• 5.0 mi ride - Afternoon Mountain Bike Ride - Thursday, November 17, 2022
    Logged this ride 12 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 25, Ride 23 St. Augustine to Palatka and back
    30 Sep 2022

    Team #Joestrong 💛🧡 came together for a fantastic Group Ride from St. Augustine to Palatka here in Florida, and then turned around and went back.

    Great fun was had by everyone in attendance enjoying the benefit of having Mrs. Andreu the Team's MVP drive the rescue van with supplies, refreshments and spare parts as support for our riders, giving riders of every experience level the ability to participate in a ride longer than they would normally do alone.

    The miles for this ride will be donated to my good Friend and teammate Elizabeth Hoffman, who is battling a bad case of COVID.

    After this 65 miles, I have ridden a total of 566.3 miles of which 166.9 have been donated to injured or sick riders from Team #Joestrong.

    Hurricane Ian has made landfall here in Florida and I may not be able to do any additional riding for the remainder of the month, time will tell.

    Thank you all for your support through this incredible journey and hopefully will see you again next year.

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 25, Ride 23 St. Augustine to Palatka and back
    Posted 61 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 24, Ride 22. Dream Come True 5K Supporting #Lilyisafighter
    30 Sep 2022

    Team #Joestrong 💛🧡 members came together for a different kind of charity today supporting our great friend Lily from #Lilyisafighter during the Dream Come True 5k Race.

    Since I am not a walker or a runner, I supported the event drawing smiles on everybody in attendance atop of my Penny Farthing antique bicycle, cheering everybody as they raced a round the UNF campus.

    Big shoutout to Ashley Smith from DCTJAX for allowing me to participate in this fashion.

    The miles for this ride will be donated to my good Friend and teammate Elizabeth Hoffman, who is battling a bad case of COVID.

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 24, Ride 22. Dream Come True 5K Supporting #Lilyisafighter
    Posted 61 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 21, Ride 21. Ride dedicated to Bryce from Bryce's Brain Cancer Battle. Little guy you are a champ, don't ever give up the fight.
    23 Sep 2022

    This ride's miles are also donated to Peter Andreu who still cannot ride after the accident, so far I've donated 97.1 miles to him.

    This ride is my Tribute to Bryce child ambassador for the Great Cycle Challenge and overall bad ass.

    3-year-old Bryce loves playing with his siblings and making people laugh with his goofy sense of humour.

    But in September 2021, Bryce was diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumor called, ‘central nervous system embryonal tumor'.

    It all began extremely suddenly when Bryce had an intense seizure out of nowhere one morning in July 2021, when he was just 2 years old.

    It was all very scary for Bryce and his family. As his mom, Mary, told us, “It looked like he was drowning, except there was no water nearby.”

    His parents were shocked and took him straight to the doctors who noticed there was a small spot on his brain.

    The doctors kept a close eye on the spot, but it took them a while to figure out exactly what was going on…

    This meant that by the time Bryce was officially diagnosed with central nervous system embryonal tumor, his tumor had already grown from the size of a fingernail to roughly the size of a lime.

    Bryce needed to have surgery right away, but due to the location of his tumor, he was unable to safely have surgery without a high risk of long-term disability.

    Instead, he started a six-cycle chemotherapy protocol. Each cycle required seven days in hospital and because of complications, each of Bryce’s cycles meant spending roughly 30 days in hospital.

    Because of this, Bryce was stuck in hospital over Christmas. But luckily, he was able to be out of hospital for Halloween so he could go trick-or-treating with his siblings.

    Whilst in treatment, Bryce had to learn to walk again after long periods of not being well enough to even try and at one point... he had to take six different medications daily.

    As Bryce’s mom shared with us, “It’s heart-wrenching to hear that your child is one of the sickest children on the cancer floor.”

    Recently, Bryce had an MRI which showed that his tumor was 90% gone, but he still has a long way to go.

    His last two chemo cycles didn’t show any change in the tumor. His family and medical team are hoping that his sixth cycle, which includes high doses of three new chemotherapy drugs and a stem cell transplant, will continue chipping away at it.

    Bryce is an incredibly brave little boy, and he just keeps on fighting. His mom told us, “He is just sucking it up and doing what I have asked him to do every day since we found out.”

    Stay strong and brave, Bryce.

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 21, Ride 21. Ride dedicated to Bryce from Bryce's Brain Cancer Battle. Little guy you are a champ, don't ever give up the fight.
    Posted 68 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 21, Ride 20
    23 Sep 2022

    This ride's miles are donated to Peter Andreu while he still can't ride.

    This started as a longer ride but due to tracker issues had to split it in two.

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 21, Ride 20
    Posted 68 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 19, Ride 19 Afternoon ride with the Lady Bug Miles donated to Peter Andreu who is still not allowed to go on long bike rides.
    21 Sep 2022

    Took the Lady bug out on a road ride to help her with her miles while helping Peter log miles as well. this ride is logged on his profile and not added to my mileage.

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 19, Ride 19 Afternoon ride with the Lady Bug Miles donated to Peter Andreu who is still not allowed to go on long bike rides.
    Posted 70 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 17, Ride 18 Tribute ride for Christian Houghtaling from "The Christian Houghtaling Foundation"
    17 Sep 2022

    Todays ride I dedicate to the Memory of Christian Houghtaling.

    Christian, 17 years old, was an honor student who loved learning. He was a talented musician playing both saxophone and bass guitar. He loved putting together difficult puzzles and Legos. He enjoyed reading, art, music and travel. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His sharp wit and sense of humor were key personality traits of Christian. Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age 14, Christian fought for two years and passed away at age 17. His dream was to go to college and study medicine. He is loved and missed every second of the day. Christian’s memory lives on in all who loved him so deeply.

    Today's miles are donated to Peter Andreu (my son), who got injured on Sept. 1, 2022 and is unable to ride as many miles as before the accident.

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 17, Ride 18 Tribute ride for Christian Houghtaling from "The Christian Houghtaling Foundation"
    Posted 73 days ago
  • 11.0 mi ride - Great Cycle Challenge Day 14, Ride 17 Tribute Ride for Brody, a Baby boy taken far to early. - Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    Logged this ride 76 days ago
  • 13.8 mi ride - Great Cycle Challenge Day 14, Ride 16 Giving the middle finger to childhood cancer on Kick... - Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    Logged this ride 76 days ago
  • 56.3 mi ride - Great Cycle Challenge Day 13, Ride 15 Tribute ride for Ian - Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Logged this ride 76 days ago