Even though there was still plenty of hills, our alternate route down Highway 6 (AKA West O Street) proved to be a winner. Mike, T.J., and Sean got the first 10 miles out of the way while Sturman joined me in the support vehicle. Steve followed along on his bike to get some photos of the guys skating and we all met up 15 miles west of Lincoln before taking out the next 10 mile skate.
Unfortunately, we were met with a curveball a few miles into the next stretch. As Steve was following the crew downhill trying to shoot photos (one-handed like a boss would), he attempted to cross over the center line of the highway, got caught up in the rumble strips, and flipped his bike. The end result can be seen in the picture below: a giant swellbow, four staples to the head, and a broken clavicle.
Luckily, Steve was able to call Mike immediately after he wrecked his bike to have the crew come back to pick him up. T.J. got a hold of Sturman and we drove the van back to where the accident happened and took Steve to the hospital. We’re all super thankful that the wreck wasn’t any worse – we love you, Steve! Try not to shred in that cast.
After getting Steve to the hospital, Sturman and I returned to NW 48th and West O Street, which was our last stop before the final five miles to the Capitol. We reconvened with the crew and I joined Mike, T.J., and Sturman on our last push of Skate the State 3.
Minus being stopped by a police officer (who somehow had ties back to Imperial) on the O Street Bridge, we made it to the Capitol without any other mishaps and were greeted by a group of our wonderful friends, family, and my dude Nick from 10/11 News. Shouts out to my boi Nick for coming out to cover our story after I forgot to call him.
Mike, T.J., and I are extremely grateful for all the support we received from you all on Skate the State 3. Whether it was a donation; letting us stay in your home (a major THANK YOU goes out to Nikki, the Petrick Family, and the Eckert Family); sharing our site/social media with your friends; or even a comment, phone call, or text cheering us on – we thank you so much. It’s people like you that keep us pushing!
Thanks also to all the various news outlets that covered our story along the way! I will be aggregating all the news stories I can find on STS3 to throw into one blog post some time in the near future.
SKATE THE STATE 3 IS A WRAP! We’ll see you all next year! Bigger (much bigger) and better things are in store for us next summer, so stay tuned…