Friday, August 30, 2013

Tour de Friends meet point

Ride meet / finish point:
Cave Creek Market Place- just south of Loop 101 off Cave Creek Exit/East side of road
20235 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 
Meet in front of the Subway/The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tour de Friends Arizona's Rally For Friends For Phinney August 31, 2013

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Highlights 2013!

As this summer rapidly seems to becoming to an end, school has began, and September is just around the corner, I thought I should add a post for the Summer Highlights 2013!

1. Post DBS that was done in April, I am going through the process of programming. Initially saw quite dramatic results but only subtle changes. They say be patient, takes about 6-8 months to really see anything of significance. So... I  be patient!
2. Stake Pioneer Trek!
3. Family Reunions in Deer Valley UT. With Charltons first and then Ames. Great times with both! I love my family!
4. Friends For Phinney and The Copper Triangle!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"The Pickled Butter Ballad" dedicated to my Friends For Phinney!

Moooooove on, Moooooove on down the highway,
The sun is up – and we’ve got miles to go!
Butter up and stock the pickles fresh and plenty,
Because without our B&P’s we would be so slow!
The Friends  For Phinney  are  cruisin across this country,
Over half way there, they still have many miles to go!
Keep the butter and the pickles  fresh and plenty,
Because without our B&P’s we would be so slow!
We’ve got to make Red Oak by this evening,
Then Osceola and Ottumwa are next to go,
Keep the butter and the pickles fresh and plenty,
Because without our B&Ps, we would be so slow!
We will end this ride in Good ole New York City,
Times Square will be the place we want to go.
Keep the butter and the pickles fresh and plenty,
Because without our B&P’s we would be so slow!

Have you seen my friends for Phinney?

Tom Casey, Kevin Cartin, Carl Ames, Rick Baker

Article about Friends For Phinney and my ride with them!

Ride raises awareness about Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

DEL NORTE – Many may be familiar with movie and television star Michael J. Fox and his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Fox’s celebrity status has done much to elevate awareness about this debilitating disease. There are many others that work toward the same goal.

Davis Phinney is an Olympic medal winning cyclist diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 at the age of 40. He formed the Davis Phinney Foundation in 2004 with the goal of raising money to benefit patients and families afflicted with Parkinson’s. Since then, they have raised $3.8 million to improve the lives of those living with the disease.

The nonprofit foundation is: “committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease.”

Three friends of Phinney’s, who all went to school together in Boulder, Colo., got together recently to help raise money for the cause by committing to a cross-country bicycle ride.

Starting in Oceanside, Calif., Tom Casey, Rick Baker, Kevin Cartin and Cartin’s wife, Kathleen Donohue, will ride 3,273 miles to New York City, in 42 days.

On day 12 of their journey, July 31, the riders were joined by Carl Ames.

Ames drove with his family from Phoenix, Ariz., to meet the group in Durango, Colo., so he could ride the longest and hardest stage of the cross-country ride with them. It was over 10,856’ Wolf Creek Pass and more than 100 miles to the next stop in Del Norte.

Ames has Parkinson’s.

“I love to cycle, so I get involved with a lot of cycling events,” said Ames. “It helps me move better and feel better.”

Ames had never ridden 100 miles before.

“Carl’s nickname is “Bolt” because he just takes off down the road, and true to form, he took off and was soon about a half mile ahead of the rest of us,” said Kevin Cartin. “Carl was kicking my butt going up that pass, but he was having troubles with his legs, and had to stop several times.”

Cartin said he cried many times on the ride over Wolf Creek, but not because he was in pain. He said he cried, because Ames was working so hard to get to the top.

“The Davis Phinney Foundation’s mantra is to help and teach people to ‘Live Well Today’ with Parkinson’s, said Cartin. “Carl is a living example, and I’m very proud to have ridden with him.”

“Having Carl today was magnificent,” said Tom Casey. “What an inspiration! It is really cool that he could go that far.”

Casey said they are very thankful for everything that has happened so far and that the ride has gone so smoothly.

Michael Casey, Tom’s brother, said he drove the “Sag Wagon” along the route.

“Carl Ames is a class act in every sense of the word,” said Casey. “He is not embarrassed by his Parkinson’s disease in any way.”

Casey said Ames was very open about his symptoms of stuttering, his speech patterns and his shuffling walk.

“Carl was always in the lead and there was only one time when he fell behind, but he reeled it in and caught up,” said Casey. “I have never been more honored to be around a man of such integrity, character and spirit.”

“I didn’t know I would be so touched by the people I’ve met when I embarked on this journey,” said Cartin. “These people are ripping my chest open and grabbing my heart. They are so strong. They live with this disease 24/7, 365 days a year, and each day they get up and live well.”

The group of riders left on July 20 and plan on arriving in New York on Aug.30.

If you would like more information, or to donate to the foundation, go to:

Friends for Phinney c/o Davis Phinney Foundation, 1722 14th St., Suite 150 Boulder, CO 80302

Monday, August 12, 2013

Friends For Phinney

It is truly an honor to be associated with The Davis Phinney Foundation, and

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Carl's Scoop

The Scoop...taught to me by one of the coolest guys I have ever met, is an opportunity to express gratitude for many things, combined with yoga style movement, and ending with an up to heaven shoot the arrow  action that seems to validate that this in addition to their eagle scoutsewewfifwwwcames62@gmailcoo

Monday, August 5, 2013

My experience with Friends For Phinney from Kevin's perspective.

Thank you Kevin for this writing and most importantly for  your friendship.
You all are awesome, so strong, so committed. I consider it one of the greatest blessings to have met you and to have had this experience with you.
Your friend,
Wednesday, July 31
Carl Ames is now one of my heroes.
I met Carl yesterday in Durango.  Carl traveled from Phoenix with his family to meet us in Durango so that he could ride the longest and hardest stage of our cross-country ride.  Carl is a crazy guy who likes to have fun.  He met us this morning at 5:30am at Santa Rita park in Durango and once we had the car and trailer sorted out (rest days are actually hard on organization) the four of us hit the open road.
Carl’s nickname is “Bolt” because he just takes off down the road, and true to form, he took off and was soon about a half mile ahead of the rest of us.  We eventually found a good cadence and the four of us took turns taking pulls.  As the day progressed we bonded as cyclists do (nothing like a good butter session to break down the walls) and Carl was soon mooing at cows along the route and singing John Denver songs as he rode along.
Fast-forward to Wolf Creek Pass, and Carl is kicking my butt going up that pass, but he’s having troubles with his legs, and has to stop several times.  Tom and I check to make sure he’s OK, and eventually he continues upward.  After about 2 hours we finally get to the summit, and Carl’s family is there to greet him as he struggles to get off his bike.  He takes very short choppy steps as we line up for a picture.
And I’m crying my eyes out.  I cried many times on my bike today.  And not because it was a very hard day on the bike.  I cried because Carl was working so hard to get to the top.  I’m crying now.
Carl Ames has Parkinson’s.
He’s another wonderful, generous, funny, inspirational person, and I’m lucky enough to now know him.  The Davis Phinney Foundation’s mantra is to help and teach people to “Live Well Today” with Parkinson’s.  Carl is a living example.  And I’m very proud to have ridden with him.
I didn’t know I would be so touched by the people I’m meeting when I embarked on this journey. If you know me, I can be pretty cynical.  But these people are ripping my chest open and grabbing my heart.  They are SO STRONG.  They live with this disease 24 x 7 x 365, and each day they get up and Live Well.
Phew.  What a day.
Queen stageThe stage of a multi-day road race which includes the highest point reach of the whole race. Also usually, but not always, the hardest stage of the race.
So yes, the Queen Stage today.  Our longest and hardest stage.  Mike Casey and Liam took over the sag and by 3 or 4 stops in they were veterans.  They had water, food and other items ready for us each time we stopped.  They’re quite a team, and we really appreciate them volunteering for this trip.
Today kept pushing uphill, uphill, uphill, with some nice little downhills to keep us happy.  We made good time on Highway 160 out of Durango, and had good traffic once again.  Stopped in Pagosa Springs for lunch and went to the park by the river and watched lots of folks inner-tubing and having a great time.  It’s a nice town.  Great lunch of sandwiches, grapes, pickles, etc.  The route was just beautiful and it sure is good to be back in Colorado!
And lurking out there at 75 miles was Wolf Creek.
It got really hot during lunch so the ride to get to the base of Wolf Creek was tough.  Many stops to re-fill on water.  But once we got to the base we each found our own rhythm and headed 9.5 miles upward.  Rick was (of course) feeling strong so he rode away from us, and would eventually wait 55 minutes at the top for the rest of us.  Tom, Carl and I played a leapfrog game up much of the pass as Carl would surge ahead with his strong body and then have to stop from the effort.  We proceeded up the mountain and ultimately joined Rick at the top.  I tired to ignore the filthy Grackles who were croaking at us from the trees in their vulgar language as we struggled upward.  Not even they could stop us.
As mentioned, Carl’s family joined us at the top for a photo op.  There was a Canadian family from Montreal at the summit, and when they found out what we were doing and who Carl was, they donated on the spot!  It was a great moment and showed what getting the word out can do.
But wait, it wasn’t over yet.  Carl had never ridden 100 miles before, and this was his chance to bag a century.  So we headed down the hill.  Carl was feeling the effects of the ride and we proceeded at a slow, stately pace to ensure his safety first and foremost.  When we got to 99.5 miles Carl “bolted” away from us and pounded out that last half mile.  When he finally stopped he was at 101.4 miles and had his first century.  There were hugs all around and more tears.  It was a powerful moment.  At that point, again for safety, we loaded his bike into the trailer, got him comfortable in a seat in the car and then Mike and Liam took him onward to Del Norte to join his family.
That left Tom and Rick and I with 17 miles of work, and we attacked those last miles.  We got a paceline going and flogged those 17 miles in a hurry.
When we got to the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte there was a reception waiting for us with press and interviews and a gathering in the Hotel courtyard.  There was an article about us in the Alamosa paper today as well.  It gave us our chance to one again promote the Davis Phinney Foundation, and we received several donation checks.  Del Norte turned out a great crowd and we answered many good questions and had a good chance to talk with lots of great people.
Key thanks go out to Laurie Robertson (one of our BHS classmates who now lives in Del Norte) for organizing things and providing a room for Tom, Mike and Liam.  She did a stellar job.
When I started this ride I had never ridden 10 days in a row.  I had never attempted to tackle three 100+ mile rides in the course of 7 days.  I didn’t know how I would react to this challenge or if I could even do it.  I always say I learn more about myself on the bike than in any other venue.  I’ve learned a lot about what I can do if I put my mind to it.
However, more than that I’ve learned what Parkinson’s people live with every day and what THEY can do when they put their mind to it.
Carl Ames lived well today with Parkinson’s.
I learned something else about myself through Carl today.  I want to live well too, like Carl.

My Exciting Week with My Friends For Phinney and The Copper Triangle

To my Friends For Phinney, Family, and Friends,
Well, I am now home in Arizona after a truly amazing week of great fun, adventure, challenges, and most importantly…..wonderful new friends that I have met and will forever hold close in my heart as ones who truly have made an impact on my life. Tom & Amy, Kevin & Kathleen, Rick, Michael, Liam, Isaac, Davis, Connie, Kelsey, Lauren, Polly, Joe Williams, Cheryl, Maria, Jerry, Shane, Shannon, Joey, Kyle & Sarah and kids, Mona, Jordan, Leisa, Kamrie, Torie, Maren, Charles(my truck driving road warrior who got me to Durango) and to anyone else I should acknowledge by name but may have missed, thank you for a wonderful experience this past week.
As I shared with you the quote that came to me as a result of getting together a number of people for my 50th birthday last year, a group of us were on the 50 mile bike ride we had and as we were riding, a thought came into my mind that eventually evolved into this:
“I don’t wish Parkinson’s on anyone, but I wish everyone could have the opportunity to experience the things that I have experienced with Parkinson’s, and more importantly, experience the love, compassion and generosity coming from wonderful family, friends and strangers that I am able to experience these things with!”
I want you all to know how much the experiences of this past week support the words of this quote. As I met up with you on Tuesday in Durango, never had met you before but had been talking to Tom by phone, I was immediately brought into your lives and it felt wonderful to be accepted. You are an amazing group of friends that are blessed with genuine, compassionate hearts. Thank you!
Wednesday, my ride day with the Friends For Phinney, what can I say? As we headed out of Durango, heading towards Pagosa Springs, I felt so on top of the world to be out there with you. As I learned your riding speed and how well you worked together and were so united, it felt so great to be there. It was such a beautiful day for a ride, and as you made me feel so comfortable, I knew that I could moo at the cows and sing some songs and not feel embarrassed. And I hope that in the coming days that you when you see a cow, take the time to let out a loud MOOOOOOO! and see how good it feels.
I wasn’t planning on doing 100 miles that day, thinking that if I could make it to Pagosa Springs that having gone that distance would be sufficient for me. But as I rode on and feeling good as I was, I thought that there is no way that I could end my segment early and not experience this whole day with you. So on we rode. We made it to Pagosa Springs, ate lunch, rested our legs, and continued on. We were now within the reach of Wolf Creek Pass. What a beautiful ride it was getting to the base. The ranches with the surrounding mountains were majestic. I was so grateful for the opportunity to be there, and it was because of you extending an invitation for riders to ride with you that I was there. Thank you for that invitation.
As we took on Wolf Creek, I could soon see that it was definitely going to be one of those climbs that would go down in my history book as one of the top challenges of my cycling experience. I didn’t feel my bike was functioning at its greatest, and fortunately Tom was within shouting distance and we stopped and he helped me check out my bike, finding some minor details. Thank you Tom for being there.
As we continued up the mountain I tried to absorb in the beauty of what was around me as well as keep my mind and body in harmony to accomplish what needed to be done. As we forged ahead, making the stops as we did, I was grateful to have Rick ahead of us, quite aways in fact, as a carrot, or should I say “pickle” to encourage us to keep on going! And to Kevin and Tom who were most always within sight of me, who I knew would always be there for some type of motivation, I am very grateful to you all. And how could I not mention our great SAG team of Michael Casey and Liam, Michael and Tom’s nephew from Texas? They were so encouraging to me. Michael, thank you for getting me up that mountain!
I kept wondering where my family was. They had left Durango and I thought for sure that they would be there anytime. I so needed to see them and them to see me tackling the monster mountain. I kept looking down the road for them but they were not coming. But lo and behold they finally did when we were close to the summit, and it gave me the needed boost to forge ahead, and we were soon at the summit and it was such a relief. To have them there was awesome, and to be there with my Friends For Phinney was the greatest. Thank you my friends and family for giving me this experience of taking on the challenge of Wolf Creek Pass, so that I could have the experience of singing as I rode down that mountain…”Wolf Creek Pass, way up on the great divide, coming on down the other side!”. And come down we did! What a breath taking descent we made with the beautiful scenery around us. It was spectacular!
We were on our way to Del Norte and this is when the 100 mile mark for me was truly within range, and my friends were going to make sure that I accomplished it. We forged ahead and kept a good pace. Rick was leading us and I said to him that I would like to take the lead, and about that time I heard him say that we were at 99.5 miles and I bolted ahead ( I had to live up to my nickname given to me by my friends from POPS RIde, and that being “Bolt”) and I took off with a bolt of energy and drive to reach that 100 mile mark, ending at I think was 101.2 miles. As we came upon that SAG vehicle, it was such a great feeling to have accomplished both the pass and my first century ride in the same day, and most importantly the men that I accomplished with. Thank you Mike, Kevin, Rick, Michael and Liam. I also need to acknowledge the fact that I couldn’t have ever even attempted to accomplish what I did that day without the many prior rides and encouragement from my POPS Ride family, Jerry (POPS) and his sons Shane and Shannon, and friend Kyle Worley, who in 2011 pedaled from Florida to San Diego to bring awareness and fundraising for PD foundations, and to Joey Gregan, my friend who I ride often with and had earlier attempted to ride a 100 miles with, but due to an equipment challenge on my bike on the day we attempted , I was not able to finish. Thank you POPS Ride and Joey for being great friends, and to my wife, Leisa, and to my children….I love you all and thank you!!!! Kamrie, one of my daughters, wrote me a special note that I found in my bike gear pack that said simply, Hi Dad, hope you have a good ride, Love, Kam Jade. Kamrie, that note was so special to me. Thank you!
It was great to go ahead of you to Del Norte, and be there to welcome you to town and be apart of the reception social planned for you by Lori, a high school classmate. It was great and the setting of that courtyard was so nice.
With my family there, we proceeded on to Copper Mountain and left you behind, knowing that we would be reuniting at Copper for the Copper Triangle. So with two days of relaxation at Copper Mountain, it was preparing me for the ride on Saturday, which I was greatly looking forward to.
On Friday, I was anxious to go out to Leadville, surprise you, and ride in the SAG vehicle. My son Jordan and his girl friend, Marin, took me out there, and it was great to see you even after that short time of not riding with you. The opportunity to make the signs and rally for you from a different perspective was so much fun. Has anyone seen my Friends For Phinney?
Tom, thank you for sharing with me how “the scoop” came about and for the opportunity to share it with the group at the dinner on Friday night. I am so grateful for the group that was there and how willingly they participated. And thank you Amy for the never ending encouragement that you gave and the very positive attitude you have. You and Tom are such a great couple.
The Copper Triangle on Saturday was an awesome experience. To do it with my son Jordan is a great time for a father and son to share some great time together. Jordan, my only son, is a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him. I love Jordan and his enthusiasm for life and his love of cycling. He even shaved his most hairy legs for the ride this year! If he didn’t I am afraid he could have been a fire hazard as he raced down those hills! Thank you Jordan for being there and having this experience with me.
I also came across Davis coming up Vail Pass, and got to ride with him for a little bit. What an honor it was to ride by a great man, a great mentor and friend to me. Thank you Davis! You are an awesome person that I truly am inspired by.
As we arrived at the finish line, I heard Davis Phinney asking if Carl Ames was in the crowd. He wanted me up on stage to teach the crowd how to do ” the Scoop”. I heard him say that Tom would teach it, and about that was the time that I was able to acknowledge that I was there, jump off my bike, and work through the crowd to the stage. I leaned my bike up against the stage, climbed up on the stage, where Tom Casey, Davis, Kelsey and Connie Phinney were, where they had been addressing the crowd. Davis handed me the microphone and proceeded to let me teach the crowd how to scoop! What a thrilling experience this what. I am so very grateful to all for this week. As I ponder it all now that I am home, I want to thank my family, the Friends For Phinney, The Davis Phinney Family and the Victory Crew, and to all the people that donated funds and offered encouragement and support to make it possible for me to have this experience. To my employer, Knight Transportation, for their never ending support. There are many who donated to either directly to the DPF by making an on line payment or people who donated cash to help us with the costs associated with a trip like this, and I thank you for that.
It was indeed a great week! A great experience! And something I will forever cherish and look forward to that in the future. My heart is full, I think I will be having Friends For Phinney withdrawal for awhile now, but I will get over it. I will put on my bike gear, butter up, maybe eat a pickle, and take off for a few mile ride. And then when I get back, I will do a scoop and express gratitude for the people and experiences that bless my life, and to my Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ for their love and goodness in my life!
Whoooooooo! How about doing the Scoop? Don’t be shy, stand up, think of three things you are grateful for, bend your knees, get down in a bended knee staunch, raise your arms in the air, reach down low and scoop it all in, stand up, arms in the air, breath, repeat two more times, each time making a bigger scoop, then on the third one as you reach for the sky, position arms as if you were shooting an arrow up to the sky, make a swoooooosh sound as you release it. Feels great!
Love you all!