Pre-Ride Thoughts!

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THANK YOU TO A GROUP OF FRIENDS FOR AN AWESOME SURPRISE SEND OFF FOR MY APRIL 28TH – JUNE 16TH ROUTE 66 BIKE TRIP. I AM RIDING WITH 16 WOMEN FROM ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THROUGH WOMAN TOURS.
MY BAGS ARE PACKED AND I AM READY TO HEAD OUT FRIDAY FOR ANOTHER IMPORTANT ADVENTURE TO BRING AWARENESS AND FUNDRAISE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
I WILL DO MY BEST TO BE SAFE, ABSORB THE BEAUTY OF OUR COUNTRY, MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST ALZHEIMER’S AND SHARE MY DAILY THOUGHTS ON MY BLOG.
I WILL BE 64YRS. OLD   WHEN I START THIS ADVENTURE AND NOT FOR ONE MOMENT DO I TAKE THIS CHALLENGE LIGHTLY. I ASK FOR SAFETY, STRENGTH, AND APPRECIATION FOR THE  OPPORTUNITY. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO FOLLOW MY RIDE, I AM INSPIRED BY YOUR SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING OF WHY WE MUST END ALZHEIMER’S.
CATCH ME AT https://ronasride.wordpress.com/
WITH GRATEFULNESS AND THE SUPPORT OF AN AWESOME HUSBAND, ALAN!
RONA
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A New Journey

On October 20,2017 I committed to doing another epic Bike Ride for Alzheimer’s Disease. My last adventure was Cross Country from San Diego Ca. to St. Augustine Fl. in 2014.  I will again be riding with WomanTours as we travel the famous Route 66. Our adventure starts in Chicago, Illinois on  April 29th and ends in Santa Monica, California June 16th approximately 2451 miles. Route 66 was constructed in 1926 as one of the original highways within the US Highway System.
My last experience was an amazing chance to see our country day by day on the seat of my bike. You really see and feel the country riding at a pace that allows you to reflect on the size and unique beauty of each state.
Riding for Alzheimer’s allows me to tell my story, meet people along the way touched by this horrific disease and listen to their stories. I will share these stories with you reminding us of the importance of our work to raise awareness and funds for our Vision of a World Without Alzheimer’s Disease.
I hope my training is on target to allow me to make a difference, and return home safely to share my stories of Route 66.
I will be riding in memory of those we have lost to Alzheimer’s Disease and in honor of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Please help me by making a donation here!
Thank you for your support and I hope you will follow along on my journey!
Rona Altschuler

Day 56: St. Augustine!!!

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Wow!!! We made to St Augustine on a warm, sunny and no wind day. What a blessing with all the terrible weather around us. We went to a beach and I dipped my front tire in the Atlantic, no small … Continue reading

Day 55: So close, I can TASTE IT!

I am so flipping excited as I checked my donation page–I just went over $12,029 today!!

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Right now as I sit in my Best Western hotel room, I am brought to tears for so many blessings. Going over my goal and the donations still continue (please, don’t stop now!!).  Some friends from home had a basket of some of my favorite snacks sent to my hotel room and it was delivered by chance by Ralph’s Florist (that was my DAD’S name).

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Debbie even sent a picture of some residents at the facility where she works in Williamsburg, thanking me for my efforts. So many amazing words of encouragement, support and prayers that I could never thank you all enough, BUT I WILL TRY!!!!

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Tomorrow, this physical journey will end (God willing) as we ride out from our hotel and wait for each other at a fire station a few miles from the St Augustine  beach. Together we will ride to the beach (police escorted)  for the front tire dipping in the Atlantic to signify the end of our 2 month bike ride across America.  Now you *know* I will tear up again (I won’t be alone).

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So much has happened in the last 2 months and I hope my words have helped you gain a small part of what this experience meant to me. I will be processing this journey for quite some time.  By the grace of God, this has been an experience both physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual, all while bringing awareness and raising donations to end the horrific disease with presently no way to prevent, or cure; Alzheimer’s disease.
Thank you for your patience.  2 months is a long time, but to journal this trip was so important because though I did the pedaling, you were with me every mile I rode. Alzheimer’s needs us all to fight, and to speak out loud because “IF WE DON’T WHO WILL”?
With love and appreciation
Rona

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Day 54: Country roads take me home..

photo 1 (12)Tuesday’s 75 mile bike ride is complete and we are safe in High Springs, Florida.  We beat the rain, and it is the typical Florida humidity, just like home.  Good news is, I like hot weather, and it makes the post bike ride shower even more enjoyable.  I got a call from the St.Augustine/Jacksonville area Alzheimer’s Association. They are planning to be there when I roll in Thursday around 11-ish.

Biking through this part of Florida (Panhandle, small farming towns) is very different from the Atlantic coast, Orlando, and larger cities on the Gulf that I have visited.  We passed many cattle farms, crops being planted, and open lands. When you ride country roads, an area feels so different than traveling the interstates.  I have learned our beautiful country is covered with miles and miles of farm lands and open spaces.  Biking has given me such a great opportunity to see America from such a different perspective, and we are not done yet–120 miles to go!!!!


My fundraising is still ongoing and I am at $11,404 with no stopping us yet!!!


Thank you all for your amazing support–can’t wait to be able to thank you in person.

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Day 53: On the downhill slope..

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Today’s ride was straight, flat, good shoulders, not much debris and only 52 miles. Nice ride for getting a good fast ride (I averaged 17 mph) and no chance of getting lost. We are now in Perry, Florida and checked into a Hampton Inn.

I would like to dedicate this blog to all participants past, present and future of our National Signature Event “Walk To End Alzheimer’s”. There are over 650 walk events nationwide and the Walks have raised over 300 million to date. A special thank you to participants of our Southeastern Virginia Chapter Walks. Our Chapter supports 6 Walk To End Alzheimer’s events.
Please join our Chapter at one of our walks: go to www.alz.org/walk to find a walk near you.
My Peninsula Walk To End Alzheimer’s is Saturday, October 18th at Port Warwick in Newport News. For more information and to register, go to www.alz.org/walk (Peninsula).
Teams and individuals are registering (free) now so help us make our walks the most successful ever!  We would love to see you at our Peninsula Kickoff July 15 at The Cove Tavern, 5:30pm, free of charge.
 The End Of Alzheimer’s Starts With Me …..
3 More Days of biking for Alzheimer’s help me raise needed donations I am at $10,894 and riding strong!!!!
With appreciation,
Rona

Day 52: What a rest day is–and is *not*

Sunday April 27–our REST DAY in Crestview Florida.

So what is a rest day like for me??????  Well, I will tell you first what A Rest Day is *Not*!!!!!
1. It is *not* setting an alarm for 5:45 am
2. It is *not* laying out your bike clothes the night before (hoping you guess the weather correctly).
3. It is *not* getting up and hoping both of your tires are hard and you did not have a slow flat over night.
4. It is *not* throwing on bike clothes in the dark because your roommate is not an early riser like me and stumbling down for coffee in the lobby (that’s in the nice motels).
5. It is *not* trying to eat the right breakfast to get you started on your ride depending on the distance.
6. It is *not* schlepping down your two bags (that have not gotten lighter over the weeks) to put on the trailer.
7. It is *not* schlepping your bike down the stairs, unless you were the lucky one to get a first floor room.
8. It is *not* checking tires and waiting for your favorite pump to pump them to your favorite pressure. Mine is 100 lbs.
9. It is *not* making a peanut butter sandwich.
10. It is *not* gazing over the snack table wondering what snacks you might need to make it to the end of a long ride.
11. It is *not* worrying you will be able to follow the cue sheet and make a wrong turn.

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Do You Get The Idea Of A Rest Day my friends?! Needed and appreciated!!!!!!

So what IS a Rest Day?
For me, a rest day is a day to reflect on this journey.  What have I learned about myself and life?
I take time to think of the people that have touched my life. Why did I meet a stranger on a plane in August as I was heading home from visiting friends in Maine, who had done a cross America bike trip? Why did he inspire me to attempt such a journey?

A rest day is my day to process my appreciation for you and so many things in my life. I can reflect on just how grateful I am for all the donations raised for Alzheimer’s.  I can’t think of a better way to rest than to thank God for my all blessings!!!!!!

Tomorrow we are off to Perry, Florida, a 54 mile ride.
Please continue to pray for our safety as our trip winds down. More miles to go and more journey to embrace.

Till tomorrow