Day 28 – Ride Across America for GTG, Warren, OH to Dunkirk, NY

“Safe travels, may the wind be at your back!”

“I love how you are using your Retirement to continue to “Make Good Happen.”  This, along with your work with Habitat for Humanity, is truly inspiring!”

“How awesome!  Best of luck on this journey for such a great cause!  You are indeed living the Head and Heart, Together, motto”.  

– Encouragement from Health Partners and Park Nicollet Employees

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The group biked from Warren, OH, to Dunkirk, NY today, one of the five long days of over 130 miles.  The weather was wet in the morning, then dried off quickly.  A long and challenging day, it was completed successfully by the  group.

As I write, I am in Chicago, it is 10:30 at night and the pulsating rhythm of the wedding reception music coming from the large outdoor pavilion can still be heard.  The morning rains quickly passed and it turned out to be a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding.  Officiating the ceremony, which began at 5 pm was relatively easy for my first time- the dialogue had been agreed upon in March, it was typed in 24 size font and placed in a 3 ring binder.  Good plan – the winds would have carried away any loose sheets of paper.  The individual vows of bride and groom were thoughtful, heartfelt and showed insight into their own soul and that of their betrothed.   Listening to the beautiful words, it was easy to understand why so many people teared up as the vows were said.  Both families could not have been happier for the union of these two special young people.

The couple chose to have the groom crush a glass under his heel to end the wedding ceremony.  As I explained to the attendees, “this act has several interpretations and for William and Alexandra, it marks the end of their separate lives and the beginning of life as a couple.  It is also a statement that even in this moment of exquisite happiness and joy, they’re aware that suffering still exists in this world and together they hope to ease some of that pain through the life they want to live.”

Officiating their wedding was a special honor for me – and a lot of fun. I hope to be able to officiate at other wedding ceremonies.

Tomorrow, I fly to Batavia, NY, to rejoin the group.  The group will ride from Dunkirk to Batavia.  Then, together, we will have four days to reach the Atlantic shore,  just east of Amesbury, MA.

Day 27 – Ride Across America for GTG, Wooster to Warren, OH

I feel that my child opened up to the group [then] he opened up to me. Improving my child’s coping skills helped the entire family.                                         – GTG Parent

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It is a beautiful morning in Wooster with sunny skies and a temp of 56 degrees.  It will be a shorter day to reach Warren and the next hotel, 96 miles down the road.

Today, I leave the group and fly to Chicago.  My niece has asked me to officiate at her wedding on Saturday.  Sunday, I return to the group in Batavia, New York and complete the ride on May 30.

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Sorry for the delay in getting this posted.  Thank you for continuing to follow this journey with me.