A message from the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation

Ryan and Dwight hope to raise $10,000 to support the burn camp, which will host 70 children between the ages of 8 and 18. They are determined to reach the West Coast as a personal challenge as well as helping young burn survivors.

Started in 1991, the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp is located in northern Connecticut on 176 acres. Every summer, burn survivors come to the burn camp, which is a safe and fun environment that helps kids heal emotionally and physically. The Burn Camp is free to the children, who come primarily from the Northeast and some foreign counteries, but any burn survivor child anywhere is welcome. More than 70 adult counselors, primarily active and retired firefighters and burn unit nurses, occupational and physical therapists, child psychologists and even a doctor will serve as mentors for the week.

It's also our goal to promote burn awareness and fire prevention and education, which we do year around. We sponsor a burn survivor, burned in a car accident that involved speeding and drinking alcohol, who speaks to high school students throughout Connecticut. We also support the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital, helping to purchase equipment.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Schooley's mountain

Schooled me, today. Shamed me. I road maybe 10%, that's probably generous, the rest I walked. Ryan assures me that there are no such beasts in Pennsylvania that we're likely to cross, but he can't speak for the Rockies.

This morning while packing up to leave our "camp site" we were approached by the cemetery's supervisor, who told us that it was his lamentable duty to inform the authorities that some vagabonds had slept in the graveyard, and make sure that we didn't have criminal records or anything. What at first seemed an embarrassment turned out to be great fortune, as instead of trouble we got a friend and personal escort for the morning in Officer Tully. He was a real character.

We managed to make the obligatory stop in a Jersey diner for breakfast, this morning. Our waitress didn't believe that we were on our way to California. After going in circles a bit we made progress to Washington, NJ, where our lovely new friend, Alex, offered to put us up. We had the pleasure of meeting her sister and brother in law, and their outrageously adorable kids. Today was our best day biking (in spite of Schooley's mountain), a little over 70 miles.


Anonymous said...

i think its pretty amazing, i didnt read much but any charity involvement? or just something you wake up and say hey.. lets plan to ride bikes across the country? haha but awesome stuff, you made it thru new haven without getting shot, sooo the rest is cake, LoLz Best of luck!!!

Cinta said...

Wow! 70 miles. Sorry you only made it 25 after you left NYC! G-W view looks great.


willis said...


Your parents e-mailed us and said you are off on another adventure!

Your friends in Indiana just want to wish you all the joy possible on this trip.

When you come through the NW Indiana area remember you have friends here - Ginger and I are proud to call you our friend.

Willis (Dave) and Ginger Dickens!

Is something wrong? said...

70 miles... thats it? I think it's time you boys stop whining and ride like men.