Hello Fans, Friends and Family

Tuesday, August 24th:  On Sunday we spent the entire day relaxing at Eric and Melodi’s home.  There was a little bit of rain, but we were indoors so it didn’t matter much.  Monday morning arrived with heavy morning rains.  I guess we will put off riding one more day.  We stayed home for most of the day and went out for mexican dinner later in the evening.  It is now Tuesday morning.  We picked up the ‘Charlotte Sun’ morning newspaper which had a very nice article written by Sharie Derrickson about my ride.  Before I left on my ride I also had an interview on a live radio program with Ken Lovejoy.  The skies are cloudy, but there is no rain at this time.  We say goodbye to our gracious hosts, Eric and Melodi as we load up the motorhome to get ready to ride.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Tom and Betty Ponder for allowing us to park our motorhome at their house.  We truly had a great time getting to know all the members of the Peace River Riders and the SCOR bicycle clubs.  The short time we spent there we made a lot of new friends that will be fondly remembered.  Judy will give me a couple of hours head start as I cycle out to the North Hwy 41, also known as the Tamiami Trail.  The Tamiami Trail is the southernmost part of US Hwy 41 connecting Tampa with Miami.  It took 12 years and $8 million dollars to complete the trail which has recently celebrated it’s 75th year since it’s completion.  The road has varied greatly in my ride today, sometimes being very scenic and not much traffic and other times right through the center of a busy city.

  While cycling through the Sarasota area I noticed a large statue of a sailor kissing a nurse.  This is a statue of the famous “Sailor Nurse Kiss” from Times Square, NY.  The sailor has been identified as John Seward Johnson II and the nurse as Edith Shain.  In 2005 Johnson had a life size bronze statue sculpted in Times Square and multiple other 25 foot sculptures made of plastic and aluminum, one of which is displayed here in Sarasota, FL.  I continue cycling, crossing over the Manatee River and after 87 miles of cycling, arrive at a favorite stop for the night, Walmart in Gibsonton, FL.  I fill up Judy’s motorhome with gas so I will be ready to ride again tomorrow.  Remember that this ride is being done to raise money and awareness to help fight Leukemia and Lymphoma.  You may donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by visiting http://www.gsf.lls.llsevent.org/JACOBSONEXPRESS.  Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time . . . Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com


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