Weston, Florida Homecoming ~ Day86

Cyclist teacher completes his ‘manifest destiny’ by Rachel Hatzipanagos South Florida Sun Sentinel 6:36 p.m. EDT, August 30, 2009. Other Giraldo photos by Deanna Dent.
Deanna Dent, Sun Sentinel / August 30, 2009)

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Tour of Discovery ~ Days 85 & 86

Earlier, I described the final two days of Rafael’s Tour of Discovery where we rode as brothers.    Tour of Discovery - Day 85 080 Saturday we rode approximately 52 miles from just south of Lack Placid, Florida [Intersection of Hwys 27 & 70] to Clewiston. I rode my RANS Citi Crank Forward on Saturday. Tour of Discovery - Day 85 113

Sunday, we rode from Clewiston to Weston [approximately 49 miles]. I rode my Catrike 700, a.k.a. Silk. Tour of Discovery - Day 86 009

My pictures of the two days of riding as well as pictures from the day after are in this flickr set. Mr. G’s Saturday [Day85] pictures are here and his Sunday [Day86] pics are here.

Sun Sentinel Article

Kindred Sprits ~ BrothersI am bless to have had this article [Selma journey brings kindred spirits together] published on the Opinion Page [Page 16A] in the Saturday, 08/29, Sun Sentinel. Thanks to Mr. Giraldo [Rafael] and to Mr. Antonio Fins of the Sun Sentinel.

I trust you have read my three blog articles relating to the civil rights struggle in the United States. If not, here are the titles and links to them:

Today—Selma, Alabama

From Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

March 25, 1965

These were tough times for our country. As a people, we are better for them.

Mr. Giraldo [Rafael] and I are close because of his many riding experiences as he trekked across the country. His riding experiences are similar to some of my touring experiences. His ride through Alabama is particularly poignant and drew us closer together.

We rode together as brothers the last two days of his awesome recumbent trike ride across the country.

Saturday, 08/29, I met him as he resolved a flatting issue with Manifest Destiny, his trike. We rode together, Mr. G. on his Expedition and me on my RANS Citi Crank Forward bike. It was a wonderful ride with GREAT conversation. We spent the evening together in my room after a scrumptious dinner from Hans Meijer. Thanks Hans!

Sunday, the final day of the tour, we awakened early, to ride the final miles. This time both of us on trikes—one Catrike Expedition and one Catrike 700.

We experienced a spectacular sunrise, followed by a day that became increasing hot as we came to the end of his journey. Rafael’s family and friends gave him a warm and loving reception.