John Floyd, Vice Chair for the Pend Oreille Conservation District, and member of the Washington State Envirothon Committee, set off this May on a huge adventure in support of our state’s Envirothon competitors. The Envirothon is a natural resource competition for High School students, exposing them to hands-on environmental science topics and conservation careers. The Envirothon committee is responsible for obtaining funding through a variety of grants and individual donations. In 2017, John created a fundraiser to help raise money to run the state event and support our Washington teams.
John set out to ride the Continental Divide Trail, a mountain bike route that runs from Mexico to Canada through the Rocky Mountains. In support of Envirothon, John rode a total of 2,542 miles over 46 days. A total of 13 days, 10 hours, 25 minutes and 28 seconds in the saddle!
Pledges were donated for items like total miles ridden and the longest day on the bike (102 miles!). Donations were also made to Ride-a-Thon for Envirothon and John raised a total of $3,650!
Starting in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, John and the rest of team Floyd, Jane Floyd and Karin Floyd, rode or drove north. They broke up the sections and sometimes changed direction to avoid stretches of deep snow, ending the journey in Keystone, Colorado. Jane drove the support car a total of 14,398 miles in making this trek a success.
When asked about his favorite day, John Floyd mentioned when he rode a century (100 miles) on day 8, from Grants, New Mexico to Cuba, New Mexico.
A big thank you to John and the rest of team Floyd for generously supporting the Envirothon! The donations went to the Washington State event and helped send the winning team to the national competition in Maryland this July.