VICTORY AT LAST!!
At 12:45 pm today I finished my unicycle ride for charity and limped into the Mavell Road Trailhead (on my unicycle) at the Zero mile marker of the Silver Comet Trail, having just ridden 20.5 miles from Dallas, GA, and 200.8 miles altogether!
My wife Soma showed up a few minutes later to give me a welcome-back hug, and deliver me back home where hot tea and warm soup awaited my arrival . . . and also 2 fuzzy kitty cats who were totally UN-impressed with what had just transpired.
[NEWS FLASH: Bruce just wrote in to say that the ride raised over $1450 for HCC thus far! Way to go ya'll!! Keep spreading the word, though . . . they need $6K to break even!]
Sort of lost in all the excitement was the fact that I also completed another 1000 miles a year riding a unicycle for charity…the FOURTH year in a row since I started riding for HCC!
There is lots to share, much to talk about, and a whole lot of video editing to do in the next few days . . . I want to show you a few things I experienced along the way, and share all the good, funny, strange, and the few not-so-good events that happened over the last week.
Meanwhile, I want to give a shout-out to a few people I met along the way who added much to my comfort and/or enjoyment of this experience. So a big Thank You goes out to:
- The Folks at Chew Chew Express - Off the SC Trail at the 9 mile marker for notifying their list and talking up the charity.
- CPL. Lee Hurley – Paulding County Sherriff’s Office in Hiram, GA, who provided lots of encouragement and support.
- Denis & Sharon Druker – Friendly visiting cyclists from Paddock Lake, WI, who I met at the Tara Drummond Trailhead.
- Jay & Family – Owners/Managers at the Country Hearth Inn in Cedartown, GA.
- Katy - The friendly Manager at the Country Hearth Inn in Piedmont, AL.
- Shelly & Jazzy – Super-helpful Manager and her daughter at the Sunshine Inn in Dallas, GA.
- Amy Scheid – The CFO at the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce who took pity on me and provided a ride to the hotel.
- Merritt Shealy - My “Sherpa” who rode 40 miles in the cold hauling a zillion tons of stuff before deciding it wasn’t feasible to continue. At least I got real help on the first blog post and video.
- My Wife Soma and All Our Friends Who I will be thanking over and over for the next month or so . . .
- To all those who made comments and gave donations during my ride who I’ve not yet had time to respond to, or publicize their contributions, and
- To Many Others along the way who provided a smile or a kind word for a weary traveler.