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     Bike70th chronicles a cross-country bicycle ride organized by Al and Jan Galletly. They created the ride ("Young At Heart") for folks over 50 who are seeking the adventure of the open road. The trip will provide the riders an opportunity to see America at its leisurely best, to travel coast-to-coast on 3,000 miles of well-scouted, scenic backroads, passing through eight states in 56 days.

Originally, Kathleen wanted to create her own trip across the country. Several friends and daughter Christina, and son-in-law, Chet were also going to accompany her. Other daughters worked on helping decide on the route and various contacts. A son and his family planned to help his father "sag".

Too many activities took too much time that should have been devoted to training and to planning. So on a recent Valley Spokesmen ride (Kathleen's bike club), a young woman indicated that she had found a great group of people who were also doing a cross-country trip. To make a long story short, Kathleen decided her best course of action was to forget about her "own" trip, and instead, join such a group.

What a delightful surprise to learn that Young At Heart had one more opening ... for a female!

So thus begins the tale of the new trip across the country!
Kathleen choose this group with whom to travel and to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Having enjoyed a life-time of good health, I tried to think of a way I might thank God for my years of good health. One of my heroes is Eric Lundell (whose life was portrayed so well in the movie 'Chariots of Fire'. I recalled something Eric was reported to have said to his sister when she chided him for running so much, instead of preaching the gospel. He told her that when he ran, he honored God.

I have always felt close to God on my bike, and I decided that one way of thanking God for my gift of good health, would be to challenge my body by biking across the country.

In that way, I hope to honor God, to give encouragement to other seniors, and to honor the memory of my mother, 'Nannie' whose greatest joy on this earth was to travel. (We called her 'Our Traveling Nannie').

Finally, I am taking on this challenge as a message of Thanksgiving to my husband, children and grandchildren.  If I have been blessed with good health, I have been triply blessed with a loving and supportive family and circle of friends - without whose support and encouragement, this trip would have been only a dream.
Kathleen

(Kathleen's in blue, daughter Christina in yellow)

Life is a journey, not a destination.
Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.
     

You can email Kathleen at
kathleen.smith@support.net or snail mail her at:

Kathleen Smith
3871 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

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