I was incredibly happy and honored to join the Stephan challenge for a day and a half of riding through eastern Louisiana last weekend. How do I describe the experience. I kept thinking of an amoeba which seems to effortlessly extend itself, projecting arms forward and moving toward a goal. Or was it like a well-orchestrated ballet where each participant has his or her role and, when performed together, produces a thing of beauty. No doubt, whichever analogy is more accurate, Lincoln is the brains, and Mark (Steph) is the heart of the operation. Together, they propel the group forward in a way that is really wonderful to behold. Highlight of the trip: getting to meet a great group of people. If one looked at the combined accomplishments and credentials of the group of riders, it would look terribly daunting on paper, but the group was down to earth, warm and a joy to ride, eat and visit with!
Mark is nearing the end of the journey, and is sure to accomplish his goal in the next couple of weeks. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t ridden yet to take just a day and do it. The logistics WILL work out, and you WILL NOT regret it! I guarantee it!