“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!
Semi-retired as owner and director of his private Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice after over 20 years, Chris is blessed with the freedom to pursue his passion for virtual cycling and writing. On a continual quest to give back to his bike for all the rewarding experiences and relationships it has provided him, he created a non-profit. Chris is committed to helping others with his bike through its work and the pages of his site.
In the summer of 2022, he rode 3,900 miles from San Francisco to New York to support the charity he founded, TheDIRTDadFund. His “Gain Cave” resides on the North Fork of Long Island, where he lives with his beautiful wife and is proud of his two independent children.
You will read him promoting his passion on the pages of Cycling Weekly, Cycling News, road.cc, Zwift Insider, Endurance.biz, and Bicycling. Chris is co-host of The Virtual Velo Podcast, too!