An amazing example of a Life Lived Forward, Willow Valley Communities’ resident Dale Johnson is riding a bike across the country for a cause and helping people along the way. We asked him to slow down just long enough to fill us in on his current adventure.
Dale is now at the halfway point on a 3,100 mile bike trip across the United States riding from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida. His purpose is to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis.
There are 12 bike riders and 4 leaders on the trip running from September 8th through October 29th – a total of 53 days. Besides recruiting sponsors to raise money for MS, they also do service projects along the way for those afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis, things such as home repairs, yard work, etc.
Dale shared some interesting facts about his adventure: “I am 65 years old and since the ride runs from September to October, we have mostly retired senior riders. We average 65 miles per day with some days as long as 95 miles and we are currently at the half way point in Austin, TX.”
“The first half was the most difficult…mountains as high as 8,000 feet to get over, temperatures as high as 107 degrees to endure. When we rode through the desert, we faced 5 days of rain. The physical challenges are huge but, we have a wonderful group of seniors who have fun, help each other out, encourage each other, and work very hard for the cause they are riding for.”
The ride uses back roads and Dale expressed, “what a great way to see America. We meet so many people in small towns that are very interested in what we are doing. Also, there is such kindness shown by small town America. Since this is a fundraiser, we live a simple life with few hotels. We usually tent camp or stay in churches. I really embrace that simple life…..ride your bike, eat as much as you want, and still lose weight.”
Dale added, “I will, however, enjoy the wonderful amenities of Willow Valley Communities, once I return. The best thing about a trip like this is the adventure. I always say, ‘Never stop adding adventure to your life’. My wife and I hope to keep that philosophy alive as long as we can. You can’t get these experiences on a bus tour.”
Dale Johnson is biking across the United States to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and he’s looking for sponsors for a great cause. Visit Dale’s website for more information and to follow along on his trip.