A Peek Back, and a Look to November and the Ride Hard Breathe Easy Challenge

A Peek Back

We finished Ride Hard Breathe Easy 2018 a little over two weeks ago, after starting from The Prep in Philadelphia and finishing in Washington DC.  In between we had 30 riders and drivers join us for the 1,885-mile trek over 23 days.  We went through New Hope, The Bronx, Boston, Canada (we went international!), Buffalo, Cleveland, a “flooded-out” McKeesport and Cumberland, MD to name a few cities. 

We also had our first lung cancer survivor, Terri Ann, ride for four of the days and she described the experience as amazing and how she has four new lifelong friends.  For me, it was hard to turn the wheels over near the end of Day Five, but my sister told me that they would be fiiiiine without me and on the train, plane and automobile I went to get home.

Over the past two years, we have traveled over 5,400 miles, and we will start planning before you know it for next year’s ride.  But before we do that, we have some work to do in November with The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Challenge.

What is The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Challenge and what can you do?

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Saturday Super Soaker

By Janis Fratamico (great writing) and Julie Scanlon (some proofreading)

Come and Knock on my Door

The 3’s Company crowd had a great day yesterday, with John, Julie and Janis all riding in dry weather and decent conditions to get to Columbus for John’s perp walk…er..police escort into Columbus along with an interview on the local NBC station. Not so much today…

Sometimes weather forecasters are perfectly accurate

With a 100% chance of rain (continuing to Monday), we were joined by SAPer and expert rider, Andy Hancock.  Andy showed up with more gear than the British Armed Forces and suited up to ride in the wet and the wind with Johnny/Jack/John. Janis and Julie worked super hard driving 10 mile increments having to not only push brake and gas pedals but also work windshield wipers.  Exhausting but we powered through!!!  All for a worthy cause.

Made some great progress

Even with a flat tire at the mid-point, the guys crushed 70 miles, ending their day with wrinkled fingers, drenched clothing and the shivers.  Julie and I pulled out the last 10 miles so as not to look lame and have some pictures of us in the blog.  Mission Accomplished.

Tomorrow is destined to be another soaker but John and Andy are up to the task. Julie and I will SAG along until it’s time for us to head back to NY for work on Monday.

What a Pleasure!

It’s truly been a privilege for us to be a part of this ride, hang out with each other and John and celebrate John’s mom’s life in such a special way.  We’ll be back next year – but we are definitely checking long-term weather forecasts first!!

Final note by John…There are pictures from Friday and Saturday below..

Holy (S)Heat!

By: Leah Fine, works for BJALCF, RHBE rider and lung cancer advocate

Lots of Adventure

Another day of adventure on Day 14 RHBE with lots of smiles, laughter and shouts of LAKE! SHADE! to keep us going.

Our route took us across northern Ohio along Lake Erie through Cleveland.  Cleveland’s beautiful parks provided us much needed shade and respite from the oppressive heat – Strava said it was 97 degrees!  We even heard that they closed the local schools and pools!

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SAGgers with Swagger

“SAGgers with Swagger” Kevin & Jean deliver the highest level of service driving “Prison Van” full of drinks, food, sunscreen, chilled towels and of course keeping us safe. (Trust me, I’m spoiled and I don’t know how I’ll return to cycling without these two!)

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