Woodward, Okla. —
HOW YADON BECAME A PART OF THE EXPEDITION
While she is now inspired by the knowledge that she will be helping others, Yadon said her original inspiration for getting involved with Venture Expeditions was boredom.
"It's kind of a funny story actually," she said. "This past summer I was in Woodward and not taking any classes or anything and I was just kind of bored. So I started thinking of fun stuff to do this next summer. And I had a friend who had done this before, she did the Venture Expeditions trip last summer, so I decided to look into it. So I googled Venture Expeditions and I applied and I was accepted."
While she is someone who enjoys bike rides, Yadon said that before getting into the Venture Expeditions program, she had never traveled more than about 20 miles by bicycle.
In fact, she said she had to get a new bike just for the trip.
"I didn't have a road bike before so I had to get one that was kind of made for long distance riding on roads and highways," she said.
In addition, Yadon had to start training so that she could get used to pedaling for longer distances.
And after training for the past 5 months, she said, "The longest that I've gone in a day is about 75 miles, which is right where I should be with training."
That's because during the trip, "they say we'll average about 75 miles a day. But that means some days will be around 100 miles and some days about 50," she said.
However, going the longer distances hasn't been the hardest part of training for Yadon.
"The hardest thing has been finding the time. Biking 75 miles takes a lot of hours, but I'm also trying to balance going to work and classes," she said.
A 2011 Woodward graduate, Yadon is now a junior at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where she is studying human nutrition with a pre-med option.
"It's really everyday that we're supposed to be biking, but the hardest part is making the time to get those miles in," she said.
It helps being in a college town though, where she can get in some of her miles by biking around the community, she said.
And since starting her training, Yadon said she has discovered that "there really are a lot of different places where you can bike in Oklahoma."
She said she has even taken her bike down to Oklahoma City where she has ridden along the river route through Bricktown.