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Thank you to Skora, our first sponsor!

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a photo of my baklava, the way Grandma taught me to make it ūüôā

I’ve been feeling inspired to write lately, but haven’t had much time since I finally started working.¬† Now, I would first like to say that I hope all of our followers had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it.¬† I made a broccoli/carrot salad with bacon, cashews, red onion and dried cranberries, Dallas made cranberry sauce, and I made baklava and pumpkin bread to add to the delicious food that the rest of our roommate and guests shared with us.

Meet Tara, the newest member of the household.

I was never a fan of Thanksgiving meals because I never liked turkey and wasn’t too fond of vegetables as a kid – I also think that it can’t be a good thing, environmentally, that every American household has to have a turkey one that one day of the year.¬† I’m sure lots of turkey ends up going to waste…and the poor (or lucky?) birds are forgotten about for the rest of the year.¬† However, I do enjoy the time this holiday gives us to spend with family and friends.¬† While this year I am unfortunately missing my family, I feel incredibly lucky to have good friends and an amazing boyfriend.¬† I certainly wasn’t expecting to find love when I set out on my bicycle last year, but I couldn’t be happier with Dallas and am so thankful that I get to share my life with him!

Gerrit, Alyssa, Michaelangelo, Dallas, Travis and me at the Skora office with our new gear!

Anyway, the biggest news in our lives since I last updated this site is that we now have a sponsor!¬† It’s not specifically for our bike tour (although, maybe it could be one day), but it does fit our lifestyle perfectly in that they are a running shoe company.¬† Skora is a new company based in Portland who came out with their first line of running shoes last year.¬† Dallas, Gerrit and I came across their booth at the Portland Marathon expo in October, and all of us ended up buying shoes from them.¬† After further communication with them, Skora agreed to sponsor six of us for the XTerra Trail Run World Championship that we plan to run in December this year.¬† So last Tuesday, Dallas, Gerrit, Alyssa, Travis, Michaelangelo and I all met up with the guys at Skora, where they fitted each of us to a new pair of shoes and t-shirts.¬† We’re all very excited to represent Skora at the race, which will be in Hawaii on December 2nd – we also look forward to extending our relationship with them into the future!¬† They are great shoes – very light and minimalist, and we think they’d be perfect for taking with us on our bike tour.