Day 41

DAY 41

5:30am WNIS 790 CALL INTO TONY MACRINI FOR BIKE ROUTE 66 Ride For Alzheimer’s update🚴🚴🚴🙂
EARLY MORNING POST IN SELIGMAN ARIZONA
STAYING AT THE STAGECOACH 66 MOTEL
THIS IS THE MOST ICONIC PLACE WE HAVE STAYED ON ROUTE 66. THE MOTEL COMES WITH A TRAIN TRACK NEXT TO US AND THE TRAIN COMES ABOUT EVERY 10-15 MINUTES 😮

That Afternoon…

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MEET BRANDI SHE IS 42, A SINGLE PARENT AND FROM SELIGMAN ARIZONA POPULATION A FEW HUNDRED. BRANDI WORKS AT THE STAGECOACH 66 MOTEL FRONT DESK WHERE WE SPENT THURSDAY NIGHT. I GOT UP EARLY TODAY AND WENT IN THE LOBBY FOR COFFEE.
I ENGAGED HER ABOUT OUR BIKE TRIP AND MY RIDING FOR ALZHEIMER’S. BRANDI SHARED WITH ME THAT HER DAUGHTER’S GRANDFATHER HAS ADVANCED ALZHEIMER’S AND HER OWN MOTHER APPEARS TO BE GOING IN THAT SAME DIRECTION. SHE SHARED SOME BEHAVIORS OF BOTH OF THEM WHICH ARE TYPICAL OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. ONCE AGAIN IN SMALL TOWN ARIZONA THE DISEASE TAKES HOLD OF FAMILIES AND CHANGES LIVES.
OUR MEETING WAS POWERFUL AND ONE I WILL CARRY WITH ME THE REST OF THIS JOURNEY.
WE HAD A SHORT RIDE OF ONLY 26 MILES TO PEACH SPRINGS ARIZONA WHERE WE CHECKED INTO THE GRAND CANYON CAVERNS MOTEL. WE TOOK A TOUR OF THE LARGEST DRY CAVERN AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL. THERE IS NO WATER SO NOTHING CAN LIVE WHILE THE AIR IS SUPPLIED BY UNDERGROUND PRESSURE FROM THE GRAND CANYON 65 MILES AWAY. GO FIGURE!!! HOPE YOU ENJOY THE PICTURES TO FOLLOW MY STORIES.
ABOUT 450 MILES TO GO, 7 BIKING DAYS LEFT AND ONE REST DAY.
THIS IS OUR JOURNEY, YOU ALL HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF STRENGTH TO ME. I KEEP MY VISION OF A WORLD WITHOUT ALZHEIMER’S IN MY FOCUS.
YOU CAN STILL DONATE TO MY RIDE FOR ALZHEIMER’S I AM STILL RIDING AND WORKING HARD EVERYDAY.
WITH GRATEFULNESS
🚴❤️RONA

Day 40

DAY 40 THURSDAY


ROUTE CHANGES FOR SAFETY
WE LEFT FLAGSTAFF AFTER A REST DAY HEADING FOR SELIGMAN ARIZONA A 72 MILE RIDE. AFTER A FEW MILES WE RODE ONTO INTERSTATE 40 ONLY TO FIND OUT AT A REST STOP THAT WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO RIDE THE INTERSTATE FOR THE NEXT 23 MILES DUE TO LANE CLOSURES AND NO SHOULDERS. WE LOADED UP THE VAN AND SAG CAR WITH BIKES AND WERE DROPPED OFF AT MILE 50. I MUST SAY WHEN WE LOST THE MILES ON THE INTERSTATE I WAS HAPPY TO FINISH THE RIDE ON ROUTE 66. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL QUIET RIDE AND IT TOOK US TO SELIGMAN. OUR SAFETY CAME FIRST AND I WAS GRATEFUL.
I HAVE SENT PICTURES OF THE RIDE, MOTEL (I AM IN THE ELVIS ROOM ) 😳 , A TOUR OF THE LITTLE TOWN AND GRABBED A VEGGIE BURGER.
IT IS ICONIC ROUTE 66 IN SELIGMAN ARIZONA.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I HOPE TO CONTINUE TO RAISE DONATIONS FOR ALZHEIMERS AS I CONTINUE THIS JOURNEY.
🚴❤️RONA
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DAY 38

DAY 38 TUESDAY

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BEFORE LEAVING THE 1930 POSADA HOTEL IN WINSLOW ARIZONA I CAPTURED SOME INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PHOTOS. THE ARTIST TINA MION, (AND PART OWNER) HAS HER PAINTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL. THE ONE I HAVE FOR YOU TO SEE IS OF TINA’S GRANDMOTHER THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HER BEFORE SHE DIED OF ALZHEIMER’S. YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW IMPACTFUL IT WAS TO STAND LOOKING AT THAT LARGE PAINTING DEPICTING HER GRANDMOTHER’S DISTANT EYES. THE IMAGE OF ALZHEIMER’S HAD INDEED FOLLOWED ME TO WINSLOW ARIZONA!!!!
WE ROLLED OUT TO RIDE 40 INTERSTATE MILES AND 22 ROLLING AND CLIMBING MILES INTO FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA ELEVATION 6980 FEET.
THAT EXPLAINS THE HEAVY BREATHING 😛😛
WE HAVE GONE 1994 MILES & 552 MILES TO GO.
PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS FOR A CONTINUED SAFE RIDE AS WE MOVE THROUGH ARIZONA INTO CALIFORNIA.

WITH GRATEFULNESS ❤️🚴RONA

Day 37

DAY 37 MONDAY (12 days left on this journey)


BEFORE LEAVING HOLBROOK ARIZONA WE STOPPED AT THE ICONIC WIGWAM MOTEL. I HAVE SEEN THESE TEE PEE PICTURES BUT IT WAS SO COOL TO REALLY BE THERE.
THEN WE CONTINUED ON A MILD 40 MILES TO WINSLOW ARIZONA. WE ONLY HAD TO RIDE 12 MILES ON INTERSTATE 40. WHEN WE TAKE INTERSTATE IT IS BECAUSE ROUTE 66 IS NOT A SAFE RIDE DUE TO RODE CONDITIONS OR IT ENDS AT THAT POINT TO BE PICKED UP LATER.
WE ARE STAYING AT LA POSADA IN WINSLOW ARIZONA. IT CONTAINS THE SOUTHWEST CULTURE IN STYLE AND ABUNDANCE.
IT WAS ALSO ICONIC TO STAND ON THE CORNER OF WINSLOW ARIZONA AND NEXT TO A FLATBED FORD. ITS A SMALL TOWN WITH A LOT OF ROUTE 66 PRIDE.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FOLLOWING ME ON THIS JOURNEY, IT IS ONE WITH MANY FACETS AND EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT. THE CONSTANT IS MY PASSION FOR SUPPORTING A VISION OF A WORLD WITHOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
THANK YOU AS ALWAYS TO DONATE: ronasride.wordpress.com
❤️🚴RONA

Day 36

DAY 36 SUNDAY

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TODAY WE RODE 70 MILES INTO HOLBROOK ARIZONA. TEMPERATURE 93 HUMIDITY 5%.
I INCLUDED SOME SENIC PICTURES OF THE PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK. THE REMAINS OF A 1932 STUDEBAKER LEFT WHERE ROUTE 66 ONCE CUT THROUGH THE PARK. COWBOYS HERDING CATTLE AND THE VIEWS ALONG THE ROUTE. WINDS WERE ONLY A FACTOR WHEN THEY WERE IN OUR FACE WHICH WAS ONLY 15 MILES THEN WE HAD SOME INTENSE SIDEWINDS BUT I STOOD MY GROUND AND REMAINED UPRIGHT! CHALLENGING CLIMBS WHICH WE ALL KNOW ARE CHARACTER BUILDERS. REACHING THE TOWN OF HOLBROOK INDEED MAKES ME SMILE BECAUSE OUR MOTEL CAN NOT BE FAR IT IS A LITTLE TOWN! ARRIVED POOPED BUT SAFE , OH DID I MENTION WE RODE THE INTERSTATE AGAIN FOR 22 MILES.
AS ALWAYS THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING MY RIDE FOR ALZHEIMER’S ON ROUTE 66.
TO DONATE: Visit the donate tab above!
❤️🚴RONA

DAY 34

DAY 34 FRIDAY


WE ROLLED OUT OF GRANTS NEW MEXICO BRIGHT AND EARLY (6:30am) FOR OUR FIRST 100 MILE RIDE. THE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 42 SO ON WENT THE JACKET BUT BY LESS THAN AN HOUR I WAS WARMED UP AND THAT WAS IT FOR THE JACKET. STAYED IN THE LOW 80’S BUT OF COURSE WE HAD A WICKED HEADWIND FOR A GOOD PART OF THE 100 MILES. IM NOT COMPLAINING I HAD A GREAT RIDE NO FLATS DESPITE A WIRE I FOUND IN MY REAR TIRE AT A REST STOP. NOW THAT IS A GOOD DAY. RODE AN ABUNDANCE OF CHALLENGING HILLS BUT THEY SAY THAT MAKES YOU STRONGER OR NOT😏
THERE IS A CONSTANT NEED TO STAY FOCUSED ON THE RIDE (TRAFFIC,GLASS,PIECES OF STEEL BELTED RETREAD TIRES, TURNS, WHEN TO STOP FOR FUEL (food of the snack variety) TO NAME A FEW.
MY ALZHEIMER’S FUNDRAISING IS CLOSING IN ON MY GOAL BUT I COULD USE A LITTLE HELP TO GET THERE. Visit the donate tab!
WE HAVE TWO WEEKS LEFT OF THIS JOURNEY AND YOU HAVE BEEN A BIG PART OF MY RIDE.THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN SO MANY WAYS. ON A BIKE YOU REALLY SEE AND “FEEL” EVERYTHING. GET IT, A BIT OF BIKE SEAT HUMOR “SORRY”.
IT HAS BEEN CHALLENGING IN MANY WAYS BUT KNOWING YOU’RE WITH ME GIVES THE EXPERIENCE GREATER PURPOSE.
WITH APPRECIATION
❤️🚴RONA

Day 33

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THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO ALL CAREGIVERS FOR ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS. YOU ARE A BLESSING, MAY YOU STAY STRONG, KNOW HOW IMPORTANT YOU ARE AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF TOO. ❤️

ROLLED OUT OF ALBUQUERQUE BRIGHT AND EARLY TO BEAT THE HEAT 90’S AND RIDE 76 MILES TO GRANT NM. LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU WILL SEE A HOT AIR BALLOON. THE RIDE WAS NOT FLAT, SURPRISED 😛. THE LANDSCAPE IS SO OPEN, MOUNTAINS, ROCKS, AND HILLS😮.

REST STOPS INVOLVE FINDING A SHADY SPOT, BEING SILLY WITH A FRIEND, GRABBING A SNACK, AND PUTTING YOUR FEET UP FOR A MOMENT ALL WHILE CATCHING YOUR BREATH 😮.

PLEASE HELP ME REACH MY ALZHEIMER’S FUNDRAISING GOAL I AM SINCERELY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. ALL DONATIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. DONATIONS GO TO RESEARCH, PROGRAMS AND SUPPORT. TO MAKE A DONATION, GO TO  http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/VA-SoutheasternVirginia?px=5765583&pg=personal&fr_id=11587

YOU ARE MY GIFT FOR FOLLOWING MY JOURNEY

I AM SO GRATEFUL . ❤️🚴RONA

Day 32

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SAID GOODBYE TO SANTA FE AFTER A GOOD REST DAY AND OFF TO ALBUQUERQUE.
77 MILES LOTS OF DAUNTING HILLS ONE THAT WE CLIMBED WAS ABOUT 5 MILES IT FELT LIKE IT WOULD NEVER END.  OTHERS WERE UP DOWN UP UP DOWN AND SOME WERE UP UP UP AND DOWN GET THE IDEA !!! THEN THERE WERE SOME WICKED DOWNS WHERE I REACHED 34 MPH. A CONTRAST TO SOME UPS AT 6 MPH.
NEWPORT NEWS JUST DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING CLOSE TO PRACTICE ON NEVER MIND THE ALTITUDE 5000-7000 FEET RANGES.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS, I MADE IT SAFELY AND GOT A GREAT WORKOUT. I HAD ANOTHER GREAT DINNER AND VISIT WITH MY OLD FRIENDS FROM HOME TIM AND NICOLE TONIGHT IN ALBUQUERQUE WHERE THEY LIVE.

WE HAVE ANOTHER TOUGH DAY TOMORROW STAY TUNED !!

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR YOU SUPPORT ❤️🚴

PLEASE DONATE TO MY FUNDRAISING FOR ALZHEIMER’S AT http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/VA-SoutheasternVirginia?px=5765583&pg=personal&fr_id=11587

Day 31

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OUR REST DAY IN SANTA FE WAS JUST THAT – A GOOD REST! I EXPLORED A BIT OF THE TOWN , SAT BY THE POOL, CLEANED MY BIKE AND THE HIGHLIGHT WAS A VISIT FROM OLD FRIENDS. TIM AND NICHOLE WERE RUNNING BUDDIES IN NEWPORT NEWS 20 YRS AGO NOW LIVING IN ALBUQUERQUE. THEY DROVE UP TO TAKE ME TO DINNER AND 3 HOURS LATER WE WERE STILL CATCHING UP. IT WAS A GREAT VISIT AND I WAS SO GRATEFUL TO SEE THEM, REMINISCE AND CATCH UP.

TODAY WE HAVE A 77 MILE RIDE TO ALBUQUERQUE THE FIRST OF A 7 DAY RIDE WEEK BEFORE ANOTHER REST DAY!!!

I AM CONTINUING TO SEE AND LEARN NEW THINGS EACH DAY HOPING TO REACH MY FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR ALZHEIMER’S BEFORE CALIFORNIA.
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND DONATIONS FOR ALZHEIMER’S.
🚴❤️RONA

IF YOU WANT TO DONATE TO MY RIDE FOR ALZHEIMER’S GO TO  http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/VA-SoutheasternVirginia?px=5765583&pg=personal&fr_id=11587

Day 30

 

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FOR 2 DAYS I HAVE BEEN NURSING A SLOW TIRE LEAK WAITING FOR OUR REST DAY IN SANTA FE TO CHANGE IT. THIS MORNING I AWOKE AND NOTICED THE AIR WAS REALLY LOW. AFTER MENTIONING IT TO MY ROOMMATE SUSAN SHE JUMPED INTO ACTION. WE WENT OUTSIDE WITH MY BIKE, NEW TUBE IN HAND AND SHE WENT INTO ACTION CHANGING MY TUBE IN A FLASH ONLY TO DISCOVER THE NEW TUBE HAD A HOLE. CALMLY SHE GOT ANOTHER TUBE AND IT WAS ON IN MINUTES. I STOOD IN AWE OF HER SKILLS HOPING TO FOLLOW HER EXAMPLE NEXT TIME . SHE HAD ME READY TO RIDE ON TIME FOR OUR 6:45 AM ROLLOUT. DID I MENTION SHE FIXED MY ODOMETER AS WELL? THANKS TO SUSAN, I DID NOT MISS A BEAT AND HAD A GOOD 72 MILE RIDE INTO SANTA FE. SUSAN WAS MY ANGEL AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR HER KINDNESS.

WE RODE 5 MILES ON INTERSTATE 25 THE REST ON THE SANTA FE TRAIL. LOTS OF CHALLENGING CLIMBS AND BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. OH I STOPPED ON THE TRAIL ROAD BEFORE THE INTERSTATE TO DONATE TO THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT COOL GUYS THEY EVEN STOPPED THE TRAFFIC SO MY BIKE BUDDY AND I COULD CROSS THE STREET SAFELY ON WAY TO INTERSTATE 25.

MISS YOU ALL BACK HOME BUT I HAVE NOT COMPLETED MY JOURNEY AND FUNDRAISING FOR ALZHEIMER’S.

Thank you for your support and donations

TO DONATE GO TO: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/VA-SoutheasternVirginia?px=5765583&pg=personal&fr_id=11587

❤️🚴RONA