We can't believe it's been a year since Roger was tragically killed by a distracted driver, who was on a cell phone. Roger was biking from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville Beach, FL to build awareness and raise funds for the victims of the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill. We are honored that more than 20 Pensacola area cyclists will gather on October 6, 2011, to honor his legacy and help us finish Roger's remaining 300 miles, ending with a tire dipping on October 9th in the Atlantic ocean.
We Started out bright and early at Vicki's house, greeted by wonderful volunteers who served coffee and bagels (donated by Bagelheads). Thank you Karla, Diane and Nancy! Then we were off.
A group of 22 amazing cyclists, and Roger's family, traveled about 2 hours to the scene of the accident just east of Ebro, FL on Highway 20. We were honored to have Jack Kale, pastor at Gulf Breeze UMC, start with a short service. He gave an inspiring message about how one person who started something led 22 others to complete it. Our lifetime on earth is short and so we rely on others to build upon the life we've started. That's just what these fellow cyclists are doing. They are helping us finish what Roger started. They've were inspired by what Roger had accomplished in life and the person he was. We are honored to have them in our lives and we are now inspired by all of them.
The cyclists rode 100 miles on day one on a great route that Roger and Vicki planned over a year ago, with only short breaks along the way, including a quick PB&J lunch in Blountstown, FL.
Day one ended safe and sound in Tallahassee, FL with a delicious group dinner organized by Shannon Grooters and supported by her Tallahassee friends and the Junior League. Thank you!
We are looking forward to day two. Key learnings from today…pile on the sunscreen (Cody) and don’t eat too much GU (Jon)!