Friday, May 24, 2013

6 Over 60 Riding Coast to Coast for Wounded Warriors

On June 20, 2013, six men in their mid-60’s will embark on a bicycle ride across the Northern Tier of the United States to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The 6 over 60 Team hopes to raise $60,000 for this amazing group of unsung American heroes.  All of the money donated goes directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.  The Team is self-funding all ride expenses.  Donations can be made directly on the Wounded Warrior web site that has a direct link from the Team web site

The Team will begin its journey in Astoria, Oregon by dipping their rear wheels in the Pacific Ocean and conclude 60 days and 3,667 miles later in Portsmouth, New Hampshire by dipping their front wheels in the Atlantic Ocean.  Their support vehicle during this adventure will be driven by their longtime good friend and retired pastor.

The six riders range in age from 64 to 68.  They will all be retired at the time of the ride from varied careers that include a high school principal in Irvine, an Irvine police officer, a director of a local water district, a real estate developer, a software developer and an executive from the oil industry.  The members of the 6 over 60 Team are longtime residents of Irvine.  They attend the same church and have ridden together for many years and many miles.

The individual riders have a variety of personal reasons for doing this ride but they all have a common purpose, to generate support for the Wounded Warrior Project.  This 6 over 60 Team does not take their lives for granted.  They are reminded every day of their mortality by the evening news, the aging of their parents and the reflection in the mirror.  All six realize how fortunate they are to be blessed with good health and great friendships.  They also recognize our Wounded Warriors made a choice to defend what we should never take for granted.  Please refer to the Team’s website to learn more about the ride and route they plan to follow.

Team Members:

 Occupation:  For the last 13 years, I have worked in R.E. development with Prologis in a variety of capacities. Prior to that I was with CBRE, as a commercial R.E. broker for 16 years.
 Location Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Located to Southern California in 1956 and currently reside in Irvine, CA for the last 32 years.
 Introduction:  Age 64, makes me the junior member of this silver haired team. I have been married for 34 years to Dorothy and have 2 girls (Christine and Michelle) and one son (Paul). Christine is married to Scott, and they have blessed us with two granddaughters, Addie and Claire. My son-in-law's dad is Tom, a fellow rider on this adventure and great friend.
 Motivation: My interest in this adventure started a few years back when my son Paul and 3 of his friends started planning a similar trip. They forged ahead with their plans and kicked off their cross country trip in May, 2011 from our house in Irvine. I rode with them to the county line that day and really felt the urge to have a similar adventure. Their trip ended tragically with Bill Cranshaw's death in an automobile accident in Arkansas which causes a number of mixed emotions regarding our trip. I am grateful for the support I have from Dorothy  and family to do something a bit selfish and free spirited at this stage of my life and to have a group of friends I enjoy enough to consider such a trip.
 Military:  I have not served in the military; however my father, "the sarge", was an army veteran of WWII. I am  most appreciative of the sacrifice our military personnel make, and especially grateful to those who either paid the ultimate price or suffered injury defending our freedom. It is an honor to dedicate our trip to those individuals.

Occupation:  Retired after 43 years in computer software working in various management and software developer positions.
 Location: Raised in Connecticut, now living in Southern California.
 Introduction: 67 years old, blessed to be married 30 years to Linda. We have a daughter Beth, and son John. I also have a daughter Julie living on the east coast.
 Motivation:  I am thankful for the family support, and health to experience cycling across this nation. I look forward to this opportunity to bond with 6 men, enjoy the hospitality of individuals we meet, and raising money for those who have chosen to serve and protect us.
 Military:  I have never served in the military. I honor and respect those who have, and wish to help in some way. I have family and friends who have served, including a retired friend who recently returned from a tour in Iraq.

Occupation:  Retired two years ago after 25 years of service as a police officer for the City of Irvine.  Prior to serving as a police officer I owned and operated two gas stations specializing in auto repair.
 Location: Born and raised in California I have lived in Irvine for the past 32 years.
 Introduction:  Age 66.  Married for 36 years to my wife Diane.  Two sons, Michael and Matthew.  Hobbies now include swimming and bike riding participating in organized century bike rides.  I have had both knees replaced and bike riding has been a great way to recover. Favorite music...Jimmy Buffet and IZ and anything Hawaiian.  Favorite vacation spot:  Maui and Kauai.
 Motivation: The Ride Across America isn’t just a cycling event or an awe-inspiring journey across our nation, it’s an expression of my passion for the sport of cycling, health, and fitness. I want to do it because it’s a challenge, because it’s a bucket-list dream, a test of the mind and  body.  If I can do this, I can do anything.  Because it reminds me how lucky I am to be alive and healthy.  It is going to be a mind boggling experience and a test of friendships.
 Military:  I served 3 years in the Army (1964 -1967) with 14 months serving in Viet-Nam.  I was lucky to come back home uninjured.  I am looking forward to riding with and for the Wounded Warriors.

Occupation:  Retired Geologist and municipal water resource and management leader.
 Location: Born and raised near the beach in sunny Southern California.
 Introduction: 65 years old, married 41 years to Jeanne. We have a son, Ryan (36) and daughter Jamie (34), daughter-in-law Amy (36) and three grand children, Nathan (6), Chase (4), and Aiden (2).
 Motivation: Looking forward to achieving a long time "bucket list" item with good friends who share the same interests, values, and love for Jesus.
 Military:   Served six years in the Air Force reserves during the Vietnam era and appreciate the profound commitment and service of our soldiers.

Occupation: Prior to retirement, I enjoyed 30+ exciting years working in 3 different Public High Schools in the roles of Teacher, Coach, Athletic  Director, and finally Principal. There are not too many things that I would have changed during these years. It was a great "ride".
 Location: Southern California
 Introduction: I am 65 years old and this year my wife (also a retired  teacher) and I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage. We have two adult children who are both married, live close, and have started their own families. When I am not out riding with my buddies, you can usually find me playing with one of my three grand daughters.
 Motivation: Without a doubt, my 5 pals that join me in this adventure bring out the best in me, just like the Proverb states: "Iron sharpening iron as one man sharpens another". My friendship with these men motivates me to be the best I can be. Right now that means riding my bike across America in support of our Wounded Warriors. Next year will bring  something new.
  Military:  I personally have not served in the Military. However, I am proud to say that both my Biological and Step Fathers served in WWII and my high school team mate and close friend served in the Viet Nam War sadly losing his life in a helicopter crash. I am proud to be an American and honored to dedicate this effort to our Wounded Warriors.

Occupation:  Retired after spending 30 years in the oil industry.
 Location: Born in Long Beach Ca. and have lived my entire life in beautiful Southern Calif.
 Introduction: I'm 66 years old and married for over 40 years to wife Jennifer. We have a son and daughter and 5 grandchildren. We Americans have been so blessed to live in this great country of ours and to have had men and women who have given their all to preserve our freedom. It is an honor and privilege to be able to give back in a small way to those who have given so much. I thank God for our team and the friendships we have with each other and the health the Lord has blessed us with to be able to undertake such a challenge.
 Motivation: There is no better way to see a big chunk of the country than from the seat of a bicycle with a bunch of good friends.
 Military:  I served in the USMC and spent a tour in Vietnam '68. My best friend from High School Ray Burbage was also serving in Vietnam with the Army. We were both due to be discharged in the fall of '68 and had long planned on taking a year and driving around the United States after we were discharged. Ray was killed on Feb 21, 1968 near Saigon. I will be riding for Ray 45 years later and for the Wounded Warriors.

What a great cause and I look forward to following the ride.

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