Left from The Villages today and headed south towards St. Petersburg, our final destination. Just a little over 100 miles today…finished in St. Pete around 6:15pm to stage myself to participate in the 2011 Illuminated Night Parade. The parade traveled down Central Avenue to Beach Drive and finished at North Straub Park. Drivers were introduced and then fireworks started off the 2011 IndyCar season!
As this journey ends, we thought it would be helpful to leave you with information on how you can protect yourself by early screenings. Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms. Checking for cancer (or for conditions that may lead to cancer) in people who have no (more…)
Today we headed west from Titusville on our way back across Florida to get closer to that 2800 mile mark! It was of course another great day in Florida for biking, even had the opportunity to bike a few miles in the Orlando area with a classmate from West Point. We finished the ride today after about 95 miles in The Villages, FL and will press onward tomorrow to St. Petersburg in time to be a part of the 2011 Illuminated Night Parade that takes place downtown and along the waterfront.
We spent the evening with some very dear friends of mine, The Harrington’s (whom I refer to as Mom and Pop) because they were like parents to me as I was growing up. Their son and I were classmates at West Point and it was just a great pleasure to be able to stop and visit with them. Mom cooked a great homemade meal of steak sandwiches, coleslaw, potato (more…)
Headed SE into the wind but I was able to cover 105 miles from St. Augustine to Titusville before days end with 6 ½ hours in the saddle. The ride along the Atlantic Ocean was very scenic ride…shared a photo on Twitter today because everyone should experience the beauty of the ocean.
Later in the afternoon, we stopped at McDonald’s to take a break and met a woman who shared with us that her son Max Hoare, a Daytona resident had been recently diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4. He is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Today, the ride will be dedicated to Max, please keep him and his family in your prayers that God will bless and keep them strong.
We continued to head south to Daytona, wanted to make sure and add the Daytona International Speedway to the historic sites that we have passed along the way. Since it’s (more…)
Day 25 on the ride and as usual the Florida weather holds true to their image! Another warm sunny day…slightly cooler than yesterday.
We headed out this morning from the west side of Gainesville but before we left the hotel we had a chance to meet Bobbi Rawlins. She works at the hotel and was telling us that she had lost both her brother and sister-in-law to cancer. Her brother, Larry Cruce died from liver cancer at the age of 63 and her sister-in-law, Peggy Cruce died from colon cancer at the age of 42. Today we dedicate the ride to Bobbi as she has become a true advocate from experience to early screenings and detection. We pray for you and your family, Bobbi.
As we headed further into the town of Gainesville, we found ourselves nearing “The Swamp.” Had to stop and take a picture of course and also enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the University of Florida campus. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (popularly known as “The Swamp”) is the home field of the university’s Florida Gators football team. The stadium was originally built in 1930 and (more…)
Today is day 24 of the 2800 mile ride, but only day 23 of riding. We’ve taken one rest day back in Texas and still pushing onto to St. Pete. We left Tallahassee this morning and the weather was a little overcast this morning, but warm. The fog burnt off rapidly and by 11:00am it was a nice sunny day, with temps in the mid 80’s. Headed out going south once again, but the winds here in Florida are just not cooperating. Decided to change directions and head to Gainesville, hoping the winds would be better in Gator Country!
One highlight for the day was riding over the historic “Suwannee River” in Fanning Springs. This river is a major river of Southern Georgia and Northern Florida. It is a wild blackwater (more…)
We are getting closer each day to completing this ride, today we started out from Port St. Joe, FL. The weather was absolutely beautiful today, temps were in the mid 80’s and the wind direction for the most part was in my favor. We left the hotel a little later than normal, needed to make a quick doctor visit to the hospital located right next to the hotel to have the saddle sores checked out! The doctor diagnosed me with cellulitis and ordered me off the bike for at least two days…unfortunately don’t have the two days so the pain meds will really come in handy!
When I returned to the hotel last night from the hospital, Al & Mimi Tipson were waiting in the lobby for me. They had seen the 28 day, 2800 mile ride flyers that we have been leaving in the hotel lobby. They wanted to donate to the cause as they are both Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivors! NH Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphoid (more…)
Groundhog Day number 22! Same process once again, just different scenery! Today we started the ride from Niceville, FL and headed south towards Mexico Beach. Really nice day outside with some warmth from the sun but it was a tough day on the bike as the winds continue to be the worst enemy! Didn’t make it over 20mph on the bike all day…with wind directions in my face all day…it made for a long day in the saddle.
Not much news to share, except this is the fourth day in a row of over 100 miles completed (the saddle sores tell the whole story)! During the ride today we passed by (more…)
We left Foley, AL this morning with great weather and temps into the high 50’s. We traveled about 6 miles south down to Gulf Shores where we rode into a Saint Patrick’s Day parade on the main street with bagpipes and all! Following the musicians were locals, spring breakers, and senior citizens wearing their Luck of the Irish green and Mardi gras beads! We thought it would be great to hold out our donation box while they passed by and we had several people stop by and make a donation!
We continued to travel through Alabama and finally crossed over into Florida by late morning and all was great except the wind along the coastline was pretty brutal! Late (more…)
WOW! Two-thirds into the trip and on the downhill slope, just wish I could say the same for the roads! It was another beautiful day outside, temperatures not too cold with blue skies. The only real issue was once again there were no shoulders on the road to ride so at times it made it a little difficult with traffic, but we pushed through!
Mid-way through the afternoon, we met Bill who was driving a motor home and towing his vehicle with a couple of bikes in the back. As we came up over the hill, we noticed that he had pulled off the side of the road and was standing there with his hand out…so we stopped. Bill wanted to contribute to Racing for Cancer and told us that he (more…)
A beautiful ride through Mississippi today with the only exception being the roads!! For most of the trip, we had no shoulder to ride on and believe me the truckers take no exception to that! We found most of the people here in Mississippi to be very friendly and accommodating, with lots of honks and waves as we rode by.
Today, as we continue to dedicate this month to Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share just a few cancer statistics with you from the state of Mississippi. In 2010, there was an estimated 14,330 new cancer cases diagnosed with Lung Cancer being the number 1. Among the top five diagnosed cancers were Prostate (2), Breast (more…)