Amoeba or well-orchestrated ballet? By Kathy Bell

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!


7 thoughts on “Amoeba or well-orchestrated ballet? By Kathy Bell

  1. Invictus
    by William Ernest Henley

    Out of the night that covers me,
          Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
          For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
          I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
          My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
          Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
          Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
          How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate,
          I am the captain of my soul.


    • Perfect! Have been following the blog for the last few weeks and continue to be blown away by Mark’s courage and strength and by the commitment and dedication of everyone else involved!

    • This poem is perfect! Have been following the blog daily and am just blown away by Mark’s relentless courage and strength (mental and physical!) and by the dedication and enthusiasm of everyone else involved in this amazing endeavor! What an inspiration!

  2. Looks like Debby’s gone and the Magical Mystery Tour is back on. Saw winds in Gainesville at 10-15 from the NNW which should be pretty much ideal for where I imagine you will be (and be going) today. Wish I could be there today.

  3. Happy that you guys did not have to man the life boats and row to finish this trek!
    Even a copla feet of rain can’t keep you from your goal!
    Keep the wheels rolling…
    You all have to be beginning to feel the adrenaline rush and elation of nearing the finish.
    We are all pulling for you!

  4. Mark,

    You set a goal and with much dedication and courage, you achieved it. You are a true inspiration to all of us.
    Nancy Shuma

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