It is with a glad heart and a slew of new friends, that I rolled back in to New Orleans today with my buddies from Pablove Across America 2011. We consumed over 600 miles of sweet American blacktop (and quite a few dirt roads) and over 16K vertical feet. We had no major accidents, very few mechanical issues and managed to raise almost $300K for the Pablove Foundation.
Today’s ride saw us traveling through the back roads of southern Mississippi, getting an escort through the Stennis Space Center, sprinting into Louisiana across the Rigolets bridge and welcoming two guest riders into our group for the final promenade into the French Quarter and Children’s Hospital. It was truly an honor to follow Jeff Castelaz, John Bennett and Adam Weber into New Orleans. I was pretty overwhelmed at the site of my beautiful wife and daughter greeting me at the finish line. (Unfortunately, my little boy had to stay in school because our arrival fell right in the middle of nap time at his school).
Friday night, we hosted a party at the WaaM House for all the riders and their families. We served up some homemade sausage and chicken gumbo as well as some other local treats, and washed it down with Sazaracs and a keg of NOLA Brewing Company’s Hopitoulas.
I’m wishing all the riders and crew safe travels back home and can’t wait to see you back on the road for Pablove Across America 2012!
Most especially, I’d like to thank you all for your support and encouragement before and during the ride. I was pushed to my physical limit over the last week, but my mind was always on those for whom we were pushing the pedals around – those young children and families for whom the Pablove Foundation is giving its all.