Just a word of advice, from us to you: When you and your spouse have this "great" idea to bike across the country in ten years when your youngest child graduates college, it will sneak up on you at lightning speed. Then, your summer will be spent looking at maps of wind direction, road surfaces, and temperature variances. Of course, there's also the city and accommodation searches, lists of outlets for "technical" support, and don't forget, you will actually have to train for this epic journey. Just when you think it's all perfectly planned, your wife just might say, "Are you sure we want to go from East to West?"
We are Merrick and Stephanie, a firefighter and Captain with South King County Fire & Rescue and Port of Seattle Fire, respectively. On September 1, 2016, after ten years of planning, we will begin the trip of a lifetime as we set off to bike from East Coast to West Coast. The past few years have truly flown by, and we now find ourselves approaching the starting line. Five years ago, we set out on a trial run, biking from Seattle to San Francisco, leaving right from the front steps of our fire stations. In our minds, we pictured this trip would be the same; but somehow this felt different. Through the years we have seen many of our friends and family struggle through the different phases of numerous cancers and life-altering diseases and as we've set out on different training rides, our thoughts have been consumed with the lives of those who can’t make this journey with us.
We all know someone fighting to live a normal life. We have personally been touched by loved ones battling pancreatic and brain cancers, ALS, and Parkinson's disease. And as firefighters, we also have a cherished relationship with children who have suffered as a result of burn injuries. So now, instead, we are biking off into the unknown, and asking you to support our causes and to spread the word to all you know:
-Stephanie and Merrick
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