About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day 19: Na-na Na-na Boo Boo

Blanding, UT to Dolores, CO - 84 miles

After a restful night at the Four Corners Inn in the aptly named Blanding, UT, we headed for the Colorado border. Of course we expected nothing less than a 1000'+ climb first thing in the morning to bring us through Monticello, the last "big" town before entering the next state. We didn't stop there, but it seemed nice, and it led into a nice descent. 18 miles of rolling hills later, the Colorado border presented itself with a rustic sign announcing our arrival. Unfortunately Melina had a flat about 10 miles before the border, but was able to fix it without too much difficulty.

We stopped in the tiny town of Dove Creek for lunch. The only place to eat was a pretty nasty-looking "deli", although it was more like the most disgusting fast food one could imagine. So we bought bread, turkey, and some other supplies from the grocery store and ate to our hearts content without amassing too much plaque in our coronary arteries.

After the much-needed rest in Dove Creek, we hopped back onto our bikes to cruise the remaining 36 miles of rolling hills to Dolores. The scenery wasn't too great - mostly farmlands - but it was nice to be able to zone out and just ride. Once in Dolores, we were attracted almost magnetically to the Lizardhead Bicycle shop where we met the owner, Nicholas who was a retired professional triathlete. The shop had only been open for about a month and resembled a barren warehouse with bicycle parts strewn across the ancient hardwood floors. The shop's owner immediately began a soliloquy about his experiences in bicycling and just about everything else in life. In-between anecdotes, Nicholas offered to host us at his home for the night, which we were grateful to accept.

With lodging lined up, we headed to the nearby Dolores River Brewery where we received amazing beer and food on the house - thanks DRB! Eventually we found ourselves back at the bike shop waiting for Nicholas to finish a repair. Seeing as every working man deserves a beer at the end of the day we accompanied him back to DRB and then to his house where we settled in with his 8 cats and 3 dogs for the night.

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