What the hail is going on?
Looks like we made it by the skin of our teeth once again. National Weather Service posted a flood warning in Nebraska and Iowa. High winds, tennis ball size hail, and heavy rain wreaked havoc on the area today. I sure am happy to be on a rest day today.
The Chief and his family were so good to us. They let Chris borrow a car to take his bike to the bike shop. They let me borrow a stem machine and ice packs for my knees. We ate well and are rested up. Thanks guys.
We stayed at Fire Station 52. These guys are big city firemen and I feel comfortable around them. It’s funny how most city fire departments are run the same. These guys are really a great bunch of firefighting cyclists. It sounds like they are struggling with the same issues that all city fire departments are dealing with. City Council wants to cut pensions and health care, cut paid positions and fill them with volunteers, etc. The problem with firemen is that we are not self promoters so the public is not always educated on what we do. Our loyalty is to the public we serve everyday. So we must not get discouraged by four year politicians that work for themselves. We protect life and property and we must protect the institutions that do that. We are the last phone call on the list, people call us when all else fails. The fire service is a service, not a money maker. Thanks boys! Special thanks goes out to the Greg Holly Family, Gail King, Shaun and Shannon Keating, and Dave and Railya for their donations to our “Feed a Cyclist” program!