Evie and Nick, proud parents of Savannah, now 2Lbs 14oz.
With all of the chaos that surrounds getting 22 bikers through each state in the lower 48, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity, but there are always certain things that reach out and grab your attention and re-focus you back to what is important. The recurring theme that keeps appearing to me is family. Columbus has embraced the Miracle Ride and everywhere we go, we tell the story and bring new people into the Miracle Ride family.
Today was a long day and a very emotional one at that. Today we said goodbye to a dear friend and fellow rider, Martin Thiele. Any pain or discomfort we had from long miles in the saddle paled in comparison to what Martin lived on a daily basis with a smile. He was truly an inspiration.
We stopped in Bartlesville, OK to eat and view the service. The technology that keeps us in touch with everyone back home is impressive. I never thought I’d attend a funeral from 800 miles away. We were supposed to be riding into a nasty thunderstorm all afternoon, but we managed to skim the Southern edge and stay dry all day. We are all convinced that our Rider in the Sky gave us a hook-up. Thanks Martin.
While this is only my second trip, this ride has been a big part of my life, my family’s life, for the last 4+ years. Whenever I think I have things figured out, it seems that another layer opens to reveal new depth previously unseen. It’s amazing to see the impact that this ride has on the community and on the lives of families in their time of dire need. I am extremely grateful for the encouragement that we receive from the people of Columbus, employees of Aflac, our ride sponsors, and the families that have been impacted by CMN. When we moved to Columbus in early 2006, we thought we were moving AWAY from family (for 5 years at the most). Instead we’ve been here nearly ten years. We didn’t move away from family… we’ve not only started a family here, but we’ve gained one as well: the Ride for Miracles family.
First of all, my thoughts and prayers go to baby Tyler’s family. Yesterday (Friday) was a very emotional ride and I am very happy that we were able to honor Tyler’s brief time with us in such a moving way.