What I said on September 11, when this was first posted, was that the American people are greater than they often know and a bicycle trip across this country is a good way to be reminded. You have an abundance of time to yourself to do some thinking when you're pedaling alone; and I started mulling over the subject of stereotypes one day. I had heard one man complain about "tree-huggers" who made it impossible to open a refinery and create jobs. And another asked me if I was having trouble with "rednecks" trying to run me off the road.
So: ten years after the terrible attacks (and eight days after I posted a similar entry) we still live in a great nation. We still have the right to complain about government and "vote the bums out" if we choose. And we're still a thousand times better off and a better people than the fanatics who tried to bring the United States to its knees on 9-11.
Thanks to the countless people who helped me along the way. Special thanks to my wife who let me pedal away for two months without complaint. And to diabetics everywhere, remember this: there are countless good people out there willing to help. The research advances.
A cure is coming some day.
If you would like to donate to help find a cure for type-1 diabetes please click HERE!
(This single click takes you to my fund-raising page. There, click again on "donate to this event." Then click "Biking and Painting for Diabetes."
|I got to ride in some fabulous places.|
Grand Teton National Park, Whoming.
|I finally figured out how to rotate this great picture of Sidney and Sam Staebler.|
Sidney, 8, is a type-1 diabetic. She and Sam, 4, live in Bozeman, Montana.
Their parents, Dan and Rebecca, put me up at their place for a night and fed me well.
|Bill and Shirlee Wyman, newlyweds (yep!) in Garden City, Utah.|
Bill has been diabetic for 46 years, but stays fit and healthy.
Unfortunately, he lost his daughter to this disease when she was only 31.
|Notice the boats at lower left.|
Jackson Lake, Grand Tetons, Wyoming.
|You can't take a bad picture at the Owbow Bend in Grand Tetons even if you try.|
|Bottled water in it's "natural habitat."|
Not sure why anyone throws these out: especially in national parks.
|The pensive 62-year-old rider after climbing an eight-mile long pass.|
(Wondering if a heart attack is imminent?)
|Sun sets over a campground in Logan Canyon, Utah.|
|This isn't fattening! |
On a bicycle trip it's fueling.
|Bear Lake, Utah.|
|The Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.|
|The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City.|