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"Young At Heart Tour"

is a cross-country bicycle trip designed by Al and Jan Galletly to offer to a group of "over 50s" an opportunity to seek adventure on the open road, to see America at its leisurely best, by traveling coast-to-coast on 3,0000 miles of well-scouted, scenic backroads, (passing through eight states in 56 days.)

The beginning of the sojourn takes place on April 4, 1999 (Easter Sunday!) at the Balboa Pier where the rear bicycle tires will ceremoniously be dipped into the Pacific Ocean. On May 29th, the riders expect to repeat the bicycle tire dip with their front tires in the Atlantic Ocean at St. Augustine, Florida. Detailed Itinerary

STAFF:

AL GALLETLY: (Leader and Ride Organizer)
     Al retired from GTE in 1992 as vice president of public affairs. A recreational cyclist, he always wanted to ride across the country. In 1993 he made a 4,700 mile trip from California to Florida to raise money for the American Health Assistance Foundation and Alzheimer research.
     "It was a great experience, but I told my wife that if I ever wanted to do it again, I wanted her to go with me," Galletly said. Once she agreed, they began planning for the trip.
     "The more I thought about it, I figured 'Well, if two of us are going, why don't I see if I can get a few other people to go along', as a way of sharing the experience that I had."
     To accomplish his plan, Galletly turned to the Internet. By keying in certain words and phrases about people over the half-century mark and cycling, he located 1,600 people on America Online's membership directory. From that list, he narrowed the field to 1,200 people and e -mailed them a brief message describing the trip he planned to take. In a very short time he had 14 sign-ups.
     The final roster consists of 22 riders, from all over the country.
     With an American population that is growing older and living longer, what does a trip like this say for our nation's active adults? "I think", responds this likeable 61 year old, "this makes a great statement of where things are these days and I'd like to include myself in that category as well."

JAN GALLETLY:(Co-Leader)
     Jan, unlike her husband, is younger, prettier and has more energy!
     Jan met Al at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. They married in 1960 and the family moved between the NY Metro area and Florida, also spending some time in Dallas, TX.
      Besides raising two delightful daughters (now flown from the nest), she works long hours with an international corporate relocation organization with offices in Norwalk, CT.
     With her husband, she is involved with a variety of civic and social activities. A member of the Wilton Presbyterian Church, she is involved in ABC a national education program.

JERRY MILLER: (Sag-Wagon)
     Jerry retired several years ago from the corporate marketing and sales rat-race, but immediately got into the party supply franchise business. He has now turned most of the day-to-day operations of that business over to an older daughter, but he still has his hands on the rudder.
     Jerry's wife, Sharon, will cycle while her husband provides half of the sag support.
     The Millers and Galletlys were next door neighbors when both families lived in St. Petersburg, Florida.

HELEN GALLETLY: (Sag-Wagon)
     Helen, daughter of Jan and Al, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida (sociology) in 1988.
     She worked for GTE's Telephone Directory of Operations for six years and although achieving success and fast promotions with that company, decided that the corporate life wasn't for her.
     She earned a Master's degree in Counseling several years later, and at present is only 35 hours away completing her 2000 supervised hours prior to being fully licensed.
   Her parent's trip came up just at the right time for Helen to take a few months off her busy schedule to assist her folks with the Young At Heart Tour.
     Helen looks forward to seeing some nice parts of the country, to be a part of this premier trip her folks have created, and after two months of taking care of the 22 riders, will be ready to "hit the bricks" by the time June rolls around!

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