I 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:
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.