The Unexpected: Part of the Awesome Beacon Bike Ride

lucybuckner-blogBeing a part of the Awesome Beacon Bike Ride has been an incredible privilege, filled with many unexpected gifts.

I have lived in Florida for 17 years, but it was only when planning our routes and then actually pedaling down the road, that I discovered a treasure of scenic towns, spectacular views and parts of the state I did not know or appreciate.

She thanked me (all of us) for what we are doing, letting me know that her best friend lost her teenage son last year to suicide. She was so genuinely grateful for what the bike ride stands for.

We rode past many communities that experienced terrible devastation from Hurricane Matthew. Seeing the damage first-hand was a sobering reminder of how fortunate we are to have our health, our homes and our families.

Being a part of this bike ride, I made some new acquaintances and some dear friends. How incredible to get a group of like-minded individuals together to accomplish such an important mission with passion, humor and respect.

Seeing the damage first-hand was a sobering reminder of how fortunate we are to have our health, our homes and our families.

The importance of the bike ride hit home for me when a local shopkeeper asked if I was from out of town. I told her about the Beacon bike ride and our goal to raise awareness of mental illness. She thanked me (all of us) for what we are doing, letting me know that her best friend lost her teenage son last year to suicide. She was so genuinely grateful for what the bike ride stands for.

Finally, having had the opportunity to be on the steering committee for this event, it is so gratifying to see how beautifully it came together. Countless individuals did not hesitate to help out in many important and selfless ways. Witnessing such generosity of spirit, and the magic of working together for a common goal is a greater gift than I ever could have imagined.

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