Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cycling in Colorado....Bucket List Challenge






Colorado is a wonderfully bicycle friendly state!

Our recent visit to Colorado was an opportunity to visit friends and family
but also afforded Glenn the chance to attempt a cycling Bucket List challenge 
that he has hoped to accomplish since a visit to Colorado in 1988. At that time
he could hardly carry our, then, 5 year old son up a trail in Rocky Mountain
National Park without becoming breathless while cyclists whizzed past him to 
climb to the 12,000 foot elevations.  He vowed to tried that one day!




Found some interesting biking signs while wandering around Denver!









Lake Dillon bike trails....hard to pedal too quickly
on some of the trails in this mountainous area. The elevation is 9111 in
Dillon so the air is thin for those of us from the low lying areas!






Glenn headed out from Dillon on a rented bike at 6:51 AM to 
pedal up to Loveland Pass which is a distance of 17.3 miles
with an elevation ascent of 3385 ft.  He pedaled at an average of 10
miles per hour and made it to the Pass in two hours and 20
minutes.  The return ride (coast) to Dillon was much faster!









                                                                                                                                                                                          



                                                                 










Don and Denise Stillwagon, longtime friends,
have been with us at times during two of the I Care I Cure
I Cycle adventures.  They joined us in Maine in 2014 when 
we completed the East Coast Greenway ride and we 
had a little respite with them at their home near Houston
during last fall's crazy ride through Texas.  Again, their
hospitality at their Dillon Condo, helped Glenn to 
achieve this bucket list item!










Meeting up as Glenn climbed to Loveland Pass












Still some snow on the peaks!
















Switchbacks along the route










SUCCESS!  Check this one off the list!











Didn't stay up at the Pass very long.  The temp was 42 with a 
wind chill of 35 degrees.  Gloves and a hat would have helped!











Heading back down the pass


















Another adventure in the books!









HELP WANTED!!!
                                              
We are home now and have begun planning the BIG ride for this
December.  We will share details very soon!

In the meantime, we'd love some help!  We hope to 
get lots and lots of media attention!

First and foremost, it is our desire to have I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation
receive much needed and deserved media attention as a result of Uncle Glenn's last ride. Our goal of raising funds for research for targeted therapies, which would provide gentler and less toxic treatment for childhood cancers, is never far from our minds during these rides!




Secondly, we think that people will enjoy this human interest story....after all, how many 67 
year olds complete a bicycle journey around the entire perimeter of the US, a distance of more
than 10,000 miles and live to tell about it?!?!!?  





Do you know someone, anyone, who might help us get this story out?  Newspapers,
online publications, TV or Radio stations or producers?   Do you want to help by writing
press releases, making phone calls, keeping Glenn company on the road?
We would be so grateful for any kind of help.  This is a daunting task this year!

You can contact us at lynnhirsch@yahoo.com
There might be a little prize involved for the first
few helpers who volunteer :)

Below is a little sneak peek of our route....Hoping to see you on the road!
                                 
                             










Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's Not a Race, It's a Journey!

    

Uncle Glenn's 2017 Ride 



In late 2017, Uncle Glenn will embark on another incredible 
bicycle ride to raise funds for I Care I Cure.  This year's 500+ 
mile ride will begin in Phoenix, AZ, go through San Diego and end 
at the Santa Monica Pier.   This will conclude Uncle Glenn's cycling 
journey around the perimeter of the entire United States, a distance 
of more than 10,000 miles.  Many of these miles have been pedaled 
in memory of our nephew, Ian, and to raise awareness for the need 
for less toxic treatments for childhood cancer.



More details will follow but we are hoping to begin this journey in mid 
December when it is cool enough for Glenn to ride across the desert and we plan to reach the Santa Monica Pier around December 27th or 28th.  Mark your calendar if you can be there to celebrate at the end of this ride and let me know if you can help us get some media coverage on this last leg....a "mature" cyclist pedaling around the entire perimeter of the US has to be news worthy.  Don't you think?!?!?


Lots of planning to do but we'll keep you posted!
Thanks for your support!





Sunday, April 2, 2017

California Dreamin'




We loved last year's logo so much that we are using it again 
but my sister, Laurie, tweaked it to show our new destination!
Thanks, Laurie!



Although no definite dates have been set, we are
starting to plan and will share details with you soon.

What I can promise is that it will be an exciting ride 
with much hoopla as we pull into Santa Monica.
This ride will be the final leg in Glenn's bicycle ride
around the entire perimeter of the United States!
This 500 mile segment will bring the total number of
miles pedaled for charities to more than 10,000!






If you would like to join us for this historic ride
 or have any media contacts that might help us to
 cover this event, please feel free to reply to this email!






Just in case you were wondering, this is one thing that Glenn 
does when he is not doing the long bike rides!  This framed bike
puzzle now graces the wall is our bicycle themed office!



Thanks for your continued interest and support!




Monday, January 23, 2017

10th Anniversary of the I Care I Cure I Run 5K






We are very excited to be heading to Florida for the weekend of
February 10-12 to join the festivities for the 10th Anniversary
I Care I Cure I Run 5K and family fun day.   This event has grown
enormously over these years and we are proud to be platinum
sponsors again this year.  It was with the help of our many
generous supporters that we raised the $10,000 necessary for 
this level of sponsorship!   Thanks so much to all of you. I am
including this letter in case there are some of you who have not
yet had the opportunity to donate and would like to do so.










Dear Family and Friends,

The I Care I Cure Foundation was founded by our sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Brad Besner, (along with their friends and family) in honor of our nephew, Ian, who was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in January, 2006, one week before his 11th birthday. Ian was an extraordinary boy who shared his joy and love of life with everyone who met him. Sadly, Ian lost his battle with cancer just four months after his diagnosis suffering during that time the ravages of chemotherapies that were supposed to save his life. 

The  I Care I Cure Foundation supports the development of, and raises public awareness about, cutting-edge, targeted therapies for childhood cancer, so that the treatment of childhood cancer will be gentler and more tolerable. By educating the public about scientific breakthroughs in genetic childhood cancer research that are within reach but seriously underfunded, the foundation hopes to quickly raise money to fund research grants and provide seed money to researchers for new studies. 

By sharing with you how close the medical community is to more humane treatment for childhood cancer, we hope that you will want to be part of the effort to fund this ground breaking research so that fewer and fewer children have to suffer as Ian did.
Our family will be participating in the 10th Annual I Care I Cure I Run 5K and Family Fun Day at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday, February 12, 2017 which is just a little more than a week after, what would have been, Ian's 22nd birthday.  We will run past the Ian Besner Baseball Field on the campus which will make this year even more special!   If you will be in Florida at that time, please join our team to walk or run for this important cause.  Just let us know that you are interested and we will email you all of the registration details!  I still have some free registration spots available on our team!  If you can't join us for the race, please consider making a donation to this cause that is so very important to our family.




To donate, just go to this website:
Thank you so very much for your continued support!
Lynn and Glenn
Team WE ARE FAMILY 2017






Had Phun Meeting Phlash





Some of you may have heard that we met Phlash Phelps
from Sirius/XM 60's on 6 at BWI airport last week!  He 
was heading to Hawaii to visit his 50th state in his 50th
birthday year and we were on our way to see our MD
family.   He is a wealth of US geography knowledge and
is excited about following our final ride next December!
More details to follow soon!




Update on this Update!

Had to add this audio!!  Soon after I sent out this blog
 update, Phlash (who subcribes to the blog), spoke about
it on air.  I caught most of it in the car!







Thursday, December 29, 2016

Better Late Than Never!


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 
We hope that this quick note finds
you well and enjoying time with
family and friends! Thanks so much
for your support in 2016!



I mentioned several times that Phlash Phelps from
Sirius/XM 60's on 6 interviewed me on air but I missed it! 
He was finally able to convert it to an MP3 form that
could be sent to me.  This was recorded on Tuesday,
November 8 and broadcast on Wednesday, November 9.
It's edited so not all of my details made the cut but
we so appreciated his support and interest throughout
the ride!    #Is that really how I sound?!?!


Here it is:





We are hoping that Phlash will help us get the word out again 
next year when we do the final leg to complete Glenn's ride 
around the entire perimeter of the USA!








We've made our flight reservations for the 2017 10th anniversary
I Care I Cure I Run event.   We'd love to have you join us!

Team We Are Family is looking for fun loving,
spirited members for this year's event.
Running or walking experience not necessary!
Contact me for more details if you'll be
in South Florida on Sunday, February 12!










Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Not Quite The End Of The Road!


This may be the end of this leg of this ride
but it is not quite the end of the road
for I Care I Cure I Cycle!
More details later in the blog!








We just have a few more New Orleans photos
to share before moving on!




No stop in New Orleans is complete without
beignets at Cafe du Monde!  No crowd this
chilly early morning. That's a first!






The wind was whipping through the French Quarter,
Glenn's estimate was 15 MPH :)







A  visit to the Mighty Mississippi River 
was a necessity.  We started at this point last
year when we headed East to the Atlantic Ocean
and we end here this year!









You know that I have been totally honest here about
the challenges of this ride.  From 8 flat tires, to difficult
terrain, to sketchy towns and accommodations, to
desolate countryside.   There were times when Glenn's
head was giving up even though his legs were not 
giving out but we kept going!   I knew that we would
both regret giving up....so we took it one day at a time
and were triumphant and are glad that we persevered.










One of the things that kept us going along this route
was the opportunity to visit with dear old friends
(not age but length of friendship)!  Laurie Johnson Myer
wins the prize in this category since she and I were
childhood friends in Lakewood, New Jersey,  She
lives in Lotte,  Alabama and rode a segment of the ride
with Glenn last year and met us for lunch on our way 
home to Atlanta this year!  Thanks, Laurie!





The Rockin' Rider!






Thanks so much to those of you who
shared your bike signs with us! 


Honorable Mentions Go To:

Marc Chester for this one taken on
his bike at the Jersey Shore!






Fred Salmons for this sign that 
could not have been more perfect for
moments we had on this ride!







To Sam Thurston for this great
sign in Asheville, NC






The Winner has to be Fredi Pearlmutter, 
who has been sending me bike signs from
Australia and New Zealand for the last
few weeks.  All the signs below are from her.
 Fredi, your tee shirt will be waiting for you at home!

























We just booked our flights to be at the 
10th Annual I Care I Cure I Run 5K and Family Fun Day!

Why not join us?!?!
We'll be Team We Are Family!

Sunday, February 12, 2017
8:00 AM start
At Nova Southeastern University
Davie, Florida






 Just in case you think that bicycles are only
Glenn's focus when we are on the rides, I thought 
I would share some of the art work that graces
our office at home.  It is amazing how many
websites exist just to please the bicyclist!

















Thanks to all who have contributed to
this amazing collection!










Now back to our reentry into life 
off the road and in Atlanta!  Above,
the sun sets on our way home from
New Orleans, the bike resting from 
the long journey while Glenn drove
since I had done my share of driving
more than 1500 miles in 3 weeks.





This beautiful sunrise greeted us on our first 
morning waking up in our own bed!   








First thing on the agenda the first day home was 
to clean up the bike....and the car! Both had layers 
of dust and dirt which took elbow grease to remove!





This was Sunday morning....

Now the trusty bike gets a rest as Glenn 
had decided to take a few days off.  





That didn't last too long.
He was back on the bike on Wednesday to ride to work!







Just a quick update on the condition of the
SAG vehicle....After the local Buick dealer
service staff had the car for a week, it seems
that all of the little annoying problems have been
fixed!   It will live to SAG another day!

















We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful 
Thanksgiving with family and friends!
You can see above that we had a special
family day after our long journey!






We are so very grateful for all of your donations,
support and encouragement!  We are pleased
to announce that the total raised for I Care I Cure
as of today is $8800.  If you would still like to
make a donation, we would be thrilled to add to this
total and continue to strive toward our $10,000 goal.
We hope to help make it possible for any child who
suffers from cancer to have treatment that is less
toxic, gentler and more humane!






Our next route!









It is amazing that we are ready to talk about the next ride,
possibly our last.   It seems that the weather in the 
desert and the availability of our family might dictate the 
time frame.  We will keep you posted but it seems 
most likely that we will plan for the end of December 2017.
The ride will begin in Phoenix, head to San Diego and 
finish up at the Santa Monica Pier, a 500 mile ride.  This will 
complete Glenn's bicycle journey around the entire 
perimeter of the USA, more than 10,000 miles.  
Hoping for a big celebration at the end!  
   
You will hear from us occasionally through 
the year with news and updates but for now....