It was Monday, so he had to be in Durango, but the days were becoming a blur for Phil Keoghan, the host of The Amazing Race reality television program and staunch supporter of the fight against multiple sclerosis.Keoghan's bicycle-mounted team left Los Angeles on March 28 for a 40-day, 3,600-mile ride to New York City to raise money for the MS cause. A noon stop at Steaming Bean Coffee Co. downtown for refreshments marked the 1,000-mile mark of the journey.
"I started supporting multiple sclerosis four years ago with a cycling team," Keoghan said between bites of a breakfast burrito and sips of a smoothie. He said he is impressed with people dealing with multiple sclerosis. "I love their energy and philosophy."
The cognoscenti could be interested in knowing that Keoghan is riding a Specialized Roubaix.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society has 100 bicycle rides involving 100,000 riders every year, said Keoghan, 42, a New Zealander who has a second cousin with MS. Keoghan doesn't have the disease.
About a half-dozen riders, who spent Sunday night in Cortez and would sleep Monday in Pagosa Springs, were accompanied locally by Spencer Compton, managing director of the Durango Wheel Club, a cycling force since 1895.
"We plan to outlive GM," Compton said.
Compton was riding as far as Bayfield.
Among the 36 cities on the itinerary are Las Vegas, Sa-guache, Denver, Omaha, Chi-cago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The main sponsor is GNC, the purveyor of health and nutrition products and food supplements.
Keoghan's father, John, 67, is in charge of keeping the team moving and drives the Airstream that carries supplies.
As the entourage prepared to move on, Mike Hodgett of the First National Bank in Durango stepped forward to offer a cash donation to the cause. Hodgett is a fan of The Amazing Race, a reality television show that pits two-member teams in races around the world for a $1 million prize. The show is in its 14th season.