Concluding my epic ride through Colorado was fantastic riding through some of the most scenic roads and towns in the US. Settling into the saddle and acclimating to the attitude provided an opportunity to enjoy the journey and reminisce about my father. My journey started last year riding over 3,800 miles across America in memory of my father Franklyn Spiezle. This year the “Ride The Rockies” has evolved in honor of everyone who has lost a father, mother or family member to Alzheimer’s.
Wearing my Alzheimer’s jersey proved to be an “ice breaker”, bonding with dozens of riders and event volunteers everyday and at nearly every rest stop. Their stories had a common thread and emotions. Hearing about their experiences of being a caregiver and how their loved ones slipped away brought tears to our eyes. Not by choice but by circumstances, we realized we are forever members of the growing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Community.
This Thursday June 21st, is the “Longest Day” an international day of fundraising for Alzheimer’s. Please consider a donation today.