Friday, October 24, 2008

Living the Dream!!!!!




Just a quick update.

After crossing the 10,000 mile mark at about 10:00 am this morning and entering Key West after 10,033 miles I have completed my ride. What a journey. Everything I expected and then some. Great memories, incredible scenery, interesting and colorful people and a renewed faith in our country.

I want to thank everyone who supported me on this trip, without your help I couldn't have done it. I especially want to thank everyone that has donated or made a pledge to the Panhandle Alliance for Education and their early childhood literacy program, Ready. The program starts tomorrow and it is an incredible investment in helping our young children get ready for a life of learning. If you haven't made a contribution, I urge you to do so. 100% of your donation goes to the program. Simply click on the donate section of the web site and make your contribution today.

A special thanks to my family for supporting me and allowing me to live my dream.

I will be spending the next several weeks in Key West before heading back to Sandpoint. I will be updating my blog from time to time as I reflect back on the journey and explore Key West and Southern Florida.

Thanks again and all the best.

10 Comments:

At October 24, 2008 3:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS MEL!!!!! What an accomplishment. Enjoy your time in Key West and look forward to seeing you back home in a few weeks.
Andy Chapman

 
At October 24, 2008 4:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good stuff Mel!!
I'll see you in a couple of weeks.
Maybe a rum drink or ten?
Dave Tess

 
At October 25, 2008 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, good brother!
You sound jubilant -- not too many folks get to say that. :)
Really proud of you -- what an accomplishment!
Bask in the glow of a job well done and a dream well realized.
Love yer gutz,
Dave G.

 
At October 25, 2008 11:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mel! Amazing accomplishment, can't believe you finished so quickly. Enjoy the Keys and look forward to seeing you in Sandpoint soon!

Dan and Steph

 
At October 26, 2008 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Mel!
when you get back come have a Cold Beer with me and we can start talking about Everest

Fred Colby

 
At October 26, 2008 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mel, what an awesome experience. I have checked on your progress periodically and continue to be amazed by your drive and your dream. Thank you for sharing it with others. Congratulations, Cheryl Bell

 
At October 26, 2008 5:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mel. I've loved following your blog as you traveled across the US - amazing pictures. I'm going to miss logging in each morninbg to see where you were at now and to see the pictures of the countryside. Enjoy your time in Florida.

John and Heather T

 
At October 27, 2008 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mel!!

I look forward to hearing about your adventures when you get back to Sandpoint. Will you be posting how much you've raised in donations?

 
At October 27, 2008 6:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So proud of a fellow CHS classmate! What an incredible journey. I've enjoyed your blogs; always surprised when a week or two or three went by and I'd check in and see you'd gone another 1,000 miles or so. I expect your time in Key West will be as interesting as the rest of the trip.
Way to go!
susan tabke

 
At December 26, 2008 12:51 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

Mel, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are such an inspiration!

Shannon Barnes

 

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