Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Well, I'm back and I have a bit of an update for you, and I'm hoping that I will be providing another update tomorrow, as well. I did the Wounded EOD Warrior Ride, from Los Angeles to San Diego (just over 160 miles) and I was able to generate some funds for the organization. While on the ride, at one of the times I found myself being basically alone (no one ahead of me within sight and no one behind me within sight), and I was feeling tired. It was the second day of the ride and we were traveling along the coast, right at the beach and I was thinking to myself, "I'm doing this for Jason." I had to repeat this to myself a few times, and it got me through. On the bright side, I only had one flat tire, and it wasn't too difficult to fix - I just replaced the tube, once I determined the tire was still good. My guess is it was a "pinch" type puncture because there wasn't any thing sticking through the tire. A couple of the other riders had stopped to assist and then the follow vehicle caught up and I was able to use a much better pump to inflate tire/tube. An old injury kept me from getting up and over Torrey Pines, so I can't honestly say I rode the entire distance, but I did do most of it. There were about five of us that didn't make the entire ride, so it gave us something to shoot for next year... Yes, I want to do it again! Oh, and one more thing... I was able to achieve my financial goal for this ride, and will be looking to do more next year.

Now for Jason update... He is doing well, though he is getting somewhat irritated with the folks who are supposed to be setting up his housing. They can't seem to get all the work coordinated, that he needs done, so Bridgette and the girls are yet to move out of the hotel room and into a bit of a more normal setting. It would still  be smaller than his house in San Diego, but much better than the hotel room they are in now. He is still dealing with some of the healing challenges, and the wounds are getting better, just much slower than he was hoping for. If he can get all of the surgeries and wounds healed up he might even be in a position to ride in the Ride, next year - we'll have to wait and see. I'll be giving him a call tomorrow and see what is new from their side of the country, and hope to get to talk with the girls, too. But, that's all I have for now.

Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - we really do appreciate it.

2 comments:

  1. Glad you made it through the whole ride without too many problems.
    Am sure Jason's missing you even more right now. You would have whipped those people into shape a long time ago!
    Lifting up prayers!
    Psalms 86:1-4 Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee. Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
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  2. George- You did an amazing job- and sometimes the better part of valor is to know when to walk the bike. Great job- and nothing would make me happier than for Jason to get to do the ride with you.
    Hugs c

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