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    Brutal Day 8 but we Achieve

    July 8th, 2014

    Day eight- brutal Yesterday we started the day with an event with the ARCs of Onondaga, Madison, Cortland Counties. We started it at Chittenango New York in the Erie Canal Museum. We had a wonderful event with proclamations and discussion of employment and outcomes for people disabilities. We always knew that this day was going to be a longest. On paper, it is 45 miles from Chittenango to Utica-lock 20. We were excited because this day we had trained for four weeks earlier. Last year, it was pouring rain all day and it was a very rough trip. Both Doug and I in our introductory speeches at the museum mentioned that it rained a lot last year. And of course we must have good karma because it brought a days worth of rain yesterday. About 2 miles in Doug told me to go ahead because he was slow in the mud, and about 2 miles after that I realized it was going to be a brutal day. Doug was stopped by two flat tires. It put him 10 miles behind. Rain normally slows us down by about 4 miles an hour to go through the muddy stone dust, and it did. We ended up as two[READ MORE...]

    Journey Along the Erie Canal II – Week 1 – Doug’s Reflections

    July 7th, 2014

    One week ago today I was awake at 1:15am, as I am tonight, excited about the Journey. Last week I was apprehensive about actually being able to complete each day. I was not able to last year and I still had no way to know if my new bike and increased training schedule were enough to do the job. It turns out they were! The 194 miles that we all rode last week were extremely rewarding and it was a relief to me that I could complete every one. I actually began to feel stronger each day as I discovered that I had ways to tackle hills and long distances at reasonable speed – SO different than last year. But enough about me. The Journey is about the team. The Robinsons and the Hamlins have bonded through this experience and formed a friendship that is important to all of us. There is an unspoken rhythm to each day that comes with trust and confidence. We push each other (ok, Andrea pushes all of us), and support each other. Pam had three flat tires in the first two days, but there was no discouragement, just a determination to fix them (with the[READ MORE...]

    Day 7 - #Journey2014 is at 194 Miles

    July 6th, 2014

    Genesis 2:2 - "...He (in this case we) rested on the seventh day." Week one is complete, and it has been all that we had hoped for and more. I cannot recap the whole week, but I'd like to observe a few things that are much different than last year. This has been an extremely emotional week for us. While last year had emotional ups and downs, this year has been even more powerful for me. First, the support from NYSARC under chapters has lived up to everything we had hoped for and more. We have seen hundreds of people with disabilities in the first week! We have done six flag ceremonies-which entail attaching a county flag to our state flag which we will present on the capitol steps July 11. This is been great to see old friends from last year as well as make new friends. We are excited to meet other chapters in this upcoming week. I was especially happy to see Gloria from Seneca County. Last year, Gloria was one of the first people to meet me one morning and promptly stole my coffee, saying she hadn't had a couple coffee yet.  She thanked me, came back five minutes later[READ MORE...]

    Wednesday, July 2, Day 3

    July 6th, 2014

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