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Willie
Born in Cleveland Ohio
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Good news. No more breakfast where the eggs taste like sausage and the sausage tastes like pancakes and the pancakes taste like eggs. More good news/thanks for: Big thanks for Chris Stewart who saved my bacon 2 nights before my departure in early May. Tom Chong who indeed prepared me... Continue reading
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For more information and live video visit the Facebook link below for the "Team Challenge for Crohn's and Colitis" https://www.facebook.com/ccteamchallenge/ New York Chapter. While I was in Albany, had a great visit from Linda Winston who is the Executive Director for the Upstate Northeastern NY Chapter for the Crohn's and... Continue reading
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DONE. A rip roaring fun day. Parades, horns, bubbles, family, friends, former bankers (hah), Granny-my 83 year old mother in law, memories, the Crohn's Team Challenge doing live interviews of me heard around the world 😎, reviewed legal documents provided by TS for root beer stand acquisition, a little nap,... Continue reading
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Thursday--passed through 3 states on our way to our final staging place for the 17 mile ride to the Atlantic on Friday. For a bunch of cyclists that should be in good shape after 3400 miles today's ride should have been easier--it was the climbing that snuck up on us.... Continue reading
Early Friday morning I will pedal to the Atlantic Ocean. So time to reflect. Much to offer here but will try to keep short, concise and relevant. I rode across country country in 2009 to bring awareness to food allergy and specifically the most severe type of allergic reaction with... Continue reading
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Another state today. Love Vermont. May move root beer stand here. Great visit today with the first responders of Brattleboro. Best shirts I have seen to date. Hogback Mountain. They advertise you can see for 100 miles. With Champ Walker; vet from the 2009'ride With Howard from Wales and Chris... Continue reading
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Weather for riding was pretty darn good. After riding the first 30 miles with Jack, I finished the last 50 or so miles riding by myself. Great to ride along the Mohawk River for almost 45 miles which offered lots to look at and reflect on. Hit the tri-fecta with... Continue reading
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Rain, drizzle, cloudy, overcast-- great day to pedal. Bike was lit up like a Christmas tree for safety reasons; so all good. The picture opportunities were limited but did enjoy the views of the New York Canal System, and the 50 or so streams that we pedaled over today. Had... Continue reading
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Fathers Day 2017. I am indeed a happy father. Need to tell my 2 daughters how proud I am of them --more often. Of course, being the credit giver and not the credit taker, I will tell both of them how their mother deserves the credit. Today was our last... Continue reading
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Day 41 was a rare day--3 of us opted to put the "hammer down" for the first 29.6 miles and ride like the wind and attempt to beat all land speed records; recognizing that we would end the day at one of the "finger lakes" in upstate New York. Was... Continue reading
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Another state line today--New York. Had the benefit of riding with Messrs, Legette, Williams and Ulrich who traveled from Northern Virginia for the one day into Hamburg. Nice touch indeed. They benefitted today from a good route, relatively flat terrain, mostly minimal traffic, ideal weather and wide shoulders and, darn... Continue reading
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Scatterings of pics not posted on blog previously. >>>>>>>> My buddy Jack from xc09. We have had a grand time these last few days since he joined us in Champaign. These excursions have also created relationships that will last a lifetime. The fabled "Wall" in New Mexico. Unsure if I... Continue reading
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Rest day in Erie today- Thursday. Being the fine son-in-law, I have a surprise at the end of this blog for my mother in law--Granny who I know is following. A nice ride on Wednesday to get to Erie, Pennsylvania-covered bridges, more sightings of the simple life exhibited by the... Continue reading
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A rather odd day--great start coming out of Wooster this morning, but got hot and humid quickly, most of the day on routes with lots and lots of trucks 6 feet to your left; heavy commercial areas for most of the day, not much to look at as you kept... Continue reading
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More steep hills near Wooster Ohio than I recall; some of the cyclists registered 16% grade today which should be outlawed. Some real testers in 90 degree heat. But every one was accounted at the end of the day. More back roads and more Amish sighting was the general theme... Continue reading
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Puppies, sunshine and rainbows is what it was like getting on the bike early this Sunday morning and pedaling through the farmlands of Ohio--lonely and empty winding roads, peaceful, great views, cool weather, no traffic, a few dogs up early, the clip clop of Amish buggies, and our first covered... Continue reading
Sick day again today. Darn those fish tacos. Tomorrow I will be back on the bike and will pedal into Ohio---it's about 300 miles pedaling over the next 3 days. Looking ahead to the next week, I look forward to connecting up with some old friends from Tenreb /John Carroll... Continue reading
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The 59 miles today was accomplished by sleeping in the back of the van -from lingering effects from food poisoning from the other day. Disappointed but no energy or fuel and other issues made sitting on the back of the bike for 4+ hours a bad idea. I did get... Continue reading
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So yet another state line today. The gravitational pull to Boston is picking up. Dress up your helmet day for less than $5. This is as we leave Champaign. So as I was pedaling through Danville, Illinois today I see this fire station no.4 on the left and I feel... Continue reading
Wednesday Agenda: clean bike sleep in do laundry get pony tail trimmed welcome 6 new riders going to Boston--- 4 from the 2009 ride; a bit of a reunion Continue reading
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So we say goodbye to Tom and Laurel who rode with us between Alberqueque to Champaign; and welcome 6 new cyclists who will go to Boston with us; 4 of whom are veterans of the 09 ride. All good lads. Another difficult ride into Champaign--tough head winds for more or... Continue reading
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Hot today but an enjoyable ride. Opportunities for pics were limited today. Also dealt with a flat tire that was more troublesome than it needed to be. Not much climbing, a slight tail wind, lots of changes in vistas, and a number of small towns that allowed us to stop... Continue reading
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Another state line crossed today. It feels like the pull of the sun. The closer we get to Boston the quicker the days go. Quincy Illinois. Great group of guys. After I rang the doorbell and told them thru the intercom why I was here---you could hear them falling all... Continue reading
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VIDEO of ride today The journey through Missouri continues with a hot Saturday. The theme today was rollers --about 55 miles of them, with another great stop at the fire department and a much needed DQ. Classic Missouri rollers--looking backwards. And more. And the road never ends. Small church church... Continue reading