Even with huge thunderstorms over night and a closed road on the route, Eric and Jared rated today a B-, 8 on the JERIC Scale! The massive storms that moved through the area after midnight drenched everything, except what was in the tent! Eric was pretty sure that when they got out of the tent in the morning that they would see the place where lightning struck, it was that close!
When they got up this morning, they laid everything out to dry before they started packing. When they took the tent off of the ground cloth, they realized they were sleeping on a literal waterbed last night!
They didn’t hit the road until about 11 this morning. The first 20 miles had a lot of “good climbing,” meaning lots of hills! After a while they came upon this road closed sign!
After checking the map, they found that the alternate route was a long way around. It couldn’t be that bad, could it?
Let’s cross it!
Eric and Jared’s feet and bike tires got a little muddy, but they got across quickly! The road crew guys were pretty cool!
Eric and Jared arrived in Medina, OH and were able to meet up with good friends of Eric’s. John and Kelly took them out to dinner and are also going to put the guys up for the night. It sounds like it’s going to be another stormy night, so they are very thankful to be sleeping in a house!
John, Kelly, Sarah, Eric and Jared at Lagerhead’s Smokehouse and Brewery
During dinner, Eric was able to share the story of their ride with their waitress, Courtney. She supported their efforts with a generous donation to the cause! Thank you Courtney!
Because of the crazy muddy creek crossing, Eric and Jared rode the planned 61 miles to Medina today. Tomorrow’s destination is Burton, OH. Arrival in Edinboro is estimated to be on Saturday, June 29th! Those of you in the area, please come to the Hotel Bar to cheer Eric and Jared on for their last few pedal strokes! We will post the closest approximate time that we can as it gets closer!
Eric’s mom, Dee Burgett, wrote an article for her local paper about the CO2PA4ALS ride. I just got the electronic version and wanted to share it with our followers! It’s a fantastic article Dee! Thanks for writing it!
“The following story is one that brings awareness to a fatal illness called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
My husband Matt Burgett was a Vietnam Veteran and was diagnosed with ALS in October 2007. As the illness progressed into the final stages and his care became 24/7 our children, Christa, Eric, and Peter, came to his side and mine to help care for him for several weeks. During his care giving, our son Eric made a promise to Matt (who was his step-father) that he would try to make a difference and bring awareness to this horrific disease. Eric chose to bicycle cross country from his home town of Colorado Springs, Colorado to Edinboro, Pennsylvania where Matt was a police officer for 25 years, to raise awareness for the ALS Chapter here in Idaho. Eric has been cycling for twenty plus years and is currently in good health. In doing his research on ALS Eric found out that there are many people bringing awareness to ALS by cycling through the U.S. Accompanied by his friend and cycling companion Jared Gibson their journey began on May 30th 2013 and is taking them through several states Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio and the final destination, Pennsylvania. Their estimated time is 3 to 4 weeks and miles estimated at 1,700, they logged 115 miles on day one. The first one-third of their trip will be on the highway then they will transfer to Trans American Trails. When they call it a day they will be camping in a local park or a KOA and every 4 or 5 days they will stay at a local hotel to get refreshed for the next day’s ride. They have met several people along the way, told their story and were given donations. I am so very PROUD of these boys and I pray everyday for their safety along the highways. You can follow their journey on Eric’s blog at co2pa4ALS.wordpress.com, if you would like to help the ALS Chapter here in Idaho there is a donation link to donate in Matt’s name. Eric and Jared are pictured here with their loaded up bicycles, our son Eric is on the left with his 85 lbs of gear. Matt is pictured with his horse Rhet. Just a small addition to this story, in 2002 Eric donated one of his kidneys to his brother Peter, both are doing well.
ALS is a progressive disease of the central nervous system which causes the gradual degeneration of nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. There is no known cure foe ALS, which affects more than 30,000 people in the United States. Approximately 5,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Matt passed away this past September from ALS, he was a loving, caring and generous person, I love him and miss him so….
Please remember to pray for our veterans past and present for their dedicated and continued service to our United States of America.”