Today’s Ride in Memory of Jessica and Lillia Raubenolt

Three weeks ago one of my wife’s lifelong friends (Pam), lost her daughter and granddaughter in a traffic accident after being hit walking on a crosswalk by an 18 year-old drag racing going over 100 mph. This is such a sad story of how a young mother and her 22 month old daughter lives were ended in mere seconds.

Over the years I’ve gotten to know Pam and her husband Bob.  They surprised me last year by “chasing me down” as I cycled across America; finally connecting with me in Burton, Ohio, (Amish Country).  I remember them telling me how it felt being a grandparent and me, in turn, joking that they are “too young” to be grandparents.  This is such a tragic accident.  It reminds us we need to hug and hold those we love and cherish the moments have as life is so short. I have dedicated my 50 mile ride around Steamboat to them and encourage you to consider a donation to the families’ Go Fund Me Page or to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in their honor and memory. Today was Jessica and Lillia funeral. May they rest in peace. May their families know our thoughts and prayers are with them.


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