Pedaling for polio in three countries

By Rotary International

Dave Stumpf and Christian Pepera during a training ride at the Wisconsin border.

Dave Stumpf and Christian Pepera during a training ride at the Wisconsin border.

By Christian Pepera, Rotary staff

In true Rotary fashion, my training for the Miles to End Polio ride has been an international affair. During the last three months, I have logged more than 700 miles. By the time we reach Tucson, I will have pedaled my way through five U.S. states (Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin), along the shores of two Great Lakes (Michigan and Ontario) and in three countries (Canada, Spain, and the US).

Along the way I have benefited from a tremendous Rotary support network that keeps me moving toward the finish line.

The Rotary Niagra Bridge on the Welland Canal trail in Ontario, Canada.

The support can be physical, like the Rotary Niagra Bridge that I crossed during a training ride on the Welland Canal trail in Ontario, Canada. But more often than not, that support is mental or emotional and comes in the form of words of encouragement from Rotarians or the camaraderie of a group training ride with fellow staff riders.

Each time I cycle passed a Rotary sign or receive a contribution toward my fundraising goal, I gain a little extra momentum and I’m reminded why …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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