Shalom from Georgetown Texas! My 481 mile bicycle ride ended safely in New Orleans Louisiana and we were greeted by the Victory Belles, a delightful vocal trio performing music of the 1940s. America has been at war many times over the years, which is a sad reality of mankind’s struggle to love and respect each other, but service members’ desire to fight for our freedoms is energized by supporters such as the Belles. Something else I think is powerful is education; the Belles taught and reminded us of many war or military facts. When we place a number on those who served, lost their life, or were impacted by war, we remember what is at stake.
If you know a veteran or first responder who is feeling down, or not connecting with others in a healthy way, please share my videos, then introduce them to Project Hero. It may sound unorthodox to treat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, and other such struggles with a bicycle, but I can personally attest to the hundreds of lives I have seen changed by this program. As I wrote in my autobiography, The Church and The Community, “Completing feats of great athleticism is beyond therapeutic for us veterans; it provides our lives with significance.” My next challenge is in Texas so stay tuned, and expect everything to be bigger.
My Day Six Video may prove this ride is over, however our Ride 2 Receovery is a daily process, for which I continue to ask for prayers and support.