It is about the Republic ~ Ride for the Republic, 2010 [Rafael&James]


Rafael Giraldo & I are to depart Bar Harbor, Maine, June 12, 2010, on a Ride for the Republic that will take us through Maine, the thirteen original states, the District of Columbia, and Florida. 

Rafael and I  ask that you join us during our tour. You will find a link to sign up here. Follow our SPOT reports to see when we are likely to be in your area. Also, follow us on my blog, BROL & the Catrike Message Board.

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I chose the four flags you see on my trailer because they best represent me and my thoughts about the Ride for the Republic, 2010 with Rafael.

First, the Nation as we know it today—The United States Flag; then the Nation as it was born—Thirteen States—The Betsy Ross Flag; next, I am a son of the south—North Carolina; and finally, having served 24 years on active duty in the United States Army, I am "Retired Army" Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry–RANGER!

The flags are 12" tall and 18" wide. I’m trusting they will survive the tour. If not, I’ll replace them, so they stand tall as symbols of their ideas.

Initial trailer flag article

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This summer ~ a new recumbent record???

In July Greg Kolodziejzyk will make a world record attempt by trying to ride a recumbent 3,000 miles. This is different. His route is from Victoria, Canada to Hawaii. But, there are no roads. That is correct. Greg will pedal across the ocean. His world-record attempt is expected to take between 40 to 80 days.

More to follow…

Ride for the Republic ~ 2010

Mr. Giraldo Tour Announcement I am pleased to be joining Rafael Giraldo on his 2010 cycling tour from Bar Harbor, Maine to Key West, Florida beginning June 14, 2010. My blog viewers and BROL members who followed Mr. Giraldo last year recall my “coverage” of his 2009 Tour of Discovery from San Francisco, California to Weston, Florida. I rode with him the last 2 days of that tour. The 1st day, I rode my RANS Citi Crank Forward [Faye]. The 2nd day, I rode my Catrike 700 [Silk].

Scheduled delivery ~ April 2010 This year, I’ll ride a quadricycle, built and customized by Utah Trikes [Ashley Guy]. This cycle is based upon my ideas, refined by BROL Members and Ashley [also a BROL Member]. Notable, are Captain Creeg’s concept drawings. With them, I was able to give Ashley a clearer vision of the cycle I want. BROL members continue to contribute to the creation of this unique touring cycle. Thanks to all!

Okay, the tour. You have seen Rafael’s [Mr. Giraldo’s] video. You see the tour is not simply a ride from Maine to Florida, but rather an exploration of the 13 Original States of the Union, Maine, The District of Columbia, and Florida. The theme of this tour is Ride for the Republic. It begins in Bar Harbor, Maine, America’s first town to receive the morning sunrays and ends at its southern most point, Key West, Florida.

Some of us waited impatiently for Mr. G’s daily pictures and videos [and especially his video narrations]. This year I’ll give you many live video feeds from my iPhone. During the tour, I’ll post to my blog [] from the road, as well as our destination for the day. I  will give you less RAAM and Tour de France coverage this year. I’ll do my best to be aware of both and keep the blog flowing with information as I did during my 2006 tour from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Key West, Florida.

Stay tuned for as exciting experiences with Rafael & Jim as we get our tour on…


    Rafael’s words sdpoken in the video