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.

Veterans Day Giveaways and FREE Tickets!

Veterans Day Free Meals, Freebies, and Free Tickets!

Veterans Day

First I’ll start with the free tickets!

Orlando Predators Partner with USO to Give Away 3,000 Free Tickets to Active Duty Military and Veterans

U.S. military veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and The War on Terror can receive a complimentary pair of tickets to Orlando Predators’ 2015 home opener

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Orlando, Fla. – Nov. 6, 2014 The Orlando Predators and owner David Siegel have partnered with USO Central Florida to honor former and current U.S. military personnel by giving away 3,000 free tickets for the first home game of the team’s 2015 season at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando. The first 1,500 eligible military members to complete the military appreciation form at www.orlandopredators.com starting on November 11 at 9 a.m. will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to the game on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Below is a list of places that are offering special discounts as well as free deals.

54th Street Grill & Bar – Shiloh, Il, Glen Carbon, IL
Honor your veteran and bring them into any Five-Four for a free meal on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. Up to $12.00, proof of service required.

Applebee’s Free Meal
On Tuesday, November 11th, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, The American Standard All-In Burger, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.

Baker’s Square Free Breakfast
Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.

Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner
From open to close Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value when they show valid military I.D. or other proof of service.

BLT Steak, Prime, Burger & More
All Veterans & Active Military Will Enjoy 50% Off For Two & 25% Off For Parties of Three or More.

Bob Evans
Veterans and active military personnel will receive free all–you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants. All these honored servicemen and women need do is show a valid military ID.

Bonanza Steakhouses
Monday, November 17th – All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet. Contact your local Bonanza for more details.

California Pizza Kitchen
On Tuesday, November 11, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads and pasta. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

Carrabba’s Free Appetizer
All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations November 8th through November 11th, 2014.

Centaarchy Restaurants
This Veterans Day, Veterans and active military service members receive a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends.  Includes California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse ’47, The Tavern at Phipps, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Burro Loco, Gulfstream Cafe, Chophouse New Orleans.

Champps Free Cheeseburger and Fries
Veterans and active-duty receive a free handcrafted cheeseburger on Veterans day, 11/11/14. Must provide proof of service.  Participating locations only, check to confirm.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Eat Free
Veterans and active-duty military eat free (up to $20) on Veterans Day. Valid ID required or in uniform or photo in uniform.

Cheeseburger in Paradise
On Tuesday, November 11 get a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to veterans, active and retired military personnel. Dine in only and must purchase a beverage and present proof of service.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
All U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active-duty military get 20 free tokens upon a visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s from Sunday, November 9, through Saturday, November 15. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.

Chili’s Free Meal
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu. Must show proof of military service.

City Barbeque
One free half pound sandwich platter will be given to each veteran for either dine-in or carryout orders on Veterans Day.  All locations are participating.

Claim Jumper Free Meal
On Monday, November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide those who served a complimentary lunch or dinner from a special menu.  Menu options include  baked pot pies, Tilapia Bianca, Roasted Tri Tip Dinner, Roasted Tri Tip Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Black Tie Pasta and Chicken Fried Steak. Verification of service is required.

Coffee Beanery
Participating Coffee Beanery locations will offer a free tall cup of coffee all day on November 11th. Veterans and active duty military will need to provide their military identification for the offer. Call ahead to make sure that your local Coffee Beanery is participating.

Cotton Patch Cafe
Free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken for all active duty and veterans on 11/11/14.

Country Cookin
Active, reserve, and retired military personnel receive a free meal on Veteran’s Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Veterans receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert to veterans and an opportunity for guests to make purchases that support the United Service Organizations (USO).  Veterans Day only.

Craftworks Restaurants & BreweriesIncludes Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom and ChopHouse & Brewery restaurants nationwide
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, veterans and active military personnel can show their valid military-issued identification card  or come dressed in uniform to receive their complimentary craft beer or appetizer. To locate the nearest restaurant, veterans can visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.

Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes
All active, inactive and retired military personnel,at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide, diners with a valid military ID will receive free build your Grand Slam on 11.11.14 from 5 am to noon.

East Coast Wings
Veterans receive a free appetizer or dessert with a $10 or more purchase on 11/11/14.

Famous Dave’s
On November 11th, former and active military are invited to come in and receive a free One Meat Salute on us. Choose from one meat, a corn muffin, and a side. Participating locations only. From 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Proof of service required. Dine In only.

Figaro’s
Veterans and active service members get a free medium 1 topping pizza on Nov. 11, 2014.

Food City
Veterans and active military receive a free hot bar meal on November 11th.

Friendly’s Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The breakfast choice is their Big-Two-Do’s® array of breakfast options and for lunch or dinner it’s the All American Burger with fries and a beverage (soda, iced tea or hot beverage).

Glory Days Grill
Glory Days invites all veterans on 11/11/14 to join Glory Days and receive a free appetizer or wings with proper ID.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Veterans and Active Duty Military eat free on Veterans Day – Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Golden Corral Free Meal
Monday, November 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM get a free Veterans Day buffet and beverage to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating. No identification is required to get your free Veterans day meal.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt
On November 11, 2014, participating Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt shops across the country are giving away free single-scoop ice cream cones to all veterans and military personnel with a valid military ID.

Hooters Free Meal
Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.  Offer valid 11/11/14.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House Free Meal
All day long Hoss’s isserving up their Hossome “American Value” meals absolutely free for veterans.  Valid I.D. is required

Hurricane Grill & Wings
Tuesday, November 11th Veterans and active duty military personnel receive a complimentary meal and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Veterans Day. Menu items include: Grilled Chicken, Caesar Salad, 10 Wings, Fish and Chips, Chicken Sandwich (Crispy/Grilled), Burger Sliders, Pulled Pork Quesadilla. Verification through ID or Uniform.  Participating locations only.

Hy-Vee Free Breakfast
Hy-Vee is providing free breakfast for veterans during regular breakfast hours on Veterans Day.

Ikea
Many Ikea locations are offering a free meal for veterans November 9 – 11, 2014.  Search for your local Ikea store, go to the store home page and select the Special Offers tab for details.

IHOP
On Veteran’s Day, November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants around the nation will be honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States Military by offering them free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At some locations, the Red, White and Blue pancakes will be featured as part of a free combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns.

Kangaroo Express
Any service member with a military I.D. that visits one of Kangaroo Express’ nearly 1,200 grill-ready stores between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 is invited to purchase a grill item for just 25-cents (one per guest, while supplies last).

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee
Offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all those served or currently are serving on Veterans Day. A free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel (no ID required). Only at participating locations.

Krystal
Active and retired armed forces members this Veterans Day with a free sausage biscuit to any active or retired service member with military ID.

Lamar’s Donuts
Free donut and a 12oz coffee for all veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Lone Star Steakhouse
A free entrée on Veterans Day to active duty and reserves.

Longhorn Steakhouse Free App
Service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.


Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free three course combo.McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
Enjoy a complimentary entree on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 (2 days before Veterans Day). All veterans must show official verification. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant.

Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt
On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 all Veterans and military personnel with a military ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.  Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

Mission BBQ
Veterans eat free on Veteran’s Day.  Free sandwich and cake while supplies last.

Mod Pizza
Veterans and active duty military are invited in for a free individual pizza or had-tossed salad on Veterans Day.

O’Charley’s free meal
All veterans and all active-duty military personnel will have their choice of one of nine meals on the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu. Options include O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Cowboy Sirloin, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie and Santa Fe Tilapia, among others.

Olive Garden Free Meal
All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

On The Border Free Entree
This Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military will receive, for free OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
All veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. To claim the offer, customers should provide proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform.

Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage
All active, retired military and veterans get a Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. Plus, all military personnel get 15% off from November 12 thru December 31, 2014.

PDQ
Free tenders or sandwich for all veterans or active duty military with ID or in uniform.

Petro Stopping Centers
All Military Vets, come enjoy a free meal on Petro at participating full service restaurants on Nov. 11, 2014. Must show proof of service.

Pinnacle Entertainment
Free buffet on Veterans Day at Pinnacle’s properties including Ameristar, Belterra, Boomtown, L’Auberge, Retama and River City properties.

Pie Five Pizza
On Veterans Day active duty, reserve and retired military receive a free individualized pizza.  Must show valid ID.

Pizza Factory
Free lunch special or a lunch buffet for veterans on November 11, 2014.

Pizza Schmizza & Schmizza Pub & Grub
Veterans and active service members get a free slice of pizza on Nov. 11, 2014 between 1 and 4 p.m.Ponderosa Steakhouses
Monday, November 17th – All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet. Contact your local Bonanza for more details.

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants
Veterans, Active Duty, Retirees and Reservists receive a free meal with the purchase of a second meal of equal or greater value. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Print and present the coupon before ordering. Offer valid on Monday, November 10, 2014; Tuesday, November 11, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Red Lobster Free App
Monday, Nov. 10 to Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 service members past and present receive a complimentary appetizer from a special menu.  Proof of service required.

Red Robin Free Burger and Fries
All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day.

Rib Crib
This Veterans Day, all veterans and active-duty military eat free at participating locations.

Rock & Brews
Veterans and active-duty members receive a free ultimate burger or pulled pork sandwich on November 11th, 2014.  Dine in only, military or veteran ID required.

Ruby Tuesday
Get a free appetizer on Veterans Day to all those who served or are serving.

Rusty Bucket & Tavern
On Veterans day get 11% off lunch or dinner with proof of service, food portion of check only, up to 4 guests. Includes Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, Reservists, Dependents.

Ryan’s
On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), active duty, reservists and retired military may enjoy a free dine-in lunch at participating Ryan’s locations, from open until 3:30 pm. Show your military ID or proof of service to enjoy the free meal.

Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger
Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering a Shoney’s All-American Burger and fries to all Veterans and Active Duty Military members on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.

Sizzler Free Lunch
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veterans, active duty, retired members of the military get a free lunch. Guests with proof of military service will select a six-ounce six-ounce Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken or a half dozen Fried Shrimp entrée with a choice of coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Veterans and active duty get a free meal on Nov. 11, 2014.  Must show proof of service.

Spaghetti Warehouse Buy 1 Get 1 Free Meal
Spaghetti Warehouse is honoring veterans with a special “buy one entree, get one free” coupon offer and is encouraging its guests to “invite a veteran to lunch or dinner”. Beginning Nov. 4th, the coupon will be available online on Spaghetti Warehouse’s website.

Starbucks Free Coffee
This Veterans Day veterans, active duty military and their spouses get a free tall 12oz  brewed coffee at participating stores.

Texas Corral Free Entree
A free entrée on Veterans Day from a special menu for vets and active duty.

Texas Land & Cattle
TXLC will honor Veterans, both active and retired plus reserves with a free appetizer; Crispy Onion Strings, Spicy White Queso, Steakhouse Onion Rings, Avocado Smash or Big D Spinach Dip.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch
Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides on Nov. 11, 2014.

TGI Fridays Free Lunch
Veterans and active duty military service members are invited to have lunch from a special menu on T.G.I Friday’s this Veterans Day.

The Green Turtle
Veterans and Active Duty military enjoy a free meal on Tuesday, November 11th.

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop Free Doughnut
Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free doughnut. No purchase required. Valid ID required or show up in uniform.

Tijuana Flats
Veterans and active-duty military eat free on Veterans Day, 11.11.14.

Tony Roma’s
On Nov 11th,  come into Tony Roma’s and receive a complimentary draft beer (14 oz. draft beer per person). At participating locations only. With proof of Military Service or Veteran Status.

Travel Centers of America Free Meal
On Veterans Day, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must present valid ID.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill
Share a photo of your hero for a free salute. Get a free dessert by tagging Tucanos on Instagram with @Tucanosusa #VeteransDay and then upload your picture here.

Twin Peaks Free Meal
Service men and women eat free on 11/11/14.

Uno’s free entrée or pizza with a purchase
With a Military or Veteran ID, entrees are buy one get one free, and anyone who presents this ticket will donate 20% of your total check to Fisher House Veterans Association.

Village Inn Free Breakfast
All who have served get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.

Wayback Burgers
Both active and retired military personnel can get a free menu item, with no purchase necessary all day Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q
When Vets buy an entree on Veterans Day they receive a gift certificate for a free entree on their next visit.

Zoes Kitchen
Zoes is serving up a free entrée to those with a military ID and an additional 10% off for all family members on Tues. Nov. 11, 2014.

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Last Years Restaurants with Veterans Day Free Meals – Most Repeat Every Year
BJ’s Restaurant Free Lunch or Pizza

All Active Duty Military and Veterans receive a complimentary Lunch Entree, or a one topping mini Deep Dish or individual Hand-Tossed Pizza at dinner. Simply present proof of service.

Boston Market
Stop into any Boston Market on Veterans Day and show your military ID and receive a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal.

Buca di Beppo
Free individual pasta for veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day. Proof of service required.

Carrows Free Slice of Pie
Get a free slice of pie, no purchase necessary for veterans and active duty. Present military ID.

Chevys Fresh Mex
On #VeteransDay, active & retired military enjoy 20% off and everyone enjoys $3 House Margaritas. At participating Chevys.

Coco’s Free Slice of Pie
Get a free slice of pie with any purchase on Veterans Day. Includes veterans and active duty.

Einstein Bagels Free Bagel and Shmear
This Veterans Day from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to receive a Free Signature or Classic Bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, and no purchase is necessary.

El Torito
On Veterans Day, veterans, active duty & retired military enjoy 20% off plus $3 House Margaritas.

Fatz Eatz and Drinkz
On this Veteran’s Day, Veterans and Active Duty military can enjoy a free entrée up to a $15 value. No purchase required! Also, each veteran will receive a $2 coupon for use on his or her next visit.

Fox & Hound Tavern
Veterans and active duty military get a free burger on Veterans Day.

Little Caesars Free Crazy Bread
All United States armed forces veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread® with proof of military status at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

Noah’s Bagels Free Bagel and Shmear
This Veterans Day, all active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to receive a Free Signature or Classic Bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, and no purchase is necessary.

Paciugo Gelato Caffe
Paciugo will thank our nation’s veterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12 oz Gelatte.  Military guests will need to provide proof of military service.

Sheetz
Vets get a free 6″ turkey sub and 20oz fountain drink.

Wingstop
All active duty and retired military personnel a free 6pc. Boneless Wing Combo or 3pc. Boneless Strip Combo w/ valid Military ID.

Cyclist crossed 6 states to propose to his girlfriend, stabbed to death by a homeless man.

Cyclist killed by Florida man on his way to propose to his girlfriend.

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Kevin Adorno, seen in the above picture with his girlfriend, was killed by a homeless man after stopping at a McDonalds for a quick snack. He was cycling from Maryland to Florida to propose his girlfriend, Elyse seen in the picture.

The killer.

Homeless man stabs cyclist Florida

 

Rene Herrera Cruz 59 years old, seen in the picture above told police that he watched Adorno walk around talking on his cell phone and believed that he was instructing people to kill him. He then proceeded to stab him in the chest and arm causing him to collapse near a bathroom. Adrorno’s girlfriend reported hearing the phone drop on the ground before hearing sirens.

Homeless-Man-Stabbing cyclist Florida

 

As you can see from this picture, the trip was to consisted of 1191 miles. Out of all the hazards one could come across when making a cycling trip like this Adorno met his fate by wanting a quick snack. It’s still unclear what was mentally wrong with Cruz, or why he thought Adorno was instructing others to kill him. It’s a tragic event and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

Florida already has a poor reputation when it comes to cycling/pedestrian accidents. Like the news of the past, this will be categorized with the stigma surrounding the idea that crazy people are found in Florida. We had the zombie eating a person problem, countless court cases that made national news and infuriated many with the results. I already know that carrying a weapon while cycling is illegal in many states, maybe it shouldn’t be. Perhaps on long trips like this protecting oneself is not a bad idea.

What do you think of this tragic event? Comment below or voice your opinion on my twitter. @LegsBPedaling

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ISIS. You childish annoying little pricks.

I asked my fellow veterans for their opinions about ISIS in Iraq. Vast majority said to kill them.

CBS 5 – KPHO Second journalist claimed to be beheaded by ISIS.
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The general consensus about ISIS is one of hate and discontent. I believe it’s more than a normal amount of hate for the “enemy,”  Even before I took my vacation over to Iraq in ’07-’08 I knew it was a lost cause. Not for a lack of caring about helping these people or going after the ones who declared themselves to be our enemies. Honestly I would estimate that only 2% of that damn country actually cares about it’s future. Of that 2% maybe a couple dozen have the balls to defend their homeland. As evident in the actions of the Iraqi military. Doesn’t matter the size or proficiency of the invading force, the military would rather just hand over their weapons and equipment to the enemy. Despite the years of training and funding the United States has WASTED trying to help.

 

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Typical Iraqi service member.

 

ISIS is scared and those meant to stop them are chicken shit.

I came across this video of  U.S. Soldier ripping the Iraqis a new ass. I agree with him completely. They have made it the obligation of other countries military to come in and clean up there mess, time and time again. Most of the American public, not all, but most are apathetic to the situations in the middle east. Myself and other veterans have tried to let the past be the past when it comes to Iraq. Watching the same area we spent a year(s) in being given to some punk group of extremists is disheartening. I use the work “punk” because I feel that is all ISIS deserves. They’re not a military. They’re not even a well organized militia with the same goals in mind. They claim to want to take over Iraq and surrounding areas in the name of Allah. Contradicting the religion they claim to be promoting. I have no way of knowing for sure, but my opinion of those pulling the strings of ISIS aren’t doing so to create a peaceful nation state. Continuously they point out how wrong the western culture is with all of our infidels, despite the fact that many in the middle east disagree with their ideological extremes.

 

Trust me ISIS the people of the U.S. Military don’t want to be in your homeland. Hell because of your inhuman tactics the majority of those you’re trying to rule don’t even want to be there. ISIS brags about beheading innocent civilians and taking over areas using the weapons of fear and anarchy. Yet they have the balls to make videos of their atrocities in order to point the propaganda gun at western civilization as if we were the cause of the violence. There isn’t a spec of pride left in Iraq for the residents to defend.

 

To many ISIS is just a joke found on the internet.

Archer ISIS Bitchslap

I’m not sure if there are others who would agree with me, but the problem isn’t with ISIS, the Taliban or any other group claiming rights to middle east nations. It’s those are supposed to be defending them! The U.S. dumps BILLIONS  of dollars each year into trying to “fix” countries like Iraq. To what end? I would suggest building up and training the military, but as I’ve said that doesn’t mean shit unless they have the courage to actually fight back. I suggest a mass operation to give all of them a set of balls. Possibly an Addadicktome procedure? ISIS isn’t the first group of assholes that take over using fear and they won’t be the last. I hate to say it this way because many veterans have sacrificed so much of themselves up to this point, but is Iraq doomed to be a lost cause?

Final thought about Iraq.

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I would suggest either the defenders of Iraq actually grow up and stop handing over their land and resources to anyone willing to point a gun in their direction, or the invading assholes to come out from hiding. ISIS would rather use the media as a weapon and convince the citizens of Iraq that they’re stronger than a super power. You want a fair fight? Here’s a tip, grow a pair and send an email to Obama letting our military know when and where you’ll be and we can compare dick sizes on the battle field. Then again that could be asking too much of our “commander in chief.”

Running red lights without wearing a helmet.

Settling into a new home.

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Sorry that my posts have been few and far between lately. I recently moved to a new location within Orlando and have been working on getting everything situated. Can’t wait to get out on the bike once everything settles and explore past my previous boundaries.

Not divulging my location, but I get the pleasure now of seeing all kinds of skilled drivers around Conroy and Kirkman road. The erratic driving of tourists and pissed off Floridians is outstanding. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the the thought process of those who speed up to 50mph just to pass a car and then slam on their brakes to sit in backed up traffic. Was that one extra spot worth putting yourselves and others at risk? frabz-STUPID-DRIVERS--STUPID-DRIVERS-EVERY-WHERE-154d1f

My riding skills will definitely be put to the test while maneuvering through this part of Orlando. Even walking a couple of miles crossing the roads in this area is like playing Frogger. My first stroll out and I witnessed three separate car accidents within a half hour. Even with all the visible hazards I still watch people putting their lives at risk, especially those on bicycles.

Stupid cyclist.

Not sure the reason, but many of the people that ride bikes throughout downtown Orlando decide not to wear helmets. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. I witnessed one such person on the way home from work one morning. This guy on a bike pulled out into traffic without checking his surroundings. Weaving all over the road and running a red light at a busy intersection. It’s pretty sad when someone like myself who loves cycling has to silently curse about a fellow rider.

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My new location is much closer to work so my primary rides won’t be just commuting back and forth to work anymore. I’ll have the chance to ride as a hobby and take pleasure in exploring my area. I’m very paranoid about getting hit by a vehicle in this area, but I believe with time I’ll get used to it and figure out ways to get to safer roads. Cannot wait for those 40-50+ mile rides in my future. Which I need to be doing more of, because unless I get back on the hamster wheel or curb my high intake of calories I’m going to balloon up and become a couch commander.

Excited about the road ahead.

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My life always takes twists and turns as I’ve said in my ‘about me’ section. I have a path I’m on and like many trips it’s a little foggy. I know of destinations I’ll come across and goals that come to fruition. Each day bringing me closer to what I desire in life. Just like any new ride the road will be lined with speed bumps, road blocks and unexpected pot holes. As long as I stay focused and determined I believe I can accomplish whatever I actually set my mind to. Tomorrow will be my first real ride in my new neighborhood. Hopefully I’ll make a few new cyclist friends or have some new stories to share. Stay safe out there and keep pedaling!

 

Sights, smells and other facets of life that remind you of the military

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If you have been through any type of basic training or boot camp then I’m sure you’ll understand this completely. Coming upon a smell of some kind that brings up memories of the time you served. Recently for me it was wet grass and a musty smell that brought my mind back to boot camp. Oh Parris Island you soul destroyer.

I asked the question about bringing up old memories on my Facebook page and twitter and was delighted to see that many others also shared the same experiences. One of the responses had to do with hand sanitizer! It reminded one of my followers of going to the chow hall and waiting in line for food. Another being freshly cut grass and how it reminded them of PT (physical training) in the early mornings.1004768_10152427043880656_358421496_n

Certain gestures people do remind me of my time overseas. A certain handshake or way people hug each other trigger these memories and I do miss those times. Words used everyday around us having different meanings when heard by a veteran. Such as boot, formation, blue falcon, police call, mandatory fun day, watch or the most favorite FIELD DAY! For those of you who don’t know what a field day is ask your veteran friends. 😉

I’ve built up enough memories during my time in the Marines for an endless supply of story time around the camp fire. I enjoy sharing the stories of the non sense we found ourselves in. If the words, “So there I was…” leave my mouth prepare to be entertained, confused or shocked haha.

One such memory.

Whenever I see a volcanic rock or anything to do with climbing a mountain I reminded of  headache I had for three days. So there I was…

319420_422157141161089_1120309015_nBehind me in this picture is Mt Fuji. While in Japan we were given the oppurtunity to climb it one weekend in between our training schedule. A shuttle brought us up to the base of the mountain to begin our ascent! I was twenty years old, full of stupidity and endurance. I thought to myself, “I bet I could run up this mountain and beat everyone to the top!” So begins my journey.

After about two hours of jogging with my friend Jeff reality started to sink in. The top of the mountain kept getting further and further away from us. Every time we thought we were looking at the top another section would appear. By the fourth hour we were being passed by elderly Japanese women and young children.

Finally we reached the top and our energy was restored. . .not necessarily a good thing haha. We collected a few volcanic rocks as souvenirs and followed the path towards the descent. The texture of the mountain side was different on the descent. It was a completely open view with tiny rocks that our feet sunk into. Similar to walking on a beach. It was all downhill from here.

We started lengthening our strides to gain momentum and took pleasure in the fact we were passing many people on the way. The problem came when we gradually made our way to a full out sprint. Slowing down was no longer an option! Our little Marine legs were moving quickly enough to keep us from tripping over anything. Of course a big friggan rock appears out of nowhere.

I was running too fast and had no control of my body as this rock was getting closer and closer. I knew I would be unable to shift to either side to avoid it and I also didn’t want to ram my legs into it. Instead I had a split second to jump and hope I would clear it. Miraculously I did and then came to a sudden realization. Yes I manouvered well enough to avoid the damn rock, but at the same time I was now flying. The speed remained the same however my view of the mountain side changed horribly. To try and explain how I was flying let’s just say that my feet would be the top of the line with my head at the bottom. (  \  ) I remained in that position for what seemed like twenty or thirty feet using my great idea filled head to come back down to earth on. I crashed hard and continued to roll down the mountain doing somersaults until I came to a stop.

So began my 36 hour fun of learning my lesson. Now every time I’m reminded of that day I shake my head laughing at myself.

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