And now a word about our rider. Jeff has passed the one week mark and is getting stronger every day. Two weeks of sitting in a car on the way to your starting point is not the most winning strategy, so week one was a grind. Three days of temps over 90 didn’t help either, but Jeff soldiered through. On May 7, Jeff rode a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway with Karen’s niece Rachel. She joined him from her home in Raleigh NC and provided just the youthful energy a man of the ripe old age of 60 needed to complete the task.