120-mile Paddle, Hike, Swim, and Bike in the Caicos Islands
During July 2017, the Sea Peptide Salties were off on another adventure. This time to cover 120 miles in the Caicos Islands. We saw the islands from the sea as we covered 20 miles on stand up paddle boards.
We then stored our boards and continued on foot as we traveled along the island to Provinciales. We hiked when we were on land and swam, carrying our gear behind us on floats, to get around the island.
Day four we got to see the islands from land as we traversed 50 miles of the island on Electra Cruiser bikes. Day five we enjoyed the beaches of the Caicos Islands as we laid on the sand and tried not to move a muscle.
This will be Erin's sixth adventure, bringing together all of her other adventures into one. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998 and just celebrated her 20th diaversary. She is excited to be traveling out of the country to a place so beautiful to continue to show others how adventure can be used to increase motivation to take amazing care of Type 1 Diabetes.
Kati was diagnosed as a Type 1 in December of 2012 at 22 years old. An Arizona native with a passion for the outdoors, she is an avid hiker and swimmer. She has worked as a Theatre Technician for the past 9 years. She is thrilled to be joining this amazing team of Sea Peptide adventurers and can't wait to start this journey with them.
Erika was diagnosed with Type 1 in December 2014 at age 26. She was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Erika started competitively swimming at age 8 and swam at the collegiate level. Currently, she is a triathlete and loves staying active. Erika does not let Type One slow her down
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Day four of our adventure we will be jumping on cruisers and riding 50 miles around the island of Provo. And we will be riding in style on Electra Cruisers. This is also the bike I ride around the beaches and stores of my neighborhood at home.
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