Lamberth, your love and steadfast friendship have never faltered. You
are my guiding star. When I feel lost, I look up and there you are. Thank
Miles, I owe you a special debt of gratitude for your friendship and
constant enthusiastic support. You have worked long selfless hours on the
Millennium Ride Web site. You will ever be an inspiration with your
ideas, perspective, and trusted counsel. Others may join the NMR; you,
however, will be there from beginning to end... and beyond. Thank you.
Robinson, you have been a trusted friend since we served in the Peace
Corps together in Thailand. Thank you for your solid friendship. Your ability
to ask the right question has helped me articulate my goals and objectives.
I know you are there, liking the ideas and wanting NMR to succeed. Thank
Wilson, globetrotter, man of energy, intrepid explorer, thanks first
for seeing an opportunity to participate in the NMR and then acting on
that opportunity by networking on my behalf. You sure know a lot
of people in the most exotic of places (I do believe you are on of those
to whom the world is connected by a mere 5 degrees of separation!).
Thanks for wanting to be a part of this adventure, for your help in bringing
Ward, FAIA, man of letters, enthusiastic supporter from the
start, thank you for never doubting that the New Millennium Ride would
be successful. You even inspired the mission with the suggestion
that I include Kyzyl on my route. More than anyone else, you have
made me feel I am living out - at least in part - your own dream.
Thank you for supporting my dream.
Holder, we have been friends for 23 years. When the bicycle that carried
me across North America, to the top of the Swiss Alps and down the Rhine
River Valley, around New Zealand - my steed for 10 years - was stolen just
months before the start of the New Millennium Ride, you lent me your bike
so that I could continue to ride while waiting for the NMR bicycle to be
built. You have graciously helped me address and prepare for the
medical component of NMR. Thank you.
Desantis, from the time that I started to move NMR from concept to
reality, you have been there. I will never forget your personal interest
in and dedication to seeing NMR happen. You searched for sponsors and found
me equipment. You even offered me your bike. Your spirit of determination
has become part of NMR. Thank you.
Soast, you gave NMR its first media break. Memories of preparing for
NMR will be spiced by the sounds of zydeco waking Philadelphia on your
radio show. They are fine memories. Thank you.
Spilkevitz and Nicholas C. Ashbaugh, you created the premier,
pre-eminent video, The New Millennium Ride. No matter who follows your
effort, the time we spent together on your production will always hold
special memories. Can we create an after-ride video to wrap up NMR when
it is done? Thank you for the long hours and dedication to excellence you
put into the creation of the video. Thank you for your patience and wonderful
sense of humor. You understand the fun factor. Thank you.
and Mike Riley for your hospitality when Fran and I were attending
the Bike Expo in Philadelphia. My connection with your family goes back
twenty years. Your fervent support has carried me through many adventures.
I know you will be there, cheering vigorously, when NMR reaches Lisbon.
Buckley, as the first respondent from a school in the Peoples Republic
of China, you were very helpful in defining NMR's travel itinerary and
plans for the ride through China. Beijing BISS School's hospitality remains
unrivalled. I left Beijing pumped and ready for the surprises ahead.
Thank you for being part of the New Millennium Ride.
the following individuals I give my heartfelt thanks. Without your sponsorship
gifts, advice, technical support and enthusiasm NMR might not have been:
Philip Novotny and Scott Inman and Roger Malinowski,Jim Wannamaker,
R. Scully, John Neugent, Dave Alden, Josh Harrod,
Moglia and Diana Tepe,
Lance Donnell, Ray Lablanc,
Bearns and Tim Schurr, Fran Castano, Jeannie
Wall, Caroline 'Carly' Warren and Christian T. Avard, Pierre Vermette,
Peter Windsor, Virginia Boudras, Ruth Gastell, Scott Weir, Clint Paige
and Jason Suderman and Andrew Fullerton.