It takes a lot of preparation to do a cross country bike ride of 4,285 miles particularly at the experienced age of 70.
And since I will be riding for three of our valued charities, Kenmure Fights Cancer, St. Gerard House and Guide Dog Foundation. I also want to make sure that my efforts are recognized and the donors will contribute to these fine charities.
I would definitely like to acknowledge the support I have received from others to put me in the best physical health plus providing not only equipment but inspiration for the adventure. The following individuals and organizations have done just that:
Susan Shelton, Park Ridge Health – she has taken all the tests and kept me healthy.
Sycamore Cycles (Hendersonville, NC), Donnie Kirkwood and staff – have put my bikes in good running order and were kind enough to host my fundraiser on May 2nd.
Camping World (Fletcher, NC) – helped us prepare our RV.
Egolf Motors (Hendersonville, NC) – maintained our RV so we could make the trip
without mechanical difficulty.
Gary Ouderkirk for giving us advise on the RV whenever we had trouble. He even took the calls late at night when we couldn’t get the generator going. And to Becky Ouderkirk for browsing the internet to find answers to our problems.
Carolina Opthalmology, Dr. Marianne Van Kirk – made sure I could see the road and avoid obstacles!
Kenmure Fights Cancer Committee – for helping me to raise money for a very important cause.
St. Gerard House – for helping me understand that miracles are still possible.
Guide Dog Foundation – for giving us the chance to raise 12 guide dogs, some of whom have gone on to do amazing things in the lives of others.
Dr. Don Zehr, Hendersonville Vet — he has looked after the health of our guide dogs in training and given them the chance to help someone life a useful life.
Linda Bivens — my sister for donating the wine to our fund raiser and for letting everyone she meets know that she calls me “Mikie”.
John Murias — who operates Home Sweet Home Dog Training and Care for taking care of Levi while we are on our trip. www.carolinadogcare.com.
Larry Rostetter – who developed my initial web site which gave me the means to get my story out to you.
Joel Mathison and Kevin Stipe — for enhancing the web site to make it an efficient way to post the adventure we are about to take.
Susan Bush – for creating my logo and the card we have used to tell the story.
Robert Farmer, Asheville Courier – donation of a bike rack for the RV and for being the father of Coletrane, an unending string of stories.
Jenny Farmer – for her creative design on various published items that we used to spread the word about our trip.
iBike4Them Committee – Judy and Bob Standish, Kathrine Tims, Susan Bush, Jackie and Tom Murrill, Larry Rostetter, Gary and Becky Ouderkirk, Jenny Farmer, and Robert and Micah Farmer.
For everyone who has generously contributed to my causes without question. You are the best.