"Nothing else matters if you can't breathe" is the slogan for the American Lung Association, but it is also a slogan I have adopted. During early 2000, I contracted pneumonia and realized first-hand what it means to have difficulty just breathing. While I ultimately recovered, I still have hyperactive bronchial glands which complicate my breathing. Therefore, what better time than now to:
- Now that I have met my goal of bicycling alone and self-supported across the country (Seattle to New York in 2001), my new goal is to circle the USA on bike (in the one to two week annual vacation periods my job allows) before I retire.
- Explore this wonderfully diverse and majestic country, while raising funds to help in the prevention of lung disease and promote lung health
Who am I?
I'm Rob Wheelhouse, 48, married to Pat with two grown step-daughters, Jessica and Amanda. I live in White Plains, NY (ultimate destination), which is about 25 miles north of my office in mid town Manhattan, NYC.
Why am I doing this?
- Because I've always wanted to, and because my family and the company I work for (Pfizer) have been supportive of me using my vacation to bicycle tour.
- Because I spend a lot of my life traveling overseas and now it's time to see the USA from the vantage point of a Trek 520 Touring bike seat.
- And most important, consistent with my Mission Statement, because I view this adventure as an excellent means to raise funds, through pledges, for a very good cause-the American Lung Association of NY.
I will be chronicling these journeys with "diary entries" posted to the web on a daily basis, and via photos posted on a periodic basis.
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