Crew status: Two year RAAM veteran
Primary role: Crew Chief
a math, science and photography teacher of Allen's many years
ago, we developed a strong bond with our shared love of the outdoors
which lead from his first distance bike trip (30 miles) to climbing
Mount Rainier with many memories in between. I still teach and
love the interaction with the curious teenage mind. Since meeting
my wife, raising five wonderful children (Jacob, Tosonna, Megan,
Genna, and Chelsea and getting involved in our new hobby, farming,
there has been much less time for my former hobbies including
hang-gliding, sailing, etc. I used to think about how long it
would take for me to ride across America, (I do hope to do that
some day), and remember a friend telling me that it had been done
in a couple of weeks. I never thought that would be possible.
I've always been up for a challenge and when Allen talked about
RAAM I figured what a good way to see some country and I might
be able to help. What I didn't expect was the intensity of the
entire event. I only vaguely remember the country side from Portland
to Pensacola. I do remember the intense problem solving and the
tremendous elation with the successes along the way along with
the unbelievable commitment of Allen, his crew, family, and friends.
If I get a few moments to contemplate RAAM 2002, I get absorbed
in what went well, what could be different, and how I might make
a difference in 2003 and now 2004. Allen is a world class athlete and human
being. I wouldn't miss an opportunity to crew for him. We are
going for the record!
We all have that one person in our lives, that special someone
outside of our family who gave their time, energies and resources
to help mold and shape who we are today. I would have to say Jim
Miller is that to me. Throughout my high school years, he not
only taught me mathematics and photography, but also exposed me
to various areas that changed my outlook on life. With hiking,
mountaineering, rock climbing, bicycling and many other activities
outside of the classroom, I learned about the outdoors and the
amazing feeling of accomplishment in overcoming fears as well
as mastering the drive to push myself. There was a sense of self
confidence that began to rise up in me and caused me to try new
things. Jim was responsible for taking me on my first long distance
ride - 55 miles and exposed me to that four letter word - hill.
Jim Miller is crewing again for his 3 rd year in a row. We think he is as sick as we are. He's often thinking about RAAM and what “contraption” to come up with next. He's brilliant to say the least, but once in a while we have to say “No Jim, we don't need a carbeque for RAAM!” J Jim will crew chief this year and has been playing that part since on the way home from RAAM 2003. He has been an invaluable crew member, as each is, and we have been grateful that he has put so much into this. It means a lot to have a friend, mentor and past teacher so involved in this enormous task.