Sunday, July 16. Day 13, final ride day.
90 miles of riding, 1220 ft of climbing. Rode from Niles, OH to Erie, PA. Wake up call at 6:00, loaded luggage at 6:30, rode to Denny's and ordered eggs Benedict off the menu. Very nice morning but scattered showers and thunderstorms are predicted.
I forgot to pack a raincoat - big mistake. 1 mile from SAG 1, at 48 miles, it rained for 45 min. The only shelter we had was a tree. The temperature went down and I got quite a chill.
It stopped and we went on to SAG 1 which was a covered bridge. Being wet really didn't matter 'cause it rained very hard for the next 12 miles. It stopped 3 miles before we got to Richardson's old fashion Root Beer Drive-In. This was a scene out of the 50's and 60's!
J.L. (he is raising funds for Crisis, Survivors of sexual assault), me, and Ken Franklin (a writer for Consumer Reports)
2 women and a little girl were sitting at the counter and I went over to tell them what all the cyclist activity was about. One of them noticed my Alzheimers wrap around my bike bag and asked me about it, so I briefly explained and gave her a flyer. She read it and sent her little girl over to give me $20. Her name is Terry Yeager from Erie and she lives on Ruth Ave. Interesting that my mother's name is Ruth. What a special person you are Terry Yeager!
The rest of the ride was uneventful until I arrived at the Avalon Hotel at 3:30. Dave Fried, Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Alzheimers Chapter was here along with a TV reporter and 2 cameramen from 2 different TV stations. I will be on tonight's news at 10 or 11!
Mike Monk packed up my bike, I'll ship it tomorrow. Had a very nice buffet here at the hotel. Now I'm just doing odds and ends of organizing tonight and I am trying also to get this e-mail sent back home. At 11:30 I was was on the local TV news. Not much of what I said at my interview was on, but they did focus on my Alzheimers bike bag wrap a lot (Donna made it). The important thing is that the word is getting out. Alzheimer awareness, the support will come!
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