Day 17 was a tough one. Riding through Missouri and up and around the Ozark mountains is, well, tough. Those mountains are. very. mountainous. Lots of ups (at 5, 6 and 7 MPH) and lots of downs (at 22, 24 and 26 MPH).
But the tougher part was, well, it’s Day 17 and my mind wasn’t fully there today. My heart was, my effort was, but, this ride is hard. It’s 52 days away from my wife, my son, my family and friends.
I have many items with me that people have sent along including medals, pictures, words of encouragement, a note from Father Swope from The Prep (which I read tonight) and a biking shirt to wear. I turned to them tonight for some additional support and will turn to it again at some point(s) before I finish.
Yesterday was emotional being the first full day with my beautiful sister, Karen, and her daughter, Bridget, and the tribute was for the mother of a dear friend of Karen’s.
Hell every day is emotional, thinking about Mom and Dad and people impacted by lung cancer. Almost everyone we have talked with along the ride has been kind and supportive…and knows someone who has died of lung cancer. Not surprising, since lung cancer is the number one killer of all cancers. In the world. In every state. And for women. And for men.
I did meet a few people this morning, Dan and Dennis, and rode for 15 minutes with them. It was great to ride with others and I am excited to finish this ride into San Francisco with brothers Pat and Tom in a little over a month.
Tomorrow will be another 50 to 60 miles, Karen and Bridget will go home and Barry will join us. I have a feeling Barry and I will find some good steak and good red wine as we finish Missouri and start Kansas.
I can’t thank Karen and Bridget enough, for all of their love and how they helped in every way, packaging my snacks, charging the devices, reminding me to put on sunscreen and making sure I am fed, and fed and fed.
Oh. And tomorrow is the opener for the Eagles. E A G L E S. EAGLES!! I will follow the game and cheer on Mom’s beloved Eagles.
That’s it for today. Go Birds!