Touchdown in San Diego

First of all, thanks everyone for all the love that’s been pouring in to the blog and the website!

I arrived safely in San Diego and immediately began meeting fellow bike riders. This has been the first test of my memory–lots of ladies with all different names!  My sister was here waiting for me, too!
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What a blessing to see someone I knew and I knew her name!
I met Jeannie from Maine, the only lady I had been talking to by phone over the past training months.  So nice to finally put a face with a voice.  She more than anyone will always represent the place where this all started , my Maine trip and a plane ride with a stranger who did this trip!!
I picked up my bike and no, they did not set the seat where Matt marked it.  Or else I shrank a few inches!   My second memory test: what number was the seat post on!! It gave me my first chance to use my tools (yikes!).  But it will be ok; I was taught well!!
Today I am going to the Alzheimers Association of San Diego to say hi.  Then we have a bike orientation at 1:00 and first group dinner at 6:30.  Wish me luck with all those names!
And please continue to keep me in your prayers for safety and spreading the Alzheimer’s message in honor of everyone affected.
Rona
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Leaving On a Jet Plane

My bags are packed and I am ready to go, and I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow morning very bright and early.

I will be meeting up with my bike in San Diego and many new faces of the ladies I will be riding with starting on Friday March 7th.  My sister from Boulder has been by chance in San Diego for a conference so she stayed a couple of extra days to see me tomorrow. I am so excited to see her and hang out tomorrow.  I also plan to go to the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday and say hello.

My eyes are heavy even though it is not terribly late. So I will say good night getting up at 3:30am, we will meet again in California.

Thank you for helping me spread the serious business of supporting Alzheimer’s Disease.  My mission is to meet and hear stories of families touched by Alzheimer’s Disease. Give them hope and make a difference.

Shalom,

Rona

Pre-Staging: Not Much Longer Now!

Well, I am getting important things taken care of, such as talking to my Sprint customer service representative, Brigitte from Texas. Got a new iphone 5s and with her wonderful help I am fine tuning the “smart” thing.  I told her about the bike trip but she is in Ft. Worth–too far north to visit.  I told her she would be my hero if my Sprint phone really got service as I crossed the country–especially in Middle of Nowhere, Texas.
My bike went to UPS boxed in several pieces, I am hoping to see it back in one piece at Bernie’s Bike Shop in San Diego on March 5th.  Thank you, Matt, for the gentle care of my bike and making her like new.  She is only 3.5 months old but has had some miles put on her for a young thing.
My new duffle bag works; it fits all my bike stuff so it stays together and nothing is lonely.  Did I tell you how much stuff one needs to bike?  Stuff for your hands, feet, head, knees, tools, creams, bags, tubes, pumps, lights. Everything else will go in a bigger duffle bag.  Oh, and did I mention they said ‘pack light’?
Thanks for the support in the preparation stage.
Thanks for the donations to the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.