Sunday, May 29, 2016

If It's June It's RAAM Time (Race Across America)


It took me a year to heal spiritually and emotionally. When I came out on the other side I was able to complete a 15 minute movie of my 2nd transcontinental. I offer it to you HERE

Race Across America (RAAM) has held me curiously spellbound for most of June since 1982, the year Lon Haldeman, John Howard, Michael Shermer, and John Marino left Santa Monica for the Empire State Building in The Great American Bike Race. Lon broke his own solo record from the year before by more than 24 hours: 9 days: 20 hrs.

Lon grew up in Harvard, IL, about 50 miles from where I lived. A cow was the center piece of the town square. I would drive up just to see the cow and somehow feel I was in the auricular presence of this phenomenal athlete, this humble, generous, man of few words.

I never raced; I never podiumed; but I have found the courage to push myself out of my comfort zone. Who am I really? Who will I be when I come out on the other side of a cycling event that is so much bigger than I am.

To ride across the country twice with Lon Haldeman and Susan Notorangelo’s bike touring company, PAC Tour in 30 days or less is one of my most treasured gifts of learning. My first transcontinental at age 60 in 26 days was pretty much a “walk in the park.” My second transcontinental three years later was nothing short of painful for 21 of the 30 days. Every personal demon I had ever known rode with me wrapped around my neck like a boa. That tran has continued to teach me how to live my life with courage, humility, gratitude, and self-forgiveness.

RAAM 2016 starts June 14th from Oceanside. Learn more about this years RAAM and its racers HERE

I hope you will find the time, too, to watch ABC's coverage of that historic 1982 Great American Bike Race. It is memorable. Still brings tears to my eyes no matter how many times I've seen it and every time I watch the award winning,  artistic triumph, Bicycle Dreams