Category: Ride for 3 Reasons

249. Two Barrington Women Ride the Coast with Bob Lee

 I just discovered the best way reach a 70-year-old guy riding his bike 2,000 miles down the west coast to raise $1,000,000.  Pick up the phone and call his cell number!  I was shocked when I heard a couple of ring tones and then a live voice on the other end of the line.  “Bob Lee”, he answered, as though he was right down the street.  And then I heard voices and laughter in the background and I knew I had called just in the nick of time.  Three guests riders joined Bob on his journey for five days this past week, including the man in charge of mapping Bob’s ride and two Barrington women behind the causes he’s riding for.
American Cancer Society Medal of Honor recipient, Kim Duchossois, and Northeast Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Vice President of Development, Beth Raseman, are physically fit, but they’re not avid bike riders.  Despite the physical challenges and not long before Bob’s departure, Kim and Beth decided to join him, riding down the Oregon coast into California for five days of his journey.
They pedaled alongside Bob this past week for about 160 miles of his ride, sharing winding roads with intimidating traffic and pushing their limits, and their bikes, up incredibly steep inclines and down “screaming descents” to the backdrop of breathtaking coastal scenery.
I called to find out how Kim and Beth fared, what they learned and whether they’d do it again. And I could hear Bob smiling when said,……

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