Ride for the Republic News ~ New Start Date

Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on 14 June 1917 Yesterday, Mr. Giraldo [Rafael] met with Mr. Antonio Fins and 5 other executives of the Sun Sentinel. They have promised ample media coverage throughout the tour. Every Sunday for 8 weeks, updates on the 2010 tour will appear on the Sun Sentinel’s Outlook section. These will contain photography, articles, and the history of the sites being visited.

The Sun Sentinel will also promote the tour via the Internet through their website. They will be using photography from last year and will be creating a flash presentation detailing what is to be expected during the Ride for the Republic.

Further to this, we will have live TV coverage. Also, for 8 weeks, and taking place every Monday at 6:40 a.m., we will go live via Skype on WSFL. The first newspaper article will be as substantial as what they published last year. This first article will come out on Sunday, June the 13th.

They asked me to move the start date from Saturday 12th to Monday the 14th. The idea is to shoot the first live TV session as the sun rises over Cadillac Mountain. Right after the shoot, we would begin the tour.

I have paraphrased the information above that I received from Rafael last night. How fitting that the Ride for the Republic, 2010 begins on Flag Day, June 14th.

Remember Pete ~ The Aussie Poiter Heal

Pete in Sydney at the end of his 4,000km ride I did a story on him 08/09/09 where he set an endurance record of 11 days 17 hours 8 minutes 3,965 kms 2,458 miles riding across the Australian Continent from Perth to Sydney.

Well, Pete will be off next month on a bigger challenge. He will strike out May 2, 2010, from Sydney to ride around the continent. That, 15,000 kilometers or almost 4 times the distance he rode in crossing Australia. That’s over 9,000 miles. That is a long way folks.

A few days ago Pete gave me a heads-up on his upcoming adventure: [also here]

Hi Jim
Planning the “Big One” this year.
Full lap of Oz – 15,000km around the sealed road perimeter.
Setting out May 2 from Sydney most likely and hope to break current record of 51 days 47 min by Eric Straarup in 2008 on an upright touring bike.
Anywhere between 45 and 50 days.
The supported record is “only” 41 days…
Will be on my VK2 with a modified M5 tail fairing.
Solo and unsupported again.
Will be using a SPOT Tracker again to increase the fun for supporters.
This is my Everest I reckon. Hope I summit.
Hope you grand trip on Fargo goes well.

We are excited to see Pete take on this tremendous challenge and wish him the very best as he rides to circumnavigate the continent. Pete, we will be watching and waiting for you to complete your task. I’m betting the highest bar Pete set last year will be raised even higher.  The best Mate. –jim

See Pete’s BROL Thread [The Lap of Australia]

The Ides of March, 2010

I‘m not expecting anything historic, per se.  I’d love to give you new design renderings of Fargo, my quadricycle. But, over that, I have no control. Let’s see what the day shall bring.

Vincenzo Camuccini, "Morte di Cesare", 1798,

History gives us this  [taken from Wikipedia]:

The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martias) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October.[1] The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 709 AUC or 44 B.C.

According to Plutarch, Caesar was warned by a seer to be on his guard against a great peril on the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated) Caesar saw the seer and joked "Well, the Ides of March have come," to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone."[2] This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March."[3]