Many images have flooded my inbox this week – many of them powerful, so lets get on with it.
I was particularly moved by an image of respect in Japan, where there was an 11 year old boy dying of cancer. Children’s Cancer treatment centers are difficult and I can tell you first hand from being a Resident, that there are two basic roads that you can take – mask the truth and distract, or give it to the kid straight. The choice depends on the situation. So the 11 year old was faced with their end and he accepted it. His lasting request, approved by the parents, was to have his organs harvested so that he could help others. So the child expired and out of respect, the surgical team gave him a moment.
You can bow your head too and give thanks….its okay – it makes the world better.
Sad as it may be to see the image, you can be sure that the kid had his wishes fulfilled. And there is something in that.
Another loss that happened this week was frame builder Tom Teesdale (TET Cycles)…..and it happened on RAGBRAI.
I had the pleasure of riding with Tom a few years ago and all I can say is that he was a good man. Loved fabricating things and obviously loved the bicycle. It is sad to see him go (I don’t even know if he was 60), but I can honestly say that there would be no finer place to merge with the universe than RAGBRAI.
So enough with the sad stories, lets move into the pictures of RAGBRAI from this week.
Look, Lance even showed up…..and hey, no reason to be angry or spiteful….its RAGBRAI.
Not a shock at all that some people choose to tie that knot at RAGBRAI – seems like a great choice to me.
And look at the “sporting events” that locals think up….note the one handed-ness to maintain another hand for holding beer.
And of course, always a pleasure to see DOD people out there, especially from the “smartest” branch…..the Error Force.
I really think that that is one of my all time favorite RAGBRAI photos. It captures the spirit and makes me wish I was there…
Hangin’ with these people.
In other news, here is Hurl in the Holy Land.
And I’m happy to say that my usual RAGBRAI crew is having a ball in Maine.
Round these parts, the trails are in great shape, we’re just starting to get into fall tradeshow mode, and new products are peeking out from around the corner….like the 2015 Kona Lineup.