2018 Track The Ride Blog

Welcome to the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride (PP4AC) Track The Ride page. WE’RE RAMPING UP FOR THE BIGGEST, LONGEST PINK PEDALS 4 A CURE | TERRY’S RIDE EVER!  See the 2018 ‘LIVE Track The Ride’ blog entries below.

  • In 2016, Al completed a 517-mile solo bicycle ride from St. Paul, MN to Chicago, IL.
  • In 2017, Al completed a 1,700-mile solo bicycle ride from St. Paul, MN to the global headquarters of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in New York City.
  • AND IN 2018 … Al hopes to complete the ride of a lifetime … an epic CROSS-COUNTRY 3,500-mile ride from Santa Monica, California to the corporate headquarters of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in New York City.

Al and Terry Reszel hope to raise a minimum of $15,000 in donations for the BCRF during the 2018 fundraising period.  If you would like to make a donation to the BCRF, please visit our official Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride (PP4AC) fundraising web page. ALL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO THE BCRF. PLEASE SHARE our story with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, etc.  Post or Tweet to the world that you support this worthy cause!

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING LIVE TRACK THE RIDE BLOG AND MEDIA ACCESS: PLEASE SCROLL THE LENGTH OF THIS WEB PAGE TO SEE THE LIVE ‘TRACK THE RIDE’ BLOG, PHOTOS, MAPS, VIDEOS AND MORE.  To schedule a media interview with Al or Terry Reszel, please see the Contact Us page for media inquiries.  Also.  Please see our PRESS section for photos, video and other PP4AC materials.

> 2018 LIVE Track The Ride Blog:
BLOG ENTRY Day 41. | 07/13/18 | 6:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘A Four Letter Word … HOPE.’

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Let the photos that follow fill your hearts and minds with 10,000+ words and more. No additional words are required. Except for this. Late last year, when many of us were busy with holiday gatherings and celebrations, Al and Terry were committing themselves to a herculean undertaking. A commitment to give their all. To cross our country with a singular purpose. To put their lives on hold for forty-one days so that others could find hope. Today, Al and Terry made good on that commitment. Let their devotion and sacrifice be a shining example for us all. Today, Al and Terry get the last word and that word is action. Let us all go forward with a renewed sense of compassion and commitment because, in the end, the catalyst for a cure is you.

PLEASE DONATE.  If you haven’t already done so, please MAKE A DONATION TO THE BCRF TODAY. Visit the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) fundraising page. Thank you.

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BLOG ENTRY Day 40. | 07/12/18 | 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘My River Runs To Thee.’

Like the headwaters of a robust and redoubtable river, Al and Terry’s family surged east, arriving on the banks of the Hudson River to welcome, uplift, and encourage their heroes, on the eve of an exceptional achievement. A prelude of things to come. New York is beckoning. Al patiently awaits his moment to complete a mission of love, sacrifice, and hope. Al’s ride will end tomorrow, but the battle to find a cure rages on.

My River Runs To Thee
By Emily Dickinson

My river runs to thee …
Blue sea, wilt thou welcome me?
My river awaits reply.
Oh! Sea, look graciously.

I’ll fetch thee brooks
From spotted nooks.
Say, sea,
Take me!

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A kiss to say … you did it … and I love you.

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King Of New York!

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The Hudson River family rally point!

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Cheering on Paw-Paw.

VLOG ENTRY Day 40. | 07/12/18 | 3:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘Go Paw-Paw! Go Paw-Paw! Al Arrives At The Hudson River.’

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BLOG ENTRY Day 39. | 07/11/18 | 5:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘Lead Down The Garden Path.’

Wednesday was your garden variety kind of day. Al felt good knocking out another 78-miles. The peaks of the Poconos were peeking at Al’s backside bidding him a fond farewell. The hustle and bustle of traffic nearing the state line picked up a bit and temps were in the mid-to-low 80s for most of the day. Al started the morning in Pennsylvania but by mid-day, The Keystone State was just a fond memory as Al and Terry brushed off their best Jersey vernacular, saying loudly and with attitude … How You Doin’ Succasunna? Al will spend all day Thursday in The Garden State, pedaling ever closer to the island of Manhatten and the end of his 3,500-mile cross-country journey.

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Ready to see The Garden State.

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Thank you for your kind words and support Linda. Wonderful meeting you.

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Three days as of this morning! WOW!

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PA to NJ bike bridge.

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The only New Jersey state line we could find. ;-}

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Rolling hills of New Jersey. Reminded Al and Terry of Missouri.

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Beginning of the bike bridge from PA to NJ.

Day 39 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-ninth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 38. | 07/10/18 | 4:50 p.m. (CDT)
‘Making The Grade.’

Today was all about making the grade, a 14% grade that is. Mountains, mountains, and more mountains, that was the mercifully magnificent mantra for day thirty-eight of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. During his 75-mile ride to Jonas, Pennsylvania, Al was forced to endure a 21-mile climb. When he got to the top of that multidimensional marvelously manicured mountain, Al faced a 14% grade straight downhill. Needless to say, Al’s brake pads were significantly thinner once he arrived at the bottom of that steep descent. With more Wednesday ascents on the horizon, Al is hoping he can make a few molehills out of mountains in the heavily forested region known as the Poconos.

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Only three days to go!

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Making the grade. ;-}

Day 38 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-eighth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 37. | 07/09/18 | 6:55 p.m. (CDT)
‘Fueled By Family, Friends, And Faith.’

Al departed Bellefonte, Pennsylvania at 7:45 a.m. (ET) today with a plan to push deep into the Pennsylvania Amish countryside. His goal was to end the day less than 250-miles from The Big Apple. Al accomplished that and so much more arriving in Catawissa, Pennsylvania to the cheers of family. The charm and beauty of the region transported Al and Terry back in time, allowing them to once again enjoy the love of family, the simplicity of a hug and, the kindness of those dear to them.

Days before they write the final chapter of this epic story of devotion and dedication, Al and Terry’s family came to their aid. Traveling hours by car and staging a little home-loving roadside reunion, members of Al and Terry’s family arrived late in the day to inundate them with compassion, tenderness, and affection. This outpouring of support reminds us all once again, why Al Rides.

Al rides for his cherished wife Terry.

Al rides for those individuals and families currently battling breast cancer.

Al rides for the courageous breast cancer warriors, the survivors, having waged a war of diagnosis, treatment and, triumph.

Al rides for his granddaughters so that they may never need worry about a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.

Al rides for his beloved family, inspired by their support and personal commitment.

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Beautiful blue skies and cool temps greet Al as he readies for the start of day thirty-seven.

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Roadside family reunion, part 1.

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Roadside family reunion, part 2.

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Roadside family reunion, part 3.

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Roadside family reunion, part 4.

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Roadside family reunion, part 5.

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This pink bike needs some Pink Pedals!

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Pennsylvania Amish countryside, part 1.

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Pennsylvania Amish countryside, part 2.

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Pennsylvania Amish countryside, part 3.

Day 37 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-seven day of the ride.

VLOG ENTRY Day 37. | 07/09/18 | 4:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘Sights & Sounds Of Pennsylvania Part 4.’

A roadside family reunion.

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VLOG ENTRY Day 37. | 07/09/18 | 4:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘Sights & Sounds Of Pennsylvania Part 3.’

Original four-wheel horsepower.

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VLOG ENTRY Day 37. | 07/09/18 | 4:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘Sights & Sounds Of Pennsylvania Part 2.’

Tilling the field one acre at a time.

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VLOG ENTRY Day 37. | 07/09/18 | 4:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘Sights & Sounds Of Pennsylvania Part 1.’

Al takes in the beautiful valley view.

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BLOG ENTRY Day 36. | 07/08/18 | 4:10 p.m. (CDT)
‘SpaghettiOs On The Fly.’

It’s damn the more-knee-whoas, full steam ahead, and SpaghettiOs on the fly. There’s no time for lunch when you’re climbing the hillsides, bluffs, ridges, and slopes of Pennsylvania! Pushing through the second day of The Keystone State really did a number on Al. And speaking of numbers, let’s take a look at the Sunday ride … by the numbers:

> 87-miles traveled.
> 83-degree average.
> 2 stretches of long rolling hills.
> 8 hours in the saddle.
> 2000+ calories burned.
> 437 SpaghettiOs consumed.
> 1 very tired Pink Pedals 4 A Cure cyclist.

Al will rest in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania tonight, hitting the hills of PA again tomorrow. The Garden State awaits.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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Collapsed after an 8 hour day in the saddle.

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Only 404-miles to go at the start of day thirty-six!

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Beautiful scenes but tough getting there.

Day 36 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-six day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 35. | 07/07/18 | 4:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘Up The Mountainside And Over The Al He Gain Knee River.’

Simply put, today was tough. The Saturday routine was simple, up one mountainside and down the other. Al ascended, pushing his legs to the max, then coasted during the descent, giving his knees precious time to recuperate and gain strength. Simulating the erratic motion of a yo-yo on a very tight string, Al moved up and down the precipitous roads of The Keystone State. Nearly eight hours after his departure from Grove City, Al ended his Saturday rollercoaster ride in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania. It’s been forty days since Al and Terry left their home in Minnesota. This afternoon, while crossing the coursing brown waters of the Allegheny River, Al and Terry felt the all too familiar longing for the embrace of family and a desire to return home to the land of sky blue waters.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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Al stopped for a photo crossing over the Allegheny River.

BLOG ENTRY Day 35. | 07/07/18 | 8:40 a.m. (CDT)
‘Elevating His Game.’

Going up! That’s the battle cry as Al approaches the mountainous terrain of Pennsylvania. Al departed Grove City at 7:40 a.m. (ET) on a chilly, yes chilly, Saturday morning. Temps were in the 50s, cold enough for a light riding jacket. As Al approaches the ascending Pennsylvania countryside, there’s no doubt he will need to Elevate His Game. According to Merriam-Webster, a mountain is defined as; “a landmass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill.” It’s the word conspicuously that will define Al’s ride over the next few days.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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A chilly start to the thirty-fifth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Al looking to ELEVATE his game as he starts the big Pennsylvania push.

Day 35 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-fifth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 34. | 07/06/18 | 7:20 p.m. (CDT)
‘Connecting The Dots.’

Today was all about connections and meeting new friends from familiar places. Al and Terry started the morning with an interview on Cleveland CBS 19. It turns out that the photographer/reporter sent to cover the story (Dan) was born and raised in of all places, Minnesota. Later in the day, Al encountered a young man from another geographic locale near and dear to our road-worthy couple, Chicago, Illinois. The young man wanted Al to visit a few local schools to help educate the students about the fun and great health benefits of biking. Perhaps another time as Al presses on to the east. Always wonderful to connect with members of the community and meet new friends along the ride route.

Strong winds and cool temperatures greeted Al at the start of day thirty-four but by mid-day, Al was enjoying the first great day of riding weather with mild temps, low humidity, and fairly favorable winds. It only took five weeks! ;-} Good weather and good roads helped Al push for a nine-hour day in the saddle and 94-miles, arriving in Grove City, Pennsylvania late this afternoon! That’s state number eleven with two states to go. First order of business tonight, sleep. There’s work to be done tomorrow as Al faces the peaks and valleys of Pennsylvania.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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Cleveland Rocks! And so does Al. ;-}

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One last Cleveland pic … and he’s off!

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Great meeting you Dan! Thank you for your support.

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Eleven states down, two to go! Hello PA!

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Welcome back to Pennsylvania Al!

Day 34 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-fourth day of the ride.

VLOG ENTRY Day 34. | 07/06/18 | 8:20 a.m. (CDT)
‘Friday Morning Fury Of Lake Erie.’

The full fury of Lake Erie greets Al as his pushes off Friday morning from Cleveland, Ohio.

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BLOG ENTRY Day 33. | 07/05/18 | 4:40 p.m. (CDT)
‘The Heart Of Rock & ROLL Is In Cleveland.’

Rocking 90+ miles a day for over a week, Al ROLLED into Cleveland at the end of the thirty-third day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Al left Fremont, Ohio this morning at 7:15 a.m. (ET) ready to battle more intense heat and humidity. With storms nipping at his Pink Pedals most of the day, Al logged a total of 94-miles on Thursday, arriving in Cleveland just ahead of a nasty storm. Thankfully, Al was able to climb inside the chase car with Terry before the skies opened. Al is hoping to complete his trip across Ohio by the end of the week, crossing into Pennsylvania over the weekend. Banking LOTS-O-MILES over the past several days is all part of the plan as Al looks up to the mountains and mountainous terrain of The Keystone State.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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Al ready to rock & ROLL into Cleveland.

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Beautiful Lake Erie. Great place to stop for a moment and snap a precious memory.

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Al taking in the sights and sounds of Lake Erie.

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Gilligan’s Island right? You know you thought it! ;-} Wonder if they offer any three-hour tours.

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Hello Cleveland!

Day 33 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-third day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 32. | 07/04/18 | 5:20 p.m. (CDT)
‘Happy IndeSPINdence Day Part 3.’

He’s a firecracker alright! Like a bottle rocket on the 4th Of July, Al’s performance on the thirty-second day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride was nothing short of explosive. Launching from Paulding, Ohio this morning feeling great, Al arrived in Fremont, Ohio this afternoon banking a record-breaking one day ride of 108-miles! HUGE THANKS to the wonderful staff at the Quality Inn in Fremont, Ohio for the very warm welcome, treats, and complimentary room. On behalf of Al and Terry, Happy IndeSPINdence Day all!

DAY 32. QUICK RIDE STATUS > EVENING EDITION:
> Start/Time Of Ride:
Paulding, Ohio 7:20 a.m. (CDT).

> End/Time Of Ride:
Fremont, Ohio 2:00 p.m. (CDT).

> Weather:
Next to no wind in the morning but Al picked up a nice tailwind in the afternoon.

> MILEstone:
Al set a new personal best for a one-day ride of 108-miles.

> Road Conditions:
Very good. Flat roads, few hills, wide shoulders.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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An awesome sight on this 4th Of July. #neverforget

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The Quality Inn of Fremont, Ohio made Al and Terry feel so welcome again this year! They gave them the same room, a welcome sign, tub FULL of goodies, and personal notes. Thank you so very much for your hospitality and support.

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The Quality Inn staff in Fremont, Ohio are simply awesome!

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Just what Al needs tonight … a basket full of delicious carbs!

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Beauty can be found anywhere.

BLOG ENTRY Day 32. | 07/04/18 | 9:30 a.m. (CDT)
‘Happy IndeSPINdence Day Part 2.’

Al and Terry would like to wish everyone a Happy IndeSPINdence Day from Independence, Ohio. Al began his ride this morning in Paulding, Ohio at 7:20 a.m. (ET) but quickly found himself pedaling through Independence, Ohio. An appropriate place to be while spinning his wheels on this 4th of July in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). While Al is hoping for 90+ miles today, the overwhelming heat and a serious lack of wind will conspire to stifle our star-spangled cyclist as he propels himself along the thruways and thoroughfares of Ohio.

DONATION/GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Al and Terry are nearing the end of their epic 2018 ride. For those of you enjoying the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride blog, there’s still time to make a donation and show your support for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al will arrive at the global headquarters of the BCRF in New York City on Friday, July 13th. DON’T DELAY, PLEASE MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY.

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A glimpse of our patriotic pair as they begin their 4th of July holiday, on the road.

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Great place to be on July 4th!

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A serious lack of wind at the start of day thirty-two of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride.

Day 32 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-second day of the ride.

VLOG ENTRY Day 32. | 07/4/18 | 9:30 a.m. (CDT)
‘Happy IndeSPINdence Day!’

Al will be SPINNING his wheels today in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Watch Al’s holiday video message.

PLEASE DONATE.  If you haven’t already done so, please MAKE A DONATION TO THE BCRF TODAY. Visit the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) fundraising page. Thank you.

BLOG ENTRY Day 31. | 07/03/18 | 6:00 p.m.
‘Oh … Hi, Ohio.’

Al seemingly sprinted through Indiana, allowing him to pedal into state number ten Tuesday afternoon. Arriving in Ohio one day early is an epic achievement but after thirty-one consecutive days in the saddle, you can bet that Al is dreaming of crossing into the ‘Knickerbocker State’ and catching forty winks in a certain city that never sleeps. More on Al’s projected arrival in New York very soon.

Pedaling into Paulding, Ohio Tuesday afternoon, dog-tired and drained as the dog days of summer begin to settle in, Al stopped at the Ohio state line to reflect on today’s extremely tough ride. As Al continues on his easterly track, so too does a dangerous heat wave. Temps were in the 90s most of Tuesday with heat indices at 101 and above. And if the heat wasn’t bad enough, Al was forced to deal with very strong headwinds for 70 of the 93-miles traveled today. All Al can do tonight is hope that Ohio, the birthplace of aviation pioneers, provides him with more favorable winds to fly through the Buckeye State.

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Part of the daily routine … Al slathers up his lower lip with a little zinc and he’s ready to ride on day thirty-one of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Oh … Hi, Ohio!

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Al feeling every bit of thirty-one days in the saddle.

Day 31 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirty-first of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 30. | 07/02/18 | 7:30 p.m.
‘Who Sure Knows The Hoosier State?’

On the thirtieth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride, Al found himself in the Hoosier State, Pink Pedaling past familiar pastoral scenes of rural splendor. Rows of sprouting corn, waving wheat, and red-ripe tomatoes dotted the horizon as Al made quick work of the first Monday in July. Al knows this state like the back of his map, confident of his path over the hills and all too infrequent valleys of Indiana, The Crossroads Of America.

DAY 30. QUICK RIDE STATUS > EVENING EDITION:
> Start/Time Of Ride:
Foresman, Indiana 7:20 a.m. (CDT).

> End/Time Of Ride:
Al arrived in Lagro, Indiana at 2:30 p.m. having traveled 95-miles. Another banner day.

> Weather:
Low humidity and temps in the 70s greeted Al and Terry Monday morning. By the end of the day, temps soared into the 90s with zero wind making Al’s Monday ride all about the pedaling and no roll.

> MILEstone:
There was no official state line near Foresman, Indiana so Al and Terry made their own. See the photos that follow.

> Road Conditions:
A little hilly but overall, roads were good.

PLEASE DONATE.  If you haven’t already done so, please MAKE A DONATION TO THE BCRF TODAY. Visit the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) fundraising page. Thank you.

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DIY state line. Hello Indiana!

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Al ready to roll across Indiana.

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A very welcome … sign. ;-}

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Beautiful Indiana sky.

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What are the chances?

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The grandchildren are always with him.

Day 30 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirtieth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 29. | 07/01/18 | 5:10 p.m. (CDT)
‘The Training Wheels Are Off!’

After three years of riding in support of Terry and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), Al has accomplished much. You could even say that the first two years of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride were a form of long-distance training, helping Al hone his Pink Pedal Prowess when it comes to rhythm, pace, and performance. Well, as of today, THOSE TRAINING WHEELS ARE OFF PEOPLE!

Al crushed his previous personal best for miles in one day riding an astounding 106.5-miles from Pontiac, Illinois to Foresman, Indiana and beyond. No doubt the strong winds at his back, flat pavement, less humidity and lots of clouds played a small part in this monumental achievement. At the end of the twenty-ninth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2108, Al has completed 66% of the ride.

Al’s strength and motivation can be found in many places. The love of his courageous wife Terry, the desire to create awareness for breast cancer research, and today, Al found inspiration from his granddaughter Addie who for the first time, rode ‘her’ bicycle, without training wheels. Addie’s inspiration? Her amazing MawMaw and PawPaw, their ride to New York City and a dream that one day, the BCRF will find a cure for breast cancer. Way to go Addie! Way to go Al! Together, breast cancer doesn’t stand a chance!

PLEASE DONATE.  If you haven’t already done so, please MAKE A DONATION TO THE BCRF TODAY. Visit the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) fundraising page. Thank you.

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Like every day of their life, Al and Terry tackle each challenge together.

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Personal best for Al! 106.5-miles in one day!

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So proud of you Addie! Way to go!

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Last day on historic Route 66.

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A tribute to the upcoming Independence Day holiday and, evidence of the strong wind that helped propel Al to a record-breaking day.

Day 29 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twenty-ninth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 28. | 06/30/18 | 3:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘A Tale Of Two Photos.’

All you need do is look at the two photos below to fully understand Al’s twenty-eighth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. At 7:04 a.m. in Williamsville, Illinois, Al donned the zinc, pulled on the pink, and was ready to roll. By mid-afternoon, Al had blinked, was starting to sink, and ready to stroll … to the nearest ice bath. After 95 stifling miles on the road, Al called it a day in Pontiac, Illinois. The heat and exceedingly bumpy roads took a toll on Al’s mind, body, and soul. Not to worry! Al will recharge the battery tonight and be back in the sultry saddle on Sunday, pushing those Pink Pedals for Terry and breast cancer research.

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Saturday Morning:  Ready to roll and fresh as a daisy.

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Saturday Afternoon: The heat has taken its toll. He’s exhausted and hazy.

BLOG ENTRY Day 27. | 06/29/18 | 6:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.’

Heat indices soared from 101-to-111 degrees during the twenty-seventh day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Al took the heat in stride, matching the near record-breaking temps with a 101 of his own. As Al rolled into Williamsville, Illinois late today, he had amassed a mind-blowing 101-miles. No doubt the 6:30 a.m. departure and the flat plains of Illinois contributed to Al’s long-distance ride, an amazing accomplishment considering Al has been riding for twenty-seven consecutive days.

Al set such a blistering pace today that his speed caught the attention of local police who graciously gave Al and a pass. ;-} They also took a moment out of their hectic day to check-in on our number one chase car driver to ensure that Terry was handling the heat and Al’s accelerated pace without issue. The only bump in the road during today’s ride had to do with yet another flat tire. Thankfully, the top tech crew at Wheel Fast Bicycle Company in Chatham, Illinois fixed Al’s flat and got him back on the road in no time. HUGE THANKS to Jason and Jeremy.

Al got off his bike tonight feeling great! We’ll all have to wait until tomorrow to find out what this marathon man will do next. Until then, goodnight from Williamsville, just north of Springfield, Illinois.

P.S. For those of you at home reading this in the comfort of your air-conditioned rumpus room or cozy kitchen ALcove, check out this musical slice of heaven from 1971. ‘When You’re Hot, You’re Hot’ -Jerry Reed  https://youtu.be/0rdF7o08KXw

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These guys were great. Fast! If you are in the area…this is the place to go!

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TREK on the rack.

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Maybe Al needs to think about doing this ride in the fall.

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Knee-high by the 4th of July!

Day 29 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twenty-seventh day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 27. | 06/29/18 | 8:30 a.m. (CDT)
‘A Spring In His Step As Al Heads Toward Springfield.’

Al set off from southern Illinois this morning at 6:50 a.m. heading due north to Springfield, Illinois. He’s Thinkin’ Lincoln as he pedals from one heat advisory to another. The humidity isn’t helping matters either. At least the rain and storms have abated for now. Al begins day twenty-seven of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 with 61% of the country in the rearview mirror. Stay hydrated Al. It’s going to be a long, hot day.

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BLOG ENTRY Day 26. | 06/28/18 | 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Hello, Illinois! Who Says You Can’t Go Home?’

As Mr. Bon Jovi and Ms. Jennifer Nettles so brilliantly put it, “I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold. Been there, done that …” In other words, who says you can’t go home? On the twenty-sixth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, Al and Terry find themselves in the Prairie State, checking for rainbows after another round of severe storms. The pot of gold will need to wait as Al hunkers down to prep for a southern assault of Illinois over the next couple of days, looking for some Hoosiers by the end of the weekend. Welcome home you two!

DAY 26. QUICK RIDE STATUS > EVENING EDITION:
> Start/Time Of Ride:
St. Clair, Missouri 6:30 a.m. (CDT) with storms on the horizon, 77 degrees and heat advisories posted through Saturday.

> End/Time Of Ride:
Al arrived in Edwardsville, Illinois mid-afternoon Thursday with temps in the low 90s and heat indices hovering around 107 degrees. Like yesterday, Al clicked off another 85-miles. Amazing considering the heat and humidity.

> Weather:
REPEAT of yesterday! HOT. HUMID. STICKY. REPEAT of yesterday! HOT. HUMID. STICKY. REPEAT of yesterday! HOT. HUMID. STICKY.

> MILEstone:
While in St. Louis, Al and Terry had a moment to stop for a quick pic at the Arch and, an in-studio interview with KMOV CBS 4. You can watch the video here. https://bit.ly/2tOFdV1

> Road Conditions:
From St. Clair, Missouri, to St. Louis and up to the Illinois border, roads were in good condition but the hills persisted. As soon as Al crossed over the historic Chain Of Rocks Bridge, officially entering Illinois, the hills vanished! Thank you flatlanders!

> For You Bon Jovi Fans:
‘You Can’t Go Home’ music video.

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Al ready to embrace the wall of humidity that is … Missouri.

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Al heading down the road on the start of day twenty-six of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Hey Al and Terry! ARCH you glad you made it to St. Louis? ;-}

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It looks like Al and the Arch are melting in this photo. Based on the heat indices this afternoon, one of them very well could be.

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Let’s see … Route 66? I think I’ve heard of that road. ;-}

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Bridge selfie!

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The road that never ends.

Day 26 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twenty-sixth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 25. | 06/27/18 | 5:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen (or in this case) All Feet Are Strained, Goodbye.’

As the old saying goes, there is an end to everything, to good things as well. Such is the case on the twenty-fifth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Today Al and Terry Reszel said goodbye to Steve and Leanne Carmany. Thank you for your support, your strength, and your friendship. Sharing the ride with you has been nothing short of awesome.

DAY 25. QUICK RIDE STATUS > EVENING EDITION:
> Start/Time Of Ride:
Devils Elbow, Missouri 7:00 a.m. (CDT), overcast with temps in the high-60s and heat advisories forecast for later in the day.

> End/Time Of Ride:
Al and Steve arrived in St. Clair, Missouri at 2:00 p.m. with 85-miles in the books today. If it wasn’t for the oppressive heat and humidity, Al and Steve could have made another 15-miles today.

> Weather:
HOT. HUMID. STICKY. Temps in the 90s a good part of the day. Pretty typical summer weather in Missouri.

> MILEstone:
Very good day on the road. Sad day otherwise as Al and Terry say farewell to Steve and Leanne Carmany. We wish them safe travels back home to Minnesota.

> Road Conditions:
WAY, WAY, WAY TOO MANY HILLS!

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Heading out for day twenty-five of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Last day to ride together. Let’s make it amazing!

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Steve will push over the 800-mile mark on his eleven-day journey.

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And they’re off.

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Day eleven in the books for both Steve and Leanne. You both did an amazing job! Thank you for your support.

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Beat from the heat and humidity, Al and Steve share a final moment on the road before Steve and Leanne head home to Minnesota.

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The fantastic four!

Day 25 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twenty-fifth day of the ride.

VLOG ENTRY Day 25. | 06/27/18 | 4:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘The Last Ascent.’

Al Reszel and Steve Carmany ascend the last hill together. Steve and Leanne Carmany ended their 10-day ride with Al and Terry Reszel on Wednesday afternoon. Hard to say goodbye.

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VLOG ENTRY Day 24. | 06/26/18 | 5:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Storming Through Missouri … Part 3.’

Tornado sirens ring out near the hotel this evening. Everyone is safe but the sky is downright wicked!

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BLOG ENTRY Day 24. | 06/26/18 | 4:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘Bridging The Gap.’

The twenty-fourth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 was just another rainy day on the road for our waterlogged team. Al is wondering when the Show Me State is going to SHOW him a little less humidity and a lot more sun.

Dodging the raindrops wasn’t the only thing Al had to evade today. At one point, a deer came out of nowhere, jumping in front of Al. The deer slipped on the wet pavement and nearly knocked Al off his bike.

Near Hazelgreen, Missouri, the boys ran into yet another roadside obstacle when a bridge they encountered was no longer in, but out. ;-} Did that stop Al and Steve? Heck no. Thankfully, the residents of this lovely rural hamlet provided a stylish parkway Thinking Chair for weary travelers contemplating the closed bridge conundrum. After a think and quick brainstorming session, Al and Steve decided that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line … right across the closed bridge. The bridge plan was brilliant for bikes but for not so much for cars. Once the boys safely made their way across the bridge, Terry and Leanne navigated around the closed roadway, meeting up with Al and Steve a few minutes down the road.

Today’s ride ended at 2:45 p.m. (CDT) in Devils Elbow, Missouri 75-miles from their Marshfield starting point. The Gateway City of St. Louis, Missouri looms large in the distance.

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Al styling in the ‘Bridge Out’ Thinking Chair. It’s all for CHAIRity right? ;-}

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Steve looking quite comfortable, taking a small Thinking Break before crossing the bridge. Notice that the chair is chained to the roadside barricade . ;-}

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Al and Steve BRIDGE THE GAP. Nothing can stop our courageous riders!

VLOG ENTRY Day 24. | 06/26/18 | 1:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Storming Through Missouri … Part 2.’

The Pink Pedals 4 A Cure team makes the best of a rainy day by doing laps during a brief but intense cloudburst.

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VLOG ENTRY Day 24. | 06/26/18 | 1:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Storming Through Missouri … Part 1.’

Al, Terry, Steve, and Leanne stopped for lunch in Waynesville, Missouri. They made it to this covered farmers market JUST in time!

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BLOG ENTRY Day 24. | 06/26/18 | 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘Storming Through Missouri.’

A brief morning update for the twenty-fourth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Al and Steve pushed off from Marshfield, Missouri at 7:10 a.m. (CDT). Another night of severe storms and heavy rain gave way to more rain this morning, not enough to delay the start of what will be Steve’s second to the last day on the road with Al. Have a great Tuesday all!

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Al ready to STORM through the Show Me State!

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A bitter-sweet morning as Steve preps for his second to the last ride with Al.

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Steve and Leanne have been an absolute blessing. So wonderful to share this experience with such awesome friends!

BLOG ENTRY Day 23. | 06/25/18 | 6:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Divine Intervention.’

Despite the threat of rain and storms forecast throughout the day, Al and Steve were blessed with an uneventful ride, a favorable tailwind and the gift of kindness on this twenty-third day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Thanks to the Big Guy up above and the Big Guy (Pastor Max) at the Marshfield Assembly Of God Church in Marshfield, Missouri. Pastor Max and Sandy were kind enough to invite Al and Steve into their church at the end of an 80-mile ride, offering fellowship, air-conditioning, and a cold drink. So thankful for people like Pastor Max and Sandy. Their warm hospitality, friendship and uplifting presence ‘lifted’ the spirits of Al and Steve, making ready for another day on the road. Tomorrow will be all about the hills as Al and Steve travel through Devils Elbow and Newburg, Missouri.

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Al and Pastor Max at the Marshfield Assembly Of God Church in Marshfield, Missouri. THANK YOU for your kindness.

BLOG ENTRY Day 23. | 06/25/18 | 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Rainy Days And Mondays …’

Rainy days and Mondays may get some people down, but not our intrepid Pink Pedals 4 A Cure team. After a delayed start due to heavy rain and terrible storms, the deluge relented long enough for Al and Steve to set off on day twenty-three at 8:00 a.m. (CDT). Rain is in the forecast again for much of the day. FYI. This is unprecedented territory for Al. In 2017, he rode a total of 1740-miles. Reaching the halfway point of the ride yesterday, each mile from this point on is a historic MILEstone for Al and Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride. Stay dry boys.

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Another day or rain can’t keep a good man down. Stay dry Al!

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Heading off with rain in the forecast. Be careful out there boys!

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Steve on his way to surpassing 700-miles in nine days!

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Al and Steve head off on day twenty-three of the ride.

Day 23 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twenty-third day of the ride.

VLOG ENTRY Day 23. | 06/25/18 | 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Rainy Days And Mondays …’

A slight weather delay on the twenty-third day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry‘s Ride 2018.

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BLOG ENTRY Day 22. | 06/24/18 | 6:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘Rode Hard And Put Up Wet.’

That’s right partners. As Al and Steve officially said goodbye to the West and hello to the Midwest, we’d be remiss if we didn’t throw down some authentic cowboy vernacular to help rekindle some of the sights and sounds of the twenty-second day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Without further ado, please enjoy something we like to call … The Best Of The West, Sometimes They Were Stressed, But It’s All About The Quest, Raucous Reszel Roundup (The Sunday Evening Edition).

SUNDAY ROUNDUP ITEM 1.  ‘According To Hoyle’
Cowboy translation … Correct, by the book.
Al and Steve left Vinita, Oklahoma at 7:40 a.m. (CDT) with temps in the low 70s and a steady rain.

SUNDAY ROUNDUP ITEM 2.  ‘All Beer And Skittles’
Cowboy translation … Unpleasant, not so happy.
Sunday was a LONG, HARD, WET day. Al and Steve covered 82-miles, 8-hours in the saddle with only one hour without rain. And to make matters worse, our boys had to deal with yet another flat, five in all between Al and Steve.

SUNDAY ROUNDUP ITEM 3.  ‘Apple Pie Order’
Cowboy translation … In top shape, perfect order.
While the weather wasn’t on their side, road conditions continued to improve as Al and Steve finished today in Carthage, Missouri, wet to the bone but feeling great! Truth be told, due to the poor weather conditions, Al had planned on a 60-mile ride today but our boys in Pink pushed for an additional 22-miles.

SUNDAY ROUNDUP ITEM 4.  ‘Bend An Elbow’
Cowboy translation … They’ve been known to have a drink with the folks.
Al, Terry, Steve and, Leanne have something to celebrate tonight. Al reached Afton, Oklahoma, the official halfway point of the Los Angeles to New York Ride.

SUNDAY ROUNDUP ITEM 5.  ‘Cattle Kate’
Cowboy translation … A female cattle rustler.
After lunch today, a challenge was set before Al and Steve. Some local youngins with steel horses of their own thought they could outride our two-stepping tandem team. In the end, they were right, easily beating Al and Steve in a straight fair high stakes and low spokes dash.

SUNDAY ROUNDUP ITEM 6.  ‘Moppin Their Plates At The Grub Pile’
Cowboy translation … Eating everything, licking their plates clean at the Chuckwagon.
After 7 hours in the rain, Al and Steve are looking forward to filling their bellies with some hot grub and grabbing a hot shower.

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A steady rain Sunday morning as Al sets off from Vinita, Oklahoma.

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Al and Steve don the rain gear to battle the inclement weather.

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The only place to take the official Sunday start photo is a nearby car wash. Make day eight GREAT Steve!

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Al and Steve study the route map before heading out from Afton, Oklahoma.

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Steve and Leanne notice that Minnesota is strangely absent from the roadside directional signage.

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Thrilled to be at the halfway point on day twenty-two. Hello Afton, Oklahoma!

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No UHAUL needed for this team. Terry and Leanne have things well in-hand .

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LA … check! Chicago … soon. Look out Big Apple, here they come.

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Taking shelter under a carport in Afton, Oklahoma. So proud of you guys!

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Yep! That’s flat number five in the past three weeks . Two flats for Al and three for Steve. Crazy!

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Hello Kansas! State number six!!

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In a Kansas state-of-mind.

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Hello Missouri! State number seven!!

BLOG ENTRY Day 21. | 06/23/18 | 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Fortune Favors The Bold.’

No doubt about it, the twenty-first day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 favored the bold, the determined, and the resolute or as we like to say, RESZELute. Al’s story of support and dedication at home and on the road is one for the record books. Terry’s story of breast cancer diagnosis and survival is nothing short of a miracle. Al and Terry know all too well that there are thousands of other breast cancer stories, each one unique to the individual and family dealing with this harrowing disease.

From time-to-time, Al and Terry will take in the occasional local roadside attraction. Today they happened upon the Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma. That’s where they met Linda, a volunteer at the Blue Whale, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Al and Terry shared their story of love, commitment, and faith in the hope of helping Linda find comfort and strength as she begins her own courageous journey. Please join us in saying a prayer for Linda and all those fighting the good fight tonight. We pray that each and every individual and family facing diagnosis and treatment, find the fortitude to be bold and the power to win!

DAY 21. QUICK RIDE STATUS > EVENING EDITION:
> Start Of Day Departure:
Sapulpa, Oklahoma 7:20 a.m. (CDT).

> End Of Day Arrival:
Vinita, Oklahoma. 86-miles traveled today.

> Weather:
Good winds and temps in the low 90s.

> MILEstone:
Kansas and Missouri and within reach.

> Road Conditions:
Good.

> Side Note:
Al experienced his third flat of the ride to date.

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We’re praying for you Linda.

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Fortune 1. Truer words could not be spoken. Fortune 2. Tell us something we don’t already know. Fortune 3. Already has! #JustKeepRolling

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You know what they say about third time and all … it being … the charm? Hope so.

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Al on his way to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Having a WHALE of a time. Had to say it.

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Roadside attraction … a welcome distraction. ;-}

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Quite the fish story to tell the grandkids. Okay, so it’s a mammal, but you get the gist.

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“Where’s Jonah?”

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Talk a blue streak about a blue whale … ready … go.

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Lunch in Foyil OK. Home of Andy Payne, winner of the International Trans-Continental Footrace in 1928.

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Agreed! Nuff said.

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Insert your own caption here. ;-}

BLOG ENTRY Day 21. | 06/23/18 | 9:30 a.m. (CDT)
‘The Sunflower State Awaits.’

Thanks, Sapulpa! It’s been real … wet, humid, and downright sticky! After a stormy relationship with Oklahoma, Al and Steve headed out Saturday morning at 7:20 a.m. (CDT) courting a more northerly liaison with the Sunflower State. Whether flora, fauna or anything in-between, Al and Steve will take whatever SUN they can get, even if it’s only in a state nickname like that of Kansas. The Sunflower State will need to wait for another 24 to 36 hours as Al and Steve plow through the remainder of Oklahoma. Get along there cowboys, your carbon frame horses are ready to ride.

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Itching to get out of Dodge, Al preps for day twenty-one of the ride.

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Steve’s riding jersey begs the question … Who Are You Riding For? Breast Cancer Research! #BCRF #GoAl #GoSteve

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Steve preps for the seventh day of his ride. Great job Steve! #MarathonMan

Day 21 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twenty-first day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 20. | 06/22/18 | 5:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Pop Goes The Reszel.’

Before we get into the Friday ride details, let’s rewind for a moment and go back to Thursday night. Before retiring for the evening, Al, Terry, Steve and, Leanne made a quick stop at Pops 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma, home to over 700 kinds of soda, sparkling water, and other ice-cold beverages. In short, Pops 66 is the place to stop. This ain’t no bookstore or place to eavesdrop. You can drink, you can eat, you can simply just flop but make no mistake this is one awesomely carbonated shop. Grab a seat if you can at the nearest tabletop while you guzzle that soda, it’s impossible to stop. Before you dash, grab your phone for a selfie image swap, you can’t leave beverage heaven without a quick photo op.

The twentieth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 began at 7:20 a.m. (CDT) in Wellston, Oklahoma. As in days past, morning temps were in the mid-60s, a comfortable place to begin the day. A serious lack of pavement shoulder along the roadway and hours of rolling hills made for an interesting 75-mile ride today. While the boys in Pink experienced zero bike breakdowns, Al’s tweaked muscle from yesterday means lots of ice, an early dinner, and bed rest for the night to nurse that temporarily troublesome appendage. Saturday will come soon enough and everyone is looking forward to the ride through Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Al and Terry closing in on the halfway point of the ride.

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Only four more days to go! Keep pushing Steve!

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Steve expressing his unbridled enthusiasm as Al embarks on his twentieth-day of the ride. ;-}

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Time to Hop On Pop at Pops 66!

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An impossible decision to make. So many delicious choices.

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A wall of soda. Where to begin!

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Al studying the maps and icing the leg Friday night. Very cool Route 66 backdrop right? So appropriate.

BLOG ENTRY Day 19. | 06/21/18 | 6:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘The Fix Is In.’

The nineteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 can be summed up with a twist on an old worn-out phrase that appropriately describes today’s ride … ‘if it IS broke, FIX it.’ Worn-out fills the bill for today as Al and Steve battled not the weather but their bikes.

Steve was feeling a bit deflated late in the day when his back tire got tired and decided to take a little spare time for a pancake. Translation: Steve got a flat. ;-} Al wasn’t immune to the technical difficulties experienced throughout the day, forced to make a pitstop at a local bike shop to get his derailleur debugged or in gear or both. Thankfully, Al found help at Al’s Bicycles of course. What are the odds right? HUGE thanks to Jeff for the quick fix and tune-up. Fun Fact: Al’s Bicycles can be found in Edmond, Oklahoma, the very town Al and Terry lived many years ago. It’s so wonderful to come home and experience the kindness of your former community. Like you never left.

Even with the bike breakdowns, Al and Steve rode 78-miles, ending their ride today in Wellston, Oklahoma. Tonight Al and Terry will no doubt reminisce about their time in Edmond, stop by the old neighborhood and grab a bite to eat at one of their former fav restaurants in town. So great to share these fond remembrances with good friends.

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Al with a reporter from The Yukon Review. More to come. Stay tuned.

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Al and Steve working together to fix the flat on Steve’s bike.

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Al thanking Jeff at Al’s Bicycles for the quick fix and the tune-up.

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Sad to see the Pink Pedals on the repair rack. The good news, Al’s bike is ready to go for Friday. #ThanksJeff

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Al outside Al’s Bicycles, contemplating a franchise location in Richmond, Minnesota! ;-} Kidding of course.

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Moving tribute to the Oklahoma City bombing victims and their families.

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The base of the Oklahoma City bombing depicting Jesus.

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Oklahoma City bombing National Memorial.

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The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial in Oklahoma City, a place of quiet reflection.

BLOG ENTRY Day 19. | 06/21/18 | 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘All Day Long.’

Like the name of the new Garth Brooks song, Al and Steve will be riding ‘All Day Long’ through the beautiful prairies and mesas of The Sooner State. Day nineteen of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride began with a beautiful sunrise which soon gave way to a few sprinkles. Al and Steve set off at 7:15 a.m. (CDT) with temps in the low 70s. Hoping for a much drier day as Al and Steve look ahead to Oklahoma City, Wellston and, Chandler, Oklahoma.

BCRF DID YOU KNOW …
Did you know that The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) funds research across the entire country? Al has already pedaled through three states (California, Arizona, and Texas) that house nine BCRF Research Institutions:

1. The University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

2. The University of California, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA

3. The University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

4. City Of Hope, Duarte, CA

5. Arizona State University, The Biodesign Institute, Tempe, AZ

6. University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ

7. University of Arizona College of Nursing, Tucson, AZ

8. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

9. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

The mission of the BCRF is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

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Al standing in front of a beautiful Oklahoma sky at the start of the nineteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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A gorgeous Oklahoma sunrise greets Al, Terry, Steve, and Leanne on day nineteen.

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Al and Steve hoping for a much drier ride on Thursday.

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Leanne cheering on Steve at the start of day five of his tandem ride with Al.

Day 19 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this nineteenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 18. | 06/20/18 | 6:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Flat Tire Lag, A Pink Do-Rag, And Plenty Of Ice Bags.’

An abbreviated blog entry tonight as our Biker Boyz need to purchase more gear in preparation for potential flat tire lags, launder their brand new do-rags, find a route with fewer zigzags and pamper their sore legs with lots and lots of ice bags.

DAY 18. QUICK RIDE STATUS > EVENING EDITION:
> Start Of Day Departure:
Al and Steve left Elk City, Oklahoma at 8:05 a.m. (CDT).

> End Of Day Arrival:
Arriving twelve-miles short of El Reno, Oklahoma, Al and Steve rode 73-miles total today. A HUGE win considering the nasty weather conditions.

> Weather:
Morning temps in the mid-60s with a steady light rain for the first two hours of the ride. The remainder of the day, Al and Steve fought a tough headwind and mid-day temps in the mid-90s.

> MILEstone:
Al fulfilled what is now an annual ride tradition, purchasing a very PINK do-rag somewhere along the ride route. The Route 66 themed do-rag obtained today will help keep Al’s brow dry and his head, less striped. ;-}

> Road Conditions:
Fair.  Al experienced his second flat in the past eighteen days along the ride route today.

> Special Note:
The early storms, rain, and wind made Wednesday the most challenging day in the saddle so far. Al is looking forward to a cold bath and a hot pasta dinner.

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Another flat! That’s two flats in eighteen days. Hope it’s not a trend.

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Lunch by a turbine blade. Appropriate considering the serious headwinds Al and Steve battled most of Wednesday.

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Looking good Al!

BLOG ENTRY Day 18. | 06/20/18 | 9:45 a.m. (CDT)
‘Come Rain Or Come Shine.’

Severe storms raged through the night and early morning hours, setting up for a very wet start to the eighteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Al and Steve stepped off this morning at 8:05 a.m. (CDT) in Elk City, Oklahoma to a cold light rain with temps in the mid-60s. Terrible winds in every direction but at their back forecast today. By far this will be the most challenging weather day yet. At least their spirits are high and both Al and Steve are feeling good. Be careful out there boys it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Al in full road rain gear, ready to ride.

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Steve beginning his fourth day of the ride, taking temporary shelter under the highway overpass.

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Rolling in the morning rain on the eighteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

Day 18 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this eighteenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 17. | 06/19/18 | 5:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘King Of The Road.’

Fact: As the seventeenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 comes to a close, Al will have pedaled nearly 4,000-miles in support of his wife Terry and breast cancer research. When Al completes the 2018 cross-country bicycle ride in July, he will have amassed an incredible 5,800+ miles, raising awareness and donations for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Because of his amazing commitment to the cause and unmatched dedication, we have officially designated Al, ‘King Of The Road’. Eat your heart out Roger Miller …

‘Derailleurs for sale or rent, vrooms to jet, fifty ascents.
No groans, no drool, no sweat, Al ain’t got no ride regrets.
Ah, but, six hours of pushin’ through
Buys an eight by twelve hotel room
He’s a, man of means by no means, King Of The Road.’

Tuesday morning started out with a moment of prayer and reflection at The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries rest area in Groom, Texas. Truly remarkable. From there, our fearless foursome traveled across town to view the Groom Leaning Water Tower, an ingenious marketing gimmick created by a local truck stop and restaurant owner.

Having filled their hearts with peace and their eyes with a dangling municipal utility tower, Al and Steve set off from Alanreed, Texas at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) for a planned 70-mile ride to Sayre, Oklahoma. By mid-day, Al and Steve crossed into the state of Oklahoma, pushing hard through unfavorable winds and intense heat. By late afternoon, Al and Steve raised the white flag allowing Mother Nature a rare win, ending their 80-mile ride for the day a full 10-miles past Sayre despite temps in the mid-90s, intense humidity and, the windy conditions.

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Pink Pedal Partners … UNITE … for the start of the seventeenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Undeniable proof that Al is KING OF THE ROAD.

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Remarkable place. A wonderful way to start our Tuesday on the road.

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The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries in Groom, Texas.

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The Divine Mercy Fountain at The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries in Groom, Texas.

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Al, a northern angler, taking in the unique … angle of the Britten USA leaning water tower just off old Route 66.

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A rare look at a leaning water tower eclipse.

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Al bidding the Texas portion of Route 66 a fond farewell .

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Hello Oklahoma!

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Current Sign-O-The-Times. Beckham County welcomes Al and Steve to the great state of Oklahoma.

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Lunch with an actual picnic table, shade, and good friends. Doesn’t get any better than this!

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Terry posing for a QUICK PIC in front of the Tuesday TOP PICK PICNIC spot. Nice work Terry!

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Al and Steve in front of the Tumbleweed Grill and Waterhole No. 2 in Texola, Oklahoma.

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A table fit for royalty at the U Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas. Reigning King Of The Road seated beside a photo of the King Of Rock & Roll.

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Wondering if Elvis ordered the now famous peanut butter and banana sandwich? ;-}

Day 17 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this seventeenth day of the ride.

VLOG ENTRY Day 17. | 06/19/18 | 12:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Al Crosses The Oklahoma State Line!’

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BLOG ENTRY Day 16. | 06/18/18 | 6:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘All My TREKex’s Live In Texas.’

‘And Texas is the place I’d dearly love to be.’ At least for tonight and part of tomorrow. Thanks again to George Strait for helping us put Al’s Don’t Mess With Texas Tour into perspective. It’s obvious that the local constituency is all aflutter about Al’ s blistering pace through the Lone Star State. Many have said, ‘There’s a big difference between an ox and a whiffletree.’ Texas translation … Al’s got more guts than you could hang on a fence. We tend to agree, partner.

Today was all about turbines, slug bugs, and visiting with the local constabulary to check on road conditions and directions. When the Monday ride was all said and done, Al and Steve found themselves 81-miles down the road in Alanreed, Texas or Gouge Eye as the legend is told. Texas Fun Fact: According to the White Deer Land Museum … the two Gray County towns of McLean and Alanreed acquired the nicknames Rusty Shanks and Gouge Eye respectively. According to one legend, these two nicknames originated as a result of a fight between a boy from McLean and one from Alanreed. The McLean cowboy used a pair of rusty spurs on his opponent, and the boy from Alanreed gouged out an eye of his foe with his fingers. OK! While that wasn’t exactly fun, nor was it an actual fact, the SOONER you remove the visual of that authentic frontier folktale from your brain, the better. And speaking of SOONERS, Al will visit state number five tomorrow when he pedals into Oklahoma, hometown to country music superstar Garth Brooks, baseball great Johnny Bench, and legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey.

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Who says a man won’t ask for directions! Al and Steve chat with the local Sheriff about road conditions, etc.

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The Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas. A homage to the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.

BLOG ENTRY Day 16. | 06/18/18 | 11:30 a.m. (CDT)
‘One Piece At A Time.’

Like the Johnny Cash song that popularized the famed GM Cadillac brand and iconic vehicle, Al has been putting together the last fifteen days of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, ‘One Piece At A Time’. This morning, soon after Al and Steve set off on the sixteenth day of the ride, our temporary Texas travelers came upon the acclaimed Cadillac Ranch roadside attraction on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. With the fins pointing skyward, the long row of graffiti clad Caddys stood erect in a somewhat ceremonious pose, presenting Al and Steve with a vehemently vertical two-wheel salute.

DAY 16. QUICK RIDE STATUS > MORNING EDITION:
> Departed:
Bushland, Texas at 7:10 a.m. (CDT),

> Weather:
Foggy, 62 degrees with intense humidity heavy morning dew on the cars.

> MILEstone:
Another musical Texas tribute, like the George Strait song, Al and Steve will be in ‘Amarillo By Morning’.

> Road Conditions:
TBD

> Ride End Destination:
TBD

> Special Note:
TBD

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The temporary Texas two-step twosome, ready for another day in the saddle.

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Steve ready for the second day.

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Sunrise in Texas on day sixteen of the ride.

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Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. A damp but awesome sight to behold.

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Ironman Al with Texas iron at Cadillac Ranch.

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Al and Terry on Monday morning with Cadillac Ranch in the distance.

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Steve and Leanne on Monday morning with Cadillac Ranch in the distance.

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Never far from … Sweet Home Alabama!

Day 16 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this sixteenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 15. | 06/17/18 | 4:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘May You Ride Like A Locust!’

As many of you know, Steve and Leanne Carmany joined Al and Terry last night for their anniversary celebration. What some of you may not know is that Steve and Leanne will also be along for the ride, for the next ten days. As mentioned in the blog last night, Leanne will be Terry’s chase car co-pilot and Steve will be at Al’s side, riding and sharing every moment along the way. Since today was the very first tandem ride, we thought it appropriate for Steve’s words to Al and Terry the night before they began Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, to carry this very special blog post and message of friendship.

“May the wind blow you east as you soak in the experiences of each day. We’ll be with you in prayer and online…. until then here’s a Bible verse for you …
Exodus 10:19. So the Lord shifted the wind to a very strong west wind, which took up the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not one locust was left in all the territory of Egypt! May you ride like a Locust!”
-Steve

DAY 15. QUICK RIDE STATUS > COMBINED EDITION:
> Departed:  San Jon, New Mexico at 7:15 a.m. (MT).

> Weather:  Al and Steve dodged the rain again today but strong winds made riding difficult later in the day. Morning temps were in the 70s but by the end of the day, temps were back in the mid-80s.

> State MILEstone:  Al and Steve crossed the Texas state line at 9:30 a.m. (CDT).

> Road Conditions:  The Sunday route roads were in fair condition.  Al and Steve would have made better time and logged more miles if the road were in better shape.

> Ride End:  Al and Steve finished their first 84-mile tandem ride today, ending the ride in Bushland, Texas.

> Special Note: Happy Father’s Day!

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Like Saturday, Al and company dodged the rain and storms on Sunday.

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Team Reszel/Carmany ready for action.

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Al and Steve ready to hit the road Sunday morning. First tandem ride.

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Steve proudly recording the first day of his ride! #GoSteve

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Los Angeles … check. Chicago … soon. New York … Al is coming for you. ;-}

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Marking the midpoint between Los Angeles and Chicago. Awesome to share this moment with dear friends.

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Al and Steve arrive at the Texas state line.

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Terry and Leanne decide to take over the ride, albeit, for just a few minutes, show Al and Steve how it’s done.

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More of the awesome sights on Route 66.

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A significant and meaningful find by sheer coincidence.

Day 15 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this fifteenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 14. | 06/16/18 | 4:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘Under The Interstate And Through The Wood Holes To The Empire State We Go.’

Under the interstate? Over the wood holes? Yep, the fourteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 included horrendous roadways at the start as Al dodged potholes filled with wood (see picture below) and route detours that took Al and Terry under the interstate. The frontage roads will become a way of life over the next few weeks as the upcoming ride route will occasionally migrate from the more heavily traveled highways. Thankfully road conditions improved later in the day, helping Al reach San Jon, New Mexico, 78-miles from his Saturday morning start.

Al flirted with severe weather, surrounding him most of the day but it never really materialized. A minor downpour and some brief blustery winds were all that Al encountered today, helping to help cool his body down after an accelerated anniversary advance ever eastward, toward the Big Apple.

Tonight, Al and Terry will relax and celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with good friends. Steve and Leanne Carmany will be joining Al and Terry tonight for a special evening of love, laughter, blessings, and stories from the road. On Sunday it’s back to work for everyone as Steve saddles up and joins Al on the ride while Leanne takes the co-pilot seat in the chase car with Terry. Happy Anniversary Al and Terry!

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Storms In The Distance

Al and Terry dodge severe storms most of the day.

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Rough roads ahead. Al leading the way on Saturday morning.

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Storms in every direction and yet, blue skies and what could be, the last mountain, at least for now.  ;-}

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Close quarters but not as many twists and turns under the interstate. The route map took us under the interstate to continue on frontage roads.

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Yep! In Cuervo, New Mexico, they fill their potholes with wood.

BLOG ENTRY Day 14. | 06/16/18 | 9:15 a.m. (CDT)
‘One For My Baby And One More For The Road.’

On this the fourteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, Al and Terry celebrate 40 years of wedded bliss. A tremendous personal milestone with a story as long as the road they travel. Dedicated to the ride and those they support, our still love-struck pink pedaling power couple will need to save the celebrating for later as Al pushes today to close out the state of New Mexico. Rain is in the forecast and, Al will do his best to stay ahead of the storm front, nipping at his heels.

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Al begins the day with 31% of the ride completed but rain threatens the fourteenth day of the ride.

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“What an amazing ride (our wonderful marriage and Pink Pedals 4 A Cure)! Never would of imagined we’d be doing this 40 years later. Love this picture. Always fun keeping up with Al.” -Terry

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Exposure to the sun really taking a toll on Al’s legs.

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Exposure to the sun really taking a toll on Al’s head.

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Exposure to the sun really taking a toll on Al’s arms.

Day 14 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this fourteenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 13. | 06/15/18 | 6:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘100% Chance Of Man-Made Shade.’

Just a quick update tonight as Al and Terry prep for another weekend on the road. On this thirteenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, the routine of the daily ride has become all but, routine.

Al is in good spirits and good shape both mentally and physically. As in days past, Al spent the better part of Friday climbing and descending amassing 78-mile during his roadway reckoning. The weather forecast for today called for beautiful blue skies, the occasional billowy white cloud, and a 100% chance of man-made shade. Undeterred, Terry found shade under a very tall gas station roadside sign. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, or in this case, a gift sign, Al and Terry hunkered down to enjoy a little lunch under the Phillips 66 sunspot.

While on the road today a very nice woman approached Al and Terry, generous with her time and donation to the ride. The kindness of strangers never ceases to amaze Al and Terry. Santa Rosa, New Mexico is now on the horizon. With the route terrain leveling off over the next few days, Al (former Illinois flatlander) excitedly looks forward to the less mountainous reprieve and to the looming state of Texas.

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Another cool morning with sun, sun, and more sun.

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Man-made eclipse of the sun.

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Lunch in the car under the Phillips 66 sunspot.

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‘I’ve been everywhere man, I’ve been everywhere.’

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Laundry life on … on the road. Roll ULTRA Tide! ;-}

Day 13 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this thirteenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 12. | 06/14/18 | 5:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘A Good Cup Of Joe And He’s Ready To Go.’

Settling into the daily grind on this twelfth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, Al departed Golden, New Mexico at 7:15 a.m. (MT) fueled with not breakfast, but a good cup of joe. Thanks to Java Junction in Madrid, New Mexico for the caffeine-infused breakfast buzz!

Blue skies and mild temps in the mid-80s ruled the day as Al set his sights on Ilfeld, New Mexico located in San Miguel County. Road conditions throughout the day were good except for the extremely small shoulders, crowding Al between the edge of the pavement, the brush, and the occasional ‘brush’ with traffic.

With the caffeine still pumping through his veins, Al bypassed his lunchtime fuel break, climbing 40-miles uphill during the morning hours, and 40-miles downhill during the afternoon. Just another uneventful day on the road for Al and Terry, edging ever closer to Texas, but that’s for another day. Goodnight all.

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Bright blue skies and mild temps greet Al on the twelfth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Al fueling up on a little caffeine-enriched go-go juice Thursday morning.

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Gourgeous golden sunrise in Golden, New Mexico

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Check it out! A pink house!! Terry thought about dropping off a Pink Pedals 4 A Cure card, but, the ride must go on!

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Al had to stop for a minor gear adjustment along the ride route today. BIG thanks to Andy at rob and charlie’s for the quick in and out service.

Day 12 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this twelfth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 11. | 06/13/18 | 6:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Worth His Weight In Gold … en.’

Al Reszel, the official ‘Golden Boy’ of the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, has done it again. With threatening skies throughout the day, a sunburned lower lip, and nose, Al departed Budville, New Mexico this morning with gold fever, hoping to reach the town of Golden, New Mexico 84 miles down the road. Along the way, Al peddled through brilliant sunshine while black clouds raged. Thankfully, the rain held off and Al finished today’s ride on the dry-side of things, much like the desert-like plants and creatures that inhabit the New Mexico landscape.

While Al was putting the Pink Pedals to the metal, Terry was channeling the all-powerful deity of satellite radio, rekindling fond memories of a certain wedding day 40 years ago, and a coincidental moment from the road during the 2017 ride. Like last year, while following Al on a nondescript patch of pavement, Terry was blindsided when out of the blue, the song ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ begins to play on the radio. With the volume now jacked (to 11), tears in her eyes, singing every word of the song at the top of her lungs like an Ed McMahon Star Search finalist, Terry fully surrenders to the wedding anniversary memory of days gone by, of that first dance with Al, and the uncanny appropriateness of the lyrics as they pertain to the 2018 ride.

Before the risin’ sun, we fly
So many roads to choose
We’ll start out walkin’ and learn to run
(And yes, we’ve just begun)

Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin’ it over, just the two of us
Workin’ together day to day
Together

The Tuesday night tally on the Official Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride MILE-O-METER puts Al at 927-miles to date. That’s over 25% of the ride completed as of tonight. Congrats Al!

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Al ready to depart Budville, New Mexico. #LetsRoll

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Threatening skies a good part of the day but not a drop of rain.

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Wild coincidence! Hearing this song two years in a row while on the road with Al, so close to their June 16th anniversary date.

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Yep. Still in desert-like conditions.

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Through the threat of rain, dust, heat, etc. You can’t fence Al in. ;-}

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Another amazing musical coincidence today. All rise for the Reszel Family Anthem … ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ … Roll Tide.

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Al at the end of the day. Long ride, possible alien abduction. UDDERly exhausted.

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Al meets Al …buquerque.

Day 10 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this eleventh day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 10. | 06/12/18 | 5:30 p.m. (CDT)
‘Divide And Conquer.’

Ever wonder why Al and Terry are so successful on the road and in life? It all comes down to three little words, divide and conquer. While Al is concentrating on the road, the route, and the routine, Terry is all about the chase, the support, and the organization. Together, they make an incredible team, a true force of nature, giving of themselves so that others have a chance to survive and succeed. ‘What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder’ (Mark 10:9).  An appropriate passage considering Al and Terry are fast approaching their 40th wedding anniversary (June 16th). With all of their shared singularity, it was kind of ironic that Al and Terry found themselves crossing the Continental DIVIDE of all things today.

With his Tuesday goal achieved, Al rode into Budville, New Mexico, wrapping up another 80-mile day on the road. Traffic was a bit heavier, road conditions slightly improved, and temps, well, they hovered again in the mid-90s. The higher temperatures are now a way of life. After all, June heralds the summer season and the western part of the United States this time of year can be on the warm side (understatement of the year). ;-}

Well, that’s all from Budville, New Mexico tonight, named for N.H. ‘Bud’ Rice, founder of the Budville Trading Company, original town tour guide, and the very first Budville Justice Of The Peace.  Let’s end on the word peace, with a little hope thrown in for good measure.

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Al and Terry cross the Continental Divide. If not for the road signs, they would’ve missed it! ;-}

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Al at lunch in Grant, New Mexico after consuming his fav PBJ and a sweet tea to wash it down. Nice to see that Al is once again sporting the stylish Pink Pedals 4 A Cure Zebra Head look. FYI. The Zebra Head or ZH was all the rage during New York fashion week.

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Al taking time for a quick sELKie. ;-} . Definitely a SIGN-O-THE-TIMES on the ride this year. Lots of elk crossings in Arizona and New Mexico.

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As you can see from this photo, the smattering of clouds in the region provided Al with ample shade today … NOT!

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BLOG ENTRY Day 10. | 06/12/18 | 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘Cold Enough For You?’

Pescado, New Mexico on day ten of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 was downright frosty with temps in the mid-40s. Donning his trusty jacket, Al commenced with the usual pre-ride morning prep, visualizing the route and preparing for another ride through the beautiful western countryside, growing ever-greener as Al closes in on Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Al ready to begin the tenth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. A cool start to the morning is a blessing to be sure.

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The desert horizon on this beautiful Tuesday is beginning to show signs of life!

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The rock formations in the distance take on an almost architectural appearance, slowly rising from the desert floor.

Day 10 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this tenth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 9. | 06/11/18 | 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Hello, New Mexico!’

Arizona is officially in the rearview mirror! As the 88-mile Monday ride came to a close, Al crossed into New Mexico, ending his multi-day journey through the state of Arizona, where God Enriches. The ninth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride was full of difficult road conditions, a lot of bull (see photos that follow), and something near and dear to Al’s heart, wild mustangs. While the New Mexico mustangs encountered on the road today did not have the Ford badge emblazoned on the carriage of their chassis, much like a certain mustang currently housed in a far-off Minnesota garage, their beauty, and horsepower was a sight to behold.

All in all, it was a good day on the road. Temperatures fluctuated 30 degrees from the middle 50s in the early morning to the middle 80s in the afternoon. Winds were light during Al’s 7.5 hours in the saddle as poor road conditions and long vertical pavement grates, ‘great’ for bike tire insertion, continued to plague Al on his way to Pescado, New Mexico. That’s where today’s ride ended, elevation 6,775, home to the Greater Roadrunner and Yucca flower.

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Al Enters New Mexico

Al crosses the New Mexico state line in an ‘uplifting’ state of mind.

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Rock on Al!

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Al in front of a beautiful rock formation along the road in New Mexico.

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Al moving at the pace of a bull in a china shop so as not to excite his new roadside friends.

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Not a GRATE ;-} way to ride the highways and byways of New Mexico.

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Horses playing in the wild amongst the rocks and brush.

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Al got a little Monday motivational help from the bull pen .

BLOG ENTRY Day 9. | 06/11/18 | 7:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘Leaving Chambers, Arizona With 2,825-Miles To Go.’

An abbreviated update for the ninth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Al left Chambers, Arizona this morning at 7:00 a.m. (MT). Weather conditions at the time of departure were ideal with temps in the high 50s and light winds. Nine days in and Al has already traveled 675-miles with 2,825-miles to go to reach his goal. More to come. Stay tuned.

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Al ready for Monday and the ride ahead after a restful overnight stay in Chambers, Arizona.

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Terry showing us her … CHAIRitable side, relaxing for a moment in Holbrook, Arizona after a long day in the Crimson Chase Vehicle.

Day 9 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this ninth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 8. | 06/10/18 | 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Forest Stump.’

“Mama say they was magic pink pedal shoes. They could take me anywhere.” A phrase that echoed throughout the Petrified Forest National Park this afternoon. By the end of the eighth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018, all Al could say was … “Done Forest Done.” Excellent winds and sheer determination helped propel our bionic bicyclist to a record-breaking 95-miles in the 99-degree heat. The 7.5-hour ride today took Al and Terry through the Petrified Forest National Park. Beautiful but hilly, a once in a lifetime experience captured in the photos that follow.

For those of you that tuned in to the morning blog, by way of follow up …

1. Yes, Mother Nature did rear her ugly head today, forcing Al to toil in extreme desert heat.

2. Yes, Terry did find shade for the Sunday roadside lunch with Al.

3. No, Al did not need to find an alternative route through the Petrified Forest.

That’s all from Chambers, Arizona, famous for the Santa Fe Railroad, the Star Stage Mail, and Halloysite.

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Al entering the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Al taking a moment to enjoy the beauty of Arizona along Route 66.

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Made in the shade! Lunch in Holbrook, Arizona. Nicely done Terry!

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Terry finds another reason to be petrified ;-} in the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Some of the exquisite beauty found within the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Al taking in the stunning forest landscape.

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Terry finds a comfortable seat in the forest. Nothing to fear! ;-}

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Al roadside with remnants of the Petrified Forest.

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Terry in awe of the forest splendor.

BLOG ENTRY Day 8. | 06/10/18 | 11:15 a.m. (CDT)
‘Can’t See The Petrified Forest For The Trees.’

As the revolutions of the crankarm and chainring turn, these are the days of our lives. On this eighth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’ Ride 2018, the main characters of this cross-country soap opera and gripping saga find themselves near the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert, as week two descends upon them, and the plot thickens. Leaving Winslow, Arizona this morning at 7:00 a.m. (MT) at a balmy 79 degrees, Al snapped in and rode off with new vigor and determination.  But questions remain.  Will Mother Nature rear her ugly head, forcing Al to toil further in extreme desert heat and humidity? Will Terry find shade for their daily lunch break? And what about the deteriorating road conditions? Will Al need to consider another detour? These answers and more will be revealed this evening, as the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride … world turns.

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Blue skies and searing sun greet Al and Terry as they leave Winslow, Arizona on the eighth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

Day 8 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this eighth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 7. | 06/09/18 | 7:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘An Elk Whacking, Car Snacking, Amtraking, Eagles Yakking.’

Based on that headline, you’re pretty much caught up for the day. Details? Okay. The thermostat was fickle today, teasing Al and Terry with 50s in the morning only to deliver heat worthy of the desert by day’s end. Topping out at 97 degrees, Al did his best with the fluctuating temps and a strong wind at his back, amassing a respectable 85-miles.

The seventh day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride ended in Winslow, Arizona. The moment Al rode into town, he ended the ride, jumped off his bike, found a cozy corner, and broke into song.

Al: ‘Well, I’m standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, and such a fine sight to see, it’s a girl (Terry) my Lord in a Crimson Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me. Come on, baby, don’t say maybe. I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me.’

Yes.  Al sings!  He loves to sing, ;-} especially songs made famous by ’70s supergroup Abba, and the Eagles.  Kidding, of course … Al hates Abba.  It’s tough to go on after that kind of performance, but here goes. The rest of the day was filled with an Elk that met with an unfortunate accident, lunch in the car due to sparse surroundings, Terry contemplating a one-way Amtrak ticket, and a decision to take a more direct route (I-40) which in hindsight, will NEVER happen again. That’s it from Winslow. Check out the photos below for more info.

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Al making a quick pitstop for pics and stickers. No need for repairs.

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Al caught Terry making a break for the Amtrak station, looking to purchase a one-way ticket. Thankfully, the station was closed. ;-}

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Hello Flagstaff, Arizona!

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No rest for the weary, even at lunch. Al forced to eat in the car today as the sparse surroundings offered no suitable place to stop and refuel .

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Al came across this unfortunate scene on the ride to Flagstaff today. He stopped to call Terry so she could catch up, dial 911, and report the loss to the local police. Really sad to see.

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Another awesome Route 66 pavement badge in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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This photo was taken just prior to Al serenading Terry with his rendition of Eagles hit, Take It Easy.

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Al standing on the corner of Winslow, Arizona … such a fine sight to see.

BLOG ENTRY Day 7. | 06/09/18 | 10:15 a.m. (CDT)
‘Baby It’s Cold Outside.’

Al and Terry awoke this morning to a pleasant surprise, temps in the mid-50s and diminished winds. After breakfast, Al departed Williams, Arizona at 7:00 a.m. (MT), ready to tackle the seventh day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Since June 3rd, Al has traveled a total of 495-miles averaging 82.5-miles a day. The 500-mile mark is within his grasp as Al pushes ever-closer to his next milestone, state number three, New Mexico. That’s for the tenth day of the ride, weather permitting. For now, Al continues to spin his way through the upper-middle portion of The Grand Canyon state.

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Ice Cold Weather? After riding through the Mojave Desert … BRING IT ON!

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A day of true extremes. Even though Saturday began with temps in the 50s, a real danger to life and property exists. God bless all those that put their lives on the line, fighting wildfires throughout Arizona and the United States.

Day 7 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this seventh day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 6. | 06/08/18 | 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘It’s An Ill Wind That Bloweth No Man To Good.’

Several hundred years ago, either John Heywood or William Shakespeare popularized the phrase, It’s an ill wind that bloweth no man to good, or something to that effect. As you can probably imagine, over the years, much of that actual quote has been lost in translation, but you get the gist. It means a wind can blow either good or bad for any man. It all depends on the situation. For Al, it makes no difference who gets credit for coining the phrase. All he cares about is:

a. Why is the ill wind blowing?

and …

b. When the heck is it going to stop?  ;-}

Those unfavorable winds that delayed things this morning returned the favor throughout most of the day, forcing Al to grind out all 81-miles between Peach Springs, Arizona, and Williams, Arizona. No ifs, ands, or Route 66 ruts, the ride today was grueling. It was slow going as the wind challenged Al to a good old-fashioned game of chicken, and the wind won most of the time. Thankfully, Al gets to ride into the waiting arms of his wife Terry each and every night, a constant source of energy, love and, support that recharges Al’s battery in time for the next asphalt assault.

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‘Life is too short, have dessert first.’ A credo that many people embrace each and every day. After riding 81-miles against the wind, that’s a credo Al can support.

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Al and Terry enjoy a little dinner at the famed Route 66 Cruisers 66 Cafe.

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Terry in front of Delgadillo’s SNOWCAP, the preferred Friday lunch spot. Check out the flag in the background. Proof positive that Al needed a sail on his bike today.

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Al enjoying a little Christmas spirit, lunching with Santa near a festive holiday scene. Those that know Terry, KNOW all too well how she feels about Christmas trees! ;-}

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Something for the bucket list if you happen to find yourself on Route 66 in Arizona.

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A bridge too far or too small?

BLOG ENTRY Day 6. | 06/08/18 | 1:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Unfavorable Winds Lead To An International Roadside Connection.’

The sixth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 was a bit delayed due to unfavorable winds in the region during the early morning hours. At 8:25 a.m. (MT), two hours after the original start time, Al mounted up to continue his Route 66 Arizona cycling adventure.

Two-hours down the road, Al and Terry came upon an international group of cyclists traveling in the opposite direction on a 51-day journey from Chicago, Illinois to the Santa Monica Pier. It’s so wonderful to see the smiles and enthusiasm from the many people already encountered along this well-traveled and celebrated road. Not revealing any secrets, this large group of cyclists remained strangely silent about Al’s upcoming New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma route. Al will find out soon enough as he pushes those pink pedals ever harder, crossing the great western frontier.

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Al nearing 500-miles as he starts the sixth day of the ride.

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Thursday night accommodations. Thank you to the fine staff at the Hualapai Lodge.

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Check out those steely eyes. It’s obvious Al is focused, determined, ready. Whereas the stag directly above Al … kind of a whole, deer in the headlights thing right? ;-}

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Great minds think … a bike. ;-}

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Classic Burma Shave signs along Route 66.

Day 6 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this sixth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 5. | 06/07/18 | 7:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘King Of The Mountain.’

Whether ascending or descending, Al proved today that he truly is King Of The Mountain, Oatman Mountain that is. Standing 1,741 feet at its apex, Oatman Mountain is a formidable force to be reckoned with. However, I reckon tonight, Al and Terry are just glad to be done with the fifth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride.

Mother Nature was kind Thursday, offering a slight break from the crazy hot temps experienced earlier in the week, blessing Al with blue skies, favorable winds and a refreshing temp of 92-degrees. ;-} He’ll take it. In fact, anything under 100 is a gift.

As the day progressed, sporadic signs of civilization occurred in the form of folk art, folk artists, and a renowned Route 66 storefront. That’s where Al and Terry enjoyed their first picnic lunch. Still in operation today, the staff at the Hackberry General Store welcomed our beloved western ramblers with open arms. As locals and Route 66 bloggers will tell you, the previous owner of the Hackberry General Store was none other than famed folk artist Bob Waldmire. Bob traveled and painted along Route 66 until he purchased and became the owner of the Hackberry General Store and sole resident of the town of Hackberry between 1992 and 1997.

After a hearty lunch and some pleasant conversation with Aunt Bee, Floyd The Barber and of course Goober, Al pressed on, eventually ending his day in Peach Springs, Arizona after riding 84-miles and spending 8+ hours in the saddle, all the while continuing to contend with the difficult Route 66 road conditions. Carb-loading and ice baths are on the agenda this evening as Al and Terry turn their attention to reviewing the week ending Friday route and ride.

For more information on folk artist Bob Waldmire, check out the Visit Pontiac website with info on the Bob Waldmire Experience.

For more information on The Hackberry General Store, check out the official Route 66 website for fun facts and historical information.

For more information on Oatman Mountain, check out the Summitpost.org web page for location, images, and more.

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A panoramic view of Oatman Mountain in Oatman, Arizona.

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Beautiful bluffs along the ride and route today.

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That’s Al ‘King Of The Mountain’ Reszel, surging up Oatman Mountain.

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Lunch at the historic Hackberry General Store on Route 66.

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Shade! It does exist in the western part of these United States! First shade in five days.

BLOG ENTRY Day 5. | 06/07/18 | 10:30 a.m. (CDT)
‘An Uphill Battle Right From The Start.’

Just a quick update on Al’s Thursday morning progress. Instead of leaving at dawn as in days past, Al and Terry opted for a daylight start on this fifth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Saddling-up at 6:50 a.m. (MT) near the town of Oatman, Arizona, Al picks up where he left off on Wednesday evening, tackling a daunting uphill climb to start the day. Stay tuned. Lots more to come as the day progresses. #PP4ACMilesToGo3170

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With 330-miles behind them, Al and Terry look to the eastern seaboard and the mid-July arrival in New York City! #PP4ACMilesToGo3170

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Thursday morning terrain as Al battles an uphill climb right out of the box.

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Two words … Mini Cactus … or is it Cacti? ;-} Looks like Merriam-Webster approves of both words. The more Cacti the better!

Day 5 Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this fifth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 4. | 06/06/18 | 6:45 p.m. (CDT)
‘Nowhere To Hide.’

For those of you following Al’s trials and tribulations, take a moment to look around. Take a snapshot of your surroundings and be mindful of the creature comforts that you find in your everyday life. As you dial down the thermostat a few degrees and bask in the miracle of 24/7 air-conditioning, be thankful that you’re NOT on a bike in the desert, in June!

The fourth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 began again at dawn, 5:00 a.m. to be exact, to once again beat the heat. We know, sounds like a broken record. A record that is slowly melting before our very eyes. And speaking of records, while perusing USA Today, Al and Terry discovered that their Wednesday evening location, Needles, California, was yesterday’s National Extreme Hot Spot (see the photo below). As you can imagine, this wasn’t news to Al and Terry.

As Al pushed off this morning, the temperature was a frosty 66 degrees. Sensing the early morning desert chill, Al reached for an article of clothing as yet unseen low these past four days, a jacket. Unfortunately, the brisk morning air was only a temporary respite from the excessive desert heatwave.

The remainder of Al’s day included an arduous ten-mile climb, dodging rough terrain on Route 66, zero shade, the return of dizzying heat indices, and a chance encounter with fellow biking enthusiasts Christine and Ivan. Traveling in the opposite direction, Christine, and Ivan were days away from ending their own Route 66 Chicago to Santa Monica odyssey (by way of Italy). For just a few moments, the three cyclists stopped to share their road-worthy experiences. While a portion of their conversation was lost in translation, the three stedfast marathon cyclists shared a bond of grit and determination. Seven hours and 80-miles later, Al came to rest just beyond the town of Golden Shores, Arizona. Tomorrow, with California in the rearview mirror, Al continues his passage east, taking a northerly route across the western half of Arizona.

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Dawn on the fourth day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. #RollAlRoll

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Not the norm but we’ll take it!

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Beautiful Wednesday sunrise as Al begins his push toward Arizona.

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Al doing a little 5:00 a.m. ‘chilling’ out, desert style.

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Welcome to sunny Needles, California.

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Appropriate that the news headline below this weather forecast starts with the word … LAVA. Feel about right.

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The first ‘sign’ of mountainous terrain.

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Route 66 in full bloom with delicate white flowers scattered along the asphalt shoulder.

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“Tell me something we don’t already know!”

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Sign of the times. A glimpse of the western highways and byways.

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Roadside desert beauty.

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Al nearing the end of day four battling a tough uphill climb.

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Photo of a suspected UFA … Unidentified Flying ALbject. It’s obvious from this photo that Al was moving at such a tremendous speed, that suddenly and without warning, he left the pavement and took to the air. Thankfully, Terry was there to capture all the excitement.

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Wonderful meeting Christine and Ivan on Route 66 today. Terry and I wish you all the best. Travel safe.

Day 4 Route

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this fourth day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 3. | 06/05/18 | 7:15 p.m. (CDT)
‘Blazing A Trail On Route 66.’

Al continues his blistering pace across the west, completing 80-miles in 8 hours on the third day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. That’s pretty amazing considering the sweltering conditions for much of the afternoon. Leaving in the wee-hours of the morning was nothing short of a Thunderstroke, allowing Al to start his day with calm, cool conditions. Unfortunately, as mid-day approached, the overwhelming heat and gusty conditions returned. Take it from Al, ‘when it’s 107 degrees, everything is HOT’ … what you eat, what you drink, etc. Cold water and shade are in short supply along this particular stretch of Route 66. The sun never relents and the wind has no equal. Misery loves company as the old saying goes and Al had plenty of that today. The misery and the company. The scorching heat provided the misery and the company, desert roadrunners and jackrabbits coming and going throughout the day. FYI for those geography lovers and map enthusiasts, (that’s right, we’re talking to you Al Vogler) tomorrow Al and Terry will make the transition from California, The Golden State, to Arizona, The Grand Canyon State. Based on the heat Al’s been forced to endure of late, it’s kind of like going from the frying pan, into the fire.  Oh well. Onward we go! Tomorrow will be here before we know it.

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Al pushing through the heat on historic and very long, Route 66.

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Al takes a break at ‘The Heart Of The Mojave’ desert landmark site. We’re pretty sure the original U.S. Department Of The Interior sign read … ‘The HEAT Of The Mojave’ desert. Amazing what one little ‘r’ can do.

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Once The Shoe Tree, now … The Trash Tree? A well-known Route 66 roadside attraction.

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Terry collecting sand as a souvenir from ‘The Heart Of The Mojave’ landmark site.

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Al capping off the ride today with a frosty Route 66 Root Beer at Roy’s, or what’s left of Roy’s Motel Cafe. Good news … vacancy!

BLOG ENTRY Day 3. | 06/05/18 | 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘Pre-Dawn Departure To Beat The Heat.’

Last night at the hotel, before retiring for the evening, Al and Terry grabbed a little jaw-time with a few local residents, inquiring about the route for the third day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018. Here’s what the townies had to say …

“One hotel, one cafe, one gas station, that’s about it.”

“Amboy is a dusty, deserted town.”

“Fenner and Essex? They’re practically non-existent.”

“Chambless is a ghost town.”

Quite the loquacious group wouldn’t you say? It’s pretty obvious from these uplifting and cheery comments that Al and Terry are in for quite the awe-inspiring ride today. And please don’t forget about the oppressive heat and unfavorable winds predicted, all of which make for another awesome day on the super-heated desert pavement.

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Pre-dawn departure, hoping to get some miles logged before the blistering heat.

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Desert lava rocks! Cool.

Day 3 Route Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this third day of the ride.

BLOG ENTRY Day 2. | 06/04/18 | 5:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat … Get Out Of The Mojave Desert.’

And that’s just what Al is trying to do! The second day of the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride heated up as Al prodded and pushed his Pink Pedals down Route 66, entering the barren and desolate Mojave Desert. Temps on the black asphalt reached a scorching 107 degrees with high humidity and blistering skies. Not one hour into the ride, Al found himself nursing a flat tire caused by poor road conditions and sizeable potholes along historic Route 66. At times the winds were intense, kicking up dust devils and hurling blinding biker debris. All Terry could do was stay close, watch her man, and turn up the AC (Al Conditioning). ;-} While the temps in the chase car were comfortable, the conditions throughout the day continued to deteriorate. The ongoing bleak monotony of uninhabited landscapes occasionally gave way to small towns, appearing in the distance like a desert mirage. Thank goodness for hearty western businesses like the Desert Market, a welcome oasis of cold drinks, ice, and POWERBALL tickets. With all of the obstacles thrown at him on this manic Monday, Ironman Al was still able to knock off 90-miles, ending his ride in Newberry Springs, California.

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I HADES to mention it but … man is it HOT!

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The historic Route 66 has some equally historic potholes. Yikes!

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A picture of Al with a tractor in the middle of the desert. Nuff said. Back to the ride already in progress.

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Al’s Gatorade desert photo shoot. ;-} Fun Fact: Al stopped at D Street to grab a … DRINK!

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Cows, bikes and windmills. Pretty much sums it up.

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Big Al riding next to Elephant Mountain. Appropriate wouldn’t you say? #RollTide

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No rest for the weary, even during a quick lunch break. No shade, no picnic tables, just desert heat and dust.

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Terry thinking about writing the desert a ‘Dear John’ letter while viewing this John Deere desert tractor.

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Hydrating the body, soul and, the head!

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The name of this hotel pretty much sums up the heat index on the second day of the ride.

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Hoping for a Slurpee! Came out with just slush. At least they had cold drinks and ice.

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Ironman Al knocks out 90-miles on the hottest day of the ride so far.

VLOG ENTRY Day 2. | 06/04/18 | 2:27 p.m. (CDT)
‘Al vs. The Mojave Desert.’

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BLOG ENTRY Day 2. | 06/04/18 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘You Can Lead A Biker To Water, But Can You Make Him … Pink?’

Al and Terry left the ‘comfort’ of their Choice Hotels Comfort Suites hotel this morning, heading for their Devore, California Monday morning starting point. The prior evening, Al and Terry hunkered down for a route strategy session, a ritual that has become part of the day-to-day Pink Pedals 4 A Cure ride prep and process. With the all-important morning carb load out of the way, Al and Terry bid farewell to civilization, looking ahead to more desert-like conditions. Promptly at 7:19 a.m. (PT), Al jumped aboard his trusty two-wheel steed, gave Terry a quick kiss and away he went. Today’s ride will take Al and Terry through the following California towns; Cajon Junction, Victorville, Oro Grande, Helendale, Hodge, Lenwood, Barstow, ending in Daggett.

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Time to enter the desert.

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Al and Terry leave the hotel on the second day. AC setting for the day … max!

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After Terry fuels up the chase vehicle, Al fuels up with some breakfast chow.

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Route/map strategy session. A regular evening ritual during the ride.

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Time to hydrate! It’s going to be another hot one today.

Day 2 Route Map

FYI: The Google map provided below is not representative of Al’s actual route, time on the road or mileage. It simply provides a little geographic perspective on the region Al and Terry will be moving through on this second day.

BLOG ENTRY Day 1. | 06/03/18 | 8:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘Starts, Stops, And Snakes.’

The first day of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 can be summed up in one word … unyielding. When Al left the Santa Monica Pier this morning, the temps were a comfortable 60 degrees. As the day progressed, temps began to rise at a meteoric rate. By day’s end, the air temperature hovered near 97 degrees with heat indexes approaching 100+, taking a toll on Al during his inaugural 2018 ride. And if the heat wasn’t bad enough, the miles and miles of demanding stop and go traffic patterns and congested intersections only exacerbated the situation. Can’t imagine what the first day would have been like if Al had left on a weekday, with commuter and rush hour traffic flowing in and out of Los Angeles on the multitude of concrete highways in The Golden State. The best part of today’s route was the ride through Beverly Hills. As far as the eye could see, manicured lawns, posh homes, and unobstructed streets. Finally, after nearly 65-miles of formidable riding, Al found the open road and a more majestic horizon. Once acclimated to the western route and after a few unanticipated navigational and wildlife (rattlesnake) hurdles, Al and Terry settled in, making the best of a difficult first day on the road.

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Beverly Hills paparazzi stopped Al for quick photo and autograph. ;-}

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Beverly Hills tree-lined streets. Palm trees as far as the eye can see.

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Beverly Hills version of a privacy fence.

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As expected, things are beginning to heat up.

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Al on the road with the San Gabriel Mountains on the horizon.

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California rattlesnake road kill.

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Traveling the historic Route 66. Here’s to Al making history as well!

BLOG ENTRY Day 1. | 06/03/18 | 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘The Journey Begins!’

It’s official.  The 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride is underway!  Al departed from the Santa Monica Pier at 8:00 a.m. (PT) with Terry cheering him on while documenting the start of day one with photos and video. Today Al will be riding through West Hollywood, Los Angeles, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga and all points east, ending his ride today near Devore, California.  Lots more to come.  Look for an end of day blog update later this evening.

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Official 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride tote board ready to go. Day 1., 3,500-miles ahead ! Next stop, all points east.

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Al at the end of the end of the Santa Monica Pier, facing east and the ride start.

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Official glamour shot for the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride program (kidding). Heavy police presence to ensure the safe ride start. ;-}

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Capturing a memory prior to the

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A little Santa Monica souvenir before the start of the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride.

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Al is ready to Roll Tide. Let’s do this!

VLOG ENTRY Day 1. | 06/03/18 | 10:00 a.m. (CDT)
‘Al’s Departure From The Santa Monica Pier.’

BLOG ENTRY | 06/02/18 | 5:00 p.m. (CDT)
‘California Dreamin Gives Way To PIER Pressure.’

At 12:30 p.m. (PT) Al and Terry arrived at the famed Santa Monica Pier. In less than 24-hours Al will saddle up and begin the ride of a lifetime. An epic journey of courage, stamina, and dedication begins tomorrow, an odyssey that celebrates the unceasing love of a husband for a wife. The 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride will be one for the record books, a cross-country expedition to raise our country’s consciousness regarding the value and critical need for breast cancer research. Al rides for all breast cancer survivors. Al rides for all those currently battling breast cancer. Al rides for the families supporting all those diagnosed with breast cancer. Each mile east will bring Al and Terry closer to their goal, to raise awareness and donations to help find a cure. No doubt a few nerves will give way to a little fear and tears tonight as Al and Terry contemplate the start of this considerable undertaking. But make no mistake, at 8:00 a.m. (PT) tomorrow morning, on Sunday, June 3rd, Al and Terry will be ready. It’s time to wish them well, extend our blessings and prayers as they embark on a mission for us all.

As has been the case for the past three days, Al and Terry continue to document their trip with photos that bring all of us a little closer to the true Pink Pedals 4 A Cure experience.

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Ready for departure. We will be arriving in California in a matter of hours. Please return your trays and TREK bikes to an upright position.

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Finally! California! Let’s Roll.

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In deep contemplation about the pending ride. It all starts tomorrow!

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This may be the end of Route 66 but it’s just the beginning for Al and Terry.

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Checking out the sights and sounds of the Santa Monica Pier.

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Greeting Santa Monica!

BLOG ENTRY | 06/01/18 | 4:20 p.m. (CDT)
‘Viva Las THEYGUESS.’

Up at dawn, Al and Terry set out to cover the rest of Utah, a portion of Arizona, crossing into Nevada by mid-day. That’s where they’ll stay tonight, on the fringe of Sin City. And what pray tell is the Friday evening agenda for our stalwart nomads? It’s anyone’s GUESS really, except Al and Terry. Instead of taking in a show on the strip, dining at one of the many all-night buffets or playing slots until the wee-hours, Al and Terry will settle in for the night, enjoy a high carb pasta dinner, followed by lots and lots of sleep. In fact, I have it on good authority that Al and Terry are going to … ‘ZZZZZZZZZs’ the day … or the night in this case. With only two days to go, rest is key.

The trip west has been full of friendly faces and wide open spaces. One awesome encounter occurred in Utah during a quick convenience stop. While grabbing a few snacks for the road and getting a little gas for the Crimson Cruise Support Vehicle or CCSV for short, Al and Terry happened upon a couple of brothers, Scott and Steve, heading home on their own two-wheel cross-country odyssey. High winds, collegiate rivalry (Bama vs. USC) and a desire to help others brought them together. Their time that blustery day was brief but their shared experience will last a lifetime.

HUGE THANK YOU to David and Gabby at the Home2 Suites By Hilton Las Vegas Strip South for the warm welcome, gracious hospitality and complimentary room for the night.

Tomorrow things get real! The Golden State awaits.

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No time for a Grand Canyon tour. Must press on.

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Look out Vegas, here we come! 😉

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So great to meet so many wonderful people along the way.

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A warm welcome from the staff at Home2 Suites By Hilton. Thank you!

BLOG ENTRY | 05/31/18 | 8:24 p.m. (CDT)
‘The Current STATE Of Affairs … It’s A Numbers Game Really.’

Minnesota ☑️
South Dakota ☑️
Iowa ☑️
Nebraska ☑️
Colorado☑️
Utah ☑️

Two days on the road, six states by car with fifteen states to go. Over the course of the next several weeks, Al and Terry will move through twenty-one states in all. No biggie for Terry.  She’s a seasoned road pro now, a four-wheeling gal with the Pink Gas Pedal To The Metal, prepping to follow Al as he makes his way up and down the highways and byways of every town USA. As for Al, the preferred mode of transportation comes with just two-wheels thank you very much. For now, Al and Terry are just happy to enjoy the ride, the calm before the ‘hectic norm’, taking in all of the beauty and splendor that God provides. That’s how Al and Terry roll … ROLL TIDE that is.  For your viewing pleasure, cast your peepers upon the many sights of the western drive, day two.

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Ready for another day on the road, driving to Santa Monica and the start of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018.

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Awesome Nebraska sunrise.

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Al and Terry say hello to ‘Colorful’ COLORado on their drive west.

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More glimpses of the awesome drive through the mountains. Gorgeous day with a brilliant blue sky and sun.

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In ‘range’ of the Colorado Rockies. An awesome sight to behold.

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Driving through the mountains of Colorado.

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The beautiful snow-capped Colorado Rockies come into view.

BLOG ENTRY | 05/30/18 | 3:59 p.m. (CDT)
‘The Quest To Tame The West, And The Rest … Begins Today.’

At 5:30 a.m. this morning, Al and Terry exited the threshold of their front door, something they won’t do again for another 40-to-50 days. As they made their way down the dimly lit path that leads to their gravel driveway and awaiting Crimson SUV, thoughts of sunny California and the start of Pink Pedals 4 A Cure 2018 raced through their heads. For the next few days, Al and Terry ride together, allowing their four-wheel vehicle to do the work. It will soon be a different story. On Sunday, Al with push off from the Santa Monica Pier on an all too familiar two-wheel vehicle on his quest to tame the west.  By mid-day, Al and Terry were seeing ‘Great Faces & Great Places’ as they entered the state of South Dakota.  Godspeed Al and Terry.

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Packed and ready to go. Leaving Richmond, Minnesota for the long four day drive to sunny California.

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Time for a quick selfie in front of the South Dakota state line.

BLOG ENTRY … Keep On Trekking: 03/30/18 | 4:00 P.M. (CDT) — A ‘TOUR’ DE FORCE IN WATERLOO, WI.  Al and Terry spent the morning touring the amazing Trek Bicycle factory in Waterloo WI. Trek is the brand of bike that carried Al through the 2016 and 2017 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride. Al will be back in the saddle of his Trek bike IN JUST 65 DAYS!  That’s right!  Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride 2018 kicks off on June 3rd from the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California.   #KeepOnTrekingAlandTerry

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Al checking out some of the record-breaking bikes on the TREK tour.

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Al and Terry standing outside the TREK facility in Waterloo, WI.

BLOG ENTRY … 100 Days And Counting: 02/23/18 | 1:30 P.M. (CDT) — WE’RE STOKED!  LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME GNARLY MILES.  HELLA READY TO GET THIS UNDERWAY.  In 100 days, the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride will kickoff. An epic CROSS-COUNTRY 3,500-mile solo bicycle ride in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  Al and Terry can’t wait to say … ‘Greetings From Santa Monica, California!’

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BLOG ENTRY … Fall Fundraising, A Shared Experience: 10/17/2017 | 1:30 P.M. (CDT) — A LITTLE TRAINING, A LITTLE TALKING AND A WHOLE LOT OF SHARING.  Over the past several weeks, Al and Terry have been out and about in the Richmond/St. Cloud region visiting local businesses, talking up the value of Breast Cancer Research, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and asking for support to help fund the upcoming 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride.  Last weekend was no exception as Al and Terry visited the Crafts Direct retail outlet in Waite Park, meeting and greeting residents and sharing their personal breast cancer experience.   Without fail, at every location frequented, the courageous stories of breast cancer survival and loss humble Al and Terry as they celebrate the survivors and hold dear those lost to breast cancer.  Thank you to all the residents that came out, for your kind words of encouragement and support.  HUGE THANK YOU to Crafts Direct for the opportunity to tell our story.

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BLOG ENTRY … A Little Fun And A Little Fundraising: 09/08/2017 | 5:30 P.M. (CDT) — A LABOR OF LOVE DURING THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.  While many took the Labor Day weekend to relax and enjoy the last ‘official’ weekend of summer, Al and Terry were out and about in their hometown, meeting and greeting the wonderful people of Richmond, MN, raising awareness for breast cancer and funds for the upcoming 2018 CROSS-COUNTRY 3,500-mile ride from Los Angeles, CA to New York City.  As in years past, the 2018 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride is in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The good people at Plantenbergs – Food Pride in Richmond, MN hosted Al and Terry over the Labor Day weekend, allowing them to set up a small fundraising/training station near the front doors of this popular grocer.  That’s right!  I said fundraising and training.  While Al and Terry shared their story with patrons of Plantenbergs, Al continued to train-in-place on his stationary bike.

During the two-day fundraising event over the Labor Day weekend, Al and Terry had an opportunity speak with many residents who took the time to share their own courageous stories of breast cancer survival and sacrifice.  Needless to say, the many stories shared over the weekend further strengthened Al and Terry’s resolve to find a cure.

In the coming weeks, Al and Terry will continue their 2018 fundraising efforts at local businesses around Central Minnesota.  For more information, please see our Donation & Fundraising web page.

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> 2017 LIVE Track The Ride Blog:
BLOG ENTRY … Like The Title Of The Hank Williams Jr. Song  … ‘It’s All Over But The Crying’: 06/30/2017 | 1:00 P.M. (CDT) — 1,700-MILES LATER:  One week ago today, Al rolled into The Big Apple completing an epic journey of support, determination, and love.  Stepping off his bike for the last time on that humid Friday morning, there was Terry at his side.  The first face Al saw in the crowd … Terry.  The first embrace Al received … Terry.   The catalyst of this monumental endeavor … Terry.  Moments after the arrival, tears gave way to cheers as onlookers showed their support for Al and Terry in a massive assembly of all things pink!  Sharing a bond that most can’t fathom, Al and Terry stood silent for a brief moment on the streets of New York City, grateful for the kind words and expression of love from friends and strangers alike.  The accomplishment of traversing 1,700-miles in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is their unique experience to share with each other, with fellow survivors and with those currently battling breast cancer.  The goal has always been about awareness.  The reality is making a difference, a contribution, and oh what a difference Al and Terry have made.  The 2017 ride may be over, but the work to fund research goes on.  Congratulations Al and Terry.  Thank you for your strength, your fortitude, and your courage.

We leave you with a few final photos of Al and Terry’s arrival in New York City and their joyus Minnesota homecoming.  How wonderful it was for Al and Terry to reunite with their family.

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BLOG ENTRY … Al Completes The Ride In Style: 06/23/2017 | 10:42 A.M. (EDT) — AL TAKES MANHATTAN PART 3! ARRIVAL UPDATE: Al arrived at the offices of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) just moments ago. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Congrats Al and Terry. You are amazing!!

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BLOG ENTRY … It Happens Today: 06/23/2017 | 10:10 A.M. (EDT) — AL TAKES MANHATTAN PART 2! ARRIVAL UPDATE: Terry just arrived at the offices of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Al is approximately 15 minutes away from the the big BCRF arrival!! REMEMBER … it’s all going to happen LIVE on the BCRF Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/TheBreastCancerResearchFoundation/

BLOG ENTRY … It Happens Today: 06/23/2017 | 7:43 A.M. (EDT) — AL TAKES MANHATTAN! Al arrives in New York City and you can watch it all unfold LIVE on The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s (BCRF) Facebook page. Tune in at 10:15 A.M. (Eastern)/9:15 A.M. (Central). LIVE ver 3

BLOG ENTRY … You Know What They Say, ‘If It Ain’t Hoboken Don’t Fix It’: 06/22/2017 | 6:45 P.M. (EDT) — AL PUTS THE PINK PEDAL TO THE METAL ON DAY 20. After 19 days in the saddle, Al completed a Herculean effort today riding 94-miles to end day 20 in Jersey City.  Along the way, Terry does her best to keep up, maneuvering the Jeep in heavy metro traffic, spotting Al when she can.  As they approach their final destination for the day, Al and Terry catch a partial glimpse of the New York City and One World Trade Center. Now moving through the city streets in tandem, Al grabs a moment to stop and thank a friend from Bike Hub for helping him navigate much of the New Jersey route.  Just before leaving, Al is stopped by two kind and curious representatives of the New Jersey Department Of Transportation (NJDOT).  After a quick meet-and-greet and a selfie or two, Al is on his way.  Delayed by transportation admirers and flush with his newfound celebrity status, 😉 Terry waits for Al at the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal in Jersey City.  It’s a bright summer day on the Hudson River.  Squinting ever so slightly due to the flashes of sun reflecting atop the river, Al and Terry collectively gaze upon the full view of the New York City skyline.  It’s at this time that reality sets in for our dynamic duo.  Together they stand on the precipice of completing this amazing journey of awareness, courage, and love.  Tomorrow morning, Al will take the brief ferry ride from Jersey City to Manhattan, courtesy of the New York Waterway.  Once on the island, Al will push off for the last time, covering the final 10-miles of his epic 1,700 mile odyssey.

Programming Note:  Be sure to check back here bright and early tomorrow morning for Al’s arrival details including when Al is expected to arrive at the BCRF, how to watch the arrival LIVE on the BCRF Facebook page, and much more.  Stay tuned.

PLEASE DONATE.  If you haven’t already done so, please MAKE A DONATION TO THE BCRF TODAY. Visit the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) fundraising page.  Thank you.Al and Terry NJ Waterfront IMG_7602Bike Hub IMG_7578DOT IMG_7573Ferry Port 1 IMG_7597Hudson IMG_7599NJ Traffic IMG_7580

BLOG ENTRY … ‘Gearing’ Up For New York City: 06/22/2017 | 7:59 A.M. (EDT) — ONE WORD BEST DESCRIBES AL’S PUSH ON DAY 20 … EXCELSIOR (EVER UPWARD). It’s ever upward and at ’em as Al and Terry began day 20. Al snapped into his Pink Pedals at 7:39 A.M. (EDT), leaving Blairstown New Jersey with a full head of steam. Heavy traffic and mixed emotions await as Al moves ever closer to The Empire State, New York City, and his historic date with destiny.

DONATIONS UPDATE: According to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) … As of today, 2017 Pink Pedals 4 A Cure | Terry’s Ride DONATIONS will fund over 100 HOURS OF RESEARCH. We still need your help. Make a DONATION TODAY to help us reach our goal. Please visit the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure fundraising website now. Thank you.Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 9.46.58 AMStart IMG_7570

BLOG ENTRY … Al Put The Summer SOUL In SOULstice: 06/21/2017 | 4:50 P.M. (EDT) — OKAY. SOLSTICE IS NOT SPELLED WITH S-O-U-L, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA. Al began day 19 at 8:00 A.M. (EDT) with one thing on his mind, the Pocono Mountains.  By the end of the day, Al surreptitiously changed the name of the Poco’NO’ Mountains to the Poco’YES’ Mountains!  Trademark and cool merchandise pending of course.  😉  Al believed Wednesday to be his doom but instead, day 19 was a boon.  Starting where he did in Glenburn Pennsylvania, the elevation combined with a more relaxed plateaued mountain range made inclines a bit easier, allowing Al an extremely rare recovery day. Day 19 ended 64-miles ‘down the road’ in Bada Bing … Blairstown New Jersey.  That’s right!  New Jersey, The Garden State.  You gotta problem with that?  😉  Lest we forget, Al is a ‘made man’ … ‘made of steel’ after 19 days on the road.  Can we get an Amen?  Thank you. The miles tally heading into Thursday looks like this … 1,596 miles down, 104-miles to New York City (NYC).  Goodbye Pennsylvania, hello from Jersey.  Look out Manhatten, here they come.  Enjoy the pics-to-click below.  See you Thursday or as we like to call it, New York’s Eve.

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BLOG ENTRY … Over The Hill, No Way: 06/20/2017 | 6:00 P.M. (EDT) — THIS 58-YEAR-OLD ISN’T OVER THE HILL … YET!  HE STILL HAS THE POCONO MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB ON WEDNESDAY. 😉 Day 18 ended the way it began with hills, hills and more hills.  We don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill, it’s just … Al’s dupa (butt) feels like it was dragged through a jaggerbush (shrub with thorns) while riding in a buggy (grocery cart) after being dragged through a crick (small stream). Confused?  Don’t be.  That was an example of authentic Pennsylvania vernacular, a tip of the hat so to speak to Al and Terry’s ‘incline-oriented’ host these past few days.  The Quaker State is lovely and at the same time, earnestly elevated!  Al isn’t sure right now if it’s the steep Pennsylvania elevations that are so tough, or the simple fact that he’s been in the saddle for 18 consecutive days.  And speaking of days, this day ended in Glenburn Pennsylvania, 70-miles from Towanda. For those of you scoring at home, the miles tally for day 18 looks like this … 1,532 miles down, 168-miles to New York City (NYC).  The Big Apple is looming large on the horizon with each passing day.  Al continues to race through the miles like a seasoned frequent-flyer.  In fact, the pilot has turned off the fasten your seatbelt sign, you are free to move about the cabin … to MAKE A DONATION.  In the unlikely event of a water landing, Al’s tires can be used as flotation devices.  Our expected arrival in New York City will be Friday, June 23rd.  As we close out day 18, we need to pass on a couple of HUGE SHOUT-OUTS.

The first SHOUT-OUT goes to Ashleigh Taylor, Tyler Peterson, Jade Jarvis and the entire news team at Fox 56 Wolf in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  Fox 56 Wolf will be airing a story tonight on their 10:00 P.M. newscast featuring Al and Terry’s ride for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The second SHOUT-OUT goes to the staff at the Hampton Inn By Hilton at Clarks Summit who so graciously welcomed Al and Terry with pink balloons, kind words of support, and complimentary overnight accommodations.

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BLOG ENTRY … The Upwardly Mobile Reszels: 06/20/2017 | 1:45 P.M. (EDT) — CLIMBING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP, ONE MILE AT A TIME! Day 18 began at 8:40 A.M. (EDT) with a brisk 7-mile climb up yet another Pennsylvania peak!  And if the terrain wasn’t tough enough, Al found himself playing an all too real game of Frogger, dodged and weaved his way through frequent and at times, dangerous truck traffic. Just when the initial 7-mile climb had ended, several additional two-mile climbs reared their upwardly mobile heads, pushing Al back into the saddle once again, straining to keep his legs pumping and those Pink Pedals pushing.  Lunch came early on day 18 as Al needed to break for some much-needed protein to fuel up his body after the brutal multiple climb morning.

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BLOG ENTRY … Rain Or Shine, Al Keeps Moving Forward: 06/19/2017 | 6:45 P.M. (EDT) — THE GOOD PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA AND THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS! The weather played a big role on day 17 of the ride.  Throughout much of the day, Al contended with soaking rains, severe weather, fog, and the occasional ray of sunshine.  While Al was drenched to the core as he peddled into Towanda Pennsylvania to end day 17, his spirits were not dampened. Once again, Mother Nature can’t keep this good man down. Even with the atmospheric hurdles, Al traveled another 65-miles for breast cancer research.  Mileage tally for day 17, 1,462-miles down, 238-miles to go.  Check out the map below to see Al’s route for the day.  Day 18 is up next.  Al and Terry could be in The Big Apple by Friday.

SIDE NOTE:  The Kindness Of Strangers … While having dinner tonight at a local restaurant directly across from their hotel, Al and Terry were awestruck once again by the kindness of strangers.  During dinner, unbeknownst to Al and Terry, word of their journey was filtering throughout the dining room, courtesy of Al and Terry’s  waitress.  All of a sudden, there they were.  A lovely couple known simply as, the Gallaghers, standing beside Al and Terry’s table.  They took just a moment to introduce themselves, showing their appreciation with a smile, a kind word and a donation placed on the edge of the table.  At the end of the meal, Al asked for the check only to find out that the Gallaghers had picked up the tab for their dinner.  Another expression of gratitude and gesture of kindness.  There are so many wonderful people across this country.  Al and Terry are blessed to have met two of those wonderful people tonight in the town of Towanda, population 2,841.

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BLOG ENTRY … The First Weather Delay: 06/19/2017 | 8:50 A.M. (EDT) — RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS ALWAYS GETS ME DOWN … DOWNHILL AND DOWN THE ROAD WE HOPE! Day 17 began with light rain which turned into heavy rain and then severe storms. Al rode in the rain for two hours before he had to come off the bike due to the trecherous wet road conditions and severe weather warnings in the region. Amazing that this is only the first weather delay in 17 days.  Before the rain became too heavy, Al was able to make a couple of pit stops during the morning ride.  See the photos and captions from Terry below.  For now, Al and Terry are waiting out the rain and storms, taking shelter in their car.  More to come tonight.

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‘Al gearing up for a wet ride on day 17.’

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‘Rain and fog to start day 17.’

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‘Not only is this a heck of a drive, it’s one heck of a hill.’

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‘Al saw this place on Google maps months ago and wanted to stop here. He found it!’

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‘We told the owner our story. Great coffee and popcorn.’

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‘Waiting for Al.  Decisions. Which hill will it be?  Don’t know what’s ahead because of all the curves.’

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‘Stopped for some Gatorade. Can’t drink while riding with all the rain. Cool bridge.’

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‘Al is soaked through. Also, don’t know how he can see through those dirty glasses.’

BLOG ENTRY … The Wonderful People You Meet Along The Way: 06/18/2017 | 5:54 P.M. (EDT) — MOTHER NATURE AND HILLARY MOUNTAIN ARE BACK, AND THEY BROUGHT A FRIEND! During the afternoon of day 16, Al welcomed a couple of old friends back to the ride; swirling winds and hilly roads. Just as Al was getting reacquainted with his old pals, a new friend knocked on the door. His name … Denton … Denton Hill Summit of the Allegheny Mountain Family, elevation 2,424 feet. Well, as you can imagine, Al was not exactly prepared for company this afternoon but you know what they say, two’s company, three’s a real 2.5-mile morale killer. ;-} Even with the 2017 pre-ride map/route prep, Denton came out of nowhere.  Still, Al pressed on through Sweden Valley, welcoming Denton with open arms, successfully putting his new buddy ‘at the top‘ of Al’s BFFs for life list.  Day 16 ended just outside of Wellsboro Pennsylvania with an impressive 76-miles in all.  As we wrap things up for the night, Al and Terry wanted to extend a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.  Also.  They would be remiss if they didn’t thank Chuck Tameris of Baxters Bakery in Gaines Pennsylvania.  A man after their own hearts, Chuck is an avid fundraiser for breast cancer and passionate advocate for the cause.  Chuck graciously provided Al and Terry with great insight, pink ‘merch’ and a very generous donation to the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure BCRF fundraising website.  Thank you, Chuck! See you Monday.

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Great place for lunch … rest area in Galeton Pennsylvania.
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Al and Terry meet Chuck Tameris of Baxters Bakery.

BLOG ENTRY … The Father’s Day Push Ever Further Into Pennsylvania: 06/18/2017 | 8:00 A.M. (EDT) — GETTING IT DONE! On this Father’s Day Sunday, Al awoke early, studying his maps, prepping for day 16.  While the maps fill his head with the business at hand, Al’s thoughts quickly shift to the significance of the day, it’s meaning, and his two boys, Ron and Randy.  While they can’t be together today, Al takes comfort knowing that soon, they will be reunited.  Leaving Smethport Pennslyvania at 8:00 A.M. (EDT), Al embraces day 16 with new energy, determination, and confidence.

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BLOG ENTRY … The Bear Went Over The Mountain To See What He Could See: 06/17/2017 | 3:15 P.M. (EDT) — THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN WAS ALL THAT HE COULD SEE! Was there really any doubt people?  Mountain man and now Iron Man Al conquered the climb to Smethport Pennsylvania, elevation 2,495.  Al’s winter training really paid off on day 15, traversing 79-miles up, up, up to his final destination in McKean County. But was it Al’s training or divine intervention?  Unable to find a suitable picnic spot, Al and Terry were forced to hunker down and eat their lunch at a local church in Mount Jewett.  A little protein and a little prayer can’t hurt, right?  Either way, our collective prayers have been answered!  Al took on the steep incline of day 15 and triumphed.  After the heroic push, Al and Terry grabbed a moment to take in the beauty of Kinzua State Park, gas up the Jeep (awesome full-service stations in Smethport) and enjoy a well deserved ice-cream treat. Along the route today, Terry snapped a few photos of the lovely Pennsylvania countryside.  You can check out her equally lovely photos below.  ‘ThrICE’ therapy awaits, but before day 15 ends, Al and Terry wanted to pass along a couple of HUGE SHOUT-OUTS to local business owners in the region.

SHOUT-OUT number one goes to Craig and Antonio Scalise of the Horton House Bed & Breakfast Inn for the complimentary overnight accommodations.  The Inn offers guests five elegantly appointed bedrooms with private baths, wood burning fireplaces, a game room, lounge, music room, ballroom, library, living room, sundeck and year-round hot tub.  A wonderful place for Al and Terry to relax and lay their weary heads after a day like today.

SHOUT-OUT number two goes out to Andy at Warren Cycle Shop. Al had a little gear trouble during his intense climb and Andy stayed past store hours to fix the gear issue, FREE of charge.

Goodnight all.  See you tomorrow!

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BLOG ENTRY … The Ascent To Smethport Pennsylvania: 06/17/2017 | 8:55 A.M. (EDT) — IT’S ALL UPHILL FROM HERE! With his leg muscles still screaming, Al doubles down on day 15 knowing full well that today’s ride will test him like no other. From the start in Youngsville to the projected finish in Smethport, Al will need to draw upon every bit of his strength to conquer this huge day 15 riding challenge. What keeps Al going? What helps Al push through the pain? One simple answer … Terry. Al musters the raw courage and tenacity to accomplish days like today by reflecting on Terry’s battle with breast cancer only a few years ago. Terry is a warrior, all too familiar with CLIMBING MOUNTAINS, SURVIVING a treacherous path, and finding a way to come out on top.  During that difficult and dark time, Al was there to support Terry every step of the way. Years later, on day 15 and every day, Terry is there for her own warrior … Al.

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BLOG ENTRY … The Bigfoot Or The Big Pedal: 06/16/2017 | 6:00 P.M. (EDT) — ROUTE 6 WAS A COMPLETE ‘TERRAIN’ WRECK! According to Al, day 14 was by far the toughest day of the ride. Route 6 did a little butt kicking but so did Al who completed an amazing 82-miles, even with the difficult inclines. I guess you could say that Al has been ‘terraining’ for this all year long. 😉 Promise, that was the last ‘terrain’ pun in the blog tonight!  Day 14 ended in Youngsville Pennsylvania, a borough in Warren County. Like always, after today’s ride, Terry picked up her Pink Pedal Partner and they headed to their overnight accommodations.  Shout-out to the Home2 Suites By Hilton in Erie Pennslyvania for the discounted room rate.  Much appreciated. Dinner this evening took on a different feel for two very special reasons.  The first reason and probably the most important of the two, Al had a freak, unexpected Sasquatch (Bigfoot) sighting, which he survived and lived the tell the tale.  The second and again, not in any way as important as the first reason involving the awesome Bigfoot sighting … Al and Terry celebrated some kind of anniversary tonight.  Oh yea, their 39th wedding anniversary.  No big deal, moving on.  All kidding aside.  How wonderful it is for Al and Terry to celebrate 39-years of marriage, working side-by-side for such an awesome cause.  Here’s to the happy couple!  Check out the map below to see Al’s route for the day.

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BLOG ENTRY … The Climb Begins: 06/16/2017 | 1:30 P.M. (EDT) — DANGEROUS ROADS AHEAD! Al began day 14 at 7:57 A.M. on the Pennsylvania state line, fully anticipating a leg-numbing push into Albion and beyond. Little did Al know that this first stretch of Route 6 is also a truck route, creating dangerous conditions with high-speed vehicles sailing past Al and his bike. Speeding vehicles aside, the first leg of the Pennsylvania Route 6 roadway is made up of curves a plenty and hills as far as the eye can see. Lots more of that on tap for the next several days. Al and Terry made a brief stop after entering the state of Pennsylvania for a press interview.  Look for more information on that soon. Post interview with the newspaper and adoring paparazzi ;-), Al and Terry halted their forward momentum, enjoying lunch in Union City Pennsylvania. Based on the takeout containers visible in the photo below, appears the lunch menu consisted of yummy dinner leftovers from their meal last night at Joey’s Italian Village. Small world-ism … Al and Terry’s food-server Megan has an aunt in Monticello Minnesota.  Said aunt owns a lovely little flower shop in … Monticello.

Post-Ride To Do For Al and Terry:  Stop by Megan’s family flower shop the next time they visit the grandkids in Monticello.

Let’s wrap up this mid-day ‘Track The Ride’ Blog Update with the official miles tally at the start of day 14 – 1,160 miles down, 540-miles to go.

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BLOG ENTRY … The Virtue, Liberty, and Independence Of Pennsylvania Welcomes Al and Terry On Day 13: 06/15/2017 | 4:21 P.M. (EDT) — SIX STATES DOWN, THREE TO GO! Staying ahead of the rain most of the day, Al stormed across the Pennsylvania state line at 2:30 P.M. (EDT). That’s six states down with three to go.  Day 13 was a 79-mile Ohio farewell tour of sorts as Al and Terry breezed through towns like Geneva On The Lake, Ashtabula, and Conneaut.  On the way to their overnight accommodations at the Lost Pearl Bed & Breakfast in Madison Ohio, Al and Terry found an awesome place to stop and enjoy an ice cold root beer and a frosty malt. Check out the map below to see Al’s route for the day. Bonus video on day 13.  If you would like to see Al crossing into The Keystone State, please visit the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure YouTube channel.  Friday awaits!

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BLOG ENTRY … The Last Leg Of Ohio: 06/15/2017 | 7:55 A.M. (EDT) — THE KEYSTONE STATE AWAITS! Al pushed off from Euclid Ohio at 7:55 A.M. on what will likely be the last leg of his Ohio push.  With the Cleveland skyline fading in the distance, Al heads east toward the Pennsylvania state line and what will most assuredly be his toughest challenge yet, the expansive, mountainous terrain of The Keystone State.  Special shout-out to the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Avon Ohio for the Wednesday night complimentary overnight accommodations.

REMINDER:  A quick reminder to those of you that might be waiting to make a donation until ‘after’ Al arrives in New York.  The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) requires funding on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis so that researchers can continue their important work to help find a cure.  Al and Terry are giving their all to create awareness for breast cancer research.  Carrying a message of hope to those who need it most.  You too can do your part. Please don’t delay, make your DONATION TO THE BCRF TODAY.Start IMG_7223

BLOG ENTRY … The Push Into Cleveland: 06/14/2017 | 6:00 P.M. (EDT) — CLEVELAND MAY ROCK, BUT SO DOES AL! Rocking out another 80-miles on day 12, Al continued his assault on the highways and byways of Ohio.  Hello, Cleveland!  With greatly reduced heat and humidity thanks to Lake Erie, Al experienced a more comfortable day in the saddle.  Day 12 ended in Euclid Ohio but not before a couple of photo ops at the famous Cleveland sign and FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns.  Immediately after the ride ended, Terry made a beeline to the Lake Erie Harley Davidson shop.  There, Terry promptly purchased the perfect pink bandana to help rectify Al’s current head striping issue.  Nicely done Terry.  You earn that CEO title each and every day.  Hail to Terry, Chief Everything Officer!  Other post ride activities included the usual ‘Thrice With Ice’ therapy, dinner and a special visit to Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.  The Cleveland Indians?  Why would two Die-Hard Cub fans have any interest in visiting Progressive Field? Simple.  It’s where all the Cubbie magic happened last year!  There’s Al (see photo below), proudly sporting his Chicago Cubs World Series cap.  Reminding Cleveland fans of their horrific World Series Loss.  Is that wrong?  😉  Before we sign off for the night, Al and Terry wanted to wish everyone a Happy Flag day.  Long may she wave.  God bless America.  And speaking of blessings … God bless all breast cancer survivors.  God bless all those battling breast cancer.  God bless all those families touched by breast cancer.  And God bless The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

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