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Pony Tour de USA

The Prologue


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Welcome to Savannah! We drove 6 hours last night and another 6 hours today. What a beautiful sight to see the ocean. What an even more beautiful sight to see our three riders with their bikes in the air, dipping the back tires into the Atlantic Ocean. They decided to wear their Armed Forces gear today for the Prologue of 17 miles and will also wear them tomorrow on the official Day 1 of our Tour. Colleen sported a snazzy jersey honoring her son and all Marines. Dan wore an Air Force Jersey honoring his son and all those in the Air Force. And Wynn had on a new Navy jersey honoring my Dad and all those on the high seas.
I will include pics of today's tire dipping, and the riders.The riders took off from Tybee Island at 4:00pm. Karen and I stayed behind to see the Tybee lighthouse and also take a stroll along the beach. We met back up with the team at 5:15. The riders had made their 17 mile trek in 1 hour, thanks to the 7 mile tail wind. The ponies all survived with no flats or problems. We decided to do a Prologue and get through Savannah so we could start our ride tomorrow heading out of the city. We stayed in a Fairfield Inn close to Rt 95 by the airport.
Dinner tonight was Huc a Poos on Tybee Island-pizza and nachos. Yummy! Colleen's niece and nephew gave the recommendation and we all thank them for a great choice. "Georgia On My Mind" was the song for the day and we played it as we rolled into Georgia. We are all looking forward to tomorrow.

On another note, Wynn wanted me to include these next few paragraphs:

As we embark on this great biking adventure, we want to thank many who are thinking of us, wishing us well, and praying for our safety. Others of you helped us train for this event. Thank you all. One thing that has repeatedly been asked of us recently is, ‘Why are we riding?’ We have usually responded, ‘For fun.’ However, we are often asked if we are riding for a cause. So, we have started talking about riding for a cause, and several of them have come to mind.

We want to make sure that this was in no way an attempt to get you to our blog and then drop this on you. The following is in response to the questions from you, collectively, and to give us a greater cause and meaning to embark on this ride than ‘just for fun’. As you look at the causes we have selected, you should only participate as you feel lead. Also, please understand that Colleen, Dan, and Wynn are covering all expenses for the trip and any donations will go 100% to the organization you choose.

One of the causes is the Ohio Association for Regular Baptist Churches (OARBC) bicycle ride for Scholarships for deserving young people to attend college for purposes of going into Christian ministry. Wynn has participated in this ride since it started in 2008. This year he did not participate, but told the sponsors about the cross-country ride and the desire to use it as his ride for 2013. If you would like to give toward this cause, send your check made payable to ‘OARBC’ to OARBC, c/o Dave Warren, 360 College Hill Drive, Cedarville, OH 45314. You can check out their website at http://www.oarbc.org/ for further details and other means of donating toward these scholarships. If donating by check, please indicate on the memo line ‘Gerber Pony Ride’ so that they can track our fundraising.

Another cause that we discussed was the Wounded Warrior Project. Multiple purposes for the organization are listed, but basically their purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. Wounded Warriors requires registration of our event, and we have been approved. It appears their events are most geared toward one-day events such as banquet, golf outing, etc. Therefore, so we can track the progress for this cause, I am asking that you send checks payable to Wounded Warrior Project and mail them to my home, c/o Wynn Gerber, 38640 Overlook Drive, Grafton, Ohio 44044. You also can check them out at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

The final cause that we are throwing out to each of you is Camp Patmos, a children’s camp located on Kelley’s Island. Wynn is a board member of this organization. The Camp is in need of funds to replace operating monies that were used to upgrade the Camp’s water system to satisfy the EPA several years ago. If you would like to donate toward seeing children continue to go to this Camp or just read about the Camp, see the website at http://www.camppatmos.com/. Donations by check can be sent to Camp Patmos, PO Box 1920, Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438. Again, if you can designate ‘Gerber Pony Ride’, it will help them track the fundraising.

All these organizations should send you a receipt for your gift for tax purposes. Thank you for your participation.

I will close with the promised pictures.

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Safe pedaling and may a tail wind always be at your back.

by Dana

YIPPEE!!!!! SO glad all of you made it safely. AND, great that the tour could start off with tailwinds -- good omens all around. As I write this at 5:30 a.m. on your first official day, rain has been continuing through the night here in Cleveland. Our rides today might get rained out, but I continue to live vicariously and wish you sunny skies all the way.

by Ev Roob

Oops -- it's early and I forgot to add two comments:
1. In the ocean dipping picture I had to take a double-take: it looked like Dan had socks on! Love that tan line :)
2. YUM, the pizza looked amazing. I'm sure it was even more so eating it.
That's all folks :)

by Ev Roob

Ohhhh the wonder of all God has for you 5 has begun!!!! Many mental pictures plus published ones. Lol!!!

by Valerie

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