Friday, February 24, 2012

The Jeremy Staat Foundation's Wall-to-Wall Cross Country Bicycle Ride

Wesley and Jeremy yesterday ... road warriors!

Hello T & T friends!
I’d like to share with you what I am up to through May. I’m traveling across the United States with a pair of Iraq war veterans, Jeremy Staat and Wesley Barrientos. They are bicycling across the country to bring awareness to issues our veterans are facing in this country—the United States falls very short in assisting our veterans in assimilating back to “the real world” and is woefully inadequate as far as giving timely medical care.

We left Bakersfield on Sunday, February 19 and will arrive at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 28.

This is a photo I took yesterday along State Route 247 from Barstow to Twentynine Palms. On the left is Wesley—a double amputee who lost his legs in an IED explosion, and he's riding a hand-cranked bike. The fellow standing is Jeremy Staat—and if that name is familiar to you, Jeremy is a graduate of ASU, where he was a star player alongside his dear friend Pat Tillman. Jeremy did play in the NFL for several teams, and at the end of his playing career, enlisted into the Marines.

If you are on Facebook, please “like” our pages, Wall to Wall Cross Country Bicycle Ride, The Jeremy Staat Foundation, and Life Over Legs. I’ll be posting updates on my own blog, Scared Moderate Female (yes, I’m semi-politically motivated, too), and I’m working on creating a Photobucket page of our adventures. I do update the Facebook pages first—I'm two days behind posting on my blog! Priorities are very much in order.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE your posts! I've been fascinated by this case from the beginning. Question: Is it true that SL hasn't seen her daughter since her arrest? I can't help thinking that if convicted, SL's worst punishment will be the loss of her daughter, & experience the same pain SR's parents feel. If she could go back to 1986, would her act of murder be worth it. Today she could be living a normal life: husband, child, rewarding career. People do get over the pain of unrequited love with time. Regret over lives changed forever would be the worst pain.

NancyB said...

Hi Caligirl!

This project is one that is near and dear to my heart for a myriad of reasons, so thanks a lot for making all of us aware of it at T&T. Thanks also for all the links and I have already 'liked you' on facebook. Wesley & Jeremy are awesome, and you are too for following them & blogging about it. Hugs to you all.

Sprocket said...

So glad you posted about your involvement in this cross country event CaliGirl9.

Utah Chris said...

The picture appears to be taken on the grade coming up from Slash-X ranch about 8-10 miles south of Barstow heading east toward Lucerne Valley. I've ridden that stretch many times as a young man crossing onto Highway 18 and climbing up to Big Bear "the back way". I love the High Desert and specifically the desolation this picture so clearly instills.

CaliGirl9 said...

"Like" Wall to Wall Cross Country Bike Ride to see ALL of my photos! I'm no pro, but if I take enough photographs, a few end up keepers.

We are headed to Goffs, CA, tomorrow, then on to Laughlin, NV and a rest day. Except I don't get rest and I'm loving my time out here!