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DIRT Dad Fundo Across America—Day Forty-Nine

“A lake holds all that raw potential still, keeping it from damaging things in its path, in much the same way our brains hold our thoughts.”

Some states do it, some don’t, and I couldn’t tell you why. On the fifth day of the ride, I noticed the brightly colored sign as I rode from the distance. I was the only living and breathing thing on the road that day, yet I was warm with satisfaction.

By some feat of logistics and persistence, we managed to make our way all the way across California. Nevada welcomed the opportunity for me to do it again, and it felt good. The celebration was little more than a sideways glance under the witness of the blazing desert sun, yet it felt like I’d won the tour.

For most, driving from one place to another is a mundane chore not worthy of circumstance or a fleeting glance. To me, it meant much more. Each time I cross the threshold of a newly named place, the memories flash before my eyes, and my mind goes to what lies ahead.

I stopped and leaned my bike against the sign when I entered Pennsylvania. I read every word, slowly and thoroughly. There aren’t many more chances for me to chronicle the life-changing moments.

Some states don’t do it, and I don’t know why. It’s a let-down, a disappointment, and it robbed me of the chance to relive what has made this journey transformative.

Nothing can go on forever. I guess that’s why there are memories.

About the DIRT Dad Fundo Pledge for Day Forty-Nine—Jon Poole

Here is what Jon had to say—”DIRT means a lot to me. I got into it via the weekly TTTs during lockdown and have been TTTing and racing with Down n DIRTy on a weekly basis since. The online community is the best thing about DIRT. As well as racing online, I’ve made great friendships with people across the globe, gone on holidays, and shared life’s ups and downs with my DIRT bros and MIRT sisters. DIRT and cycling keeps me on an even keel!”


Amount Raised to Date—$9,279


Thank you, Jon! 


Now off to East Aurora, NY!

To support Chris in his effort to raise awareness of The DIRT Dad Fund, the non-profit he created to assist members of the worldwide cycling community, check out this link to learn more. 

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