CHSS Employee Bikes Across the Country

Posted: June 26, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 25, 2009 at 10:28 am

By Rashad Mulla

Since 2000, Christine “Kiki” Holl has completed 12 successful long-distance biking trips. For her most recent trip, she plans to make the headlines.

Holl, a web designer for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), is currently in the middle of a three-month biking trip stretching more than 4,000 miles from coast to coast. Along her journey, she’ll ride from Yorktown, Va., to San Francisco, Calif.

Along with two riding partners, Holl has covered about 1,700 miles so far and as of Monday, June 22, has entered the state of Kansas.

In addition to her countrywide ride, Holl has been focusing on other projects to keep her followers updated.

While on the road, she has kept a blog that details even the most intricate aspects of her daily adventures. This includes the number of miles she has traveled, names of states she has visited and the number of dogs by which she’s been chased. During her trip, she’s been able to update the blog more than 30 times with entries and pictures.

In her blog, she notes that one of the main reasons she is riding is to support those affected by multiple sclerosis, a disease which attacks the nervous system.

In addition to the blog, Holl is posting pictures, updating her followers through Twitter and using Google Maps to show readers exactly where she is.

These resources come together on an innovative, professional quality web site, which leaves Danny Collier, director of information technology for CHSS, impressed.

“You can extrapolate from that and figure out why it’s okay for her to go,” says Collier. “She does equally good work for us.”

According to Holl, just planning the trip in itself was an adventure.  Planning, which began in October 2008, included buying all her biking gear, taking care of finances and arranging to take the summer off from work.

In anticipation of her time off, Holl worked extra hard to get her work done and created design pieces for more than 40 web sites.

“Her work is way ahead of the curve,” says Collier. “When she figured out she could go on the biking trip, she cranked out her work and got things prepared for me. So much so that there’s a pool of stuff waiting for me to catch up on.”

Collier notes that everyone in the office is excited about Holl’s trip and has been reading her blog. She has called some of her co-workers and chatted with others.

As for the remaining 2,000-plus miles on Holl’s trip, Collier does not doubt her ability.

“She’s an athlete, and she’s motivated,” Collier says. “Once she puts her mind to something, she’s unstoppable.”

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