Impresiones de Laura’s Ride

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By Alejandra Carcia Aragon (Translated from Spanish; Rick selected the photos.)

Having had the good fortune of sharing the 4 trips across the US with Rick, I am full of gratitude to Sandi. Without her much would not have been possible due to her kindness and humanity. I am also grateful to Maria, Kristina, Kevin, Ruth, the Klayman Family, Nick and Sara who accompanied us on the first trip, the people at the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and all of the many other people who directly and indirectly supported or participated in this adventure while Rick and I toured the country. Everyone made me feel at home and they made Rick’s and my journey something unforgettable. Also to the people who donated to this beautiful cause, including our generous Sponsors, thank you so much for your altruism that will help many people who really need it. For Rick I have a special gratitude for being so empathetic, generous, brave and dedicated.

2016: Santa Monica, CA to St. Augustine, FL


The Start………………………………………………………..Ale


Sarah, Ale, Maria & Maribel
in Santa Monica


Puebla, Mexico……………………………………………In Hollywood


New Orleans…………………………………………………..Nick, Kristina, Sarah, Ale & Rick


Finish in St. Augustine

I will briefly explain what I mean: Rick is an extremely easy person to travel with. We spent a lot of time together and honestly he is one of the most peaceful and reasonable people I could know. Always with a friendly temper, and as I said, very empathetic. Generous for dedicating his bike tours to the good cause of raising money to meet Laura’s Rides’ goal. He was always very interested and happy to see when someone donated to the cause. (Something that personally made me happy too.) I was able to share the experience of his good heart.

2017: Astoria, OR to Portsmouth, NH


The Start……………………………………………………….Finish in Portsmouth

Brave and hardworking. You have no idea what Rick often had to go through. There were times when before his ride I first walked the same path that Rick would do with the bicycle, and I said to myself: “Oh my god! What Rick has ahead!” On some occasions extremely difficult roads and in my opinion some somewhat dangerous. I don’t think it’s something that anyone would do; I don’t think I could have had the courage and guts that Rick had to finish his bike tours every day.

2018: Quebec, Canada to Key West, FL


Ale Leaving Orinda……………………………………….Finished!


On one occasion someone from Rick’s riding group asked me if Rick was really finishing his trips by bike every day and with the miles indicated in his agenda. My answer was that of course Rick does, since he is a determined person with an unwavering mentality. From that I learned something so important that has followed me since then. Sometimes as he himself said, “Finishing the tour has more to do with telling yourself that you can.” It was a matter of a great willpower. This thought has followed me since then in my life; when I try to do something difficult, I simply think of Rick and motivate myself and try harder.

2019: Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico


Kick-Off Party………………………………………………..Ale, Sandi, Marianne, Ken & Rick


Ale & Rick in Rosarito Beach……………………..Sandi and Ale in Rosarito Beach

Tijuana Border

That Rick has made the 4 trips across the country is something exceptional and as I said to him, I really hope that when I retire I can do things so cool, fun (although I think some bike tours were not so fun for Rick) and interesting as he did. I really want it so much.

I feel very proud of Rick and the effort and work put into Laura’s Ride over the 4 years. I know he said this year’s trip was the last. So I will miss him in my next summers. But I know we will see each other again and that makes me very happy. I don’t know where or when, but I know that I will see my favorite people in the USA, Rick and Sandi, for whom I have a huge appreciation.

Love, Ale.

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