Epilogue

2014 Atlantic Coast Ride Epilogue

The Epilogue will be edited after my bike trip up the Atlantic Coast has been completed in 2014. Check the journal below for daily trip updates.

However, Muzzie Braun’s song, “The Kitchen,” is playing in the background. “The Kitchen” is one of my favorite songs. Frankly, I think the lyrics present a snapshot of the values we should all hold most dearly in our lives. So I hope you’ll take the time to listen not only to the music, but also to Muzzie’s lyrics. The impressive thing about Joann and Muzzie Braun is that they stay true to the very same values Muzzie espouses in his song. Thanks again for visiting my website folks!

Hi Folks

Am I crazy? Sure I am... we’re all crazy in one way or another.

Now that I’ve entered the next phase of life, retirement, it’s time to take another bicycle trip. Beginning on March 30, 2014, I’ll be cycling the Atlantic Coast Route from Boca Raton, FL to Bar Harbor, ME. This route will be substantially flatter than my 2009 cross-country ride. However, I’m sure I'll encounter much more vehicular traffic, and maybe even a little road rage. That’s OK I'll simply have to be more cautious while on the bike.

Once again I’m riding to raise memorial funds for both college scholarships and the Idaho Education Association’s Children’s Fund. This time to honor the memory of five friends: John Perkins, Joe Pilch, Ed Helies, Dan Bither, and Cindy Herron. Let me start out by telling you a bit about each of these individuals, all of whom I consider myself privileged to have known:

All five of the above individuals shared exemplary character traits:

  1. They were as genuine as they come,
  2. They were honest, caring, hardworking individuals who were responsible to their families, friends, and communities,
  3. They each possessed a great sense of humor, and
  4. They enjoyed life to the fullest even as they courageously battled their illnesses to the very end.

The world would indeed be a better place to live if everyone possessed the same character traits as John, Joe, Ed, Dan, and Cindy. I ask that you consider making a contribution to their respective memorial funds. I know John, Joe, Ed, Dan, and Cindy would thank you for doing so, and will smile down upon you, just as they will me, when I ride the Atlantic Coast Route in 2014.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website, I really do appreciate your interest. And please visit it again beginning March 30, 2014 for daily updates about happenings along the way. Any spelling errors should be attributed to my wife Melanie - my better half of course - not me.  And remember, if you’re in your vehicle and see an old, bearded, bespectacled fart riding a black Trek 520 road bike with a black and yellow Burley Nomad trailer, do me a favor…move over and give me some damn room! You can view the Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route by going to www.adventurecycling.org and clicking on “U.S Bike Routes." I can't wait to get back on the road again. See you in Bar Harbor…

Sincerely,
Bob (since 1951)

* I wish to acknowledge and thank the following: Muzzie Braun “The Kitchen”, John Prine (Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.) “Please Don’t Bury Me”, Grateful Dead (Ice Nine Publishing, Inc.) “Box of Rain”, and “Truckin’, Charlie Parr “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down”, Hecktor Pecktor "Common Ground", Javier Barerra (my webmaster extraordinaire), my wife Melanie (for putting up with me over the past 35 years), George's Bicycles of Boise, and my immediate family for their support. I also want to thank the Boise State Construction Management Program, the W&M HEYFARL Endowment Fund, and the Boise School District (Frank Church High School) for granting me permission to use their respective logos on my bike jerseys. Last but not least, I’d like to thank my "guardian angels" John Perkins, Joe Pilch, Ed Helies, Dan Bither, Cindy Herron, and of course my parents, Mildred and George Stohner, for providing me with the inspiration to undertake another magical bicycle adventure. “What a long strange trip it’s been” and then some. Who knows what other adventures the future may hold? Parachuting anyone?

In Memory of

I’m riding to raise memorial funds for both college scholarships and the Idaho Education Association’s Children’s Fund

  1. John Perkins

    June 2010
  2. Joe Pilch

    April 2010
  3. Ed Helies

    May 2011
  4. Dan Bither

    December 2011
  5. Cindy Herron

    March 2012

Parents' Scholarship Funds

I'm also riding to raise college scholarships again in memory of my mother and father, Mildred and George Stohner. To honor our parents we have established college scholarship funds at both Moorestown High School and The College of William and Mary. All contributions made to these scholarship funds are tax deductible. 

To make a contribution to my mother's scholarship fund at Moorestown High School, please make your check payable to the Moorestown Education Foundation, and mail it to the address shown below.  Be sure to note either in your correspondence, or in the memo section of your check, that the contribution is to be deposited in the "Mildred H. Stohner Memorial Scholarship Fund":

Moorestown Education Foundation
803 Stanwick Road
Moorestown, NJ 08057

To make a contribution to my father's scholarship fund at William and Mary you can either: 1) send a check payable to "The College of W&M Foundation", noting on the memo section of your check "Allocation #2111" and mail it along with the attached form below, or 2) go to the link www.wm.edu to make a contribution on the College's secure website. Should you choose option #2 please follow the directions below:

  • Go to www.wm.edu
  • Click on "Giving to W&M"
  • Click on "Ways to Give"
  • In the side box click on "Make a Gift Now"
  • In the first line there is the option to click "here" for "ready to make a gift". On the list that appears, go to the bottom of the list and select "other." This will take you to the College's Acceptiva website, which provides for secure online transactions.
  • In the comment field enter the allocation code #2111, and enter the account name, George S. Stohner Public Policy Endowment.
  • Continue with the charge card information, and a confirmation that the gift has been received will appear.
  • Should you experience problems with this site, please contact Ms. Lesley J. Atkinson, Director of Donor Relations via phone 757-221-7696, or e-mail ljatki@wm.edu
  • You may also download the form here and mail it in.

If none of the above causes interests you, please consider making a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarrior.org . Your contribution assists wounded military service men and women returning from combat overseas, as well as their families. All contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project are tax deductible.

When making a contribution to any of the above causes please note that your contribution is a result of the StonesAcrossAmerica fundraiser. Whether or not you make a contribution, a simple word of encouragement such as, "You must be out of your &#%*^@g mind!" will suffice to motivate and propel my 62 year old body up the Atlantic Coast to Bar Harbor. The fact that you're taking the time to read my website is appreciated, and encouraging in and of itself. I, my mother, my father, my entire family, deserving college bound Moorestown High School seniors, future William and Mary students, and combat veterans and their families thank you for your generous support!

Sincerely,

Bob Stohner

Moorestown High School, Class of 1969

College of William and Mary, Class of 1973

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