Morro Bay resident Jack Smith is skateboarding across America to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Smith and his "A Push to Remember" team is hoping to raise $100,000 on their three-week trek from Oregon to New York. For the team's route and other information, visit http://www.apushtoremember.com/. Smith's updates on the trip will continue to be posted at http://sanluisobispo.com/.
Oh, what a difference a day makes. Started our push about 20 miles east of Watertown, South Dakota. I could still see the remnants of the beautiful shoulder I skated in 1976 and 1984 along Hwy 212. There is currently only an 18" shoulder, and 9" of it is rumble strip. It's really sad to see so much of our country's infrastructure just crumbling away.
Now for the good part, when the 212 shoulder came back to life, it was beautiful, wide, varied surfaces,,,but mostly excellent. At one point this morning we approached an 18 mph average speed for the team. Weather wasn't as hot today, and best of all Mr. Headwind was nowhere to be seen. In fact for most of the day we had his better half, Mrs. Tailwind with us!
We were on 212 most of the day, and then hit a little jewel of a road Hwy 67. Super smooth, very scenic, rolling hills, a bit narrow shoulder but very little traffic. Finished up in New Ulm, Minnesota. As I type this message I am sitting in one of two very nice hotel rooms provided by Burt Beavers, who will be joining us tomorrow as a guest skater. Burt also bought Rayne and Bustin PTR Special Editions deck, in addition to the financial donation he made to PTR. The team is awed and extremely appreciative of his support.
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Please take a moment to check out this video interview with Bill Miller, one of PTR's major supporters. The interview was done by Dylan Baumann.
As always thanks to all of you for your continued and growing support of "A Push to Remember - Skateboarding Across America to End Alzheimer's". We had over $500 in donations made to the PTR Alzheimer's Association web page in the last 24 hours.