By Jack Owens, youngest SAGger in the history of Ride Hard Breathe Easy
On my journey I had no idea of what to expect. In one scenario, I was sitting in a big white van, bored out of my mind. In another, we were looking at beautiful mountains from the road. They were two very different ideas of what to expect, but neither of these two things happened very often.
On the first day, we were driving to Cortez, Colorado, and we saw some amazing things. We drove through what seemed to be desert land, with each mountain of sand being more beautiful than the last. Overall, it was much more than I was expecting and a foretaste of what was lying ahead.
On the second day, the scenery was much different, and also more stunning. The sand was substituted for a hard, dry clay. Not only did it seem different because it was no longer desert land, but also because on the second day, we had my Uncle Jack with us. While he was with us, I experienced these views from a whole different perspective, that was even more appealing. As the days went on, this perspective stayed with us, bringing us a better overall experience and showing us that we were a part of my Uncle Jack’s ride that was hopefully going to make the world a better place.
During the ride, we also noticed that my Grandmom and Grandpop were with us. One time we noticed this was the first day. It had been pouring rain for hours, but once my Uncle Jack was ready to ride, the bad weather immediately stopped. We instantly knew that the change in weather had happened because of my Grandmom and Grandpop.
Another interesting experience was when my Uncle Dan had parked the van on a back road that looked like it hadn’t been used in forever. Once we parked, a car came up behind us, forcing us to move. Our thought was that my Grandpop was playing a trick on us, and just letting us know he was there.
I am very proud of my Uncle Jack for his inspiring ride across country (and having the best name in the world) and I am very grateful that I was able to be a part of it. I also wish him the best of luck and I can’t wait to see him in San Francisco.