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Riding4Hope – Day 34, 7/31/09 Ft Knox

 DAILY REPORT:  Weather: Possibly a rainy day. The weatherman was predicting 70% thunderstorms later in the day. Temp was 70 and expected to be in the mid 80’s. Also looks like we might have a slight tailwind today. 

First off; Happy Birthday John & James!! Not sure if there is a better way to celebrate your Birthday Day than biking across this great nation of ours. If nothing else you will definitely remember what you did on your 17th birthday. For the life of me I couldn’t tell you what I did for my birthday when I was 17!! Your Mom & I are very proud of both of you. For what you have done and what you will do in the years to come.

We had a really nice continental breakfast at the Hampton Inn. Probably the best one since we have been on the road. We loaded up the luggage and bikes & Skip drove us out to Whitesville where we were supposed to go yesterday. This would give us an ~ 100 km ride to FT Knox so that we can get in soon enough for our presentation to the Boys and Girls club. For the next two days we will be staying with John Scott my mother’s cousin. He has a really nice place on a golf course.

So Skip dropped us off in Whitesville and while we were unloading the bikes a car went by and its front tire fell off!! The rim was still there but the tire itself was bouncing down the road, sparks were flying; it was just like the movies! The car came to a controlled stop and everyone was OK. The kids thought it was way cool!! I was thinking; thank goodness we weren’t on the road just then!

The ride was good. We enjoyed the Kentucky rolling hills and farm lands. It was an easy ride for the most part along the country roads. Several roads were busy w/ truck traffic but only for 10 miles or so. Rt 60 into Ft Knox could use some better shoulders.

I called the Boys and Girls club to confirm our presentation this afternoon and talked with Sandy Hinerman of the Devers Youth Center. They were looking forward to meeting the boys. We were on schedule to talk w/ everyone at 1630.

While we were passing through one of the small towns I notice the bank clock was an hour ahead and then a little later confirmed we were now on Eastern Time zone. Well that ate up some of my “float time” I had factored in for the day. We were biking over to John’s house so that we could shower before our presentation. 

It was great to see John Scott. He looks great and doing well. It had been several years since I last saw him in Millington TN. He showed us around his place, we showered and were off to the Youth center. When we got to Pass & ID there was a huge line (ie like Bangor), so we left Skip there and John took us over to the youth center. 

We met Sandy and some of her staff and then we got a chance to talk w/ the boys and girls. They had lots of questions and enjoyed talking w/ John & James. Eventually Skip arrived and we took everyone  outside to talk about the bikes and have a group picture. The Post newspaper, Turret also conducted interview and took several photos.

Afterwards we took all the bikes over to Outdoor Ventures for a tune-up. The owner Mike Wheeler was kind enough to squeeze us in and take care of our bikes. As a special bonus we found out that he also acted as a Boy Scout shop. Mike is a great supporter of the Scouting ideals and programs. The bikes should be ready tomorrow afternoon. Thanks Mike!!

We headed back to FT Knox for a birthday dinner at the base club. It was a great meal and then we took John’s pontoon boat for a nice spin around the lake followed w/ a little birthday cake to close the evening out. All in all just a great day!!

Tomorrow we will be taking a day off as our final rest day of our trip to recharge our batteries and to get caught up on a few errands.

As always, thanks for joining us…..ride safely and keep the wind to your back!! 

The Riding4Hope Team

(David, John, James & Skip)

Signing out 8/2/09; 0305



YOU DON’T SAY:James – While unloading the bikes and the near accident occurred when the car’s tire fell off. “I sure wish I caught that on film; I could have made big money with that!!” 

Skip – “If my battery goes dead in my camera do I loose all my pictures?” Yep Skip has been hearing that one from the boys now all day! You got to love Skip & technology.

David – “I think we just crossed another time zone.” James replied, “That’s not good; I hate loosing an hour.”

James – while holding the turtle we found trying to cross the road; “Hey take my picture so it looks like my head is on a turtle!”






When we stop at Pass & ID to get our vehicle a pass to get on post, they have a tank that is a great picture shot (see above) of which I take. On the way in, the security guard ask if we were the ones taking the picture of the front gate and guards.  I said no I was taking the picture of the display and not the guards. He informed us we weren’t allowed to be taking pictures. We said we were sorry and didn’t know and wouldn’t let it happen again. Hmmm you would think I would know better……While we were at Pass & ID, I saw three other groups taking pictures w/ their families in front of the same display. I think they need to post a no taking picture sign!!


Riding4Hope – Day 33, 7/30/09, Owensboro

DAILY REPORT:  Possibly a rainy day. The weatherman was predicting 70% thunderstorms later in the day. Temp was 70 and expected to be in the mid 80’s. Also looks like we might have a slight tailwind today.

Since we weren’t able to stay in Marion last night, Skip was going to drive us back to were we left off yesterday. We had a quick continental breakfast and we loaded up the trailer w/ bikes and gear and had a 25 min drive back to Marion.

The weather looked pretty ominous with some dark clouds on the horizon. The temp was cool which was a nice change but humidity was still high. The roads were wet from the rain last night. Today’s ride was expected to be somewhat easier with a few less hills and the quartering tailwind. We also had to adjust our route slightly. There are no hotels in Whitesville so we have accommodations in Owensboro. We made a couple of road modifications that would effect us after lunch.

The first 40 miles were on back rural roads. It was a very nice ride. While out riding we met a local rider – Bobby. We had a nice conversation. We also met Philip who is biking the TransAmerica route. He is also from WA; Vancouver WA. We had a nice conversation w/ him in town. He is riding a recumbent bike of which we have only seen one other. He started the beginning of Jun and is expected to be in Yorktown the middle of Aug. All the best to both of you.

We had lunch in Sebre. Skip was having some issues with his cell phone (technology and him are like water and oil). Every time he called it sounded like fighting cats in a paper bag. It turns out he was lost again; stating that the GPS unit had moved Sebre 5 miles from it’s current location to some empty field. Oh Skip……

While we were having lunch in the church parking lot; we had a local visitor stop by. Bud wanted to show off his “Chopper” bike. He built it himself. He was nice enough to give James a chance to try out his ride. It was a lot harder than it looks!

We had another 40 mile ride to get us to Owensboro. It was actually a fun ride through the farm lands. We had a nice tailwind. We even had an opportunity to draft behind a tractor. The farmer was having fun with us and ultimately left us in the dust has he zipped over a hill. We stopped in Utica and met MA Bell in JR’s Market. We had stopped for water and ice cream. While talking w/ MA she was concerned with the route we were taking and convinced us to change final route into town. What a nice lady!

It turns out Owensboro is on the Ohio river just south of Indiana. So we thought we would be over achievers and decided to add one more state to our list!  We biked through town crossed the Ohio River and stepped on the Indiana soil. State number ten!!

Megan the manger of the Hampton Inn was nice enough to comp our rooms. Thank you very much for your support of the Riding4Hope Team!!

For dinner we ate at the Texas Roadhouse. The boys rated the restaurant as one of the top three places we have eaten so far. Not bad.

So we really lucked out today and missed all the rain. We had a few sprinkles but that was it. After dinner though the skies let loose and it has been raining since. The weather is supposed continue through tomorrow morning and then clear up. Tomorrow afternoon we will be meeting the youth at the Boys and Girls club at FT Knox. We also will have the good fortune to stay with family; John Scott who has opened his home to us for the next 2 days.

It is John & James birthday tomorrow. If you get a chance please wish them a happy 17th birthday!!

Thanks for joining us…..ride safely and keep the wind to your back!! 

The Riding4Hope Team

(David, John, James & Skip)

Signing out 7/31/09; 0130

Riding4Hope – Day 32, 7/29/09, Marion KY

 DAILY REPORT:  The weatherman was predicting 50% thunderstorms all day. Temp was 65 and expected to be in the mid 80’s. A southwesterly wind and high humidity.

So let’s see how far I get on today’s journal. I’m a little tired and the the hotel’s WIFI is proving to be problematic…..It is hard to believe that we have been gone now for a month. Wow, time share has flown by and we are eating up the miles with only a little over 1,000 miles to go!!

To begin, we had a nice continental breakfast at the Super 8 Motel. They had a waffle maker which is always a treat — not as good as home but not bad 🙂 We had to prep the bikes for wet weather so on went the fenders and we packed up the rain gear. As with most teenagers, James couldn’t remember/find his rain jacket and the mysterious loss was directly related to his brother. Hmmmm….. Eventually we hit the road. The weather was the coolest in the last week but still really muggy.

The route today took us along a number of lakes and hills. In fact lots of hills. If you look at the summary data sheet we climbed over 7,000 feet today. That’s a fair amount of climbing considering that there are no mtns here. All in all, the boys rode really well. We had one close call when a dog ran out in front of us and nearly caused a three cycle pile-up. 

Some of the more interesting things, at least for me; I finally spotted a flock of turkeys. I had been looking for some since Missouri. There were about a dozen to a dozen and a half; out in a field following a tractor path. I wasn’t able to get a good picture but they were neat to watch. Later on in the morning we came across a rat snake sunning himself on the road. A quick dismount of the bike and he was caught. He was a little feisty trying to bite me on more than one occasion. Took a few pictures and put him back in the woods to make sure a passing car didn’t get him.

Skip did meet us for lunch in Eddiesville. By then the skies had cleared and it looked like we had missed the rain 🙂 We had another 45 miles of riding to Marion KY. We biked along the Ohio River and even took a ferry across the river to get to Kentucky. This our ninth state. One more to go!!

As we were biking into Marion, the final stop of the day; the three of us were sprinting up the last hill of the day. I believe the police officer who was looking for speeders as we rounded the corner into town must have gotten a chuckle to see these three hot and sweaty bikers mashing gears. James was victorious and was awarded the yellow jersey for the day!!

Our hotel was about 15 miles south in the next town, so we loaded up the bikes and headed for Kuttawa, KY. The manger Nick of Relax Inn had given us one free room which was much appreciated. We took showers, did some bike maintenance, and then headed out for a Chinese dinner.

As I write this it is raining outside and the prediction is rain all day tomorrow. We will be heading for Whitesville. 

I also wanted to thank everyone who has donated to our two charities – Boys and Girls Club and the Wounded Warrior Project. We are getting real close to reaching our goal of $10,000. I have updated the donation page with our business and individual sponsors. (If I missed anyone please let me know.) Thanks again!!

Also as a reminder, Jason Parker, president of Parker Financial LLC is hosting a client appreciation wine tasting and charity event on Thurs., July 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Old Town Silverdale. He will be collecting donations for the Riding4Hope Team. Thank you!!

Thanks for joining us…..ride safely and keep the wind to your back!! 

The Riding4Hope