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Tuesday
Jun212011

Reflection... what's next?

So here are some of the things I have thought about since finishing the ride.  These comments relate to things that I thought a lot about while in the saddle.  They relate to my role as a leader, a lawyer, a friend, a colleague, a father, a husband and a human being.  I hope you will take the time to ponder these items and pass on those to your friends that you think have any relevance.  I would also ask that you check back to the blog in the next couple of weeks so you can see what I am planning next.

Thanks again for the support

Items for reflection

1.  When you set your mind to doing something, anything is possible.
 
2.  Everyone has the ability each day to choose to make a positive difference in someone else's life.  So why don't we each and every day commit to make a difference.  I would encourage you to do little things that show people that you care.  We all have the ability to inspire others to be better human beings
  
3.  Purpose is one of the most important thing in our lives.  Find your purpose and follow it with passion.
  
4.  Without family and friends life would not be very meaningful.  Appreciate your family and friends and make sure that they know that you appreciate them.  The support that I got from from family and friends was truly remarkable and I very much appreciate it
  
5.  Team is very important.  No one creates success alone.  To create true and lasting success you must nurture and invest in the people around you.  The biggest bonus of my bike ride was that as a consequence of my lack of planning, Michelle's role became more critical.  She worked as hard and as long as I did, albeit a different sort of work.  "My ride" turned into "our ride" because of the remarkable effort my teammate Michelle put forth.  It was quite a bonding experience and I am awfully lucky to have such a great teammate.  
  
6.  Leadership is not just about what you do, but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do. The role of great ledership is not to get other people to follow you, but instead to empower others to lead
 
7.  Terry Leahy, the former CEO of Tesco, has said there are 4 things people want at work:
                a.  A job that is interesting
                b.  Be treated with respect
                c.  A chance to develop as a human being
                d.  A boss that is some kind of help and not their biggest problem.
As simple as that seems, I think Mr. Leahy is right.
 
8.  Be thankful for all of the blessings that you have.  Rather than looking at what you don't have, focus on what you do have.  Be positive.
Check back in a couple of weeks to see what is next.
 
Monday
Jun062011

Back at the Office

Well, I am back at the office in Jacksonville and am struggling to make sense out of my thoughts during and after my ride.  One thing is certain.  I am a very lucky guy.

I want to thank all of you that supported me, both financially and otherwise, during the ride.  From the send-off by the Go-Gos at Epping Forest, to the reception by the "Spark-ettes", and everyone else, in Wilmington, to the folks that greeted me at the airport in Jacksonville, I want all of you to know how appreciative I am.

My very deepest thanks

Friday
Jun032011

We Made It....Thanks to all of you

Just after noon, Michelle and I made it to AIDHC.  It was a nice and scenic ride up Rte 9 in Delaware.  When we arrived at AIDHC we were greeted by tons of our friends and colleagues......That was very special .......thanks.

After a nice reception at the Mansion, we headed to my folks house where we had cheesestaeks and hoagies.  Now that was worth the ride.

I am very honored by the support and the ability to so visibly say thank you.  All of the folks at AIDHC have had such a tremendous impact on me and my family.  You are all very special.

I look forward to figuring out what is next for me, but I would urge all of us, each day, to try to make a difference in other's lives.  Thanks again for all of the support.  I hope we will get to the $100K goal.   We are very close

We will posting more pictures soon and I will post one or two more thoughts.

Thanks again.

Thursday
Jun022011

The End is Near

What a day!  An early start on some really back road.  Michelle did a great job in route planning.  While the roads were rough, they were very safe and very direct (more direct than Rte 13).  On one 20 mile section of the ride, we only saw 2 cars.  It was also very windy out of the North-west.  Between the rough road and the wind, the going was slow.  Yesterday I was traveling at 18+ miles per hour; today it was more like 14 mph.  That made for a long day.  We had a quick stop at the Nemours Clinic in Seaford and saw John Hollis and Sue at the clinic.  I decided to push on about 20 miles further, to Harrington.  Another day of just shy of 100 miles.

We are at a Holiday Inn Express...only the best for Michelle.

We will need to plan our route for tomorrow, but I am hopeful it is about 80 miles.  Ideally, we will be arriving at AIDHC at noon or so...but I know to expect the unexpected.

Okay, so here is something weird I have been saving....

At the beginning of this journey, I was told to expect the unexpected and not to get frustrated when the unexpected occurs.  The bike shop told me I should take 2 extra tires, 8 extra tubes.  I have all kinds of medical supplies.   I was ready for the unexpected and any problem that could be presented.  Well Day One ended and we had no problems...so that meant that I needed to do everything on Day 2, the same as Day 1.  I wore the same clothes, same morning ritual, same drink mixtures in the water bottles, etc.  Then, Day 2 had no problems...so Day 3 had to be the same as Day 2.  You get the picture.  It is now the end of Day 8...no problems and I have worn the same clothing (washed each night) and done the same ritual.  One more day with the same ritual.  Hope I did not jinx me.

I appreciate everyone's support and the responses suggesting routes for tomorrow.

See you soon

Wednesday
Jun012011

A Day of Ups and Downs

Sorry for the late update...we had quite a day.  We left from just outside Bethel, NC and had a pretty easy to remember route planned.  Route 11 North to 13 North.  It was a little cooler-which was nice.  The wind was blowing the right direction and the roads were very smooth so I was able to make good time.  I had sixty miles under my belt in 3 1/4 hours....and we were at the outside of Suffolk Virginia, by 11 a.m.  The next section was very urban...right then left then right...ugh.  Lots of traffic, railroad tracks and not very nice sections of town.  As we moved to Portsmouth, it didn't get better.  So when we hit the expressway, we loaded the bike on the care and off over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel.  On the other side of the Bridge/Tunnel, after the traffic spread out, I was back on the road.  I wanted to put another 18 miles under my belt.  It was hot by that time of day and Route 13 is a 4 lane divided road with traffic going about 70 miles per hour.  There was lots of traffic...dangerous but as the semi-trucks pass, they really pull you along.  After 18 miles, it was 95 degrees and time to quit.   The good news was that we made the mileage that we wanted...the bad news is that Route 13 is just not acceptable for biking. 

So after lunch Michelle and I had to find how we were would travel tomorrow.  Not so many choices.  Eventually, we found a route starting about 10 miles from where we are that looks like it will work...lots of really back roads..some gravel portions, but no traffic issues.  Got back at 8-no rest, a pizza for dinner and now its time for bed.

We hope to reach Seaford DE tomorrow...it will depend how the roads are.  It will be slower going than it has been.  The good news is that physically, I am getting use to this.  I still get very bored after 60 miles and when it gets hot, I get grumpy.

Now I need your help...ANY BIKER IN DELAWARE, please send me a good safe route from Seaford to Wilmington...the more details the better.

We are getting close and appreciate your interest and support