Clarifying donations *** Everyone Please Read ****

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

  Let me begin by giving some additional background on what I'm doing and then addressing some concerns that I have via emails about the donations. I really hope everyone understands what I'm doing. Those of you that know me, know my purpose for this ride. Those of you that have just met me or may not know me will benefit most from this explanation.  I started this ride with the intent of giving myself some time to reflect back on my life and revaluate what I want out of my future. It would have been easy for me to just jump on my bike and ride off with no thoughts for anyone but me. I don't work that way.
Over the course of a few afternoons at the end of June, I came up with the idea for Ride with Joe. My intent is to do this every year from this point on. I have started a non-profit corporation called Ride with Joe, Inc. You can verify this though the Florida records at http://www.sunbiz.org. My intent is to do something I want to do but not make it all about me. If more people would take that perspective in life then I think things would be much better. I also hope that my two son's Joey and Jordan, look at this and understand that lesson for their lives as they grow older.
By the time I developed the concept for Ride with Joe, I only had about 6 weeks to pull together the pieces I needed to do the ride.  The biggest challenge was building a functional website  for the blog and having a mechanism to track my whereabouts and capture donations. I decided to make this year an information gathering effort to better prepare for next year when I hope to have many more folks ride along. It will also allow time to better prepare and organize the effort on a national basis and build a proper website. In the meantime, I stumbled across the site travelpod.com which had almost all the pieces that I needed except the real-time ability to show my location.  Travelpod.com is like myspace for travelers. I secured the domains ridewithjoe.com and wheresjoenow.com and pointed them to my account on travelpod.com.
 I tell you all of this to give some background to address some emails I've been getting about my donations. I am using the "Support my Travels" link to capture donations and put them into an account as I travel so that they can be passed on to The Wounded Warrior Project when I return.  Unfortunately, because travelpod is the myspace for travelers it assumes that individuals are taking donations for their own use. The wording is not able to be altered to reflect any other purpose. This is apparently creating some confusion as to what the donations are going to be used for.  I am capturing  donations not for my own purposes but for the Wounded Warriors Project. So please pay no attention to the wording or the PayPal links under "Support my Travels"  just read it as "Support my Charity". I hope this helps resolve any confusion.

Joe
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