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9-11-11 SOLDIER BIKE RIDE

 
 
KEN CARROLL
 
 

LET ME BEGIN BY THANKING EVERYONE FOR THEIR KIND AND GENEROUS DONATIONS..THE TIME IS JUST ABOUT HERE AND I WANTED TO BRING YOU GUYS UP TO SPEED..AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE APPROACHING THE 10TH ANNIV. OF 9/11...ON THAT DAY MANY PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES AND "343" FIREMAN WERE KILLED THAT DAY TRYING TO RESCUE THESE PEOPLE IN THE TOWERS...I AM RIDING MY BICYCLE 343 MILES FROM MONTAUK TO THE PENTAGON, 5 DAY TREK...THERE WILL BE APPX. 35 OTHER FIREFIGHTERS THAT WILL BE RIDING WITH ME ALSO,..TRAINING FOR THIS RIDE IS GOING WELL AND I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT I CAN FINISH..THE MONIES THAT I RAISE IS GOING TO A USMC, 21 YR. OLD "JOHN CURTIN", LOCAL KID WHO LOST BOTH OF HIS LEGS ABOVE THE KNEES (AFGHAN WAR) DAMAGE TO HIS RIGHT ARM, FACE ETC., NOT TO MENTION THE MENTAL PART..HE WILL MEET THE GROUP ON 9/11 AND LEAD US INTO WASHINGTON ON HIS SPECIAL BIKE...I NEVER MET JOHN, ONLY SPOKE TO HIM ONCE ON THE PHONE AND HE SOUNDS LIKE A TYPICAL 21 YR. OLD KID, QUITE HUMBLE AND FINDS IT UNBELIEVABLE THAT THIS RIDE IS HAPPENING...I AM SENDING HIM A FDNY T SHIRT AND HE IS SENDING ME SOMETHING OF HIS THAT I CAN WEAR FOR THE ENTIRE RIDE..I AM HEADING OUT TO MONTAUK ON TUES 9/6, STAYING OVER AND LEAVING ON THE 7TH AT 7AM...FIRST LEG OF RIDE IS 108 MILES, WILL STAY OVER IN MOTEL AND THEN BEGIN ANOTHER DAY IN THE SADDLE AT 7AM ON THURS, EVENTUALLY GETTING TO DC ON THE 11TH...BELIEVE I AM THE OLDEST RIDER AT ...THAT SHOULD DO IT, WILL KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP AND FOR THOSE WHO MENTIONED THAT THEY WANTED TO DONATE, PLEASE SEND IN ASAP TO ME...KEN CARROLL, 15 BLOOMER RD, MAHOPAC, NY 10541, MAKE CHECK TO FDNY 343 RIDE OR PAYPAL BY GOING TO THE WEBSITE "FDNY343 RIDE" AND PUT MY NAME IN THERE... CERTAINLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND HAVE DONE..WISH ME LUCK AND HOPE FOR GOOD WEATHER FOR THE RIDE...YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST...KEN