Hello Fans, Friends and Family

Wednesday, September 1st:  We slept in this morning and I didn’t get started on my ride until 8:30AM.  The plan is to do a short recovery ride of about 60 miles to Natchez, MS.  The ride continues west on Hwy 84 again with very nice roads.  Hwy 84 is also known as El Camino, the East/West Corridor, crossing the southern states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  It’s such a beautiful day to ride a bike, if you don’t mind a little humidity.  Even after yesterday’s extra long ride, I feel I could ride a lot further.  Judy must have been reading my mind.  Before reaching Natchez, she asks me if I thought I could ride a little further than planned.  We check out the maps and decide to keep riding until Jena, LA.  That will almost double my planned ride for today.  Up ahead I can see some large bridges that will cross over the Mississippi River.  Before crossing the river I took a picture of a Welcome to Mississippi sign that I couldn’t get earlier.  I get a couple pictures of the Mississippi River, including a steamboat docked ready for a cruise down the Mississippi.

  Once I cross the Mississippi River, I am now in Louisiana.  The roads here are also very nice.  I am really enjoying riding on these roads.  I can see many fields of cotton.  The cotton balls are now growing on the plants.  I picked some cotton and gave it to Judy.  She was thrilled.  You would of thought I gave her a bouquet of roses!  I guess this makes me one of those cotton pickin’ bicycle riders.  At the end of my ride I have cycled 115 miles and meet Judy at Walmart in Jena, Louisiana.  I am riding my bicycle 10,000 miles around the United States and raise $1.00 per mile to help in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.  A friend and fellow cyclist, Larry Stern, has offered to match funds for donations received during the month of September.  You can find a copy of his email with details on his offer at the end of this post.  Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society can be made 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      

Hello everyone,

I’ve been following Wes’ blog from the day he started. I am constantly impressed and in awe of his adventure and with his entertaining way of sharing it with us. It is especially meaningful that, through this adventure, he is raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His goal is $1 per mile and he is estimating that he will ride 10,000 miles for this cause. Without any publicity budget, he is relying on his pedal power and the kindness of those who meet him on the road or follow along on his blog to help him meet this goal.

I have been trying to think of a way that I could give greater support to Wes and his admirable cause and, at the same time, encourage more of his followers to do the same. If each of us, as regular followers of his blog, makes a small contribution – $25 to $50 – it would go a long way toward helping Wes reach his goal of $10,000.

With this idea in mind, I have decided to contribute up to $1000 by matching dollar-for-dollar every contribution made during the month of September. A $50 contribution from each of you added to my $1000 contribution would raise $2000. If more of us also agreed to match other contributions, in any maximum amount, then this fundraising drive could really succeed and Wes’ amazing effort will be rewarded.

Please take a moment to think about what you can do to support Wes and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please let him know by our matching contributions that his effort is appreciated and encouraged.

As Wes likes to say: “Until next time . . . Saving Lives One Mile at a Time”

Larry Stern

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