Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Calling All Riders from NJ to Massachusetts!


Big News from Uncle Glenn's Ride

We have some tentative dates for the next segment of the ride.
If you live anywhere near the East Coast Greenway route from New Jersey to MA
and would like to ride a few miles with Glenn, let us know.   

In addition, if you are planning to make a donation to I Care I Cure, 
we'll provide you with an I Care I Cure I Cycle  t-shirt to wear as our way
 of saying thank you! Let us know you are interested and what size t-shirt you 
wear by August 1!   It would be great to see you and Glenn enjoys the company!

Proposed dates are listed below each state map. Just click on the map to enlarge it!




Custom I Cure I Cure I Cycle Jersey


Custom t-shirts...all sizes available :)


NEW JERSEY
Wednesday, September 19 

This segment will begin in the Princeton, NJ area at 8AM.
The ride this day will end in Lower Manhattan.

NEW YORK
Thursday, September 20
The ride will begin in lower Manhattan at 8 AM
and continue to Connecticut.



CONNECTICUT
Friday, September 21
This exact location for the start of this leg will be determined later

RHODE ISLAND
Saturday, September 22 or Sunday, September 23

MASSACHUSETTS
Sunday, September 23 or Monday, September 24




To see a more detailed map of the routes, you can go to 
http://www.greenway.org/maps.aspx
The Google Maps and Cue Sheets are very helpful!


See you in the Northeast in September!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Sun Sets on Another Ride!




Sunset at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC


Relaxing at the beach on the way home!  Not enough
time to swim or sunbathe but enjoyed a walk!  It happens
that the condo building we stayed in was right on the
East Coast Greenway and Glenn rode right past it last
October in North Myrtle Beach, SC!

  Beautiful weather and great view!


Anyone who knows me, has heard me say that
I know I am on vacation when I see Palm Trees!
We must have been vacation in Charleston!




 After our brief stop in Myrtle Beach, we celebrated the wedding of 
David and Sara Green in Charleston,SC  David's parents are
our longtime friends from college days, Bill and Barbara Green.  

Congrats to the Green family!


We arrived home on Sunday, May 13th in time to celebrate Mother's Day with our Atlanta family.
What a great way to spend the first night home!  Sure did miss Seth, Sara, Miles, Neil and Jerry!

We couldn't close out this segment of the ride without sharing two more totals!
Our SAG vehicle (aka my SUV) logged 2433 miles on this trip and traveled
through 8 states in 2 1/2 weeks!   Not quite as impressive as Glenn's
accomplishments but still a statistic that you might find interesting.

Thanks to the generosity of our many friends and supporters, the total amount
 donated to I Care I Cure in honor of Uncle Glenn's ride as of today is $1223.00!
It is never too late to make a donation via the I Care I Cure site or by check mailed to:
I Care I Cure Foundation
P.O. Box 291386
Davie, FL 33329


Thank you so very much for your interest, support and donations!
We'll be back on the road again in September when the sun will rise on the
next to the last leg of Glenn's journey up the East Coast Greenway
from Trenton, NJ to Providence, RI or maybe even to Massachusetts!
Check back until then for updates:)


Sunrise in North Myrtle Beach, SC



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Great PR from WellStar!



This article was written by Maria Mackas, WellStar Public Relations Department.  
It will appear in a system-wide WellStar Publication in June!   
Thanks to Glenn's Employer for the PR for our ride
and their pride in Glenn's accomplishments!


WellStar Physician Biking Entire
East Coast to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Research

 Glenn Hirsch, M.D., Pedaling Nearly 3,000 Miles in Honor of Nephew

As a teenager, Glenn Hirsch, M.D., had an ambitious goal: To ride his bicycle across the country. By the time he hit his 40s, he’d completed some long rides to benefit the MS Society, but still had not reached his cross-country goal.

When he turned 50 in 2000, he figured he’d better get moving. And he did – in a big way. He fulfilled his dream by riding 3,200 miles – from Seattle to Washington, DC in 48 days – to benefit the American Lung Association.

For his next adventure, Dr. Hirsch thought about hiking the Appalachian Trail. But after he suffered a heart attack in late 2000 and underwent bypass surgery in 2001, the biking bug returned.

“During my post-op check with the cardiovascular surgeon, I was given a new weight restriction for lifting - 22 lbs.”, he explained.  "Three weeks after the surgery I figured my bike was light enough to lift, so I took a short ride in the neighborhood.  Later that fall I took my first ride on the Silver Comet Trail.”

Then in 2004, the family medicine physician made an eight-day trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

The biker doc was back – and ready for an even bigger challenge. In 2006, Dr. Hirsch’s 11-year-old nephew, Ian, lost his battle with leukemia. Ian’s family founded the I Care I Cure Foundation to support research for gentler, more humane treatment for childhood cancers. In 2009, Dr. Hirsch began a 3,000-mile bike trip from Key West to Maine to raise money for that foundation and to honor Ian.

Biking along the East Coast Greenway in segments, Dr. Hirsch, 62, has traveled through eight states so far, covering more than 1,800 miles.

One of the first WellStar physicians, Dr. Hirsch, who practices at East Cobb Medical Center, joined the System in 1995. He credits WellStar with giving him the flexibility to reach his biking goals – and take time off to recuperate from his open heart surgery. “I’m happy to be a part of an organization that supports me in all parts of my life,” said Dr. Hirsch.

“You’re never too old to fulfill your dreams,” he added. “On my cross-country trek, I was inspired by a 79-year-old man who was on the ride. He paced himself – and he did it.”

Dr. Hirsch will finish his ride in 2013, the same year the Hirschs celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  If you would like to follow “Uncle Glenn’s East Coast Greenway Bike Ride,” visit http://icareicureicycle.blogspot.com, a blog created by Lynn Hirsch, Dr. Hirsch’s wife. The blog also provides a link for making contributions to I Care I Cure.

The blog’s latest entry features the Lance Armstrong quote, “Chasing records doesn’t keep me on my bike. Happiness does!” Lynn Hirsch says the quote applies to her husband.Glenn isn't after any records, he isn't the fastest rider and he has his aches and pains when he gets off his bike after a long ride. But he love cycling and has spent some of his happiest moments on his bike,” she writes.

 Dr. Hirsch, who frequently rides his bike the 10 miles to East Cobb Medical Center from his home in Vinings, advises three things for optimum health: good nutrition, exercise and plenty of sleep.


 Glenn Hirsch, M.D., averages 75 miles per day in his quest to bike the entire East Coast Greenway to benefit pediatric cancer research.



 Hirsch and his two favorite riding buddies, grandsons, Benji (right) and Evan


"Good friends are like stars....You don't always see them
but you know that they are always there!"

One of the best things about doing this ride is the opportunity to see friends and
family along the way.  Although the biking portion of this trip is completed, the 
visiting portion continues!  Today we joined Benji and Evan for a trip to the 
dentist.  What makes this so special is the fact that their dentist and hygienist are
life-long childhood friends of ours from Lakewood, NJ.  Jimmy and Sondra 
Goldsmith have been practicing in Maryland for many years and are wonderful 
with the boys!  They are also great fans of the blog and Uncle Glenn's Ride! 


Sondra checks out Evan's pearly whites while he looks
so cool in the shades that were Brad Goldsmith's as a kid!

Dr. Jimmy examines Benji.  Everything looks good and it
seems that Benji now has his 6 year molars!


Thanks to our good friends, Sondra and Jimmy Goldsmith,
for their support and friendship!


It's Not Too Late to Donate!

One last note for tonight.....I received an email today from the 
President of the Board of Trustees of I Care I Cure that the Donation
Link on the http://www.icareicure.org/  website is up and running and ready to
accept your generous donations!  Beth-Ann has been following the 
blog posts and sends her thanks to all who have contributed!





Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chasing records doesn't keep me on my bike. Happiness does!


The quote in the title is from Lance Armstrong but I am sure that Glenn
feels this way too! Glenn isn't after any records, he isn't the fastest rider and 
he has his aches and pains when he gets off his bike after a long ride but he 
does love cycling and has spent some of his happiest moments on his bike.   


The first day of this ride in November 2009 in Key West, Florida


We started this adventure 2 1/2 years ago and Glenn has logged 
1802.39 miles
traveling through 8 states.  We had two friends guess the total 
number of miles traveled to date.  Barb Kay and Wendy Kapiloff 
will be getting I Care I Cure I Cycle t-shirts for their efforts!   
Way to Go, Ladies!

 I received word from the administrator at I Care I Cure that
the total amount donated as of today for Uncle Glenn's Ride is $923!  
Wouldn't it be great it the final total was at least $1.00 per mile?!?!?

We will head south on Thursday with stops in North Myrtle Beach 
and Charleston before returning home to Atlanta.  
We'll have one last statistic to post when we get home.
How many miles we have logged on our car during this trip.  
Anyone want to wager a guess on that stat?   
Check back in next week for a final post and more photos!

When I was googling cycling quotes for the post title, I found some great ones.
Thought I would share them with you.  Enjoy!


The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. ~John Howard  

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing. ~ Helen Keller deaf and blind political activist 

It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century. ~ Anonymous 
You never have the wind with you -- either it is against you or you're having a good day. ~ Daniel Behrman The Man Who Loved Bicycles 

Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity. ~ Lord Charles Beresford 

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving ~ Albert Einstein 



Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Funday



Had to get a mile in today.
Might be good exercise to pull that precious cargo!

Evan didn't mind the ride


Still no guesses on yesterday's trivia question.
Anyone want a size medium t-shirt?  
Figure out the total mileage for Glenn from
Key West to Trenton, NJ using the recent blog entries.
Already giving you the 1355 miles before this trip!

More soon!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Eight States Down, Seven to Go!



We enjoyed our stay in Wilmington but it was time to move on to
Trenton, New Jersey the last leg of this segment of the ride.
Glenn headed out at about 8:15 and the boys and I
followed later in the morning.  Glenn said that much of the
route was easy and uneventful but he did manage to find
himself on Interstate 76 near Philly.  That is BAD and illegal so he
found the next exit and headed off at Broad Street.  Not a good idea
on the Sunday that The Blue Cross Broad Street Run is
happening :)    Glenn headed over a few blocks and avoided the
40,000 runners who crowded the streets!


We returned to our routine of the "Three Frees" when choosing hotels:
Free Parking, Free Internet and Free BREAKFAST!
Benji and Evan both enjoyed the "make your own waffle" station!


Evan wondered where his bike was this AM.....he really wanted to ride
with Pa today like he did last Sunday.   Glenn promised him a ride at home tomorrow.



Evan walking with Pa as he leaves for his ride from
Wilmington, DE to Trenton, NJ


We felt like we were coming home again when entering PA.
We both went to college there, lived in Central PA for 15 years and
all three of our children were born while we were living there.
This is also where Glenn started his serious biking.  So many great memories!
Pennsylvania is also the first state that Glenn finished in one day on this ride.


Glenn captured this photo of Trenton, NJ as he crossed
the Delaware River on the Calhoun Street Bridge. 


Welcome to New Jersey!
 Trenton Makes, The World Takes!

This Jersey girl was longing for the beach.
Maybe next time!



Another Amtrak Station....didn't need it as a meeting point today!


New Jersey State Capital ....It occurred to us that this was a leg filled with capital cities -
Richmond, Annapolis, DC, and Trenton!  So much history in all of those places. 


The boys and I met my Stepmother Fredi, my Dad and cousins Faye and
Gerald Canape at the Marriott in Trenton for lunch while waiting
for Glenn to ride in.  He rode in at 2 PM after taking the "scenic" route

through Trenton. Apparently his GPS was not familiar with this city:)
 We all greeted Glenn and had this photo op.


A snack stop in Philadelphia on our way back to Maryland ...by car!
A photo of me just to prove that I really was on this trip.



Glenn recoups some calories lost today with this chocolate peanut butter
sundae at Max Brenner, a Chocolate Lover's Heaven in Philly.



Joining us for a special treat in Philly were the Bernsteins!
Sharon - Glenn's sister, Joe - Glenn's brother-in-law and
Melissa, our niece.  More great family time!

We knew we were in the Northeast today - Lilacs everywhere!
This is the one flowering plant that I miss in GA!
Glenn also commented on the fact that this is the first
leg that found us north of the Mason-Dixon Line!


Today Glenn rode 64.67 miles in 4 hours and 42 minutes and burned
3283 calories and, although the terrain was very flat, he did ascend 1770 feet.
This was a different weekend for us on this ride.  We hope that sharing the
experience with Benji and Evan helped them to understand what their Pa
is doing....and they provided me with company and entertainment during 

biking hours.  Evan has promised to ride with his "Buddy" someday!


ONE LAST TRIVIA QUESTION!
This is for a t-shirt!!!!


What is the total number of miles that Glenn has
ridden on the entire ride from Key West to Trenton, NJ.
Hint: Glenn's total before this Spring ride was 1355 miles!





Look for a final blog sometime in the next few days.
Thanks for sharing this experience with us and for
supporting I Care I Cure!





Saturday, May 5, 2012

Back to the Birthplace!



We were back on the road again today...with some helpers and
cheerleaders!  We are so happy to have the Benji and Evan for a few days
while Jill and Shahak are away. The boys and I dropped Glenn off in Perryville, MD 
which is right across the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge from 
Havre de Grace, MD.  We got a late start after watching Benji play soccer 
this AM so it was 12:30 by the time Glenn started his ride to Wilmington, DE.  
We were excited to have family to visit while here.  The boys and I spent time 
this afternoon hanging out with Cousins Beth, Chris, Maddie and Benjamin Osbourn and 
Heather, Brian, Noah and Joshua Gibbons.  We all greeted Glenn for a 
family celebratory pizza dinner.  We were so happy to see everyone and
enjoyed having a big cheering section for Biker Glenn's return to his
birthplace!   I think riding into Wilmington had special meaning to Glenn and he
took a short detour to pass the house on Van Buren Street that his
grandmother lived in for many years and the restaurant that his Aunt and Uncle owned.  
Things looked different but he enjoyed pedaling down memory lane.  


Benji and Evan are very intrigued by Glenn's little bike pedals
and his clip-on shoes as Glenn prepares to take off on today's ride
.


On to Wilmington, Glenn's birthplace
and his home for four years.


Where is the line on this sign that says
Biker Glenn's Birthplace?


Benji and Evan create great greeting signs for Pa!


Maddie shared all of her art supplies with us to make our signs!


Noah, Benji, Maddie and Benjamin practicing for Glenn's arrival!



Maddie and Ben were great cheerleaders!


Benji's masterpiece was made with TLC!

Love the bike in Benji's creation!



Evan is the cutest sandwich sign holder ever!



Glenn rode in to the Pizza Grotto at about 6 PM!

My apologies for this abbreviated video...still trying to figure out a new camera :)

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel and put two very tired
helpers to bed....plus one tired Pa!    Tomorrow will be an earlier day.
Trenton will be our last stop on this leg of the ride.  Today we are in Glenn's
birth state and tomorrow we will be in mine.  Only fair!

Glenn had his bike computer today so we have some stats.  He rode
59.12 miles in 4 hours and 17 minutes of riding time and only worked off 3004
calories today.   For Glenn, this was an easy day.  

We have exceeded $600 in donations for this ride so far....thanks so
much to our loyal supporters!   Your dollars do so much to help fund
the research for gentler and more humane treatment for childhood cancers.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May is National Bike Month!



August, 2000 - Cross Country Bike Ride

May is National Bike Month!

Who knew that when we picked this time for the ride?!?!

Glenn found this article online this AM!   Anyone inspired?

10 Reasons to Start Biking to Work

Go ahead. Keep pounding your head against the steering wheel during another rush-hour traffic jam.
Maybe it will finally knock some sense into you.
Many of you are prime candidates to become bike commuters—mostly, you have a bike, and your commute isn't unbearably far. The question is, why aren't you?
More: Freedom From the Grind: Become a Bike Commuter
The benefits of biking to work are endless. It's healthy, it saves you money, and it's a lot more fun than driving your car all over town.
Still not convinced? Here are 10 reasons why biking to work is something you should start doing:

Save Money

How many different ways does bike commuting save money? Let's roll through a few examples:
  • You are no longer buying as much fuel for the car, and we don't need to be reminded of rising gas prices.
  • Your car is not going to break down as much if you're not driving it as much.
  • If your auto insurance company is aware that you don't drive to work anymore, they may drop your premiums.
  • Free parking for bikes!
And that doesn't even cover the long-term financial benefits of being healthier due to your increased activity. Face it: any way you look at it, bike commuting saves you some serious cash.
More: 10 Tips From Hard-Core Bike Commuters

Any Bike Will Do

You don't need a $5,000 ride to commute to work. Get a hybrid bike for a few hundred bucks. Or just drag that old bike out of your garage. That'll work.
Bike commuters would benefit from having accessories like a fender (to keep you from getting dirty) and a rack (for carrying gear if you don't prefer backpacks). But for the most part, a commuter bike doesn't have to be an expensive investment. And, let's be real: it's way cheaper than a car.
More: 5 Quick Tips to Keep Your Bike Running Its Best

A Practical Workout

If you're time-crunched and juggling family, work and fitness, bike commuting is a way to kill two birds with one stone.
A flat, 5-mile commute will burn around 500 calories a day. Biking to work is an ideal way to get your daily physical activity without needing to set aside time solely for working out.

Because You Won't Miss Traffic

If you're in a big city, and your commute is bogged down by daily traffic jams, ask yourself how much you enjoy sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic twice a day.
Now, as a cyclist, would you enjoy that 10-mile commute a little more if you were flying down the road on your bike?
Thought so.
More: 4 Tips for Finding a Bike-to-Work Route

The Laws Are Starting to Catch Up

Biking still requires you to be predictable and maybe even a little paranoid on the roads. But the increase in the popularity of cycling across the country is causing state laws to accommodate the growing segment of the population.
The 3-foot law has been passed in nearly half of the 50 states. Bicycle lanes are becoming more common. And even protected bike lanes—with a buffer zone of some sort between the bike lane and the vehicle traffic—are starting to pop up.
Bottom line, bike commuting is slowly becoming safer, and the more cyclists out there, the more drivers start to accept the need to share the road.

Protect Your Planet

Marinate on this: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for every one mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly one pound of CO2 is saved.
More: Safety Tips for Commuting By Bike

Be a Positive Influence

If you let a co-worker know that you're a bike commuter, he may be impressed. And he might be inspired to join you. And if he joins you, the planet gets double the protection, someone else gets in better shape, and all the sudden, your positive contribution to world wellness is even bigger.

Your Employer Can Help

In 2009, bicycle commuting reimbursement was added among the qualified transportation fringe benefits allowed by the IRS.
This is similar to perks that companies can offer employees for taking public transportation or parking at work. In the case of cyclists, employers can choose to offer a reimbursement of up to $20 a month for expenses incurred by the employee while bike commuting. So if your employer takes part, you can get reimbursed for that flat tire suffered on the way to work that one morning (to give one example).
Many companies offer their own benefits for bike commuters, too, and with good reason: Healthier employees are more productive and are less likely to be burdens on the company health-care plan.
More: Do You Need Bike Insurance?

Everyone's Doing It

Well, kind of. While less than 1 percent of Americans are primarily bike commuters, the number of Americans who commute to work by bike in 2008 increased 14 percent over 2007, 36 percent over 2005 and 43 percent over 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Bike to Work Month, Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day are perfect chances to get started in a comfortable setting. When co-workers or friends are also commuting to work, it's a great chance to get comfortably adjusted to a bike commute—and perhaps get you to start doing it regularly.

It's Addictive

It won't take long before driving your car to work just sounds like a terrible idea. With all the bad habits in the world, bike commuting is an awesome addiction to get hooked on.
And make no mistake, bike commuters are hooked. A recent survey showed that 54 percent of bike commuters commute year-round. Considering the harsh winter weather that blankets much of America, what else besides an unshakeable habit would get you on the bike in sub-zero temperatures?
Glenn certainly is addicted to biking!
His bike is in the bike shop or he would be out on a little
training ride today, I am sure :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Donation Dilemma!


I must apologize to our very generous friends and family who have had difficulty 
with the I Care I Cure donation link.  The administrator is working on the problem.
Until the process is working properly you may contact the administrator directly
at any time to make a credit card donation.  Feel free to call:
Sue Trilling, I Care I Cure Foundation Administrator
1-800-807-8013 
Just tell her you are calling to donate in honor of Uncle Glenn's Ride
and she will take good care of you!

If you prefer to mail a check, you may mail it to:
I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 291386
Davie, Florida 33329
 Attention: Uncle Glenn's Ride

Thanks so very much for your support!



I thought I would give you a glimpse at what Glenn does
on a day off from riding when in Maryland!   Putting together Star Wars Legos
 with Benji is much harder than riding 100 miles!!!!

We'll be back with more riding news later this week!