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About Marc Bowen
June 16, 2017
Due to circumstances both off and on the bike, my Tour ended near Danville, KY.
As many of you know, my Mother Mary has been in declining health and during my Tour she was admitted to Hospice care. As her healthcare family representative, I was called upon to assist in this transition. I write this note having returned to Morganton and just finished a pleasant meeting with "Mom" who was comfortable and communicative...and a bit fussy that I ended my ride on her behalf - which is a good sign that she can still fuss!
I assured her and let me assure my supporters that even without the distractions from home, my ride was overflowing with adversity. A crash climbing up to the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA left me with a nagging sore lower back and shooting pins/needles down my left leg. Both hands suffered increased numbness and day after day of 70 +/- miles in 100+ heat index riding created adversity aplenty.
Supported touring is great unless you reach the point where you wish to call it a day. If you are riding self-supporting, no problem, find a place to camp and your done. But when you MUST keep going in order to get to your gear at the next campsite, extreme heat = you ride through it, out of water - you gotta keep going, severe storms - duck down and keep pedaling, detours that add "bonus miles" to your day - pump the fluids (if you have them) and keep going until you reach the day's end where you can reconnect with your gear.
One bad day is all it takes and the next morning is just hours away with another day of adversity awaiting....after awhile, it becomes cumulative and for this 58 year old with my share of nagging ailments, it was proving too much.
Yes, the Tour provides a van to collect riders who call it a day, but riding in a van is not my idea of a bike tour.
So my friends, taken together, I felt like a one legged hiker trying to climb Mt. Everest....wait, a guy actually did that, see here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wounded-veteran-charlie-linville-summits-mount-everest-the-heroes-project/
Well, if i was still 30 years old and had the six pack abs of a Marine, maybe I could have finished this Tour!
Now it may sound as if I have given up on this dream....well, think again.
I vow to finish my ride across the US but it will be self supported, on my timetable, not someone else's itinerary.
Finally, a big shout out to my team mates and especially my new best friends Ed, David, and wife Kye - THANK YOU for your support....and THANKS to all my supporters for your well wishes and dollars to find a cure for MS - the new drug Ocrevus show great promise!
My heartfelt appreciation to you all.
You have, my best personal regards and best wishes,
Thank you to my supporters - the fund raising MINIMUM has been reached so that MAXIMUM effort can begin in the fight to find a cure for MS.
From the comfort of your favorite air conditioned chair you can take a virtual ride with me as I go across, go here for my Ride Reports and to see my progress.
Be thinking about your own Victory Over Adversity in your life as you read the stories of others who, like you, are driven by the "we shall not fail" attitude.
See you down the road!
HUZZAs from NC!
Greetings fellow adventurers and donors.
Welcome to my fund raising page - I've been working hard to get here on many fronts and am ready to work even harder to help cure MS. I am what you could call a challenged cyclist having developed axonal + demyelinating peripheral neuropathy. Although limited in walking and standing, there is no place like home in the saddle.
The dream to cross the US by bike started in 1976 when the first edition Bikecentennial maps arrived and the trip instantly went on my bucket list...now, some 40 years later, the opportunity to for "us" to do this together has arrived.
That's right, as a donor you are a member of Team Victory!
"Victory" has special meaning as my life's work is dedicated to preserving an amazing American story with regard to the patriot militia who rode horses (no bikes in 1780!) along the Victory Trail to battle the most feared and well provisioned military in the world, the British army.
These brave patriotrs, about 900 in number, defeated more than 1,200 loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7th, 1780 which was a significant turning point in our nation's fight for independence....and where did the surrender of Great Britian take place?
None other than the starting point of our journey in Yorktown, VA a little over a year later on October 19th, 1781.
All along the route I plan to bring attention to the fight to end MS as well as telling the inspiring story of the men and women who won America - both stories reflect the same idea "Together, We Shall Not Fail"...and if you are like me, we can all use a strong dose of that sentiment these days....I chose to not dwell on limitations - overcoming adversity, that is where Victory lives.
In celebration of the Victory Trail story I am asking for your generous support in denominations that pay tribute to the year 1781.
Prior to departure all donors will receive a custom URL that will allow you to follow the progress of Team Victory! as we make our way across this great country.
A Team Victory! blog will also be updated throughout the journey.
Team Victory! giving levels are as follows: (the system may round these numbers slightly)
Patriot - $17.81
Militia Captain - $178.10
Continental Commander - $1,781
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! HUZZA!
Marc Bowen's Fundraising
|Friends of the Overmountain Victory Trail||$1780.00|
|David Abernathy MD||$1103.00|
|Patriot Captain aka Dad||$178.00|
|Patriot Captain aka Mom||$178.00|