Friday, September 27, 2013

End - to - Ender!

Glenn was recognized in the East Coast Greenway 
E-News Newsletter today!

Here is a copy of the article!

Congratulations to Recent ECG End-to-End Riders!
In the past few months, two people have completed bicycle tours of the ECG! Kudos and congratulations to Bob and Glenn!
Dr. Glenn Hirsch of Georgia biked the ECG a section at a time from south to north. He started on November 7, 2009 in Key West and finished on August 12, 2013 in Calais, ME. Glenn rode to raise awareness and funds for I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation, in memory of his nephew, Ian, who lost his battle with leukemia at age eleven.
His wife, Lynn, also went the whole way providing SAG support and did a blog about Glenn's tour and their other activities to support the childhood cancer foundation.
Glenn Hirsch
A number of family members joined Glenn for the last day of his ride, which was also his and Lynn's 40th wedding anniversary (double congratulations)! Read their sweet blog entry about the end of the ride and see photos here.

Bob Spiegelman of New Hampshire biked the entire ECG between August 2011 and August 2013 (and he rode a couple sections more than once!). He rode with our Week a Year Tour each summer since 2011, covering the sections from the Canadian border to Philadelphia, PA, and in 2012 Bob rode with the Cabot tour from Miami to Portland, ME.
Earlier this year Bob made a trip south to ride the Florida Keys section, and a short stretch in North Carolina that the Cabot tour had to miss due to a tropical storm. Bob raised funds for the ECG during the Cabot and Week a Year tours, raising over $10,000 in the past two years!
Congratulations Glenn, Lynn, and Bob! We are so glad to have you as End-to-Enders!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Family "Fun" Raising!

After 13 days in Maine, we arrived home on Saturday night.
We had an exhausting, exhilarating, emotional, exciting, excellent adventure!

Before we even left Maine, our grandsons decided that they wanted to
have a Lemonade Stand to raise funds for I Care I Cure when we 
returned to Georgia so the planning began and we put all of the
plans into action today...with TWO Lemonade Stands!

We started at 10:30 this morning at Glenn's office with our first
Lemonade Stand.  Benji, Evan, Miles and Fletcher charmed the
staff and patients with their salesmanship and pouring skills!

We're all set and ready to serve up Lemonade, Iced Tea and Cookies! 

Benji, Evan and Miles getting ready for the crowd to arrive!

Benji was the lead salesman and explained to our customers what we
were doing and why I Care I Cure is so important to our family.

Benji and Fletcher take a break from the action

Sara, Evan and Miles say " Lemonade Stand" to smile for the camera.

Evan and Miles taste testing the cookies.....
They approve!

Pouring the drinks for the customers was fun for all.
Miles caught on quickly!

Evan took charge of the Iced Tea pouring here

Now a taste test of the lemonade by Evan :)

Miles makes sure that the lemonade is good enough to serve!

Pa, with Fletcher, takes a break from
work to watch the boys in action!

After 4 1/2 hours of serving and explaining I Care I Cure,
Benji and Evan took a technology break! 

Benji serves some friendly customers :)

We left the office at 1:40 and had plenty of lemonade, iced tea 
and cookies left so we invited friends and neighbors in our
condo building to stop by from 4-6 for the Benji and Evan
Lemonade Stand Part 2!

New venue, same yummy treats!

Evan and Benji....Service with a smile!

Evan is STILL doing "quality control" on our products

Benji preferred the Green Tea with Honey and Ginger

It's all about the presentation!

A little lemonade stand turned into two events today and a very
impressive "FUN" raising total of $500.00.

Thanks to Benji for the idea and to Evan, Miles, Fletcher and
Sara for helping to make it happen today!

A big thanks to all of the wonderful people who were so
sweet, patient and generous while visiting our Lemonade
Stands....some even just made a donation without taking 
a drink or a cookie.   They just wanted to help support the cause!

It's not too late to donate!
We are slowly edging toward our goal of $10,000 for this 
last segment of the ride.   I'll check on our total next week and 
do one more post to let you know how we are doing.
As always, thanks for your support and encouragement!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Finish....Fini! (Canada is Bilingual!)

We did it!  We traveled....

From Florida

To Maine

It is hard to believe that this journey that we began nearly 4 years ago has come to an end.

As in the past, in November 2009, Glenn decided to get on his bike to pedal for an important 
cause.  Since he first heard about it’s development, his goal had been to ride the full length 
of the East Coast Greenway.  The Greenway runs from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine, 
approximately 2600 miles.   It seemed that he could combine his desire to do this bicycle ride 
with the worthwhile challenge of raising funds for a cause that is very special to our family.

All packed up and ready to leave our "home away from home" in Bar Harbor

On November 7, 2009, we departed from Key West, Florida and we reached Calais, Maine 
on August 12, 2013.  Yesterday was an exciting day for the whole family.  We departed our
rental house in Bar Harbor, Maine and drove the 2 3/4 hours to the outskirts of  
Calais, Maine caravan style to begin the last five miles of the ride.  

With Glenn and I were our kids and their families:
Jill, Shahak, Benji and Evan
Neil and Jerry
Seth, Sara, Miles and Fletcher

The surprise guests on this last day of the adventure were my sister, 
Laurie Beaty and nephew Sean, and friends, Don and Denise Stillwagon.

All "geared" up and ready to take off to ride the last 5 miles! 

The fun is about to begin! 

Miles, Seth and Jerry prepare to ride off!

Sara with Fletcher, Evan, Miles and Benji.
The cousins are set to cruise!

Sara and Fletcher drove a SAG (support and gear)
vehicle while Seth and Miles hit the road with PA

Jerry, Sean, and Laurie are ready to go while
Neil drove the second SAG vehicle!

Very cool tag-along bike seat for Benji makes 
Shahak's bike a bicycle built for two! 

Glenn has Evan along for company on this ride!
Shahak, Don and Sean are in the background.

And they are off!

Check out Jill's video of the five mile ride!

Waiting for the gang to arrive in downtown Calais
before they headed across the river to Canada!

Welcome to Calais!   Almost done....heading to Canada!

"The Machine" and Seth savor the moment as
they arrive in Calais after the last five miles!

Crossing the border into Canada!

Cousin Cuddles!

Welcome to St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada!

The entire family enjoying the moment of arrival to 
Canada before our celebratory lunch!

Long time friends Denise and Don Stillwagon joined us
to finish the journey and helped with photography!

Lunch celebration!

Cheers!   Not only was today the final leg of the ride but
it was our 40th Wedding Anniversary! 
Thanks to Sharon and Joe for helping to make our lunch
at The Bistro on the Boulevard extra special!

The statistics for this entire journey are impressive!
Glenn rode 2538.39 miles over the course of 35 days!
The average number of miles per day was 72.52 miles
with 104.1 miles being the longest ride and the 5 miles 
yesterday was the shortest but most emotional leg!

Just for fun

I started a collection of interesting crossing signs:

Horse Crossing

Deer Crossing

"Dear" Crossing

Self Explanatory

Turtle and Duck Crossing?

And, mostly importantly,


I hope to do one more post when we get home to add a few more interesting 
details and photos.   For now, thanks so much for your interest and 
support during this adventure!