Almost Famous:Press Clippings from the Road

Press Democrat - Santa Rosa, CA USA2009.04.09 (Thursday)
SR grad turns bike trek into documentary
Nateon Ajello didn’t jump at it when first offered. That you should know right off. He paused, paused for a long time, actually. Two to three weeks, as he remembers, before he made up his mind, before he said, OK, Mike and John, I’ll get on my bicycle and ride 10,000 miles with you.

Mike and John Logdson already had been on bikes for 6,000 miles, from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, when Ajello joined them in Baja, Mexico, in December, 2005. Ajello, who graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1999, would not only ride, he would film the journey that would take them south through 11 countries. Nine months later, the threesome reached Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, the southernmost point on the South American continent.

Ajello turned the ride into a film, “Spinning Southward”, a 1-hour, 53-minute documentary that will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hunter Global Legacy Center in Santa Rosa. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will sponsor the event, a tribute to not only the lure of a bike on the open road but also to the mothers of Logdson and Ajello. Both women died of brain tumors and that 16,000-mile trip already has raised $75,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society.

It is a fortunate set of circumstances for the Logdson brothers that Ajello signed on to the project, if only for one reason.

Seeing is believing. Words only offer a hint, a taste, of the journey.

Crossing the Andes and a 10,000-foot pass on a bicycle. Crossing Costa Rican rivers with waters rushing chest-high, bikes and bike trailers held overhead. Taking six weeks to cross the deserts of Chile and Peru, which are as long as the United States is wide, said Ajello.

“That’s a big ‘HELL NO!’” Ajello said when asked if he would bike those deserts again.

Entering a humble town in southern Mexico only to see a bottled water factory rise out of nowhere, surrounded by armed guards and high fences, locked down as tight as Fort Knox, “a military base,” remembered Ajello, 26. “A Coca Cola plant was protected the same way.” Buying 19 gallons of water in a Peruvian desert town for one dollar.

Videoing Mike in a Peruvian hospital for two weeks, as he recovered from dysentery, with the hospital bill a whopping 27 dollars.

“Peru is a good place to be sick,” Ajello said.

Ducking a shotgun blast in southern Mexico while camping, mistaken for poachers. Scrambling for the road after setting up camp in a Guatemalan town after police told the guys: “Don’t stop here. Thirty years of civil war didn’t end until recently and the people here are desperate.” Being told not to bike in Colombia because it wasn’t safe and they didn’t, flying from Panama to Ecuador.

Basically having the video to prove they were in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, that the only original parts still left on Ajello’s bike by the time he reached the tip of Argentina was his derailleur, handlebars, brake levers and fork.

Everything else was replaced.

Ajello said, “I usually carried seven inner tubes and nine tires in my trailer,” which he dragged behind him and weighed between 70-90 pounds. The three men camped most of the time.

Of course, Ajello admits, some people gaze upon him with incredulousness, like he just developed moon rocks for ears, when he tells them he spent 10,000 miles on a bicycle.

“It’s not within their realm,” said Ajello, who graduated from Cogswell College in Sunnyvale with a degree in computer animation and digital video reproduction. “In America some people aren’t willing to ride their bike to the store for groceries. But some people have made bicycle touring a lifestyle.”

That would be Heinz Stucke, a German who has pedaled 335,000 miles since 1962, made it to 193 countries, shot at by Zimbabwean rebels, attacked by bees in Mozambique, chased by a Haitian mob and beaten unconscious by Egyptian soldiers. Whether it’s 335,000 miles around the globe or 16,000 miles through the Americas, Ajello’s view of himself and the world has changed forever.

“I could only do 15 miles the first day,” Ajello said. Before it was over, he could log 120 miles in a day, when pushed by a tailwind.

Because he and the brothers were on bikes, because all three could speak Spanish as well as English, they shocked and confused people in small villages. No big car, no Rolex dangling wealth, no Italian leather shoes or finely coiffured hair, the men did not fit the stereotype of the clueless and overbearing American.

“They still thought we were rich,” Ajello said, “because they couldn’t understand how we could ride that long without a job if I didn’t have money. Sure, of course, Americans have some things these people do not. On other hand, there’s a sense of community in these small towns. Everybody from babies to grandma and grandpa could be living in the same house. It was beautiful. Nobody in America wants that but the close, tight-knit families offered a sense of community, something you don’t see that often in the States.”

Ajello completed his segment in nine months, the Logsdon brothers in 14 and, the irony of it, it’s taken Ajello longer — two and half years — to complete the film. In fact, Ajello was still working on the final product right up to showtime.

“After a while,” Ajello said, “it became a calling.”

Living on a bicycle for nine months. Some people might call that surviving on a bicycle for nine months. But then they would be missing the point.

“Every night I had the best sleep of my life,” he said. “That’s because every night I was wiped.”

That’s because every day Nateon Ajello was never more awake.
Travel Ojos - Washington, D.C., USA2009.01.22 (Thursday)
A Bike Trip Down the Pan American Highway, a Good Cause, and a Documentary

When he heard that brothers John and Mike Logsdon had set out to bike down the full-length of the Pan American Highway–from Alaska to southern Argentina–Nateon Ajello became obsessed with joining them. It wasn’t just the possibility of adventure that captured Ajello’s imagination, but the cause the Logsdon brothers were fighting for. Like John and Mike Logsdon, Ajello had lost his mother to a brain tumor. The whole idea behind the trip was to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society. The media attention they received during their journey helped them promote their cause and solicit donations to their Web site SpinningSouthward.com.


Nateon Ajello in Nicaragua
Ajello joined the Logsdons in Baja, Mexico. But rather than simply riding along with the brothers through Central and South America, he decided to film the trip. Ajello is working on turning his footage of the trip into a documentary called Spinning Southward, which will be released in May.

What follows is an interview with Ajello about his bike ride down the Pan American Highway.

How did you hear about the Logsdon Brothers and their journey?

That’s actually a really interesting question. John and Mike Logsdon grew up in Orinda, California, the same place as my cousins and my uncle on my mothers side. When my mother was sick, my aunt and uncle would come to take care of her, and John and Mike’s mom would take care of my cousins. Years later when my aunt and uncle heard about Spinning Southward through the Orinda community, they shared it with me since they knew I loved bike touring and since we had experienced the same loss. Soon after I heard about the trip I became pretty obsessed with it, ended up calling the brothers a couple weeks later when they passed through Los Angeles, and the rest is history.


Like the Logsdon Brothers you had also lost your mother to a brain tumor. How did this shared experience add special significance to the trip?
Losing anyone to a brain tumor is a very intense and traumatic experience, so anyone whom you meet that has experienced this will have a far deeper understanding of it than someone who has not. This being said, the Logsdons and myself had this connection, even more so because it was with our mothers. Simply as an adventure, the trip would not have been nearly as significant. To be helping people who were suffering with what we suffered was very fulfilling and made the trip unique and special.

You said it took you nine months go ride from Baja to Southern Argentina. Did you expect it to take that long?

I expected it to take up to 8 months, so 9 wasn’t a huge stretch. Honestly, I didn’t really care how long it took since I didn’t have a girlfriend (both of the brothers did) or any responsibilities waiting for me. My only consideration was money, which ran out at the end of nine months, so the timing was perfect.

Were you ever tempted to end the trip prematurely?

A couple times the trip got really hard and I got very frustrated. I fell off my bike twice going downhill, broke my frame, and crossed the dessert of Peru and Chile, all of which really tested me. But honestly I never seriously thought about quitting.

The adventure was just too incredible to stop wondering what was around the next corner, not to mention how I would feel about cutting short a trip that was in memory of my mother.

How did you make it across the Darien Gap?

To cross the Darien Gap we flew to Quito, Ecuador, from Panama City. This was due to concerns about safety in Colombia and in crossing the gap on bike, and due to time and financial concerns as well.

We have friends who sailed across the Darien Gap to continue their tour in Colombia and some who kayaked across, both of which looked like awesome adventures.

What was the most surprising thing about the people you met on your trip?
Honestly, like many Americans who had never been to Latin America, I had a kind of unwarranted fear of the people who lived there because of all the rumors I had heard. I was pretty nervous about getting robbed or worse, especially since I had some nice camera equipment with me. But the truth was that when we encountered people they were very often open, very giving, and a lot of the time would invite us into their homes. If we tried to give them money or anything in return, they would never accept. That was the most surprising thing about the people, their generosity, pretty much the opposite of what I expected.

What was the most challenging aspect of filming the trip?
Photo by blakegordon.com


Rough roads ultimately resulted in a broken camera.

The most challenging thing about filming the trip from a bicycle had to be dealing with the equipment. Because the bicycle was often on very rough roads, this would shake my camera and my computer all day long, which ultimately resulted in broken equipment. Then when I had to fix my stuff decent repair shops were pretty tough to come by down there. My camera was so trashed by the time I got to Nicaragua that I had to buy a new one.

What were some lessons that you learned during the trip that will influence your life going forward?

I’ve learned to not fear a place because of what I’ve heard about it. Some places in the world are dangerous and should be traveled with caution, but I think in the past Latin America has gotten a bad rap it does not deserve. I have noticed that starting to change though. I’ve also learned that I have the ability to achieve goals that are very difficult or may seem unimaginable, which has shown me that I can do things in other areas of my life that I had never imagined possible.
The Valley - Bay Area, California, USA2007.07.10 (Tuesday)
Brothers riding in memory of their mother
(N/A)
National Brain Tumor Foundation - San Francisco, California2007.05.05 (Saturday)
Angel Adventures Annual Gathering - Golden Gate Park
John and Mike Logsdon spoke for the nearly 2000 in attendance
NPR, National Public Radio Alaska, KUAC - Fairbanks, Alaska, USA2007.04.13 (Friday)
RADIO INTERVIEW
(Played 11AM - Featuring Nate Aejllo and Mike Logsdon)
Fairbanks Alaska - Speaking Tour2007.04.06 (Friday)
Spinning Southward Presents - MIke Logsdon & Nate Ajello - Speaking Tour
Wed. the 11th - Rotoract Club meeting in the Kayak Room at UAF library - 6pm

Thur. the 12th - Downtown Rotary Club in the Gold Room of the Westmark - 12pm

Thur. the 12th - Big Brothers/Big Sisters downtown in Sadler's Bldg - 5:30 pm

Fri. the 13th - Ryan Junior High School in the gym - 10am

Fri. the 13th - National Public Radio, KUAC - 11am

Fri. the 13th - University of Alaska/Fairbanks in the Duckering Room 342 - 7pm

Mon. the 16th - Tanana Junior High Honor Society Awards - 7pm

Tues. the 17th - "Wild Women's Book Club" with "Eleven Babes and a Book Club" - 6pm
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Adventure Cycling Magazine2007.02.26 (Monday)
A Roving Exchange in Central America
(A great 6 page spread written and photographed by Blake Gordon)
Black Sheep Adventures Newsletter2007.02.16 (Friday)
Black Sheep Adventures Newsletter - The Amazing Logsdon Brothers
John and Mike just completed an epic 13-month, 16,000 bike ride from Alaska to Argentina. While experiencing the natural beauty and and awe-inspiring wonder in traversing two continents they were also raising money for the National Brain Tumor Foundation, in memory of their mother who they lost to the cancer. 100% of the $75,000 they raised went directly to the charity. To learn more about them and their "Spinning Southward" journey click here for their website: WWW.SPINNINGSOUTHWARD.COM

To see the trailer from the documentary of their epic tour click below.
THE TRAILER
Search, NBTF News Letter - National, USA2007.02.13 (Tuesday)
Two Journeys of Hope - To the Ends of the Earth
(40,000+ Readers)

(Portion the text pretaining to Spinning Southward)
As Karen was making her ascent, two brothers on a similar mission were peddling hard to the fi nish line. Mike and John Logsdon had been talking for some time about making an epic bicycle trip spanning the length of the Americas. Their mother Jean, who had died of a brain tumor when they were still in their teens, had been an enthusiastic world traveler. A trip of this scope would give them a chance to honor her memory and raise money for the brain tumor cause. Their journey is chronicled on www.spinningsouthward.com. The Logsdons set for themselves a course from the far northern shores of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. In July 2005, they began pedaling the long road south. It would take them fourteen months to reach their destination.

“Logistically, we came into this with no experience,” said Mike Logsdon. “We had each done some tours, but nothing can prepare you for something on this scale. We basically built this idea from scratch. Even the best planning can’t take into account all the unknowns that you’re going to face on a 16,000-mile road trip. That was daunting, but also confidence-building. We took on these challenges one by one, mile by mile, and we got better at what we were doing
along the way, in terms of both our riding and our brain tumor advocacy.”

The brothers were surprised and gratifi ed by the responses of the people they met on their trip. “We realized the commonalities that we share far outweigh the differences,” Mike said. “It didn’t matter if we were meeting farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico or gauchos in southern Argentina. We went through hundreds of small cities and villages, and it was incredible how people went out of their way to help us, cook us meals, and take us into their homes.”

The Logsdons also encountered brutal weather, grueling terrain and bears—and were nearly shot by someone who thought they were stealing cattle. “No matter how bad it got, however,” said Mike, “nothing seemed diffi cult in comparison to what people with brain tumors wake up to face every day, fi ghting for their lives. It put things in perspective for me.” The trip also gave Mike and John a chance to grieve the loss of their mother. “When our mother died ten years ago, we didn’t talk about it a lot,” said John. “This was an opportunity to get together and talk about her and attempt to heal our wounds a bit. We were able to change the memories of her battle with brain cancer and make it
more than just a tragic event.”

Mike and John estimate that they reached 10 million people with their message during their trip due to the press coverage they received. “We felt that if even one person got the information they needed to get proper treatment for their brain tumor then whatever suffering we experienced on the road was worth it,” said John. “We hope we helped other families when they needed it and made a difference for them.” Because of Mike and John’s fundraising efforts, NBTF will be able to award a $75,000 grant to epidemiology researchers. “When we met with the NBTF staff, they
immediately wanted to help,” Mike said. “They stepped up and said ‘We want to support you 100 percent, tell us what you need.’ We were impressed that they have a personal connection with this cause and are so impassioned by it.”

NBTF heard from many brain tumor patients and their families about how moving the Logsdons’ efforts were. “Your
biking adventure has been an inspiration for us both—thanks!” wrote one couple in a message to Mike and John. “Your trip had a profound impact on us in lifting our spirits and knowing there were others out there running the good race.” Another wrote, “wish I’d had the privilege of meeting Mike and John, if just to hug them tight and thank them for helping my husband, who has a brain tumor. You are true warriors on this journey. We are so very proud.” On behalf of the millions of people inspired by their journeys, thank you Karen, Mike and John.
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Divisions of Research Resources & Government Relations2007.01.10 (Wednesday)
Funding Announcements Newsletter
The Jean Logsdon Epidemiology Grant has been announced Nationally. This grant was created by the funds Spinning Southward and our supporters raised.

Jean Logsdon Epidemiology Grant
National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF)
Application Due Date: February 9, 2007
Award: $75,000
To learn more: http://fundingopps.cos.com/alerts/105176
Metro Sports DC - Washington DC, District of Colombia, USA2006.12.31 (Sunday)
In Honor of a Loved One
Jean Logsdon was conceived on the Indonesian island of Java, born in Australia and raised in Morocco and New York City. When she was 8, she crossed the Sahara desert with her mother, and as a young mother herself she passed her wanderlust onto her two sons. When John and Mike Logsdon were barely out of diapers, the family crossed the United States from San Francisco in an old Ford van equipped to accommodate the rambunctious boys.

“My father replaced the last row of seating with an old mattress where John and I would wrestle and play until we’d worn ourselves out,” recalls Mike.

Adds John, “Those summers opened our eyes to the rich cultural and natural diversity that existed within our borders and fueled an insatiable curiosity about the world at large.”

In 1996, Jean Logsdon was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that took her life later that year. Mike and John were 17 and 14 years old at the time. Nine years later, they embarked on a trip in honor of their mother. The brothers flew to Alaska last summer, and on July 26 embarked on a nine-month cycling adventure. Traveling about 70 miles a day and lugging 100 pounds of equipment, they’re riding 15,000 miles from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.

Paired with the National Brain Tumor Foundation’s Racing Ahead program, the brothers aspire to raise $50,000 for brain tumor research in their mother’s name.

If it were an adventure the brothers were looking for, they got it. They didn’t come across a gas station or convenience store the first 500 miles of their journey, but did encounter some 40 bears, including a grizzly. The brothers pedaled away as fast as they could but the grizzly gained on them quickly. Eventually, the bear stood on his hind legs, sniffed the air and stopped its pursuit.

“It must have realized we were people, not caribou,” says John.

Of their zest for adventure, he says: “My mother used to say, ‘There’s only so much you can learn in a classroom.’ She said she’d never buy us a car, but if we wanted to travel, she’d help in any way she can.”
KTVU Channel 2 - FOX, San Francisco, California2006.12.18 (Monday)
TV SEGMENT
(Mornings on Two - 95,000 viewers)
Bike Tourist Podcast - Puerto Rico2006.11.25 (Saturday)
POCAST INTERVIEW
(The second interview)
Dirt Rag Online - National Publication, USA2006.11.15 (Wednesday)
DIRT RAG GALLERY!
38 Photos published on Dirt Rags website. Shots by Blake Gordon, Mike Logsdon, John Logsdon, & Nate Ajello

After a broad foundation studying landscape architecture, Blake Gordon set out for direct experience of the landscape. His education spurred him to seek out unique places, both built and wild, with camera in hand. While he has explored a variety of places, the strongly visual American southwest exerts the greatest pull. While living in Colorado, his first conversation with John Logsdon brought up excited talk of a transcontinental cycling trip. He joined Mike and John Logsdon on Spinning Southward (their dream trip from the tip of Alaska to the tip of Argentina) during a month in Central America and the final six weeks in Argentina—and was kind enough to provide a set of photos from that little jaunt for the Dirt Rag Photo Gallery.

His beloved Bianchi has provided countless miles of riding for recreational, transportation, and touring purposes. Currently he is still riding the Bianchi and also developing a night photography project in the southwest. For more of his photography, visit www.blakegordon.com .
Search, NBTF News Letter - National, USA2006.11.05 (Sunday)
Alaska-to-Argentina Bike Ride Nears Finish (Summer 2006)
(Page 5)

Brothers John and Mike Logsdon, along with Nate Ajello, a film photographer they met in Southern California, are now in northern Chile and nearly at the end of their year-long cycling journey from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina to support NBTF’s research program. All three men lost their mothers to brain cancer and share an enthusiasm for travel. To date they have raised over $46,000, and along the way their story has been covered by numerous newspapers, radio stations and television programs, helping to raise awareness about brain tumors. To learn more about their incredible journey or make a donation visit www.spinningsouthward.com.

Get Going for the Brain Tumor Cause! No matter what type of event you choose, get moving and join Racing Ahead®for NBTF. For more information visit www.braintumor.organd click on Racing Ahead®, email us at racingahead@braintumor.org or call 800.934.2873.
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WEND Magazine - Portland, Oregon2006.10.23 (Monday)
Spinning Southward
(The full article was printed in the magazine, and in unavailble online)

Two men bicycle from the Northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of South America for cancer research...

Bike Tourist Podcast - Puerto Rico2006.10.19 (Thursday)
Podcast Interview
(Interview done via phone from Los Angeles, New York City, Puerto Rico, and La Paz, Bolivia)

Interview and Show produced by: Gabriel Sierra

In this episode, we have a great interview with brothers John and Mike Longsdon and Nate Ajello, on their epic Spinning Southward tour from Alaska to Argentina, a total of 16000 miles, to honor their late mothers Jean and Fran, who lost a long brain tumor battle. Sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Foundation, they cycled long and hard to rise awareness about information as a weapon and to raise money for the foundation to be destined for research and treatment of this condition. Follow with us this incredible and inspiring adventure! Make questions to the riders via the podcast phone 206-339-4425, and they will gladly answer on future editions of the show. Visit their wonderful website:

http://www.spinningsouthward.com

And visit the Brain Tumor Foundation for great english/spanish information that could save your or a loved one's life.

http://www.braintumor.org
Globe Trekker - International Travel News2006.10.11 (Wednesday)
NEWS ITEM
A una temprana edad, John y Mike Logsdon perdieron a su madre Jean, quien murió de cáncer de cerebro. Al principio, los hermanos manejaron la dolorosa pérdida en forma individual. Luego llegó el momento en que desearon trabajar juntos para expresar el amor que ambos compartían por su madre. Llamaron a su idea "Spinning Southward on Jean's Journey" ("Girando hacia el Sur en el Viaje de Jean"). Comenzó como un modo de pasar tiempo juntos en una larga expedición en bicicleta, y luego se convirtió en el sueño de ciclar juntos a través de América del Norte y América del Sur.

El 26 de julio de 2005, John y Mike comenzaron su expedición de 26.000 kilómetros en bicicleta en Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Tienen planeado llegar a Ushuaia, Argentina, en mayo de 2006. "Jean's Journey" llevará a los hermanos a través de México, Guatemala, Belice, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia y Argentina.

El objetivo del viaje es despertar la conciencia sobre el cáncer de cerebro y recaudar dinero para investigación para darle batalla a esta enfermedad. Esperan recaudar US$50.000 y donarlos a la Fundación Nacional Contra los Tumores Cerebrales (National Brain Tumor Foundation) para investigación y para programas de servicios para los pacientes.

La Fundación Nacional Contra los Tumores Cerebrales (NBTF, por su sigla en inglés) es una organización sin fines de lucro fundada en 1981 en San Francisco, California, EE.UU. La NBTF recauda fondos para investigación para tratar y curar tumores cerebrales, y brinda apoyo e información gratuita a los pacientes y a los miembros de la familia. La NBTF recibe más de 1.000 consultas por mes de pacientes y familias que piden asistencia y ayuda. El sitio Web de la NBTF, http://www.braintumor.org/ se puede traducir a español, y el personal de la NBTF puede responder en español a los correos enviados a nbtf@braintumor.org .

Usted puede visitar el sitio Web de John y Mike Logsdon para ver fotografías y notas sobre su progreso en http://www.spinningsouthward.com/.

National Brain Tumor Foundation
Sitio Web: http://www.spinningsouthward.com/
http://www.braintumor.org/

*This release was featured on hundreds of sites including Yahoo News, Global News, and Globe Trekker
Dirt Rag Magazine - National Publication, USA2006.10.10 (Tuesday)
Spinning Southward
It is roughly 15,000 miles from the northern reaches of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina. John and Mike Logsdon are set to complete their lengthy bike ride of the route this October. The two started out in Purdhoe Bay, Alaska, last July, raising money and awareness for the National Brain Tumor Foundation in memory of their mother. Several flat tires, a bout of dysentery and a few thousand miles ago, writer/photographer Blake Gordon joined up with Mike, John, and videographer Nate Ajello for a month as they tackled the condensed geography of Central America. And the heat... The following is a selection from Blake's journal:

I was pushing hard to go up in the mountains—Costa Rica's Cordillera de Tilarán. The Pacific lowlands of Central America were absolutely baking me in their heat. At the end of the day I wanted to do something besides sweat to sleep. Our guidebook (aimed at auto/bus tourists) read, "On the ride from Tilarán to Monteverde, local commerce and ranches quickly give way to dense cloud forests. The road is treacherous, full of rocks, craters, tight turns and steep angles. But it's worth it."

My legs burned with fire as the pedals come to an abrupt halt on 16% grades. My calves burned as I pushed, outstretched, leaning near vertical into the bike. My shoulders ached and burned from guiding the handlebars through a minefield of impacted rocks that make up this fantastic road of uphills and downhills. We rumble past the bare captivating countryside, viewing beautiful pastureland where thick tropical forests once stood.

Forsaking lunch, we pedaled, pushed, and drug our bikes to Monteverde, averaging a scant 4 miles an hour throughout 7 hours of riding. Mike later wrote, "The road to Monteverde was nothing short of the most intense riding of our collective lives." But there were no qualms among the group. Just muscle weary satisfaction. And the cool relief of the cloud forests perched on the continental divide around Monteverede that made it more than worth it. –Blake Gordon
NBTF News Flash - National, USA2006.09.11 (Monday)
John and Mike Logsdon have arrived!
News Flash!

John and Mike Logsdon have arrived!

After 14 months of cycling across 15,000 miles, John and Mike rode into Ushuaia, Argentina with an amazing new way to look at life! The idea of Spinning Southward on Jean’s Journey began as a way to honor their mother, Jean, who died of brain cancer, and to raise awareness about this disease.

Their goal for riding from Alaska to Argentina has gone beyond being met. Their hearts and their bodies have been tested, and they won. The ride has been rich with adventures, people who reached out to them and a sense of true accomplishment – they delivered over $50,000 to the National Brain Tumor Foundation to help others in need.

To make a donation, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/pfp/jeansjourney

To read stories about this amazing journey , visit: http://spinningsouthward.com/mission.php.

Radio Sol 97.3FM - Santa Isabel, Argentina2006.08.11 (Friday)
RADIO SEGEMENT
TeleSur - San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina2006.08.08 (Tuesday)
TV SEGMENT
Caretas - Lima, Peru2006.06.15 (Thursday)
(n/a)
Feature length, color, article in a magazine with one of the largest cirulations in the Capital
Conta Corriente - Lima, Peru2006.06.11 (Sunday)
Una ayuda sobre ruedas
Una ayuda sobre ruedas

TRAVESÍA SANADORA. Un cáncer al cerebro les arrebató a sus madres y los impulsó a cruzar 13 países en bicicleta. Nate Ajello y los hermanos Jhon y Mike Logsdon partieron ayer del Perú para completar los US$50 mil en favor de estudios sobre el silencioso mal

Le encontraron un tumor cerebral tan grande que los médicos le dieron solo dos meses de vida. En 1996 la enfermera Jean Logsdon presentía que el dolor de cabeza y el hormigueo de la zona derecha de su cuerpo eran señales de un trastorno importante, la sorpresa se apoderó de ella. Sus hijos Jhon y Mike, adolescentes con acné y sin saber de la muerte, maduraron a la fuerza. "Nunca quiso someterse a quimioterapia, para no maltratarse", cuenta Jhon, diez años después. Estamos en Miraflores, bajo una niebla espesa que nada tiene que ver con su natal California, esa ciudad de chicos rubios y dorados por la delicada brisa marina. Tras bicicletear 16 mil kilómetros desde Alaska camino a Ushuaia, en Argentina, Jhon está con la cara quemada y cuarteada por el frío y el sol.

Nate Ajello, el compañero encargado de filmar y fotografiar todo el periplo, recuerda que su madre murió de la misma dolencia cuando él tenía 6 años. "Decidí acompañarlos y ha sido una experiencia maravillosa", añade. En la página web de los viajeros, Nate aparece en un columpio al lado de Fran, cuando sonreía sin presagiar que, más adelante, las convulsiones le robarían el sueño.


DESEO QUE TRASCIENDE
Todo viaje nace con una expectativa. Conocer, vagar, perderse. Olvidar. En el caso del trío norteamericano se cumplen todas las anteriores y, a la vez, ninguna. Recorrer 13 países americanos es una aventura aprovechada para un fin de trascendencia social: la investigación del cáncer silencioso que se aloja en el cerebro.

El Jean's Journey --traducido como "El viaje de Jean" en honor a la madre perdida-- culminará en agosto próximo, cuando recauden 50 mil dólares para la Fundación Nacional Contra los Tumores Cerebrales, con sede en San Francisco. Esta organización sin fines de lucro no solo patrocina a investigadores de enfermedades neoplásicas, sino que, además, atiende más de 1.000 pacientes al mes y también a familiares de personas afectadas por este mal. "Lo hacemos en memoria de mi madre, Jean, quien nació en Australia, vivió en Marruecos y nos enseñó que el mundo se conocía en la calle, con la gente y sus cultura", completa Jhon. Y bueno, de saber todas las peripecias que pasaron antes y durante este kilométrico trayecto, definitivamente Jean estaría orgullosa de sus muchachos.


FULL AHORRO
John se graduó en la Universidad de Yale. Sus vacaciones se las pasaba soñando con la ruta sobre ruedas para darle curso a su lucha por los derechos humanos. Su hermano, graduado de la Universidad de Pensilvania, ya lo había conminado para ahorrar durante dos años y cruzar las tres América sin quedarse botados en la carretera. Él estaba acostumbrado, pues es un viajero ecologista que abandona oficinas todos los veranos. Nate dejó novia y familia, además de sus labores como creador de videoclips y animador de un programa televisivo, para concentrarse en su faceta de documentalista.

El fin benéfico del pedaleo grupal los ayudó a conseguir auspicios importantes como bicicletas de aluminio, mochilas, carpas, bolsas de dormir, estufas, ropa deportiva y cámaras para llantas. Cuando tuvieron todo listo, partieron de California a la ciudad ártica de Prudhoe Bay, en Alaska, el 26 de julio del año pasado, un día que recordarán por el frío intenso y por la soledad de la vida salvaje. "Unos osos grizzly nos quisieron comer a mí y a mi hermano. Hasta los venados se nos cruzaban. En realidad vimos más animales que gente", se ríe Jhon. Una manera furiosa de aprender que la belleza natural es inversamente proporcional a la densidad demográfica.

La rutina sobre ruedas comienza a las 9 de la mañana, todos los días, después de un desayuno ligero compuesto de jugo, fruta o sándwich. En promedio, los chicos pedalean de 8 a 10 horas diarias, con un descanso nocturno que no conocían en Estados Unidos. Además de su bicicleta, los chicos jalan un remolque rodante de 25 kilos de peso enganchado a la rueda trasera. "Lo conseguimos en plena ruta por México, cuando nos encontramos con otros ciclistas que discutían mucho y querían acabar con todo de una vez", asegura Nate. Él soporta el mayor peso (35 kilos más o menos) a causa de su cámara fotográfica digital, la laptop, las baterías recargables y los CD quemados que atesoran todos los recuerdos. En total, han acumulado más de mil imágenes de gente, platillos, ríos, transporte público, ferias, carreteras, avisos publicitarios...

Convivir no es sencillo y conseguir un compañero de ruta que no se queje, más todavía. Felizmente, a los ciclistas los salva la soledad de sus dos llantas. El dolor de espalda, las ganas de ir al baño y el aburrimiento de un paisaje monótono pueden desbaratar voluntades fácilmente, pero estos chicos se dedicaron a pensar mucho.

"Pasamos por Chiapas, en México, y la zona está muy convulsionada. Tuvimos que vencer el miedo, pues a otra gente la asaltaron y amenazaron con machetes para abandonarlo todo", afirma Jhon. Para su buena suerte, la comida que probaron en este maravilloso país los recompensó tanto que, durante un momento, pensaron que podrían darse una vuelta, sin apuros.


HUMILDAD DEL VIAJERO
A medida que pasaban los kilómetros, el cometido de concientizar a la población iba surtiendo efecto. Así como en Lima, los tres han brindado sus testimonios sobre el cáncer cerebral para la prensa de sitio visitado y, hasta el momento, han logrado que se concreten donaciones por 46 mil dólares, a través de su página web www.spinningsouthward.com. "Nos falta muy poco para llegar a la meta", confía Jhon, quien no extraña tanto la televisión ni a los amigos como la comida que le preparan en casa.

Ellos dan un mensaje de salud y prevención. A cambio, reciben una clase magistral de realidad, libre de prejuicios. Ojo, este intercambio no ocurre en las ciudades sino en esos parajes donde el alumbrado público no llega y el turismo no se parece a una piscina color turquesa. Por ejemplo, los bomberos de Sudamérica han sido los más solidarios y siempre les han dado apoyo médico, además de un techo para utilizar sus pertrechos.

"Uno carga con prejuicios, pero la gente desbarata todo eso. Los niños se nos acercan y les contamos que venimos manejando bicicleta desde Alaska y a veces preguntan '¿Dónde queda?'. En verdad el mundo es diferente cuando viajas de esta forma", dice Nate, como quien ve la verdad entre tanto espejismo. ¿Dónde se esconde un país real? En iglesias coloniales rebosantes de religiosidad, en urbes crecientes y desordenadas, en mercadillos con olor a espíritu rebelde, en ruinas históricas repletas de pasado, en el espectáculo de la pequeñez de un ser humano frente a la grandeza de la diversidad cultural.

"La gente es diferente cuando vive lejos de zonas turísticas, porque es gente que no espera nada a cambio", comenta Nate. Ellos llegaron al Perú hace dos semanas, por la frontera con Ecuador y se encontraron con un paisaje electoral bastante revuelto. Toda conversación era política y entendieron que esos pueblitos perdidos de la carretera precisan de atenciones y no de promesas. "En Tambogrande una familia muy pobre nos hospedó en su casa y no tuvimos que pedírselo, porque nos vieron que llegamos de noche". Así, quien también sale ganando es el grupo humano que recibe al extranjero. Acá no hay turistas con la cámara lista para la foto con seres exóticos, sino viajeros con ganas de conversar y conocer la vida que late en lo cotidiano.

Ha pasado casi un año desde que partieron. Al ritmo que va este trío de corredores, es probable que sobrepase la meta inicial. Hoy partirán por la Panamericana Sur hacia Chile, cargados de nuevos sabores (como el cebiche y la Inca Kola que no olvidarán) y con ganas de llegar a Ushuaia para rendirle el tributo a Jean, otra viajera incansable. ¿Llegarán a tiempo? Eso no importa, porque para todo aventurero solo se necesitan dos cosas: cielo sobre la cabeza y suelo bajo los pies. Los relojes aquí no tienen lugar.


Datos
Los países visitados hasta el momento por el trío han sido Alaska, Canadá, México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panamá, Ecuador y Perú. En los próximos días cruzarán Chile hasta llegar a Argentina, específicamente a la ciudad más austral del mundo: Ushuaia.

La mayoría de gente que sufre de cáncer al cerebro no es diagnosticada a tiempo, pues solo es visible cuando el tumor adquiere un gran tamaño.

Para realizar sus donativos y ayudar a los muchachos a llegar a la meta de los 50 mil dólares, ingrese a la página web www.spinningsouthward.com

Allí también encontrará fotografías de todo su periplo y a los auspiciadores de su viaje.

Mayra Castillo
Cuerpo de Bomberos de Cuenca - Cuenca, Ecuador2006.05.24 (Wednesday)
MARATÓNICO VIAJE POR UNA BUENA CAUSA
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MARATÓNICO VIAJE POR UNA BUENA CAUSA

John Logsdon, Mike Logsdon y Nate Ajello, siendo muy jóvenes perdieron a su madre quien murió de cáncer al cerebro, para sobreponerse a su pena idearon un largo viaje en bicicleta y lo planificaron para comenzar en Prudhoe Bay Alaska y terminarlo en Ushuaia Argentina. Este viaje es de 26.000 kilómetros aproximadamente, a través de América del Norte Centro y Sur América.

Partieron el 26 de julio de 2005 y pensaron inicialmente arribar al sur de Argentina en mayo de 2006. El objetivo de su maratónico viaje es despertar la conciencia sobre el cáncer de cerebro y recaudar dinero para donarlo a la Fundación Nacional Contra los Tumores Cerebrales y que sirva para investigaciones sobre esta patología. Ellos aspiran a conseguir Cincuenta Mil Dólares.

Entre el 18 y 20 de mayo se hospedaron en las instalaciones de la Escuela del Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios de Cuenca, desde donde partieron hacia la ciudad de Loja, su última escala antes de llegar a Cuenca fue la población de Zhud, localizada en la provincia de Cañar.

Los bomberos de Cuenca les deseamos buen viaje y hacemos fuerza para que cumplan con su misión de la mejor manera

Cycle California - California, USA2006.05.01 (Monday)
Spinning Southward
Spinning Southward
By Taryn Gerhardt

Mike and John Logsdon didn't even own bikes when they decided to take a 15,000-mile journey from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina last July.

However, not even the lack of bicycles, a herd of caribou or even a snorting musk ox could stop these brothers -- Mike, 24 and John, 27 -- both of San Francisco, from making their epic journey to raise money and awareness for the Brain Tumor Foundation. They planned to ride for about 280 days, an average of 70 miles a day, until they reach Argentina and the southernmost city in the world.

The two lost their mother, Jean Logsdon, to brain cancer in 1996 and they say the journey is a way to honor her.


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CRUZAN AMERICA EN BICICLETA
COPAN RUINAS

Son dos hermanos y un amigo que recorren en bicicleta el continente americano, desde Alaska hasta Argentina con un noble propósito: recaudar dinero para la investigación del cáncer de cerebro.

Ellos salieron de Prudhoe Bay, en Alaska, el 26 de julio de 2005, pero la historia de este viaje se remonta a 10 años atrás, cuando los hermanos John y Mike Logsdon (entonces unos adolescentes de 15 y 17 años) vieron morir a su madre, Jean, víctima del cáncer de cerebro.

“Ella viajaba mucho. Nació en Australia, vivió en Marruecos, Estados Unidos y viajó por muchos países de todos los continentes. Nos enseñó muchas cosas buenas y una de ellas fue viajar por todo el mundo, porque al viajar se obtiene educación al aprender sobre la gente, la cultura y la comida. Este viaje es para honrar su memoria y ayudar a quienes sufren cáncer de cerebro”, señala Mike.

Esta semana llegaron a Copán Ruinas procedentes de Guatemala, un tanto por accidente, luego que a su amigo, Nate Agello, se le arruinara la cámara con la que está filmando un documental sobre el viaje. Esperando la reparación, los hermanos Logsdon decidieron venirse en autobús un par de días a Copán, donde TIEMPO los entrevistó.

EL VIAJE

Los dos hermanos comenzaron a trabajar fuertemente en el proyecto desde el 2004, ahorrando cada centavo de sus salarios y buscando patrocinadores, quienes les han aportado las bicicletas, ropa, comida, remolques y equipo de acampar.

En el ínterin se les unió Nate Agello, otro joven que también perdió a su madre por el cáncer de cerebro y que se ofreció a filmar un documental sobre el viaje y los pueblos que van conociendo.

John Logsdon dice que para ellos este recorrido de 28,000 kilómetros es muy importante porque atraen la atención de los medios de comunicación y de la gente hacia el tema del cáncer de cerebro. “El hecho de que dos hermanos vayan por toda América por esta causa produce un efecto en la gente, inspirándolos y consiguiendo que se involucren y ayuden a la Fundación Nacional Contra los Tumores Cerebrales”, sostiene.

Hasta el momento han obtenido donaciones por el orden de los 34,000 dólares y su meta original es llegara a los 50,000, pero de seguir al mismo ritmo superarán esa cifra. Quienes deseen donar, pueden informarse de cómo hacerlo a través del sitio web de los hermanos: http://www.spinningsouthward.com o a través de la página de la Fundación Nacional Contra los Tumores Cerebrales: http://www.braintumor.org/

USHUAIA

La meta de los hermanos y su amigo es llegar a Ushuaia, Argentina, en el mes de agosto próximo. En el trayecto han sufrido de las gélidas temperaturas de Alaska y Canadá, se han resguardado de los vientos y tormentas debajo de árboles gigantescos en Estados Unidos y han debido cruzar un desierto en México, pero ellos siguen felices hacia delante.

“No nos han pasado cosas malas, no nos han asaltado ni nada de eso. Hemos conocido personas muy generosas y agradables en todos los países, especialmente en América Central, hay muchas personas que ofrecen lugares para acampar y comida. Es un sentimiento muy hermoso porque somos extranjeros y el español es una segunda lengua para nosotros, es un poco difícil”, refiere Mike.

Los viajeros llevan halados de sus bicicletas unos remolques con maletas, estufas, tiendas de campaña, comida y otros enseres personales que pesan alrededor de 50 libras. Tal ejercicio ha hecho que Mike reduzca unas 30 libras y llegue a las 170, mientras que John se mantiene en ese mismo peso pues siempre ha sido delgado, según dice.

Atrás dejaron sus empleos (Mike es ecologista y John trabajó para Naciones Unidas), sus novias y a su padre, James Logsdon. “El nos dijo: tengan cuidado mis hijos, pero se puso muy alegre con este viaje, muy orgulloso porque sabe que es en la memoria de nuestra madre, su esposa”.

CAPSULA 1

DISTANCIA

11,399.9 kilómetros son los que han recorrido hasta ahora.

CAPSULA 2

PARQUE ARQUEOLOGICO

“Copán es de lo más bonito que hemos visto porque en los Estados Unidos no existen ciudades tan antiguas como esta, allá todo es más reciente y esto nos parece algo verdaderamente único”. John Logsdon
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Cycling Blog - National, USA2006.02.21 (Tuesday)
Two Brothers Are Biking from Alaska to Argentina for A Good Cause
Back in 2004, I trained all summer so that I could be fit enough to take on the challenge of riding 100 miles in Transportation Alternatives' NYC Century Bike Tour. I was only able to manage 83 miles.

The following week, I tried for 100 miles again, in The Twin Lights Ride, and, again, I was only able to manage a little over 80 miles.

My body just isn't built for long distance cycling.

So you can understand why the story I recently found about 2 brothers cycling 15,000 miles (approximately 70 miles per day for 280 days!) from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina to raise $50,000 for brain tumor research made me feel a bit insecure about my biking abilities.

The two riders are now in Acapulco, Mexico; they've completed 6,280 miles, and they have 8,720 miles to go.

More details about this heroic ride can be found below in the snipppet from yesterday's press release:


"Two San Francisco-born brothers flew to the upper reaches of Alaska prepared for nine months of rigorous cycling. John and Mike Logsdon will complete a 15,000-mile bicycle trip through 13 countries from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, averaging 70 miles of cycling per day for approximately 280 days. Paired with the National Brain Tumor Foundation’s Racing Ahead program, John and Mike aspire to raise $50,000 for brain tumor research in the name of their late mother, Jean Logsdon.

The impressive ride is the ultimate experience for two young men devoted to globetrotting. The brothers both claim to have inherited their wanderlust from their mother, Jean Logsdon, to whom the trip is dedicated. Conceived on the island of Java, born in Australia, and raised in Morocco and New York City, Jean knew the virtues of travel from an early age. When she was eight-years-old, Jean crossed the Sahara desert by Jeep with her mother; and as a young woman, Jean’s wandering ways brought her across Europe and Asia, before she finally moved to California, a trip Jean made solo from New York City in her convertible sports car.

As a parent, Jean insisted her own children learn about the world through travel from a young age. When the boys were barely out of diapers, the Logsdon family would cross the United States from San Francisco in an old Ford van that was fixed up to accommodate two young boys with boundless energy, “My father replaced the last row of seating with an old mattress where Mike and I would wrestle and play until we’d worn ourselves out, at which point the mattress was perfect for napping,” Mike remembers. Adds John, “Those summers opened our eyes to the rich cultural and natural diversity that existed within our own borders and fueled an enduring and insatiable curiosity about the world at large.”

In 1996, the Logsdon family was devastated when Jean was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that took her life in the winter of the same year. After their mother’s death, both John and Mike instinctually found comfort in travel, the only activity that seemed to appropriately honor the enduring memory of their mother’s adventuresome spirit.

As soon as school break allowed, Mike went south to Mexico where he absorbed the language and the culture while building homes for needy families; John criss-crossed Europe and the U.S. during his summer breaks at Yale. Eventually, both John and Mike embarked on long cycling journeys: John led a bike trip across the United States with Habitat for Humanity and Mike rode solo across Ireland.

After traveling separately for years, the Logsdon brothers are now cycling together, southward on the Pan-American Highway, from the upper reaches of North America to the southern-most city in the world. The National Brain Tumor Foundation’s Racing Ahead® Program has paired with Spinning Southward on Jean’s Journey to create the Jean’s Journey Fund. The National Brain Tumor Foundation raises funds for research and provides support and information to patients and families. By promoting the experiential learning, fraternal unity, self-reflection and community outreach that Jean Logsdon encouraged in her sons, this voyage will undoubtedly transform John and Mike into the men their mother imagined they could be.

John and Mike are available for interview immediately and throughout their trip which will last from July 2005 to April 2006. Please contact Melody Meyer at 917.428.6692 if you would like to interview John or Mike via email from the road or if you would like to request hi-res photographs of the brothers on their route. To direct your readers/audience to help John and Mike meet their $50,000 goal, contact NBTF at 1.800.934.2873, or racingahead [@] braintumor.org or at www.braintumor.org.

For pictures, stories, video, and more from their journey please go to:
http://www.spinningsouthward.com/."
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Toman un descanso en Acapulco se dirigen a Argentina, trabajo altruista de ciclistas
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Inicaron su recorrido desde Alaska con el proposito de recabar fondos para combatir el cancer
Por: José Luis Rodríguez Alcaraz

Con el unico objetivo de recaudar fondos economicos para tratamientos medicos y atacar un mal silencioso llamado cancer el cual a causado muchos decesos en el mundo, los ciclistas estadounidenses Mike Logsdon, Nate Ajello y John Logsdon, de 25, 24 y 27 años de edad, realizan un recorrido de miles de kilómetros desde Alaska hasta las cordilleras de Argentina.

En este momento la tercia de deportistas se encuentra en Acapulco, como punto programado dentro de su recorrido y en las próximas horas continuaran por la carretera federal de Costa Chica en dirección a los estados de Oaxaca, Chiapas para después arribar al hermano país de Guatemala.

Mike, Nate y John, indicaron a este medio informativo que ellos dormitan en montañas, llanos, costas, asi como pueblos y ciudades, donde lleban el mensaje a sus habitantes para que aporten fondos econmicos para aportar tratamientos médicos con personas que sufren el mal del cancer; especificaron que su salida fue hecha en Alaska desde el mes de agosto del 2005 y tienen con meta arribar a Argentina en el mes de julio de este año.

Asimismo comentaron que para cualquier información pueden consultar la paginas de National Brain Tumor Foundation en www.brainrumor.org y www.spinningsouthward.com.
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Northwest City Sports Magazine2006.02.12 (Sunday)
In Honor of a Loved One
Jean Logsdon was conceived on the Indonesian island of Java, born in Australia and raised in Morocco and New York City. When she was 8, she crossed the Sahara desert with her mother, and as a young mother herself she passed her wanderlust onto her two sons. When John and Mike Logsdon were barely out of diapers, the family crossed the United States from San Francisco in an old Ford van equipped to accommodate the rambunctious boys.

“My father replaced the last row of seating with an old mattress where John and I would wrestle and play until we’d worn ourselves out,” recalls Mike.

Adds John, “Those summers opened our eyes to the rich cultural and natural diversity that existed within our borders and fueled an insatiable curiosity about the world at large.”

In 1996, Jean Logsdon was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor that took her life later that year. Mike and John were 17 and 14 years old at the time. Nine years later, they embarked on a trip in honor of their mother. The brothers flew to Alaska last summer, and on July 26 embarked on a nine-month cycling adventure. Traveling about 70 miles a day and lugging 100 pounds of equipment, they’re riding 15,000 miles from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world.

Paired with the National Brain Tumor Foundation’s Racing Ahead program, the brothers aspire to raise $50,000 for brain tumor research in their mother’s name.

If it were an adventure the brothers were looking for, they got it. They didn’t come across a gas station or convenience store the first 500 miles of their journey, but did encounter some 40 bears, including a grizzly. The brothers pedaled away as fast as they could but the grizzly gained on them quickly. Eventually, the bear stood on his hind legs, sniffed the air and stopped its pursuit.

“It must have realized we were people, not caribou,” says John.

Of their zest for adventure, he says: “My mother used to say, ‘There’s only so much you can learn in a classroom.’ She said she’d never buy us a car, but if we wanted to travel, she’d help in any way she can.”
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Dirt Rag - California2005.12.20 (Tuesday)
Oh Brother, What a Ride! - Dirt Rag Fresh Dirt
Pedaling from Alaska to Argentina is the sort of epic journey that many dream about, but few find the motivation to pursue. John and Mike Logsdon found the motivation after their mother Jean died of a brain tumor. For years the brothers collectively dreamed about an epic trip running the length of the Americas—to honor their mother’s legacy and to help raise funds for those facing the same illness that claimed their mother’s life. There were quite a few logistical and financial hurdles to clear, but finally, in July 2005 the stars aligned and the brothers headed southward from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on a journey that when completed will take them to Ushaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. The official name of their trip: Spinning Southward, on Jean’s Journey.

The young men are currently “somewhere” in Mexico, roughly a third of the way through their journey. As of this report, they have raised over $17,000 for the National Brain Tumor Foundation. I highly recommend checking out the Spinning Southward website. While you’re there, be sure to spend some time viewing the awesome photo gallery from the Logsdon brothers' epic trip. Since it is the season for giving, here’s one last link.

By: Karl Rosengarth

Greay Matters, North Texas' Brain Tumor Support Group - National, USA2005.12.01 (Thursday)
Bicycling brothers John and Mike are in Mexico!
Bicycling brothers John and Mike are in Mexico!

Making their way on bicycles from Alaska to Argentina in memory of their mother Jean, brothers John and Mike Logsdon are raising $50,000 for NBTF and to help increase awareness about brain tumors. To make donations or learn about their trip, visit http://www.justgivingcom/pfp/jeansjourney or their web site at http://www.spinningsouthward.com/.

Run, Walk, Bike or Swim, but get moving to help support NBTF!
Racing Ahead combines an event you enjoy – running, walking, biking or swimming – with fundraising for NBTF. Visit www.braintumor.org, click “Donate Now!” and then “Racing Ahead” for more information or to register. For questions, please email racingahead@braintumor.org.
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Santa Monica Daily Press - Santa Monica, California2005.11.11 (Friday)
Brothers Gear Up to Honor Mother's Legacy
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BY RYAN HYATT
Daily Press Staff Writer
SANTA MONICA PIER — Brothers committed to honoring their late mother’s memory braked in Santa Monica on Thursday during a Pan-American bicycle trek geared towards raising money and awarenessfor brain tumor research.

John and Mike Logsdon are attempting to earn $50,000 for the non-profit National Brain Tumor Foundation by pedaling 15,000 miles — from Alaska to Argentina — in honor of their mother, Jean Logsdon, who died of brain cancer in 1996.

John Logsdon, 26, and Mike Logsdon, 24, from San Francisco, began their journey on July 26 when a cargo plane dropped them off in Prudhoe Bay, located on the northern coast of Alaska. From there, they biked 4,300 miles south along the Pan-American Highway. They have raised $12,000 to date for brain tumor research.

Traveling at their current pace of 100 to 150 miles per day, the Logsdons expect to reach their destination — the southern tip of Argentina — sometime between April and June.

The Logsdons began their journey in 20-degree weather with winds reaching 45 miles per hour. “There was definitely a moment when I thought, ‘What
have we gotten ourselves into?’”John Logsdon said.

From Prudhoe Bay, the brothers biked along a dirt road which serves the Alaskan oil pipeline. They didn’t come across a convenience store or gas station for the first 500 miles of their trek, but did come across some 40 bears, including a grizzly, which chased them down within the first days of the trip.

“I caught something in the corner of my eye, some movement in the Tundra,” John Logsdon said. “I could see it, but I couldn’t believe it.”

The Logsdon brothers said they pedaled away as fast as they could, but the Grizzly gained on them quickly. Luckily, within 100 feet of them, the Grizzly stood on its hind legs, sniffed the air and stopped its pursuit.

“It must have realized we were people, not caribou,” John Logsdon said.

The brothers have been lugging 100 pounds of food and equipment — including a tent, sleeping bags, stove, biking and street clothes — all of which was donated to them.

“You find out what your essentials are quickly,” Mike Logsdon said. Another notable encounter happened in British Columbia, when the brothers came across a Native Canadian tribe.

Mike Logsdon — who has lost 30 pounds during the ride — said he had been stung by a wasp and was in need of medical attention. His neck was swelling up. The wife of the tribe’s chief provided him with an herbal medicine that cured him.

“We’ve seen a lot of wilderness and a lot of people, and it has all been wonderful,” Mike Logsdon said.

The brothers have camped throughout much of their journey, except when they had friends and family to stay with. Both are hearty travelers, a characteristic encouraged by their mother, they said.

“My mother used to say, ‘There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom,’” John Logsdon said. “She said she’d never buy us a car, but if we wanted to travel, she’d help in any way she can.”

Conceived on the island of Java, born in Australia, and raised in Morocco and New York City, Jean Logsdon’s travels began at an early age, according to her sons. When she was 8 years old, she crossed the Sahara Desert by Jeep with her mother. As a young woman, her wandering ways brought her across Europe and Asia, before she settled in San Francisco.

In 1995 while riding her bicycle, the Logsdon brothers said her mother returned home from a bike ride and said her arm felt weak. She had glioblastoma,
a malignant brain tumor.

Following their mother’s death in 1996, the brothers went their separate ways for several years. Mike Logsdon went south to Mexico, where he built homes for needy families. John Logsdon criss-crossed Europe and the United States during his summer breaks at Yale.

Eventually, both brothers embarked on long cycling journeys. John Logsdon once led a bike trip across the U.S. with Habitat for Humanity, and Mike Logsdon rode solo across Ireland.

The National Brain Tumor Research Foundation raises funds for research and provides support and information to patients and families. Each year, approximately 190,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to the foundation. Only 31 percent of patients survive five years.

John Logsdon believes it’s important passionate people try to raise funds for medical research to fight cancer and other diseases. He said people like his mother who have suffered from brain tumors often don’t know where to turn after they are diagnosed.

“This is a great way to remember our mother, while letting people know about the need for more research and the incredible resource the foundation is for people with brain tumors,” John Logsdon said.


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Brothers Cycle the Length of the Americas
It's roughly 15,000 miles from the northern shore of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina and brothers John and Mike Logsdon are almost halfway through their journey of biking the Americas, as they say, "from tip to tail." Their trip began on July 26, 2005 when they left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. And, if all goes as planned, they should reach their final destination sometime in April of 2006. The trip is a way for the brothers, both in their mid-20s, to honor the legacy of their mother, Jean Logsdon, who died in 1996 after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The Logsdon brothers have interrupted their careers for the 10- to11-month trek across 13 countries. In addition to honoring their mother, their goals are to bring awareness to the resources available to people diagnosed with brain tumors, and raise $50,000 for the National Brain Tumor Foundation. "Mike and I had started musing about this trip several years ago," says John. "We were thinking about doing some kind of travel that would bring us together in honor of our mother. We had done long-range bike trips in the past and we fell in love with that pace of travel." The musings continued despite the fact that both brothers were pursuing careers and neither had owned a bike for at least the past four years.

Jean Logsdon instilled in her sons a spirit of adventure and an appreciation for the many cultures and lands that make up our world. "Our mother was really of the mind that there was a lot to be gained from the classroom experience, but you need to supplement that with experiential learning to get a broader view of the world," John explains. "She was born on the move and she was able to take a very negative experience and turn it into a positive," John says, referring to his maternal grandparents' experience living on the Indonesian island of Java during WW II. His grandmother was able to flee to Australia just before the Japanese invaded the island; his grandfather, however, was held in an internment camp. Jean's childhood was spent in Australia and Morocco before eventually landing in New York. While hopscotching the globe, she gained a keen awareness of the rich mosaic created by diverse cultures in the world.

The brothers recall early family vacations, traveling throughout the United States as well as such far-off lands as Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Recently, John says a friend of his mother's recalled a conversation the two women had regarding Jean's teaching her sons how to ride the bus, the value being that they would now begin to have some of the freedom of traveling on their own. When John was in junior high, he became quite interested in Africa through the African drumming class taught by former Orinda Intermediate School teacher Charlotte Woody. Seeing an opportunity to expand their son's interest in African culture, Logsdon's parents allowed him to accompany Woody on a trip to Africa.

The brother's current travel along the length of the Americas pays tribute to their mother both through the adventurous spirit it requires and their desire to draw attention to resources available to people diagnosed with brain tumors. "We were hesitant to put our mom's name out there," John explains. "It's a great responsibility and we knew it had to be all or nothing." They had not intended to use this trip as a fundraiser, but a couple of months before their planned departure, a friend of Mike's encouraged the brothers to link their efforts to a nonprofit organization. The friend, Jon Cooper, arranged a meeting with representatives from the National Brain Tumor Foundation. As John remembers, "We went to that meeting with a healthy amount of skepticism. But from that meeting, we saw that this was an organization that empowers people with information."

Due to the insidious nature of brain tumors the condition usually isn't diagnosed until it has reached advanced stages. "It's a very traumatic experience," John says of the diagnosis of having a brain tumor. "Our mother was told she would only have a couple of weeks to live. There are so many treatment options out there that trying to bring it all together ­ for the individual ­ is overwhelming. You need an organization like the National Brain Tumor Foundation to help make sense of it all."

The National Brian Tumor Foundation (NBTF) was founded in 1981 to fund research into improved treatments for brain tumors. While the organization continues to fund important research, it has also focused its efforts on education and outreach activities benefiting patients, their families, and their caregivers. According to NBTF data, each year, approximately 190,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. It is the leading cause of solid tumor death in children and the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults. Moreover, the incidence of metastatic brain tumors is increasing as cancer patients live longer.

Referring to the work of NBTF John says, "It all fits seamlessly. We realized that we could do a trip that really does embody some of the values our mother tried to instill in us and pair with an organization that is working to end the suffering of people like our mother."

Mike and John crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in late October and, after a week of visiting family and making public appearances on behalf of NBTF, they resumed their journey on November 1. They hope to be in Cabo San Lucas by early December, which will be a far cry from how their trip began. "We had a pretty incredible first day," John recalls. "The sun never sets over the Arctic Ocean in the summer. Stepping outside that first day, you couldn't tell from the light what time it was. But the temperature was in the low 20s with winds gusting to 45 miles per hour ­ the air had the smell of snow."

"We've been asked many times, 'Do you ever ask what you are getting yourselves into?' Yes, that morning we asked," John continues. "Then, about two miles into the trip, we realized that a grizzly bear had been keeping pace with us. It became apparent that he was intent on getting us when we saw how quickly he closed the gap between us. It's one thing to study about what to do in an encounter with a bear, but to see this 1000 pound bear coming at you at 35 miles per hour is something all together different. We stopped and made ourselves look big, like your supposed to do. Luckily, he was downwind of us. He stood on his hind paws, sniffed the air, and figured out that we weren't caribou or something equally good to eat. That was the second time we asked ourselves 'What are we getting ourselves into.'"

John and Mike have pedaled through cities, towns and wilderness, engaging with people they meet along the way. "Sometimes people are incredulous. We often get the 'Are you crazy' question," John says smiling. "But we've had a lot of poignant moments with brain tumor survivors. When they hear what we're doing, people invite us into their homes to eat or spend the night. These exchanges and interactions reinforce what our mom was trying to impart. She taught us that travel is great but that you need to be willing to interact, to be a student."

To date, Mike and John have raised roughly $10,000 towards their goal of $50,000. In addition to contributions from friends and family, the brothers have obtained several corporate sponsorships. Canondale donated two of the elite model T-2000 touring bikes that the brothers are using for their trip; Mountain Hardware provided sleeping bags, tents, and clothing as well as the first cash contribution to Jean's Journey, the fund established by NBTF for the Logsdon campaign; and Cliff Bar and Annie's Naturals are keeping Mike and John fueled with energy drinks and bars, and macaroni and cheese. As word spreads of their journey, Mike and John hope to gain even more financial support.

Anyone interested in following Mike

and John's incredible adventure can

do so by visiting their website: http://www.spinningsouthward.com. Additionally, contributions in h http://www.justgiving.com/pfp/jeansjourney, or by mailing a check to National Brain Tumo Journey.
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By Angelica Martinez, amartinez@VenturaCountyStar.com
November 9, 2005

John and Mike Logsdon, wearing bike helmets and each sporting a small backpack, looked like two Venturans riding the bike path at San Buenaventura State Beach on Tuesday morning. No one knew they were on a 15,000-mile ride for a cause.

The two San Franciscans made their way through Ventura late in the morning as part of their trek from Alaska to Argentina to honor their mother, Jean, who died of a glioblastoma, a highly malignant tumor.

It has been nearly 10 years since her death. She learned of the disease after she felt her arm weaken. Without a history of cancer, Jean Logsdon had an MRI in 1996. A malignant tumor was diagnosed and she was told she had two weeks to live, said Mike Logsdon, 24.

The diagnosis was premature. Jean Logsdon lived 15 months. The two brothers, then 15 and 17, promised to honor their mother and call awareness to the disease in some way, but they were not able to put their plans into motion until this year.

They departed from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, near the Arctic Ocean on July 26, and have traveled about 4,200 miles of the 15,000-mile trip. The brothers are pedaling to raise $50,000 for research for the National Brain Tumor Foundation.

Since they started biking, they have been chased by a grizzly bear, traveled in good and poor weather, and met countless people who relate to their cause.

Residents who have heard of their story along the way have offered the two brothers a place to sleep and eat.

"It really restores your faith in humanity," said John, 26.

If the two don't have a place to stay, they pitch their camp tent.

"It's a day-to-day process," John said.

Clif Bar, an energy bar company, and Cannondale, a bicycling company, are sponsors helping the brothers. But the siblings are bearing the cost of the trip with money from their savings. All of the donations given to their cause are going directly to the foundation, Mike Logsdon said.

Mike, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in history, has worked for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in Atlanta.

John graduated from Yale University, also with a degree in history, and later worked with the United Nations and local, nongovernmental organizations associated with the United Nations in Mongolia. He also taught environmental studies and English in Nepal.

Once the brothers reach Ushuaia, Argentina, in May, they will think of their next career moves.

For the time being, the siblings, who say they don't have much cycling experience, plan to enjoy the adventure.

"This is a wonderful chance to have the adventure of a lifetime and honor our mother," Mike said.

The two rode away, making their way to Santa Monica, where they said they'd stop for the night.

More information

To donate: 1-800-934-CURE (2873).

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Bicyclist Brothers Bound for Argentina
By KEVIN HOWE
Herald Staff Writer

research Two brothers who have set out to bicycle from Alaska to Argentina to raise funds for brain tumor research passed through Monterey on Friday.

Mike Logsdon, 24, and John Logsdon, 26, say the journey is to honor their mother's memory.

Jean Logsdon, a nurse, adventuress and world traveler, died in 1996 of a brain tumor at the age of 55.

The Logsdon brothers left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, on July 26, bound for Ushuaia in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost city in the world. Their nine-month, 15,000-mile trek will span 13 countries.

Clad in matching Spandex and bike helmets, they rested their Cannondale 21-speed touring bikes with luggage trailers alongside the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail at Window on the Bay Park. The pair described themselves as touring novices.

John Logsdon said he led a Habitat for Humanity bike tour across the United States last year. Mike Logsdon made a cycling tour of Ireland. But neither brother has tried a journey of this magnitude.

"It's been pretty incredible, the generosity all along the trail," Mike said. People have offered them places to stay, shower and push on. Sponsors have included Cannondale, which donated two of their top-of-the line tourers. Clif Bar has provided energy bars and drinks at mail drops along their route.

They are seeking donations for the National Brain Tumor Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to innovative brain tumor research and patient care. Their target is $50,000 goal. So far, John said, they raised about $10,000.

Their campaign has been largely word-of-mouth, he added.

"A lot of people come up, ask about the bikes, and we tell them we're going to Argentina and talk about the National Brain Tumor Foundation. One guy pulled back his hair and showed us this massive scar. He'd had a tumor removed," he said.

Brain tumors don't claim the attention that other diseases and disabilities do, the brothers said. There are often no obvious signs of a tumor and its effects are often mistaken for a stroke before the tumor is diagnosed.

Losing their mother as teenagers, they said, forced them to put aside the problems of adolescence and deal with her final months and their loss.

"Mom was born in Australia," John said. The family fled to Morocco after the boys' grandfather was interned by the Japanese in Java. She and her mother drove across the Sahara after World War II ended and had a thirst for travel and adventure since.

"One day she dropped two plane tickets in front of our dad," John said. "She told him she wanted to go to Africa."

To learn more

Those interested in the trek or assisting the Brain Tumor Foundation can visit the Logsdon brothers' Web site, www.spinningsouthward.com.
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ORINDA - John and Mike Logsdon were in high school when they lost their mother, Jean, to brain cancer.

At the time, they were overwhelmed by their loss and did not face the reality of their mother's death.

Nine years later, the Orinda brothers have embarked on an inter-continental bike journey to honor their mother's love of travel and to raise awareness for the San Francisco-based National Brain Tumor Foundation.

"We started out thinking of a way to get us together as brothers to honor our mother," said John Logsdon, 26, during a week-long rest at their father's Orinda home. "This trip has helped us deal with her being gone. It has taken me a long time to accept it and deal with it head on."

John and his 24-year-old brother, Mike, set out from the northern shores of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, on July 26. Their destination being Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern most city in the world, which they plan to reach in June 2006.

During their 15,000-mile journey, they hope to raise $50,000 toward researching the causes of brain tumors, as well as raise awareness of the disease and the support that is available through the NBTF.

"They are a real inspiration to those who are effected by brain tumors," said Rob Tufel, executive director of the NBTF. "They are representing a real vision and energy in wanting to make a difference."

Before setting off for Alaska, John Logsdon quit his job waiting tables in New York and moved to Aspen, Colo., with brother Mike Logsdon, who quit his Atlanta-based job with an environmental non-profit company. The two waited tables and tended bar to raise money for their biking journey.

Their trip will take them through two continents and 13 countries. It was inspired by their mother's love of travel.

Jean Logsdon was born in Australia and raised in Morocco and New York City. When she was 8, she crossed the Sahara desert in a Jeep with her mother.

When she moved to California, she drove solo from New York in a convertible.

"Their mom was a real believer in travel as an educator and in broadening your perspective," said their father James Logsdon.

Not long after the brothers learned to walk, the Logsdon family began traveling, learning to fly-fish while hiking the John Muir trail in Yosemite National Park.

In 1995, Jean Logsdon was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor after her arm weakened while riding a bike in Tahoe. She was given 15 months to live. She died at age 55.

"In part it was (our mom's) passing that we learned we needed to rely on one another as brothers," John Logsdon said.

Since the trip began in late July, the brothers have been through moments of sibling discontent. But, knowing they are riding for their mother and to raise awareness for the disease that took her life, keeps them going.

Fights do happen. It is a testament to sponsor Mountain Hardware that following a particularly violent altercation inside their two-man tent, the only evidence was a few bent poles and a slight tear in the material.

The Logsdons are riding bikes donated by Cannondale, while Clif-bar has been sending them care packages filled with energy foods.

In addition to commando-style camping, the brothers have been invited into local churches and homes. They say they are amazed at the generosity of strangers.

The brothers try to get on the road by 9 a.m. and ride until dark. They are not trying to break any speed records, so they stop when they get hungry, tired or need to go to the bathroom, as well as to talk to local press about their cause.

The trip has been memorable so far, and not just because of the grizzly bear that greeted them 2 miles into their ride.

"We've run into hundreds of people along the route who have been personally effected by a brain tumor, whether it be a family member or them," Mike Logsdon said.
Mendocino Beacon - Medocino, California2005.10.27 (Thursday)
Brothers travel the Americas from tip to tip
On July 26, brothers Mike and John Logsdon began an epic journey, bicycling their way from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina the world's southernmost city. The trip began in the brothers' minds in 2002 as a way to spend time together in memory of their mother Jean who had died of brain cancer in 1996.

On, Oct. 17 the travelers passed through Fort Bragg and Mendocino on their way to San Francisco, where they will have a long layover and give talks about their trip. They have traveled about 3,800 miles of the 16,000-mile journey which they hope to finish sometime in April or May of 2006.

Although the brothers have only been on the road for two and a-half months they already have some incredible stories to tell. Outside Deadhorse Alaska they were chased by a grizzly bear. They also talked about many poignant moments with people who are cancer survivors or whose lives have been touched by the disease. They also talked about the warmth and generosity of everyday people they met along the way.

During the planning stages, the Logsdons connected with the National Brain Tumor Foundation in San Francisco and with the foundation's help began to develop another focus for the trip. They are now also working to raise awareness about brain cancer and money for cancer research.

Traveling has long been a family endeavor, not just vacationing but more experiential learning.

"Our grandmother traveled to and lived in many countries, taking our mother with her," they said. "The goal of this ride is to have an amazing adventure to honor the memory of our mother."

They are mostly self-funding but have obtained some sponsors who provided things like bicycles, clothing and road food. You can keep up with their progress at www.southward.gearnine.com.
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The Olympian - Olympia, Washington2005.10.19 (Wednesday)
Continents no match for cyclists
Continents no match for cyclists
Duo Stops in Olympia On Trip to Raise Money, Awareness for Cancer

Imagine riding your bicycle and having to stop for a herd of thousands of caribou crossing the highway, or having to jump off the bike to ward off a grizzly bear after realizing you were being stalked.

Mike and John Logsdon found themselves in both of those situations on the first day of their epic 15,000-mile journey from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, to raise money and awareness for brain cancer.

The two brothers, Mike, 24, and John, 27, both of San Francisco, embarked July 26 from Alaska and will cycle for about 280 days, riding an average of 70 miles a day, until they reach Argentina and the southernmost city in the world.

With the National Brain Tumor Foundation's Racing Ahead program, John and Mike hope to raise $50,000 for brain tumor research in the name of their late mother, Jean Logsdon, who died in 1996. So far, they have raised about $700.

Along the way, they have shared many poignant moments with brain cancer survivors.

"It's been incredible the amount of people we meet who have been affected by brain tumors. People have opened up their homes, helped us with food and taken care of us along the way," Mike said.

On their journey south, the pair recently spent the night in Olympia with Jeff and Traci Schultz. The Schultzes saw the Logsdons' story on television and invited them to stay.

Jeff lost his mother to the same type of brain cancer two years ago, so "we just knew it was the right thing to do," he said. Traci said they all shared stories about their mothers and about cancer.

"They had a lot in common. They are really nice guys," Traci said.

The Shultzes said the cyclists arrived around 7 p.m.

They fed the men dinner and a big, hearty breakfast and sent them on their way the next day. "They were really hungry," Jeff said.

The two cyclists said they have been very fortunate and are grateful for the support from people like the Shultzes as well as corporations that have sponsored them. For example, Cannondale gave them their touring bikes. "I didn't even own a bike," John said.

They said every day of their trip has been interesting. But the first day, when it looked like it was going to snow and they had close encounters with wildlife, was the most exciting.

"About one mile into the trip, we noticed we were being pursued by a grizzly bear. We eventually snapped out of and it and realized that we were in a predicament," John said. "It was clear that there was no way we were going to outrun the bear -- they can run 35 miles an hour. We stopped the bikes, got off and starting yelling at the bear.

"Luckily, the bear was downwind of us. When he had a chance, he got on his hind legs and sniffed the air and realized we were not his typical dinner," he said.

Taryn K. Gerhardt is a freelance writer and outdoors enthusiast based in Olympia. She can be reached at tarynkama@yahoo.com.

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The World - North Bend, Oregon2005.10.19 (Wednesday)
Taking the Long Route
Mike Logsdon, 24, and his brother, John Logsdon, 26, both of San Francisco, stopped by The World recently on their way to Ushuaia, Argentina.

The two brothers are riding bicycles to complete a 16,000 mile trip through 13 counties. The journey began in Prudhoe, Alaska, and will end in Argentina, they hope, in May 2006. Their mother died in 1996 of a brain tumor and the brothers are honoring her memory by raising awareness for options for people with the often-deadly condition. Their goal is to raise $50,000 to donate to brain-tumor research. Each day, the two try to ride at least 70 miles before camping each night. They are chronicling their journey on their Web site at www.southward.gearnine.com.

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The Curry County Reporter - Gold Beach, Oregon2005.10.15 (Saturday)
Two Brothers Cycle Southward to Assist Brain Tumor Research
By Norm Martin

In July of 2005 two brothers, John and Mike Logsdon, flew from San Francisco to the upper reaches of Alaska prepared for nine months of rigorous cycling, 15,000 miles to be exact, in their quest to secure funding for the Racing Ahead brain tumor research program; $50,000 is their goal.

Starting in Prudhoe, Alaska, the brothers will spend approximately 280 days spanning the Pan-American Highway, bridging 13 countries, finally arriving in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.

The impressive ride is the ultimate experience for these 26 and 24 year olds, claiming they inherited these wanderlust globetrotting aspirations from their mother, Jean Logsdon. Jean died of a cancerous brain tumor in 1996. Born in Australia and raised in Morocco and New York City, Jean knew the virtues of travel, when at the age of eight she crossed the Sahara desert by Jeep with her mother at her side. She then crossed Europe and Asia, finally moving to California, which she made from New York, driving solo in a convertible sports car.

In their childhood years the Logsdon brothers would ride with their parents in an older Ford van across the United States. "Our dad removed the backseats," John exclaimed, "and placed a mattress in the van. We'd play and bounce around on that padding until we literally knocked ourselves out. Those summers opened our eyes to the rich cultural and natural diversity that existed within our own borders and fueled an enduring and insatiable appetite to learn more about the world at large."

John graduated from Yale University and aggressively studied history and politics, viewing the world as his classroom, always seeking opportunities to travel the globe. After his senior year, John traveled to England and Korea with the Yale University crew team. And in 2002 John traveled overseas for a year — fishing and hiking in New Zealand, working with the United Nations and the local NGO's in Mongolia and teaching environmental studies and English in Nepal.

Mike combined athletics and travel as a teenager, biking through Washington State's San Juan Islands and building homes for needy families outside of Tijuana, Mexico. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Mike returned to San Francisco for the summers, working in the environmental division of a law firm. He traveled Europe extensively while studying in London. In 2003 he toured Costa Rica, working on an organic farm, sharpening daily his skills in Spanish. After graduating in 2003, Mike settled in Atlanta and tuned up his advocacy skills while working for the US Public Interest Research Group in conjunction with the Sierra Club.

Now the Logsdon brothers are together again, and have spent eight months in planning this 15,000 mile journey across two continents. Both the Logsdon brothers look forward to this immersion in the diverse cultures and natural environments they will encounter along the way. This trip has been a dream for John and Mike for many years since their mother died of a brain tumor.

"We want to thank the Cannondale Company back in Connecticut for donating our touring bikes," Mike said. "We also wish to thank the Clif Bar Company in San Francisco for supplying us with an endless supply of Energy Bars. The company mails them ahead to post offices on the route, where we pick them up."

After stopping in Gold Beach on Wednesday, October 12, the brothers were going to peddle on to Crescent City for their next lay over.

"We met a gentleman named Mike Flanagan along Highway 101 as we peddled through Curry County. We exchanged conversation about the trip, and he grew really excited, even providing quarters and a meal for us at his home," John said. "We've met nothing but quality people on our way through Oregon," he continued.

John mentioned a scary start the two got off on as they left the Arctic Ocean region of Alaska. "We weren't on the rode more than twenty minutes when we turned and saw a grizzly bear chasing us. This was on a 500 mile dirt road, winding through some desolate country."

John continued, unable to contain his excitement as his voice stepped up a pitch. "I looked at Mike and we both started peddling like crazy. But the bear was gaining ground and we realized the futility of out running this huge beast converging on us."

Almost breathless, the brothers pulled to a stop. "I recalled some printed words about people who had faced up against grizzly bears. They'd stood facing the bear, throwing their arms skyward, raising high on their tiptoes."

"As we viewed our lives passing in trigger like panels, the bear halted," Mike said.

"We could only imagine that his scent read humans…not interested. Caribou, foxes and other ground animals were undoubtedly more of a liking to his appetite."

If anyone would like to obtain more information on ways the public can assist in brain tumor research, here are some listed sites. Contact Melody Meyer at 917-428-6692 or e-mail her at melodymeyer@yahoo.com. Or contact Jennifer Neale at: racingahead@braintumor.org. The Logsdon brothers can be reached at: spinningsouthward@hotmail.com. The Logsdon website: www.southward.gearnine.com.

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Curry Coastal Pilot - Gold Beach, Orgeon, USA2005.10.15 (Saturday)
Brothers biking the length of the Americas
By Joe Friedrichs
Pilot staff writer

In the week leading up to their monumental trip, the two brothers didn't even own bicycles.

The difference four months can make

John Logsdon, 26, and his brother Mike, 24, are now biking 50-plus miles a day. Mike has already lost 25 pounds. They have transformed themselves into conditioned athletes, fearing neither Mother Nature nor physical strain.

Their goal is to bike 16,120 miles from Alaska to Argentina in 11 months. The purpose of teh journey is to raise awarenes of brain tumors and help raise $50,000 to fight the disease.

On Wednesday, the duo passed through Brookings on Highway 101 and moved onto California.

"It was like being in an Arctic version of Africa," John said. "There was so much that happened with nature that first day."

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To honor mother
John, left and Mike Logsdon, from san francisco, explore the Arcata Marsh on Friday. The brothers are bicycling from Prudhoe Bay , Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina - a 15,000-mile journey in honor of their mother, Jean, who died from brain cancer. They hope to raise $50,000 for the National Brain Tumor Foundation. Their Journey began on July 26 and they hope to finish in May of next year. For more information or to donate, go to www.southward.gearnine.com
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Daily News-Miner - Fairbanks, Alaska2005.08.05 (Friday)
Brothers Bike for Brain Tumor Research
By ROBINSON DUFFY
Staff Writer

While riding their bikes across Alaska, brothers John and Mike Logsdon faced freezing temperatures, waited for a herd of caribou to cross the road in front of them, had a campsite invaded by a curious musk ox and a grizzly bear bound alongside them. John also suffered a knee injury, making it nearly impossible for him to pedal. And they're only about 400 miles and 10 days into their 15,000-mile bicycle trek from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia, Argentina.

The Logsdon brothers, both in their 20s and raised in California, left Prudhoe Bay on July 26. They estimate it will take them nine to 10 months to complete their journey, traveling 60 to 70 miles a day through 13 countries. The journey is dedicated to their mother, Jean, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996 and died that year.

The two stopped in Fairbanks for a few days of rest and to have a doctor look at John's knee, which blew out on the first day of the trip. "It was kind of depressing," John said. But not the end of the world, or the trip.
"You do what you have to and the adventure rolls on."

He's hoping the local doctor will give him the go-ahead to complete the journey. If not, he will travel to Seattle for rehab and hopefully meet his brother there so the two can continue together.Either way, John said, "Mike will soldier on and keep the dream alive."

The dream: To raise $50,000 for brain cancer research. Their trip is being publicized by the National Brain Tumor Foundation. The trip, John said, will not only raise awareness and money but also celebrate their mother's adventurous spirit. Jean Logsdon, born in Australia and raised in Morocco, traveled the world as a child and encouraged her children to do the same. "We caught the bug early, and we've been on the road ever since," John said. John and Mike have both spent time in far-flung regions and explored the United States. "We've both traveled abroad pretty extensively, but we haven't really spent time in our own backyard," John said.

That's why they chose to do this trip, he said. It gives them a chance to see Alaska and South America, places they have never been. The duo will be in Fairbanks for a few days before heading south. People can follow their progress and donate to their cause by visiting their Web site (www.just giving.com/pfp/jeansjourney).

Article Source
Adventure Cycling Magazine - Summer Edition2005.08.01 (Monday)
ON THE LOOSE IN 2005 - Two brothers will tour from Prudhoe Bay to Tierra del Fuego
Readers of a certain age may remember the 1967 Sierra Club book On the Loose, a classic tale of wilderness exploration and youthful self-discovery by California brothers Terry and Renny Russell. Recognizing parallels to that
memorable volume is one reason your editor sat up and took notice of a recently received message concerning John and Mike Logsdon and their adventure dubbed “Spinning Southward: Two Brothers, Two Bikes, and Their Epic Journey on the Pan-American Highway.”

“This summer,” the correspondence began, “two California brothers will embark on the bicycle journey of a lifetime — two continents, thirteen countries, and 15,000 miles — pedaling all the way from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.” The road-savvy cyclists — John, twenty-six, led a Habitat for Humanity cross-country tour in 1999, and twenty-fouryear-old Mike has ridden solo around Ireland — apparently inherited the gene for wanderlust from their mother who died of brain cancer nearly a decade ago. Now her sons are cycling in their mother’s memory and for the National Brain Tumor Foundation.

Mike and John set out on their journey in July and plan to wrap it up next February or March. We’ll keep you posted on their progress either here or in our Bike Bits e-newsletter (to sign up, go to www.adventurecycling.org/bikebits).
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