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Submitted photo/ Cyclists on Push America's Journey of Hope, including Colin Aker of Seymour, third from right, are welcomed at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo.


Submitted photo/ Colin Aker, left, was paired with Chad, a member of the Colorado Special Olympics team, for the Pedal for Pennies event.


We awoke at 5:30 a.m., and a buzz of excitement filled the room. Everyone knew what was coming.

The first month of the trip is typically spent growing and having a great time with one another and everyone we meet, but everyone in the group is always looking forward to Denver.

On almost a daily basis, people would bring up what we would be doing, whether it was people on this year’s team or Pi Alphas we met along the way. Our two days in Denver are topped only by arrival in Washington, D.C.

Both the North and TransAmerica teams met at Sports Authority Field at Mile High where we were allowed onto the field to take pictures and goof around. The video board was lit with a welcome message, and everything really began to sink in.

Walking through the tunnel and seeing the welcome message showed us how big this trip really is. While walking back to our bikes, we rounded the corner to see a group of about 10 police cars and motorcycles waiting for us.

 

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