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Day 11 1/2: Motivating Tim in Our Underwear


Editor’s Note: Tim Case is in Maryland at last, less than a day away from finishing the Race Across America. This is a solo bike race that will have him cross the United States pedaling nearly non stop. He left Oceanside, Calif., June 8 and was just outside of Time Station No. 50, Rouzerville, Pa., at 6 p.m. Thursday. That time station is just 130 miles from the finish. His team checks in with us daily. Tim is riding for Team Strong Heart to raise money and awareness for Camp Odayin, which is dedicated to serving children with severe heart problems.

Tim is just doing so well, I had to check in one more time today. I’m just excited; Tim is typically, by this point in the day, he is soooo tired.

But you can just see his motivation right now. This guy is riding like a monster. I’ve never seen him ride so good.

You would think he would have his normal double vision right now, but he is so alert it is simply amazing. He pulled up to the car a few minutes ago (we are in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania) and says, “Hey isn’t this so beautiful around here?”

Just now, we were going up a really tough climb. He is just standing up in the saddle on this, gliding on his pedals. It looks as if he were just leaving Boulder, heading up to Estes Park.

We’ve been leap frogging Tim all day in the support vehicles to give him an extra push. We hadn’t seen Eric, the crew chief, and Kevin, Tim’s brother, in the other car for a little while, and thought they may just be taking a nap.

They weren’t.

The two of them come running out of the woods with just their underwear on, just screaming. Tim was hysterical laughing; it really pushed him.

We’ve been writing chalk signs of motivation every 20 miles. We are screaming all the time for him.

I asked Tim if he liked it and he said he loves it. We are sticking this out all night. We are all so excited. We are gaining time on our competition. We are racing now.

I cannot believe that Tim is pushing so hard. We can taste the finish line so we are just so excited.

This guy amazes us every minute of the day

To everybody that believed in Tim along the way, we appreciate it.

Michelle Pearl, Tim’s girlfriend and crew member. Dictated to Jacob Harkins.

Other Posts:
Some thoughts from Tim
The Finish
Day 11 1/2
Day 11
Day 9
Day 8
Day 7
Day 6
Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2

Day 1

See our story on Tim’s quest.


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    Hey Tim and Crew,
    Glad to hear everything is going well, wish I could be there for the finish but time constraints didn’t allow.
    I have caught up with the daily blogs (I was away on a fishing trip) and am excited to see the progress y’all have made…congrats on the more comfy seat…good thinking crew!!
    I just realized that all who participated actually drove across country without using fossil fuels, of course the crew does, but the racers made a huge dent in fuel useage. Hopefully this will bring an awareness that bikes are one of the answers to the fuel crisis.
    Tell Tim I’m pulling for him and wish I could be at the finish….I would imagine he is exhausted and ready for a nice sleep and some much needed rest.
    Many thanks to you all for crewing Tim, you guys Rock!!!
    Bill (Tim’s uncle, Mike’s bro)

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    One can only imagine what the sight of Kevin and Co. in their skivvies running alongside…I’d give a mint for more pictures of that debacle!!! Something for Kevin to show his kids some day!!! “Yes, that’s me in my underwear running along a country road!”
    Kev is probably lucky he didn’t meet a local sheriff, explain that dude….hahahahah

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