FL MAY 10,
Sponsors: Express Youth Foundation, Aikido Tenshinkai of
Hosts: Ms. Lawanna Gilzer and Jose Andrade, MD
Location: Express Youth Foundation, 815 Hills Street,
Orlando, FL, Call 407.481.2110
Activities: Drug March at 3:00 p.m., starting at 815 Hills Street,
and ending at the Central Florida Advocate newspaper on 215 S. Parramore
Avenue. The drug prevention program started at the Express Youth
Foundation, 815 Hills Street, after the march. Jose Andrade, MD, of
Aikido Tenshinkai of Florida, presented a martial arts demonstration.
I got off the plane and thought about everything that happened which
led to this trip. A great deal of effort went into planning and
preparation. Long distance calls(and those bills!) letters, email, all
that stuff. I'm here and on the way. It took 150 minutes to arrive in
Orlando. I'm a few minutes early. The support crew arrived a few
minutes late. Traffic was heavy for a Sunday. It's mothers day. I
assembled the bicycle and rode out of the airport and unto the express
way. I had to take the highway for five miles. Havier and Ricardo
followed me in the support vehicle. The biking is real dangerous. We
split up at Colonial Avenue so they would find a hotel while I traveled
to the first speaking engagement. I was thirsty and the sun was very
hot. The air was humid. The bike was heavy. I just left! I should
have considered the change in climate a little better. Too bad I
didn't. Anyway, not as much as I should have. On the way I saw a wacky
tattoo shop. I pulled over and took a photo of the place as I stood in
the middle of the busy street. No, not the safest place to take a
picture! I had twenty mph winds in my face. My typical speed of 15-20
mph was slowed to about ten mph. I hit a pot hole while riding off a
curb and WHAM! The back wheel was bent out of shape pretty bad. I
haven't left Orlando and I already had a mechanical breakdown. I
disconnected the back brake and continued riding. I hoped the axle
wasn't broken. What else could go wrong? I arrived unto Hill Street a
little early. There were police everywhere. A man was stabbed, blood
was running down his leg. The police gave me directions-the youth
center was down the street. I met Betty and Lawanna Gilzer at the
Express Youth foundation. Wonderful people. They went all out. These
two ladies are genuinely concerned about the community and especially
the children. The program was supposed to start at 3:00 p.m. I learned
that southern time runs about an hour late. People down south aren't as
anal about the time as northern folk. I didn't know if that was a
complement or an insult. I laughed. I guess she's right. Northerners
are real specific about the time. Maybe we need to relax a little bit.
Anyway, I was a little concerned that no one showed for the program
scheduled for three. Sure enough, people came by 4:00 and the place was
filled with children, teens and parents. Dr. Jose Andrade showed up
with his crew. He performed an excellent martial arts demonstration. I
was amazed by his grace in his Aikido skill and how he handled himself.
He is a very confident, concerned physician and martial artist. He owns
a martial arts school called Aikido Tenshinkai of Florida. We held a
drug march after the martial arts demonstration and I spoke about drugs
prevention. We interviewed children, parents, and Jose Andrade for the
video we're producing. As the activities progressed, Ricardo Flores
repaired the bicycle at a local bike shop. He saved tomorrow's ride.
Thanks Ricardo! The food was delicious. The people were awesome. I
never worked so hard and had so much fun! We checked into the hotel and
here we are! The guys went out to have a good time. I'm going to
sleep. I'm tired big time. Did I say I was tired? I'm tired.
Dr. Andrade shows his Aikido skills at the Anti-drug
Street-wise Drug Prevention march through Orlando.
"Tormented Soul Tattoo Asylum"
A different looking place in Orlando. I had to stand in the middle of
the highway to take this picture. I hope you appreciate it.
|DAYTONA BEACH, FL MAY 11,
Sponsors: Holly Hill Youth Center, Holly Hill Recreation Youth
Board, Powerhouse Gymnastics
Hosts: Chuck Beech and Mel Haring
Location: Holly Hill Youth Center, 1025 Hartford Avenue, Holly
Hill, FL, Call 904.760.1445.
Time: 7:00 -9:00 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program & gymnastics demonstration
left Orlando at 6:30 am. I picked up a couple of egg McMuffins at McD's
that morning. They were good. I arrived in Daytona Beach by 11:30
a.m. I got there before the guys in the support vehicle. They overshot
Route 415 and were lost. Alright! I beat a car! Powerhouse Gymnastics
put on a great gymnastics demo. They brought a great deal of gymnastics
equipment and young ladies who were phenomenal in skill. They did
flips, twists and other things in the air that I thought wasn't
possible. Maybe Mel is teaching these people how to defy gravity? Mel
Haring is a driven, determined woman who looks out for her gymnastics
students. She's organized professional and generous. Daytona Beach
should be proud of her and what she's done in the area. All of them
were professional and very disciplined. Mel Haring was gracious and
arranged for us to be at the Hampton Inn. The hotel was comfortable. I
really appreciate the room Mel, thank you! The hot tub helped me relax
my legs after the ride. We had to buy a couple of video tapes for the
camera at Kmart. On the way to the hotel, we had to cram three people
into the support vehicle (Honda Civic) That's vehicle, not vehicle.
You start to spell funny when your this tired.. We didn't have much
time to prepare, eat and shower, so I needed a ride. That was an
experience. I had to sit on the passenger side with a crew member on my
lap. He was heavy. I'm not going to say who it was because I don't
want to embarrass him too much for what he did next. He farted. First
he complained that he had gas. I should of known what was going to
happen next. I incorrectly assumed that he was going to hold his grip
until we were out of the car. Wrong! Not even an apology. We overate
at the Olive Garden. The food was great! We were stuffed. After the
program, we interviewed Mel Haring and Chuck Beach for the video. Chuck
is one of those guys that every community should have around. He's
concerned about the community and gives all he has. I wish we had a
Chuck Beach in my home town. Pardon for the inconsistency in the
sequence of events as I write. I am tired, it's late and I'm riding
over ninety miles tomorrow. Let me tell you something briefly about the
ride. I was chased by a dog. No big deal. He was one persistent dog.
He ran and ran. I growled at him and showed my teeth. I don't think I
looked very intimidating because he kept chasing me. The wind was right
in my face. I'm thinking, what's up with this? When I trained for this
trip I averaged fifteen to twenty miles an hour. Now, I'm averaging ten
or eleven mph. Not good. Oh well. I must make this trip regardless.
I wonder if that pothole affected my bike more than I thought it did.
I'll get it checked out later. At least that dog won't be around.
I took this photo after being chased by a dog about 10 miles ago.
|JACKSONVILLE, FL MAY 12,
Sponsors: TaeKwonDo Plus and Terry Parker Baptist Church
Hosts: Bobby Chavers' and Anne Wilkins
Location: Terry Parker Baptist Church, 7024 Merrill Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32277.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program & TaeKwonDo martial arts
I left 6:00 am for Jacksonville. I started riding right
before dawn. Wow. What a sunrise. It was great! I started on route
A1A in Daytona surfside. It was hot & windy. I started with no
breakfast. I bought three powerbars and ate one every ten miles. I
rode 93 miles today. It was a painful 93 miles. I was tired, real
tired. I hit a constant headwind throughout the trip. You would think
that someone like me would have enough common sense to plan this trip to
ride with the wind instead of against it. Wrong! I can't believe
this. I am going against the wind. What was I thinking? Am I stupid?
Maybe. Now I've got to finish this. Here goes. We didn't have time to
eat until after the program at the Terry Parker Baptist Church. I was
really hungry and tired. I was losing weight and not happy. This ride
was much more than I anticipated. My -ss hurts big time. Ouch. It
feels real uncomfortable when I sit down. I don't want to do this
anymore. I want to quit. I have no choice but to finish. One more
vacation shot. This is supposed to be my vacation. Yes, we're doing
something positive for people. But sh-t. This is my vacation. I took
on this project and no I have to finish it no matter what. People are
depending on us. The black belts showed up in full force from TaeKwonDo
Plus. They were awesome. They had so much of a good time punching and
kicking through bricks and boards. Amazing people. Bobby Chavers is
such a motivator. Speaking of motivation, I am tired. I have no
motivation. I feel discouraged. I can't let anyone see that I feel this
way. But hey, I did everything I could to prepare. I'm surprised it's
so hot, windy, uncomfortable and exhausting. However, I saw alot during
the ride. St. Augustine must be the most picturesque city I've seen.
It's beautiful, WOW. The history and the architecture is breathtaking.
I was amazed by how much you can see at 10 mph. I would have missed so
much of it while in an auto. It's like life- If you don't look around,
it will be over before you know it. Life will pass you by. I've
learned the value of slowing down and looking around. Enjoy life-even
if it means living tougher and taking the hard road. I'm losing more
weight. I'm not happy about that. I passed a dead turtle this
afternoon. It stank. Uh disgusting. Yuk. What a stench. Time to go
to bed. I hope I'm not chased by any dogs tomorrow. I'm tired of being
chased by dogs. A dog chase me today. I wanted to kick it but it would
have ate my foot. Nothing like being chased by a dog while riding your
bike dead tired. I need to go to bed.
A beautiful sunrise at Daytona Beach, FL
For the next 30 miles, it was real smooth sidewalk riding.
More sidewalk, more miles, more sidewalk, more miles...
Get the idea?
|BRUNSWICK, GA MAY 13,
Sponsors: City Youth Drug Movement, Halverson Karate Academy,
Hosts: Gary Cook, Rocky Spaulding, Ren Halverson, Paul McKenzie
Location: Goodyear Elementary, 3400 Norwich & 4th Streets,
Call 912.262.0061, Fax: 912.267.5526
Activities: Drug prevention program & martial arts demonstration
Another very hot day. This is so uncomfortable. What was I thinking?
My rear end hurts so much. There has to be a good reason why I'm going
so slow. I hope nothing is wrong with my bicycle. 10 mph! I should be
going at least 15 mph. Something is up. We had a martial arts demo at
the Goodyear Elementary School. Someone turned off the lights during
the martial arts demo. Not good. They probably thought that they could
turn the lights on and off right away. Well, they needed to be cooled
off before they could be turned on again. The demo was great. I felt
bad for Ren Halverson who had to do it in the dark. The local TV
station and the newspaper showed up. I was thankful for that. The mor
exposure this drug problem gets, the better. Unfortunately, the story
didn't hit television. Gary Cook in Brunswick, GA, is a phenomenal
individual. He is someone that youth should look up to. Our video crew
interviewed the local District Attorney, police officers, teachers and
parents. They did a great job. My rear end still hurts. Ouch. They
put us up in a nice hotel and gave us a great meal at a Chinese
Restaurant. Nothing beats southern hospitality. We, the crew, are
arguing about money. There is some damage to my car from all this
packing and unpacking. I'm not happy about the car situation.
Considering my health is good and the weather is pleasant, I shouldn't
be complaining. If all I have is a dented new car, life must be pretty
good. That's the thing. People usually complain about what went wrong
when they have so much to be thankful for. I do it too.
Meet my mean, lean bicycling machine. Don't mess.
See the that yellow dot on the bike? That is my horn.
Don't mess with horn either.
|SAVANNAH, GA MAY 14,
Host: Dan McConnell
Location: 6400 Habersham Street, Savannah, Call 912.354.6223
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program
The ride to Savannah was
difficult. I was hit by a minivan. Javier was shooting video of the
ride. The driver of the minivan wasn't watching where he was going. By
the time he realized what was happening, he couldn't stop in time. He
tried to squeeze in between myself and the support vehicle. As a
result, he side-swiped me with his side rear view mirror. I'm grateful
it was one of those break away types. I was lucky. My arm felt broken
at first. And for some reason it was okay when I tried to straighten it
out. What an experience. If I was six inches in the other direction,
the grill of that van would have had me for lunch. I'm just glad that
I'm still in condition to finish the ride. Traffic was nuts. People
drive like a bunch of fruitcakes. The YMCA put us up for the night at a
local hotel. They were so generous and hospitable. Dan McConnell
opened up their facility to us and greeted us with open arms. They
arranged for a magic show, pizza for the kids and the drug talk we put
on for the parents and children. They know how to put on a show. We
put on two programs for the YMCA; one for the parents and one for the
kids. The kids got together and did a skit for us. Wow. Later that
night, we went out (Javier, Ricardo and myself) to take a look around.
The town's historic district is beautiful. I am impressed. Cobble
stone driveways, great food, nice people, everything was just awesome.
This trip is so intense. As for the bicycle, we got the rear wheel
fixed again. The axle was broken after all. No wonder the ride was so
hard! At the bike shop, I shared my "problem" with the owner. I told
him about my chaffing, you know what I mean. That seat isn't exactly
the most comfortable thing in the world after eighty miles. They
recommended that I use "Butt-Butter". Excuse me? Butt-Butter? What is
that? Well, they couldn't find any. So you guessed it. The sales
clerk yells across the room to the owner, "Hey! Do we have any more
Butt-Butter!". I don't embarrass easily. However, that was a little
too much for me. I didn't buy the Butt-Butter out of defiance for
putting me on the spot. The guys thought it was funny, of course.
Don't people in this country have leashes on their dogs? I was chased
four times today. That rotweiller almost had my rear end for lunch.
And my rear end wasn't buttered.
I'm sure this homeowner is nervous. The flood waters reached twenty
feet from his front door. If you take things a little slower, you
realize what you can miss when you're always in a hurry.
|WALTERBORO, SC MAY 15,
Sponsors: Walterboro Downtown Development Center, Walterboro
Karate & Defense Arts School, Lighthouse Bookstore
& Trophies, Walterboro Christian Center
Hosts: Alta Mae Henderson, Will and Wade Marvin, Pastor Jo
Don Buckner, Kris & Jack Cunningham
Location: Walterboro Christian Center, 255 Washington Street,
Call 803.549.6495, Fax: 803.549.6468
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program & martial arts demonstration
in the evening Book signing at Lighthouse Trophies
the early afternoon
The biking was hot and
uncomfortable today. The chaffing continued. The sun was too warm.
The traffic was difficult. I did not have a good time on the bike
today, for the most part. However, the last twenty miles were good. I
saw some beautiful scenery and the people were very friendly. I stopped
to talk to a couple police officers. They gave some directions and
appeared geniunely concerned about their job. Although, they were
probably thinking why someone was riding a bicycle this far. If I was
them, I would probably be thinking the same thing. Will and Wade Marvin
delivered an excellent martial arts demonstration in front of the
waterfall in downtown Walterboro. Great show. We recently held a drug
prevention program for what was supposed to be parents. No parents
showed. About 30 kids came. They participated and appeared very
interested. It was good program. Everything just clicked. Those kids
were good kids. We focused our discussion on refusal skills. They had a
great time. I spoke with Pastor Buckner after the program. He has made
some strides in encouraging diversity in his group. We stayed overnight
at a motel for $26.00. We were not happy. The place was filthy and it
stank awful. I asked the owner if he could give us a clean room or
return our money. He offered me a $5.00 discount. I don't think so
buddy boy. It's not happening. I insisted on having a clean room or
returning our money. Finally, he conceded to give us another room.
What a goof. He could at least make sure the room was clean! I
inspected the room and everything checked out okay. When I took a
shower and walked out, the floor was kind of slimy. Gross. I was not
happy. What can you expect for $26.00? We drove to Charleston, SC and
went clubing. I drove. That town is alive all hours of the night. The
city is beautiful and rich in history. I can't believe we came back at
2 a.m. I'm exhausted. I need to bike tomorrow. I almost fell asleep
at the wheel coming back. I woke up about 8 am made my way to
Charleston the next morning.
I took a picture of my shadow while riding.
No groundhogs around here.
|CHARLESTON, SC MAY 16,
Sponsors: Charleston AFB
Hosts: Lieutenant Deborah Wheeler, Denise John,
TSgt. Peggy Patterson
Location: 437 Medical Group/SHOH, 204 West Hill Blvd., Charleston
Call 803.963.6849, Fax: 803.963.6524.
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drug prevention program starts shortly
Activities: "Law Enforcement Day", cook out, & drug prevention
I left Walterboro at about 8 am without breakfast. I ate a
banana and drank some chocolate milk. 45 miles to Charleston, SC. The
last ten miles were treacherous. Too much traffic and no shoulder on
the road. I knew I was getting close due to the transport planes
landing in the distance. Midway through the trip I stopped riding to
see a few turtles coming to the surface for some air. I was startled to
see a crocodile. I was chased by another dog. It's no big deal
anymore, really. I'm getting pretty good at this dog avoidance stuff.
The trick is to start pedaling as hard as you can when you hear the
barking. Don't bother to see where it's coming from. Just go! When
you really think about it, who cares where the dog is, as long as he's
behind you-- instead of chewing on your behind. At the Charleston Air
Force Base, Deborah Wheeler arranged for the DEA, Customs Agents, local
police department and other agencies to show their support by having a
"Law Enforcement Day". Incredible. Deborah is one awesome person.
I love airplanes. This one was on display at the Charleston
|GEORGETOWN, SC MAY 17,
We didn't buy anything here. I just took the picture. I pity the fool
who would rob this place.
I rode past Georgetwon, SC and continued
toward Myrtle Beach. Not much in Georgetown. I am tired. 98 miles
today. Too much. My rear end really hurts. We checked into an okay
motel off Myrtle Beach. For fifty bucks-- not bad. We went out to eat
at a seafood buffet. I think I put them out of business. We went out
to a club and danced with people we met. I love Myrtle beach! We
bought some firecrackers. The guys lit one off the porch of the hotel.
Not a good idea. I'm glad the place didn't burn down. At least we
didn't get kicked out. I wasn't happy. The ride today was dangerous.
There were too many fast cars going by at too close a range. Although
the road was wide, it had no shoulder. I had little water. I was
chased by more horse flies and dogs today. The usual stuff: sweat,
dirt, dust, heat and the long ride. I hate this bicycle. I really hate
this bicycle. I want to uit but I won't. I can't quit. Never. My
rear end really, really hurts. Ouch. No presentation today. I am
Isn't this a great statue? Wow!
|N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC MAY 18,
Sponsors: North Myrtle Beach "Gymnastics & More"
Hosts: Louie and Tammy LiGuori
Location: 523 Highway 17 N. North Myrtle Beach, SC
29582-2903, Call 803.249.5867.
Time: 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program & gymnastics demonstration
We had a program scheduled with Gymnastics & More in N. Myrtle Beach. We
checked into a hotel on the beach. We hit the beach, got prepared and
the support crew drove out. We didn't have time to eat, figure that
out. The turnout wasn't as great this time. After we addressed a small
group of parents, we ate and returned to the hotel. The guys went out
and I stayed in. I got lots of sleep. Oh yes! Sleep! I wasn't chased
by digs today. Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach is nice. It is very
commercial. Nothing historical that we've seen. A carnival type
I think this was a bar on Route 17 that closed down. There was road pie
down the road that really stank.
Sponsors: Leitzke ATA Black Belt Academy
Hosts: Paul & Elizabeth Leitzke
Location: Call 910.791.0119. KARATE FOR KIDS, 3600 S COLLEGE RD # C,
WILMINGTON, NC 28412-5107, 910-791-0119
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program and martial arts demonstration
Police Escort through Wilmington, NC
The road to Wilmington was hot. We held the program at the martial
arts school. The Wilmington Police Department escorted me into town.
What a reception! The guys missed the whole event. Not much coverage
of the police escort. This community really works together. We
received supprt from DARE, local community support groups, parents and
children. The program started with the Pledge of Allegiance to the
American flag. Everyone at the martial arts school was very courteous
and polite. Everyone called each other "Sir" and "Ma'am". We ate
lunch at Blimpie's, and shot coverage with the video crew. The local
television station showed up and gave the event a boost. After the
program, we returned to the hotel to wash up. Many parents and teens
showed up. They were nice enough to take us out to dinner afterwards.
Elizabeth and Paul Leitzke are great people! What a great day!
|NEW BERN, NC MAY 20,
Sponsors: ATA Black Belt Academy-Karate for Kids and Adults
Hosts: Michael & Kimberly Brown
Location: 1st Baptist Church, 239 Middle Street, New Bern,
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Activities: Drug prevention program & martial arts demonstration.
Rode out to New Bern. What a hot one. I met Michael and Kimberly
Brown. Michael is originally from Texas. I took a shower at the gym.
Got ready. Channel 12, ABC, was there to support us. We had the
program at the 1st Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC. The martial arts
demonstration was remarkable. They took us out for dinner after that.
Mike and Kim were great! Good folks. Their daughter will be a great
martial artist when she grows up. They put us up in the Hampton Inn.
Great accomodations. The ride was good and the food was better. That's
it for me. I am tired. Goodnight.
Sometimes I would get off the bicycle and take a look around. There is
something special about beingin the middle of nowhere with nothing
except a bottle of water and a bicycle.
More water to see, more miles to ride.
Curritcuck Ferry in NC. Virginia is on the other side.
|EDENTON, NC MAY 21,
Sponsors: Mental Health/Substance Committee of Chowan
County Healthy Carolinians
Host: Martha Early
Location: Swain Auditorium in Edenton, Call 757.436.0605,
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Activity: Drug prevention program
I rode about 90 miles to
Edenton, NC. I got my first flat tire. Not happy. Hey, this type of
thing is expected, right? I replaced it without a problem and pushed
toward Edenton, NC. This is by far the most beautiful town I have ever
seen. I met Martha Early at the Sherriff's Office. Everyone was very
friendly. I washed up at the Lord Proprietor's Inn( bed & breakfast)
and went to lunch with Martha. We met the community at the Swain
Auditorium at about 6 p.m. The program started at 7 p.m. The
newspapers covered the event. About 50 people showed. Great
participation. During the drug prevention talk, a nine year old asked
me if my shorts were too tight. Ha-ha! I went out for dessert, walked
around town awhile and hit the sack. Lord Proprietor's Inn was
fabulous. Great chocolate chip cookies. How can I forget. I was
chased by the dogs again. That was close-real close. They almost got
me this time. On the way here, I saw someone's car painted like a
Zebra. Bizarre, huh? Very interesting. Takes guts to be driving in a
car looking like a Zebra. Don't you think?
I slept here.
|VIRGINIA BEACH, VA MAY 22,
Sponsors: King Tiger Martial Arts
Host: Master Cielo
Location: 906 S. Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach,
Time: 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Activity: Drug prevention program
This morning I met a few
bicyclists heading toward New Bern, NC. They had a big support van.
The breakfast at the Lord Proprietor's Inn was excellent. I ate and hit
the road. I traveled 89 miles to Virginia Beach. I caught a ferry in
Currituck just in time. There were several park rangers on the ferry
that were real friendly. They were from Naggs Head. I was chased by
dogs again today. I am beginning to hate dogs. The ride after getting
off the ferry was the best during the entire trip. I biked and biked
until I arrived in VA beach. I MADE IT! I MADE IT! I MADE IT! YES!
YES! I DIT IT! I DID IT! I will never, ever do this again. Never.
This country is too big to be doing this kind of thing. I'll leave this
cross country bicycling to the big boys thank you very much. I got
washed up and headed out to Master Cielo's King Tiger Martial Arts in
Virginia Beach. Now this is a great martial arts school. What a
demonstration! Okay folks, the ride is over. Time to go to sleep.
I like this picture.
Almost there. About 30 miles to go.
Made it Virginia Beach! Yes! I made it!
|Several thoughts during the trip:
A man I met in Edenton, NC, who told me that he his nephew rode his
bicycle across the country to find himself. I admire that person's
initiative. However, I don't think you can find yourself that way. I
believe that a person develops from encountering the bumps and flat
tires of life. As I've been told, "Making positive decisions despite
negative conditions is what life is all about."
- It wasn't
arriving at my destination that was the sweetest. I really enjoyed the
people and the sights on my way. All I had to do was notice that they
were there. First, I had to slow down.
- At first, I was very much concerned about how far I traveled. I
was looking at the odometer and calculating my arrival time. I
neglected the wild fields of flowers and wildlife that were so
beautiful. I just had to look. How many of us are so concerned about
how far we are going, or how fast, that we forget what is around us?
- Focus on the inches when you're too tired to move on. An inch
isn't so bad.
- You know you're having a good time when you forget to check how
far you've traveled.
- The unexpected challenges of life are not a part of life's
frustrations. The challenges teach us to be humble. That's when and we
find out what we're made up of.
- The memories of the people you meet and what you saw along the way
lasts after the thrill of achieving the goal subsides.
- As time passes, the hardships are easier to forget than the good
- When you feel that you've bitten off more than you can chew,
smile. You know that you've taken on something that most people
wouldn't do. Keep going anyway.