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Bicycle Ride to Washington, DC

I would like to thank all of you that supported my Police Unity Tour 2012 Ride.  We started with 160 bicycles on Wednesday April 9th at the World Trade Center Memorial, a rainy spring morning.  When we rode into Washington DC Police Memorial on Saturday April 13 we had grown to over 1,500 cycles. We finished the week end with a candle light ceremony Sunday Night. This ceremony was filled with Officers and families from all over the United States. We then learn how many new additions to the memorial wall are from 2011.
This was the longest and toughest sporting event I have ever been part of.  The unity tour ride motto “It is not about you”. The unity part came into play many times on the ride.  The first two day I fell into last place a few times, help and encouragement came in all forms. I will continue to train in and will make a decision in December if I can do it again next year.
I learned you can never train enough; the beach town I live in is the only flat spot in the world. New Jersey, Maryland and DC have no flat land at all.  Wind off of the ocean does not compare to the wind off a corn field, and you feel only the wind in your face.  What also makes the event special for me was my son Shawn was with me for this event (when he was not in the front of the pack).  Chapter 37 (Port Authority Police) has riders from as far away as California and from many adjoining states. I have attached a few pictures I hope you enjoy them. We finished the bicycle trip back at JFK Airport with a look at the Space Shuttle.
Thomas Russell,
Carolina Beach, NC