June 3 — Blythe CA to Wickenberg AZ (114 Miles)

Greetings from Wickenberg, AZ. Here after three days of riding 394 miles. Feeling much better after day 3, than day 2. The day started with a 34 mile ride on the shoulder of US10 and the remaining 80 miles along route 110 to Wickenburg. Along the way we crossed paths with another group of bikers and their crew – from Clearbrook Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA – going cross country from San Diego to St. Augustine, FL. Their lead biker is Pastor Bryan Ratliff and their website is: biketheUSA.org. Along the way we stopped for lunch at the Salome Cafe &

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June 2 — Palm Springs, CA to Blythe, CA (130 Miles)

Day 2 started in Palm Springs CA and after riding for eight hours, not including stops for food and media we made it to Blythe, CA. There was a bit more elevation today than yesterday and the heat was a big factor, 100+ degrees most of the ride.   Frequent hydration stops were key. The 72 of the 130 miles today were ridden on the shoulder of US 10.  Along the way NBC local affiliate, KMIR News, Eddie Luna, caught up to us for an interview~link below~ and we had a random encounter with a local business man/sports caster/bike rider

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June 1 — Santa Monica, CA to Palm Springs, CA (149 Miles)

Our group got an early start at Santa Monica Pier. We were greeted by six Santa Moinca motor cycle police who escorted us through the streets of Santa Monica. From there it was off to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, about 22 miles away.  We arrived to a cheering group of hospital employees.  David Hirsch and Greg Bishop, founder of Boot Camp for New Dads, made brief remarks about the Dads Honor Ride and new BCFNDs program at St. Francis.  Many Great Dads Coins were presented to those present. Telemundo covered the event in both English and Spanish. The

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May 31, 2015 Chicago, IL to Hollywood, CA (Ground Zero)

Hard to believe it’s less than 24 hours from the start of the Dads Honor Ride.  Two of our crew members; daughter Addie and Tuskegee Airman & friend Lawton “Wilk” WIlkerson made the uneventful trip with me from ORD to LAX.  We headed to Hollywood, where we were greeted by good friend Jamie Masada, founder of the the world famous Laugh Factory, LA’s oldest (36 years) stand up comedy club.  We had some good laughs and a nice reception including some heartfelt remarks from those in attendance, including Tom Dreesen, Allison & Greg Bishop, Lincoln Baker, Courtney Riley, Chris Miller,

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Memorial Day Ride & More

Went for a short ride to watch the parade and attend the solemn Memorial Day ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington. Thank you to Ann & Bob Lee for the nice photos afterwards. Shortly there after I suffered my first flat tire in about 1,300 miles.  Fortunately, I was meeting up with Dads Honor Ride, ride director Lincoln Baker and assistant ride director Maciej Wierzchucki just a 1/2 mile away. After a quick tire repair we connected with long-time friend Gary Grube, who has graciously agreed to allow us to use his F250 diesel pick-up truck for the entire ride.

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Biking 101 (as in miles)

Completed a another century ride Saturday.  Perfect day, 75 and sunny.  Rode to Lombard and back along the bike trail. Treated myself to some DQ (at mile #80) and then happen to notice good friends Young Chung and son Peter (looking very red, white and blue) in their yard (at mile #90) planting a peach tree on Kris’ birthday. Hard to believe the Dads Honor Ride is just one week away. Please be sure to Like the new FB page: www.facebook.com/DadsHonorRide and encourage others to do the same.

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133 Miles And Still Smiling

On Wednesday I decided to ride to Milwaukee to meet a friend for lunch.  It was a clear but crisp day with temperatures in the mid 50s.  Happen to notice a yard sign with the number 2211, which coincidentally is the exact number of miles for the Dads Honor Ride, not the 2,100 we’re telling everyone.  The ride up was uneventful except for a brief encounter with a Milwaukee police officer who wasn’t too happy that I decided to ride a short segment on Interstate 43.  He issued a stern warning and escorted me to the side streets of Milwaukee. I enjoyed a

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Springfield Fatherhood Essay Contest

We are staging a Faces of Fatherhood event featuring Springfield students who have written essays about their dads. The event will take place on  on June 19th (day #19 of the ride). For the essay contest, each student is asked to write a 250 word (or less) essay on the theme “What My Father Means To Me,” describing their relationship with their father or father figure. Here is a brief overview of the 2015 Springfield Fatherhood Essay Contest : Each student will receive a Certificate of Participation, Each student will receive a Great Dads Coin to present to their dad, Up to ten

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A Good 70 Mile Mid Week Ride

It felt good to get outside after a half day of work and put in 70 miles. I had a nice conversation with my dad who turned 84 today. Rest points along the ride included a stop at the local Apple store to pick up a power cord and visit with my friend George. Look closely at his arms. Those tatoos represent each of his kids and their birthdays. That brings new meaning to wearing fatherhood on your sleeves. :::::::::: I also visited with Maureen Roberts, my long-time friend, fellow Barrington resident, and Dads Honor Ride webmaster. Together we ordered and approved

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Another 200 Mile Weekend

The first ride took me from Barrington to Evanston, where I met with Jean Anderson, a marketing specialist, who has agreed to put together an overall communications strategy for the Dads Honor Ride. From there I pedaled to Lincolnwood to visit my mom (AKA grandma Claire). I also enjoyed meeting one of the other Lincolnwood Place residents, Monty Nachman, a 96 year old WWII vet, who shared a handful of amazing stories. From there I pedaled to visit my friend Jim Mullen and his daughter Maggie, who will be riding on day 21 of the Dads Honor Ride. From there

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David Hirsch: Dads Honor Ride Training

Training for the Dads Honor Ride is coming along nicely.  I was able to get 180 miles in this weekend. The first ride was a solo round trip to Lake Geneva and back, with a stop at Gino’s East to refuel. I also treated myself to a Dog N Suds rootbeer float on the return ride. On Sunday I went for a small group ride with long-time friend and 11x Ironman, Phil Lageschulte, and some of his Barrington Endurance Club friends.  Was great put some long rides in advance of heading to Santa Monica on June 1st.  For the other

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Bloomington-Normal Illinois – Fatherhood Essay Contest

Exciting news! Bloomington Cycle & Fitness will collect essays from local students for the Bloomington-Normal Fatherhood Essay Contest. For the essay contest, each student is asked to write a 250 word (or less) essay on the theme “What My Father Means To Me,” describing their relationship with their father or father figure. Here is a brief overview of the 2015 Bloomington-Normal Fatherhood Essay Contest : Each student will receive a Certificate of Participation, Each student will receive a Great Dads Coin to present to their dad, Up to ten students per grade (K-12) will be recognized at a June 20th

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Less Than 2 Months Till Honor Ride Starts

Looking forward to the start of the Dads Honor Ride. With less than 2 months till June 1, we are putting the finishing touches to our Dad’s Honor Ride. Starting from the sandy beaches of Santa Monica, CA we will ride for 21 days to Chicago, IL. Along the way we stop to celebrate and honor dads with some fun 2.1 community rides in Gallup, NM Oklahoma City, OK and Bloomington, IL. If you are interested in joining the ride, please register here.

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Relay Team Captains

The heart of the Dads Honor Ride are the relay teams. We intend to limit the number of riders to ten per day. Each relay team will have a team captain, who is responsible for recruiting his/her relay team members. Each rider is expected to ride for at least one day at a time but may ride as many days as they like. If you’d like to be a relay team captain, please send a message to relay@21stCenturyDads.org.

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Looking forward to the start of Dad’s Honor Ride

With 75 days left till June 1, we are putting the finishing touches to our Dad’s Honor Ride. Starting from the sandy beaches of Santa Monica, CA we will ride for 21 days to Chicago, IL. Along the way we stop and pick up more riders during our Community Rides in Oklahoma City, OK and Bloomington, IL. If you are interested in joining the ride, please register here.

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