Yesterday marked the eighth full day on the bikes for Tom and Michael and it required help from all angles! There was a few hour gap in contact between the RV and the riders that gave us all our first big scare of the trip. For the first time, we all seriously thought Joe may have taken off on our pour boys. But Joe didn't take the RV on a tour of North Carolina, his Cell Phone service just shut him off from the boys and from ground control. Thanks a lot AT&T...
When there was no contact between Joe and the riders, Tom and Michael tried their best not to panic. It put them at ease that they had a team of spotters from across the country keeping an eye on them and their route. First there was yours truly; even while at the House of Blues waiting for the Haymakers for Hope to start I found myself mapping coordinates and trying to pinpoint our beloved Joe. Then there is Michael's Brother-in-law, Robert who has been a massive help to the team. Robert has mapped out each and every turn for the riders and has found some beautiful, awesome, and safe roads for them to travel! Robert, was full force on GPS watch yesterday making sure Tom and Michael stayed on track. Finally, yesterday's hero was Timmy Connolly back home here in Boston. Still recovering from his awful fall last week and laid up in bed and on crutches, Timmy was able to get in touch with Joe and get Joe in touch with the riders!
It was an interesting few hours and end to the ride for everyone involved, where as Joe described "we learned a lot about ourselves and each other through this one." When all was said and done yesterday they did a total of 110 miles, not seeing Joe at all from miles 30 through 110! Greenville, NC was the camp for the night. The boys are hurting but they are getting closer and closer! Keep it up!
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