Cambria Grammar School welcomes R2R

Trip Start Oct 12, 2013
Trip End Oct 19, 2013

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Today's ride was a short 51 miles from San Simeon to Pismo Beach.  The highlight of the day ...and maybe one for the entire ride happened 7 miles south of San Simeon when the Ride 2 Recovery soldiers rolled into the school yard at Cambria Grammar School

We were greeted by about 200 kids (1st grade to 5th grade) + teachers shouting USA, USA, USA -they were holding flags and hand made signs for the soldiers.  There was a brief ceremony with the kids singing "This land is your land" and then the soldiers mixed in with the kids.  They were signing autographs and getting their pictures taken.  One of the riders, Jim Penseyers, a Vietnam Veteran who lost a leg to a land mine, held the kids spell bound while he demonstrated how he puts on his prosthesis so he can ride his bike.  Given the ages, many of the kids were so small they were eye to eye with the soldiers on the Trike Bikes.  The soldiers morale was sky high as we pedaled away from the school!

Through today and through out the ride I have witnessed many "road side salutes".  This typically happens when someone roadside recognizes that the riders are soldiers.   Many of these people are probably former military, but they stand at ram rod attention and hold their salute while all the riders go by.   The soldier riders quietly return the salutes in silence but you can feel the respect.

We had great escort coverage today as the local San Luis Obispo sheriffs and CHP led us through the Cal Poly SLO campus and directly into downtown SLO.  Our 4 riding groups rode together from the Grammar school into was one long train of over 200 cyclists, support vehicles, police cars with lights and sirens.....and we didn't stop at a single red was awesome.

A thank you to Wayne and Barb Stetina for talking me into doing this ride.  Wayne and Barb were neighbors of Julie and I in Mission Viejo for 15 years.  Julie and Barb were forever volunteering to lead the girl scouts, be the soccer mom's, drive the kids to the T Street beach in San Clemente, etc...Over the years we have enjoyed a lot of rides together

Wayne works for Shimano the international leader in cycling components...gears, breaks, wheels, etc....Shimano is a major sponsor of R2R.  Wayne was a member of 3 US Olympic teams and is a 12 time US National Road Race champion.  He spends most of his riding time showing the soldiers how to ride their bikes better and he does it with significant humility. 

Our ride finished with a descent into Pismo Beach and a finish line filled with ice cream donated by a local creamery. A double scoop of Rasberry ice cream....a great after ride training food!

Until tomorrow, God Bless America,  Brian
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david drury on

I salute you, the riders and all those involved. your words and pictures are holding my God we trust

Judy on

Reading your blog is a great way to start the day! Tearful joy!
Amazing! All of you. Warmly, Judy D

Mark Chalachan on


Thoroughly inspirational ! You've got me hooked to reading each day's log.

Karen on

Brian, your post brought tears to my eyes, to hear our military is still respected. What a great energy rush it must be to ride with them and through the supporting numbers in the general public. My increasing concern is that kids today only learn Facebook and Twitter. Your experience is to the contrary, and that our nation's future generations are being taught to appreciate important aspects of our world. Thank you for sharing!

Jan Gonzales on

Thank you for my morning goose bumps.

john casciani on

Great job great story

Maura Shea on

You know what a hard ass I am, and this made we cry!! God Bless you and all the men you are riding with!

Richard D. on

You have an incredible way of conveying your riding adventures, and based on your last entry, should be meritoriously promoted for helping the Delta team riders on this difficult portion of the ride. It is apparent that you have won the admiration and respect from the entire R2R team.
These soldiers that nearly paid the ultimate price for our country must have ridden away from that school changed for life. The pictures of the children sitting with the serviceman explaining how he uses his prosthetic to ride will leave a lasting impression on them, forever. The outpouring of support from the communities your riding through as well as the law enforcement officers is not surprising but never ceases to amaze me. How many military acronyms have you heard since your first muster?
I am so proud to be your friend and will keep saying an extra prayer for all of you, as you continue this amazing journey.
God speed!!

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