Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Greensboro to Raleigh--Day 3 of the Tour des Trees

It was only supposed to be 80 some miles but with a couple of  road detours day 3 ended up at 100 miles for the day! Our elevation wasn't too brutal and the weather was perfect. Sunny, not a cloud in the sky and near perfect temperature. Now it was a bit cool when we left Greensboro--43 degrees and it never got much above 60 during the day, pretty good for riding. Everyone was layered up and I just kept my layers on all day. I run better hot than cold any day.

We had a great first break with about 50 young school children who gathered to hear our rider Warren Hoselton aka Professor Elwood Pricklethorn. He does this amazing routine of teaching kids about the benefits of trees and helping to start them advocating for trees. He humor is perfect for the kids as well as the adults. Warren is a park supervisor in Toronto, an island, and a big deal there. He could easily be a stand up comedian. Just a great job.

Lunch today followed a tough segment of 1500' of climbing, biggest of the day. We ate at a market in Chapel Hill, NC. Great to sit outside and hang with the riders near downtown Chapel Hill.

Our last stop was a tree dedication for Susie. Susie was a pedestrian safety advocate and in  tragic irony was killed crossing a street in a walkway with flashing warning lights. Her mother, in order to stay alive herself, began planting trees in her honor around the country. We planted a tree for Susie today and in honor of an urban forester in Fort Lauderdale who recently passed away. Trees have a way of soothing people while also providing a legacy for the future. Hope and love.

Dinner tonight was at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State. A world class place, but too bad it was nightfall by the time we got there.

(R to L) Ethan Crockett of Bartlett, Paul Wood our tour director and Jeremy Baker who I used to work with at The Care of Trees

(R to L) Frazer Pehmoeller and Jack Kelly of Bartlett

Thanks the Lorax. He looks sad.

Lunch in Chapel Hill, NC

Professor Elwood Prickelthorn

Pricklethorn doing his thing!

Susie's mom with photos of Susie and a map where all her trees are planted

Joanna our support team leader along with Thom who is also an amazing support person


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