LSCOL - Day 5 - Dallas to Waco

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Oct 11, 2009

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This morning we woke up to cooler temperatures and a light mist.
The Holiday Inn Express that we stayed at last night was very nice - it was more like a Courtyard or something like that and it was managers reception night so free beer, wine and snacks - like we hadn't snacked all day.
This morning we enjoyed the hotel's continental breakfast. We loaded up after breakfast and headed to Waxahachie where we unloaded the bikes and started riding.  It was still misty and cool but not extremely cold.  I did start out with my arm warmers, leg warmers, a jacket and full finger gloves.  I got rid of the jacket and the gloves early but wore the arm and leg warmers most of the day.  It was cloudy and misty all day until we arrived at our event.
We rode about 62 miles at an average speed of around 17 mph.  Some day riders joined us in Italy - didn't know this was an international ride.
Unfortunately before we reached Italy we heard the words we didn't want to hear - rider down.  This was not the first time - remember we had riders down at the railroad tracks in the rain a few days ago.  Today, Bob Wise went down hard.  We were riding mostly on the shoulder and at one point the shoulder was cracked and sections dropped off a couple inches.  Somehow Bob fell - one of those it happened so fast you don't know exactly what happened.  Bob's face and legs were pretty skinned up.  They finally convinced him to go to the hospital where our event would be later in the day.  Bob is fine but he did break a couple bones in his hand/wrist and the bone in the top of his nose.
Shortly after Bob fell, Fred also fell but he only had a skinned knee and a broken pedal clip.  Fred also got stung by a bee on his head later in the day; fortunately he isn't allergic to bees.
I think Rich had three flat tires today and Kevin had one but I didn't have one - yeah!
We stopped at a car wash for a quick snack/lunch out of the trunk of the pace car.  It was a really nice car wash but unfortunately, car washes don't have restrooms.  There was a little old country store across the street.  Of course that is the first place several of us headed.  They had an Out of Order sign on the only thing we could find that looked like a restroom.  I didn't resort to the bushes because there really weren't any bushes up to my standards.  I saw a man from the Carter Blood Center walk across the street, I thought he was probably going to find the restroom.  I thought well maybe he will actually ask and who knows.  Well he was gone a few minutes so I headed back across the street.  I asked him about the restroom and he said that the sign did say Out of Order but the lady said we could use it, you just had to move the orange cone that was placed in front of the door - that was so much better than the bushes even though it was pretty bad.
While we were snacking/eating lunch Kevin called his bike shop for some bike parts he needed, several others placed orders for bike parts at the same time.  One of the deputies will pick up the parts and bring them when they meet us later in the day.
We made one more stop at another country store, the facilities weren't too great there either but it did have the necessities including toilet paper and paper towels.  We had to load our bikes at this stop and drive several miles and unload our bikes to ride the last 16 miles to our event.
Kevin Fisk, one of our riders who is from Waco, had arranged for an escort by the Sheriff's Department.  We met the three deputies at a convenience store and they provided us with a 16 mile escort which allowed us to go through every stop light without stopping.  We love police/sheriff's department escorts.  I think the officers like to do them too.
Our event was at 3:30 PM at the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in the Austin Auditorium where the riders were introduced.  We had some really great honorees.  
Bryan Rollins, one of our riders rode for Cliff Harris.  Cliff rode with us today.  Cliff joined the bone marrow registry in 2008, and was called only a few weeks later as a match for someone.  He donate Peripheral blood stem cells and said he would do it again, given the opportunity.
Today I rode for Jeannette Alexander, who is a Marrow Donor.  Jeannette was not at the event.  She joined the bone marrow registry in 2006 and donated to someone she doesn't within the last few weeks.
Today Keith rode for Logan Maddox, who is two years old and looks a lot like Andy did when he was that age.  Logan was born with a bone marrow deficiency.  His treatments include steroids, weekly lab work and frequent blood transfusions.  Logan had eleven transfusions in his first year of life starting when he was two months old.  Logan has not been hospitalized or needed blood for an entire year.  Logan's story was so similar to Andy's right down to having e' coli sepsis that I felt like I couldn't tell Andy's entire story.  I told his story but I didn't include the part about the brain damage or the fact that he passed away.  
The details of all the honorees should be on the website - that can be found by goggling Lone Star Circle of Life.
In summary today's honorees included:
Brian Brasseaux - Organ and Tissue donor
Cliff Harris - the Stem Cell Donor
Christopher Ryan Pledger - an organ donor as the result of an automobile accident (his mother, father and brother were at the event today.
Steve Maule - a Stem Cell Donor
Glen Hobarth - a kidney recipient
Humberto Reveles - a Stem Cell Donor
Kristi DeCluitt - the Justice of the Peace and an Organ Donation Advocate
Jeanette Alexander - a Marrow Donor - the honoree I rode for today (wish I could have met her)
John Pierce - a kidney recipient
Joyce Symank - a blood donor
Logan Maddox - a blood recipient - what a sweetie - he was very interested in the microphone when his mother spoke and then he told us Thank You - just adorable
Julie Loberger - Autologous Stem Cell Recipient (she received her own stem cells - 3 years ago!)
Valarie Warnock - a kidney donor (for John Pierce above)
Susan Weymeyer - mother of three ages four, two and nine months - she has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is still searching for a marrow match - heart breaking.
After the event the riders and honorees were treated to refreshments which were served under the "Tree of Life."   The Tree of Life is a tree on the wall with the names of donors on the leaves.
After mingling with the honorees and snacking on Texas size cookies we rode our bikes a couple miles to the hotel, which is a super nice Hampton Inn.  The hotel is not charging us for the rooms tonight.
We only had about 45 minutes from the time we arrived at the hotel to wash our bikes, unload luggage, and shower to be back at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for supper which was another Fajita Buffet, it was very tasty even though we just had a fajita buffet day before yesterday.
We got back to the hotel after 8:00 PM and had our team meeting in the breakfast area that looks like a four star hotel restaurant.
Time to clean bikes again after riding in more rain.  I took mine out and Bill cleaned and oiled the chain as he did for many others tonight.  At 11:45 PM I think he is still in the parking lot working on bikes.  Last night Bill said he was working on bikes until 1:00 AM - what a guy.
Tomorrow is Day Six already!
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krgrndrs on

No accidents please!
Hi Cindy,
My thoughts are with you all. Send regards to Bob Wise and I trust that he had no serious injuries. He was a teammate of mine on both my FPOL rides. Good luck to you all.
Andries (Dries) Kruger

garyksmith on

Alternative for Bob
If the bicycle thing isn't working for Bob, there is always the horsie option!

tpumyea on

Watch out!
So sorry to hear about Bob and the flats! Sounds like a band name, doesn't it?:~) Hopefully, he's not riding and just out doing his usual great PR thing. The ride sounds like a great experience. I'm so proud to one of your former mates. Take care and keep the inflated rubber side to the road. Tracy FPOLR 08.

dwolf1 on

oh noooooo!
You are very good at telling us about your travels and trevails. Please tell Bob I am sorry for his spill. You are doing a great job and I am proud of you.

bless you on your journey. thinking about you all.

dawn d

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