Ride for Veterans

Cycling and anything that keeps the wheels turning. Marine veteran remembering the time I served as well as looking to help others.

Actions speak louder than words.

Would a handful of coins change your life?

4569457286_949974130a_m_answer_6_xlargePeople do this all the time. Someone on the streets walks up and begs for your spare change. Instead of talking with them and seeing if there are ways to help, you pacify their request with less than most people pay for a coffee.

Imagine that time in your life when you hit rock bottom or came dangerously close. Having no one to turn to and no way out, being completely on your own.21166-The-Worst-Time-Of-Your-Life Would a handful of change or several handfuls over the week rescue you? Does it even come close to bringing back what you once had?

Last month was pretty hectic, work related fun, giving me little time to get out there and pedal the roads. I did however get the opportunity to dawn a pair of spandex and circle around downtown Orlando last week. Managed to ride in the path of a shelter of some sort handing out plates of food. There was a line of people, men women and children all waiting their turn. Immediate thoughts turned to the efforts going to feed the homeless veterans for Thanksgiving and how little of a gesture it’ll be, not realizing the problem was much larger. Good starting point.

 

We’re asking for people out there to do more. Spare an hour to volunteer to help in your community. Do more than discard of a handful of change and forget about the problem. Hell you may even end up meeting someone that could change your life! The Ride for Veterans is continuing to grow and each new person yields a helping hand. Whether that’s sharing this blog with others, offering to cook some of the food or great ideas on how to get more each extra person makes this effort stronger.

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner and we’re continuing to collect donations and help from people that choose to do so. The next project is going to be “Warmth For Christmas.” A project that’s still on the drawing board, but is carrying a lot of fire behind it. We want to get out there and provide as many of the homeless with a blanket, gloves, a hat and coat. 7845_2Shelter isn’t always and option for some of them. If possible we would like to also provide a Christmas meal to be shared with some of the shelters in the area. Research will be done to figure out which ones would be best suited for the project. To get a closer look at what life is like in one of these shelters click over to my friend Ronnie’s blog.

 

Change helps to provide a meal for someone or to buy much needed items, but it doesn’t live up to it’s name. A helping hand, a voice, a force strong enough to care is what’s needed.

 

If you’d like to join us and actually help people out of their situations let us know. It’ll only cost you time and love.

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Temperatures are dropping, time to get off the couch!

Stop letting excuses pile on up leaving you stuck on your butt this season.

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I hear the same thing over and over again. People saying they’re gaining weight and can’t find time to exercise. These are the same repetitious statements made by the motivated folks you see in January making claims about how this will be the year they lose the pounds. We should have a national get off your ass day. I vote we make that November 1st. That way people have time to stuff their bellies with all the sugar from Halloween which should keep them wired enough to have an outstanding first day! People are overly concerned about the “Ebola” epidemic, yet are taking no actions to ward off any other illness. Not too sound like an insensitive prick or anything, but the News Stations could take a few breaks in between to report on the rest of the world’s news.

I for one am excited to see the numbers dropping on the thermometer. Cool days lead to longer relaxing rides out on the bike! I know there are some out there that have a bike either in the garage or shed collecting dust and feeling neglected. I understand that many of them are “two tired” (Sorry cyclist humor, but you’ll be amazed at how your energy levels will rise after a few short rides.

Speaking of taking the bike out, check out our Ride For Veterans Thanksgiving event below. Trying to do great things this year. Please help out by sharing with your friends and family!

 

 

Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving 2014. Pt. 3 (Reached our goal, now what.)

Reached the goal of $300 well before anticipated!

imageWe’re very impressed with the progress of this campaign, despite having a flat tire on the most recent ride. Motivated to have people out there whom I’ve never met contributing their time and money to help out. Either with ideas or sharing these posts on Facebook or Twitter.

As I said before for every $100 donated equals 50 miles on the bike. I have most of the food ideas covered with the help of my roommate and her family. (Check out her blog here.)  

For now we’re focusing on what items to include for the veterans. I have a basic list of items I’m planning on purchasing with the donations.If you think of anything else please include it in the comments below. Also if you know of places we could gather them up for a great deal include it.

Thanksgiving list: (Hopefully we’ll be able to expand.)

  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Sunscreen
  • Body wash
  • Literature on help out there for homeless veterans
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Small first aid kits

If this is the first you’re learning about the Ride For Veterans check out the first post regarding Thanksgiving. 

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By the end of October I will have completed the 150 miles that I owe everyone for their donations. Because there is still time before Thanksgiving we are hoping to make more of an impact. LET’S MAKE IT DOUBLE! To make things fair, after the 150 miles are completed any further donations will count as $1 for 1 mile. For those of you out there waiting until November to make your donations, keep in mind that all of these miles have to be completed prior to Thanksgiving. Confident that this won’t be an issue. 😀

Share on Facebook! Share on Twitter! Share with your friends and family! Happy to see so many others getting excited to help out.

Two Marines are Marching to Washington, Find Out Why.

Two Marines are WALKING nearly 300 miles to Washington to deliver a message!

I first heard about these two Marines during a radio show interview via The Community Journal, while discussing the Ride For Veterans. There mission is to demand the release of Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooresi from a Mexican prison. Two MarinesThe two Vietnam veterans Terry Sharpe 63 years old, and Allen Brown 64 years old began many years ago without realizing it. After meeting and talking with each other on the walk they discovered they were in fact in the same Company during the Vietnam War. This is the second time they’ve conducted this walk to Washington. Urging anyone they come in contact with to call their state representatives demanding the release of Tahmooresi.

I had the honor tonight to speak to these gentlemen. They described walking 18-20 miles a day! I know others that won’t even walk 1. Their feet and legs are swollen. Pushing through the pain of blisters being motivated by cars honking as they pass. It made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough with my ride. I need to get out there and ride several more miles to contribute as much as myself as these two.


If you would like to learn more about these two Marines you can do so by following these links.

Freedom fighters. Vietnam Veterans.

Updates from The Community Journal Facebook.

Or their updates on Flags across America Twitter.

Thank you to those who have shown them support thus far and to those that will be down the road.

8 Tips on Getting into Halloween Horror Nights Faster!

8 Tips for getting into Halloween Horror Nights Faster. (Tips from the ones who grant you access.)

 

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Everyone loves going to Halloween Horror Nights, or to theme parks in general, but no one wants to wait around in line forever! I’m going to share with you some information as to how to get in faster and have less of a headache doing so.

1) There are plenty of places inside of Universal Studios that sells alcohol. You don’t need to try and sneak your drinks through security because no liquids other than sealed water is allowed in anyway. It breaks the liquor license law even if the bottles are sealed. There are rare circumstances for medical reasons that certain liquids are allowed in. Just be prepared to get called out and checked if you claim you have one.

 

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2) Again do not bring alcohol into the park, especially if you’re underage. That has the possibility of denying you access to Halloween Horror Nights completely.. If you’re under the age of 18 I strenuously suggest not bringing alcohol.

 

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3) Medications. . . Medications of any type will be checked. During regular park hours this is not the case, but because Halloween Horror Nights is a special event any kind will be looked over. Medications are allowed but only in limited quantities. Usually one to two doses. Do yourself a favor and keep the rest at home, in the hotel or in your car.

 

4) Food. If you desire your food I would suggest eating it well before trying to enter. It will get thrown out and you will get upset. Again don’t try to sneak it in because then it just wastes everyone’s time behind you patiently waiting. Medical reasons are the only thing that will permit very limited items. Again along with alcohol they serve plenty of food inside the park. You already paid hundreds of dollars for the experience a few extra bucks for a quick snack won’t put you in the poor house.

 

5) Bring as little as possible with you. There is a sectioned off area for “No bags” when you come upon the main arches located to the left. Just follow the signs.

 

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6) Weapons. This one is usually self explanatory, however many of us will forget that we’re carrying a pocket knife or didn’t really think that the pepper spray in the purse would cause an issue. All items like this can be turned into security for a receipt to be picked up when you exit for the night. WALLET CHAINS. This is a big one that is a huge time waster if you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of taking it off the wallet then don’t bring it.

 

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7) In order for lines to work efficiently you need to move out of the way once you’re through security. Lines begin to get cluttered and have to slow to a stop in order to clear out the people that have just passed through. Quickly grab your items and wait for the rest of your party ten to fifteen feet behind the line.

 

8) It may be called Halloween Horror Nights, but costumes and masks are not permitted. It sounds ridiculous and it seems to ruin the holiday spirit. It’s listed on the website not to do so and will only delay you entry having to check it in to be picked up when you exit.

 

Plan ahead and follow these simple tips and you’ll be inside getting the crap scared out of you sooner than you know it!


 

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Also if you haven’t already done so check out my last post about helping homeless veterans!