Robin Soares: Swim 2.4 mi 1:14:00. Bike 30 mi 1:36:00. Friend Karen is 1mi behind me.
Garry Trogdon: Ready to roll!
Paul Montalvo: still feeling strong
Gregory Thomas: clay station and 104
Beth Welch: going to start riding at 10 am! woo, hoo!
Beverly Roberts: I have a flat
Chris Palmer: Beckworth 2.0!
Austin Sather: feeling good! just finished our first rest stop. 1 almost crash and 1 almost dead wiener dog. But all is well. heading out now. although I miss the valley. this views not too bad!
bill green: Headed out.....
Baker Cleveland: Good morning. We are just about to start our 200 mile Agony ride. Pray for us and we'll pray for you.
Chris Palmer: We are gearing up to get started! An early start in Nevada to beat some of the wind! Thank you to Steve and Becky Greer for being an incredible SAG team and cooking us a delicious and energy packed breakfast! 300 miles. no problem. 🥴
Beverly Hann: 51 miles in -first stop!
Jonathan Palmer: we're about to become real intimate friends. shortly followed by the enemy phase of life.
Becky Westfahl: We are loved with an everlasting love! 8:25 start time from Laramie WY
Paul Montalvo: Feeling pretty good
Kelly Stevenson: janet p and I are getting ready for 8am start!! will make effort to update miles !!
Terry Welch: We made it to Novato last night! Unloaded the truck and visited with family and then got a good night's sleep. It's 7 am now and we will start riding at 10 am!
Gregory Thomas: peddle
Gregory Thomas: away we go
Beverly Hann: official start - 5:18 am. a little later than planned, but am on the road!!
Lorri Eggink: ready to ride!
Roger Brouwer: Luke was doing my updates with his phone because I do not have a smartphone. Although I appreciate his updates, I got tired of the long breaks he was taking so I decided to go my separate ways. Hence no more updates until now. I road from the William B Pond Recreation Area to Hazel Avenue. Since it was a little short of 10 miles, I decided to head up the bike path beside Hazel Avenue until the GPS said I hit the 125 miles. Then I turned around and arrived back at the William B Pond Area by about 6:30, where I was blessed with the cheers of Olivia and Selena and some good food. Thinking Luke would be back shortly, I waited a bit, but by 7:10 p.m. I realized I better hit the trail again. I arrived at Discovery Park at 7:55 where the GPS said 148.52 miles. Got back to the William B Pond Area by about 8:45. After hearing some enthusiastic cheering, eating a little food and a very brief stop I took off for my final leg. Since I really wanted to do 180 miles, I only needed 18 miles, so I road to Hazel Avenue, turned around and arrived back to William B Pond by close to 10 p.m. to find it dark and no one there. In a previous arrangement, I had given the car key to Selena because I thought they'd probably get kicked out of the park. As expected, I got a text from Luke telling me the location of the car where I waited for the other three to come back from their party. GPS said 182.70 miles. What a day! Blessed by the Lord with a body that behaved pretty well all day long.
Garry Trogdon: I’ve revised my mileage goal because of the changes. I’ll still do my best! I’ll post updates during my ride.
Luke Brouwer: The bridges over Lake Natoma at 6pm. 12 hours and 10 minutes, 134 miles, now my back hurts and I have a stomach cramp, so everyone hurts.
Roger Brouwer: 10 hours and 30 minutes, 116 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries. Location: William B Pond Picnic Facilities
Luke Brouwer: 8 hours 10 minutes, 89 miles
Paul Montalvo: I am so excited, I can't wait for Friday to arrive!! Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Roger Brouwer: Just competed another 20 mile leg. 5 hours and 50 minutes, 65 miles, 1 flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries, and 1 sore buttocks. Location: William B Pond Picnic Facilities
Craig McAtee: Praise the Lord! God is good and I’ll be riding in the Sierra Valley with Nancy and Megan supporting me out of a church in Beckwourth. I’ll be riding with veteran agonizer Bob Bayly who lives in Loyalton and was going to ride alone so... great opportunity to fellowship!
Roger Brouwer: 4 hours and 20 minutes, 46 miles, 1 flat tire, 1/2 hour fixing the flat, 0 crashes, 0 injuries. Location: Folsom Lake.
Roger Brouwer: Just compete the first loop. 2 hours, 26 miles, 0 flats, 0 crashes, 0 injuries. Location: William B Pond Picnic Facilities
Luke Brouwer: 1 hour, 13 miles, 0 flat tires, 0 crashes, 0 injuries. Location: Discovery Park, Sacramento
Roger Brouwer: We have just arrived and will be starting shortly. Please keep us in your prayers.
Gregory Thomas: in just a few days the three of us will be leaving for Sacramento then back home. please be praying for us. thank you.
Daniel Jamison: Had a great ride on Saturday morning. Trying to find the flattest route around which is challenging. praying for my wife to fully recover and be able to ride this Friday. Lots of things seem to be popping up to try and derail our decision to serve Jesus and CEM and do this ride.
Becky Greer: July 18, 2020- Less than a week to go until Agony! We're in the midst of setting up a sag station in the Washoe Valley---somewhere around Genoa or Jacks Valley and I'm training on my bike. Up to 20 miles a day! Agony here I come.
John Vonhof: One week from today it starts. no matter how hot or windy, we ride. every rider has goals and some sort of a plan. how long we stick to it is the unknown.
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): 7/16/20 The #2020AgonyRide is just over a week away. A small group of us have decided on a route in/around Genoa, NV. It's a new experience needing to plan our own route and SAG support - makes me really thankful for all the work that is typically done on the riders behalf!
Craig McAtee: Please pray with me as I find a route to ride 24 hours in 11 days. Possible sitings are Lake Tahoe or the Sutter Buttes~ Craig
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): 7/9/20 - We are 15 days from the Agony and Christian Encounter was informed today that the permits necessary to host the ride in the Sierra Valley will not be issued. And so all riders are going virtual. I am brainstorming an alternate route and plan now. This will make reaching my original goal more difficult - but my heart and mind are set on doing all I can.
Sharon Palmer (MacLean): 7/7/2020 - I've reached my original fundraising goal of $5,000 and have decided to increase my goal to $8,000! (Also, Strava tells me that I've ridden 625 miles since January 1. That is a lot of miles to prepare for the #2020AgonyRide!)
Kat Atkinson: So appreciative of the love and sponsorship coming in from my friends, loved ones and my supporters. Together we are riding to make a difference ! Thank you