Rest Day Reflections

I have had some time to reflect during these down days. It seems like a long time ago that we set out on this journey but at the same time it doesn’t seem like we have been riding that long. We all feel great, stronger than when we started and the thought of riding more than 600 miles in the next 7 days does not seem to be too big of a challenge. What a change in mindset since the start of this journey when none of us had done anything like this before. All the fears, concerns, questions, and anxiety have faded away! We were talking today about all the places we would like to ride in the future. What a change from the day when I told Carl that if I survived the bone marrow transplant and recovery we were going to do a 100 mile ride together like we had in the past.

So how did I get to this point? Sure, it took a lot of determination, faith, and the ability to stare through the fog of fear and dream big but it also took an army of supporters: doctors, nurses, friends, neighbors, family, a bone marrow stem cell donor, and most of all my number one supporter, the love of my life, my wife Karen, a cancer survivor herself. I have been through a lot but she has been through far more. Being a caregiver is hard, dealing with all the fear and anxiety as well as the responsibility of looking after someone in a life and death situation while working full time, keeping the family together, keeping everyone informed, and managing all the details that go along with cancer treatment and recovery. Karen is planning on writing a book on the entire experience, stay tuned.

The support continues, Karen would love to be out here on the road with us but she is back home running a summer camp at Emory, Challenge and Champions, and making a difference in the lives of children. You can read about this nationally ranked program at www.challengeandchampions.org , amazing.

Thanks to all of you who have made my journey possible, to all of you following along, to the 139 people who have contributed money for cancer research, and most of all to Karen for all her support. I hope that our ride will make the future a bit brighter for those who have been impacted by cancer and for those who may be impacted in the future.

Help us to make this last week of this improbable journey a success. Spread the word. Send us your thoughts. Take the 20 mile challenge: get out and ride 20 miles, send us a photo and the story, the best story will win a prize.

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7 Responses to Rest Day Reflections

  1. Barry DeAngelis says:

    Good Morning Guys,
    Wow! What an amazing journey. I have followed the daily blog and I am awed by the determination to get up everyday and push through all the elements and daily challenges. Your in the home stretch and you got this thing kicked in the ass. I can’t wait to sit down with you and have a beer and hear all the stories. Keep moving, enjoy the ride and we will see you soon. With great love and admiration, Barry D.

  2. Joan Duke says:

    Bob: I read with great interest your rest day reflections. How poignant! I connected with your story earlier this month when Dorothy posted your website on her Facebook page. I have been following your journey ever since. I am in awe of all that you have been through and all that you have overcome. We have come a long way since high school, haven’t we? Wishing you the best of luck in all your endeavors. Rejoice when you arrive in Key West! Joan (Rietmann) Duke

  3. Jim says:

    Hey gang!

    Looking good, doing an amazing job.
    I’ve enjoyed following your progress.
    Keep pedaling and stay smiling!

    Allez allez!

  4. Jerry Lipsky says:

    Wow, I’m now caught up. Reading the entire blog in one sitting really doesn’t do justice to your trip. I sit here contemplating the 20 mile challenge. I’d be happy to do it…Bob certainly knows I can…but as of yesterday, I have a doctor’s note preventing me from riding. :-)
    I hereby promise to do at least 20 miles on the first day back on a bike.

  5. Jerry Lipsky says:

    See the home stretch in front of you and having your dr. joining you soon should really motivate you even more than you already are. Again, best of tailwinds and be safe.

  6. Greg Rogers says:

    Hi Guys:

    It has been amazing to follow your progress … the blog has been a great idea to allow the rest of us couch spuds to take part in your adventure! Have a safe last week and will look forward to catching up upon your conclusion!

  7. Bob,
    Here’s to you sir for all the UMP! to do this. This is a big thing to me and I have been watching occasionally on your trip. I admire you for taking this on and following thru with it. So many folks would start and give up but you have shown us that thru all you can perceiver when your heart is in the right place. Your cause is awsome and your friends are many. Be safe.