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Old 09-27-10, 07:36 PM   #1
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In Honor of....

I will be riding across Florida from Crystal River to Titusville on 14 Nov this year. I'm not raising money, or looking for a handout.

Last January, I lost my sister to MS. 6 weeks later I lost my mother-in-law to cancer. I have been battling depression and the other issues survivors deal with. I started riding my bike to divert my energy into something positive for myself. A friend noted that I should share my story with people that they might know they are not alone when suffering from a loss.

So there it is. In Honor of Sheila and Rose
14 Nov 2010
Crystal River to Titusville. 123 miles.
1 day ride. Anyone who want to go is welcome.

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Old 09-28-10, 11:11 AM   #2
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Bob, I am very sorry for your loss and I hope the ride on Nov 14th brings some closure for you. I hope you can take some photos and detail your ride here as I am sure there are others that would benefit from your trip experience.

Good luck and keep in touch with those who visit this forum
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Good luck with your ride. Right now I'm lucky if I can ride 125 miles in a week.... NO way I could do it in a day.
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Bob, what a great idea. Good luck on your ride.
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Sorry for your loss Bob. Best of luck for good weather, flat roads, and courteous drivers.
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Tomorrow's the day! The truck is loaded, the bike is tuned, and my body is ready. Kerlenbach is driving from Mims to ride with me. Friends of my son are riding along. My friends at work are very supportive and my family totally behind me.

To the "virtual" riders that will be with me, I appreciate it!
I will post pics, etc tomorrow or Monday.

Thanks and best regards to all.
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have a fun safe ride today, wish I could have joined you
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Let us know how it turns out. Hope you and Bob have a good time.
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We started our morning at 6:50, leaving the boat ramp at Crystal River and heading into a beautiful sunrise. Left to right: Kory, Mikey P, me, and Kirt. Mikey P and Kory are riding FIXIES! Kirt's wife Susan, my wife Laura, my son Nate, and Mike (a friend) ran SAG for us providing all the necessities we needed.



On the first leg of the trip, Mikey P's bike broke down. He racked it and rode the rest of the way with my son Nate. Note for next year...make sure everyone has DETAILED maps of the route...the SAG's got lost!


Thankfully, the ride was uneventful. The truly impressive part of the whole trip was Kory riding his fixie. Not only did he keep up, he PULLED his fair share! As we approached the 100 mile mark in Deland, he sprinted up a hill leaving Kirt and I behind in his dust. He earned the right to cross the 100 Mile mark first, and he earned our respect.



Leaving Deland, we headed toward the last third of our journey.

As we crossed the 116 mile mark, the temperature cooled from the sea breeze, and we knew we were close. A headwind all the way to the end and one last hill to go. I looked at the bridge and thought, "Easy Money!" As we crested the hill, I noticed the railroad tracks under us and got that sinking feeling...the Intercoastal bridge showed itself and we all felt a little sick. Damn that thing was high and steep. Kory noted that this would finish his legs. I looked at Kirt and asked "Who came up with this idea?" Onward we went, each at our own pace. Kirt topped out first, then me, then Kory. WE MADE IT! Down the hill a quick left and we ended up at Flagler and Columbus and The Ocean!




Each of us celebrated our achievements and the first statement was, "I can't wait untill we do this again next year!"
My thanks to everyone who made this ride possible: My lovely wife for the sacrifices she made helping me get ready. My family, friends, co-workers, my riding partner Pete, and Forum-mates who prayed for our safety and success.

My thoughts after completing this ride? Life goes on though our loved ones have passed on. Everyone dies. Don't be sad they are gone, celebrate how they lived and be happy to have shared in their lives, if only for a moment. Pray. Ask for help. Believe in Guardian Angles. Share yourselves with others and enjoy their friendship.

Best regards to all,
Bob



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Congratulations to all of you for a job well done.
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