Monday, February 12, 2018

Honors for Uncle Glenn

Glenn and I (and our youngest grandson, Oliver) traveled to 
Davie, Florida last weekend to attend the 11th annual I Care
I Cure I Run 5K and Family Fun Day. We were a platinum sponsor
 this year and were honored by the foundation for the bike ride and the
almost $100,000 that we have raised for I  Care I Cure over
the last nine years.  Thanks to all of you for your help!

The first thing we saw when we arrive at the venue was
this large canvas poster!  Of course, the photo was taken
when we arrived at the Santa Monica Pier on December 29th!

The master or ceremonies for the event was 
Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
a family friend and I Care I Cure supporter.

She is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 23rd congressional district

Our sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Brad Besner,
founders of I  Care I Cure, began the Opening Ceremony

We are very appreciative of the attention paid to 
I Care I Cure I Cycle at the event!

Glenn was presented with a beautiful glass
plaque which will receive a place of honor
is our bike-themed office at home.

Glenn had the honor of leading the runners on bike
as the race of more than 1200 participants took off on the 
campus of Nova Southeast University.

Glenn should have had a head start!

 It was a beautiful, warm day in southern Florida!

One of the special things about the venue for this
race is the opportunity given the runners to pass by
the Ian Besner Baseball Field on the adjacent campus
of the private school that Ian and his brothers attended.
We do all of this in memory of Ian and to insure that
other children live to fulfill their dreams....Ian loved
baseball and aspired to play in the major league!

Oliver loved the festivities and won a medal for his stroller 5K!

Glenn, sister Beth, me, Ollie, sister Laurie and BIL Jim

 As of February 6, 2018, our total dollars raised
for the final bike ride is $30,114 !!!!  We can't thank
you enough for your amazing support for this final leg.  

We were thrilled to be able to raise funds 
and awareness for I Care I Cure over the years!
The ride may be over but our commitment to this
great foundation will continue!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Every End is A New Beginning

We have had a week to rest, rejuvenate 
and rejoice in this great accomplishment!  
We have a few details to share before we
 ride off into the sunset!

Greg and Melissa Eckel
Our niece and her husband
Pedaled from Phoenix, AZ
to Alpine, CA - December 20-23

Before we talk about the end of this ride, here
is an incredible video created by Greg and Melissa
as we began this last leg of the journey in Phoenix.  
They joined us on the road from December 20 - 23
and it was our pleasure to have them with us!
We thank them for taking time out of their busy 
lives to help us complete this adventure!

Accompanying music is by Greg's brother's band!

Hollywood Photos by Shahak Nagiel

After completing the ride, we had some family time 
to explore Southern California

Hermosa Beach

Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA

Carlsbad, CA

Home of Cars Land!

Even Daisy is taller than me!

Our son, Seth, Glenn and our son-in-law, Jerry Tillery
Pedaling from Laguna Beach to Marina Del Rey
December 28, 2017

Jerry's Thoughts on the Journey

I have never known Glenn when this ride was not a part of the conversation...either updates on the last leg or planning for the next one, so it’s hard for me to believe that the ride has come to an end.  Last week in California was really one I will never forget.  I was so honored to have been asked by Glenn to ride with he and Seth for the last leg.  It only further illustrated how he has always welcomed me into the family with open arms, which means more to me than words can express.  

From the start of our trip last week when the family all met up in Laguna Beach, to the actual ride and the final celebration at the Santa Monica Pier, there were several things that continued to be reinforced for me.

1.  Glenn is an extremely strong person - both mentally and physically!!  I seriously do not understand how Glenn’s body and mind can handle riding day after day such great distances.  It takes someone who is truly dedicated and determined (and really fit). 

2.  Family is everything!  Before meeting Neil and being introduced to the family, I can honestly say, I have never known a family quite like them.  They love one another more than words can express, support each other in all their endeavors and truly enjoy each other’s many family’s can say that???  Last week this was proven once again.  I know that having his family be a part of the final leg of the journey made the end even sweeter for Glenn and the pride that his wife, children, and grandchildren have for his huge accomplishment was something pictures and words do no justice.

3.  Helping others is a passion.  Whether it’s his work as a physician or this ride to help raise money for various charities, especially I Care I Cure, Glenn is dedicated to making a difference in others’ lives.  When we were waiting to get our bikes for the final leg, I listened as Benji, Evan, Miles and Fletcher told a complete stranger (who let them use his board to slide down a sand hill) all about the ride and why he was doing it. It illustrated that his passion was not only something his grandchildren were proud of, but also something I know they will pass along. 

It’s hard to fathom that this journey is over, but I know Glenn will soon come up with another challenge.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Glenn and the rest of the Hirsch family.  

This AM I sent Phlash a final email to tell 
him about the last exciting day of the ride.
Instead of reading it on air he called!

Here's my final 3 minutes of radio air time...
unless we come up with another adventure
to share with Phlash at some future time!

Click below to listen

Phlash Phelps on Sirius/XM radio 60's on 6

Thanks, Phlash, for your support and airtime for I Care I Cure!

Here is the map of our final ride.  Although the Google
Map total is 539 miles, our stats clock it at 515.21 miles!
There was wind (some days much more than others),
some days were cloudy and chilly but there was no
rain and the sun shone brightly most days
as we hear happens in California!

by the Beach Boys

On my way to sunny California
On my way to spend another sunny day

On this leg, Glenn decided that it would be appropriate to
wear each of his cycling jerseys that he has worn on the 
many rides that took him around the perimeter of the USA. 
Some will be retired now!
The collage above highlights each of them:

Top left:  The Big Ride Across America
Seattle to Washington DC
June 19 - August 5, 2000

Top Right:  California Coast Classic
San Francisco to the Santa Monica Pier
October 2 - 9, 2004

Middle Left:  East Coast Greenway
Key West, FL to Maine at the Canadian Border
November 7, 2009 - August 12, 2013

Middle Right:  Pacific Northwest
Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA
August 17 -31, 2014

Bottom Left: Sun Belt
St. Augustine, FL to Phoenix, AZ 
November 2015
November 2016

Bottom Right: The Last Leg
Phoenix, AZ to Santa Monica, CA
December 20-29, 2017

Thanks so much to my sister, Laurie Beaty,
for creating the last four logos for our
I Care I Cure I Cycle journey!

Since we are somewhat technologically challenged, 
we have tracked the ride on four maps instead of one to get 
the most precise locations for the ride around the perimeter!  
It may be a few towns off and a few miles less than our 
estimate but it still seems daunting to me!

This was an organized and supported ride to support The American Lung Association
My SAG duties were not necessary for this ride! I was home in GA!

This was the East Coast Greenway.  Glenn was one of just a few End-to-Enders!

Glenn was joined by our brother-in-law, Jim Beaty for
the ride from Seaside, FL to Perry, FL

Glenn was joined by our brother-in-law, Jim Beaty for
the ride from Seattle to San Francisco

Fun Facts about the Journey

In the 135 days that Glenn pedaled his bicycle around the 
country, he only experienced rain 3 DAYS while riding!
(2 days in Maine and 1 Day in Texas) 

He got stuck in just one electrical storm (in Maine)

Glenn used three different bicycles over the 17 years

Glenn had only 2 falls, 
one near Malibu in 2004
(resulting in cuts and abrasions)
and one in Connecticut in 2012
(resulting in a broken hand that Glenn
would not get treated because he wouldn't
be able to finish the ride with a cast on his hand!)

There were multiple cases of sunburn and saddle sores

He changed approximately 10 flat tires

We used our bed bug sleep sacks in just two
hotels on the 2016 trip (ugh) but we left the
hotel with a frog in the toilet and a roach in the shower.
We also rode right by the Bates Motel which surely
would have necessitated use of the sleep sacks!

I was stopped by the border patrol once in West Texas
but did not get one traffic ticket during any of the trips!

Glenn consumed an infinite number of peanut
butter sandwiches on these trips 

We managed to have only one emotional breakdown
(2016 after 7 flat tires in West Texas)

We lost and found keys, underwear, telephones, and 
the bike computer.  We lost and didn't find the 
battery for the gear shifting device on the bike!   
(Pedaling with one gear was not fun that day!)

We have had 86,330 views of this blog
over the course of 9 years!

Thank you for taking the time to follow the rides, for 
leaving encouraging comments, for being in touch via emails,
 texts and phone and for making this such an incredible experience!

Besides having fun, seeing new sights and 
not having to cook for weeks, these trips have 
had an important purpose.  Raising funds and 
awareness for targeted therapies for childhood 
cancer has been our focus for nine years.   We could 
not have accomplished our goals without the support 
and generosity of all of you.

It is with amazement and awe that I can announce
that, as of this morning, the total amount raised for this
last ride is $28,839.50!  

We, once again, will be a Platinum Sponsor
of I Care I Cure I Run in Davie, FL on February 11
and would love to have anyone in the area join us
to complete the celebration of our journey!

It's never too late to donate

From our family to yours....
Happy New Year!
May 2018 be filled with new adventures!

This may be the end of this journey but I am 
confident that Glenn will find another challenge to
take on, another list to complete, new places to
explore and another adventure to pursue!

I'll be back with any updates and with
occasional important I Care I Cure news!

To You Until We Meet Again