My name is Tracy, Navy veteran 83-87 - March 2, 2018, I and Martin have formed Cross Country Cycle 4 Vets and will be cycling 3142 miles across the Southern Tier from San Diego, CA to St Augustine, FL to raise money to support my fellow veterans and 1st Responders through the Gary Sinise Foundation. I will be starting our journey from the flight deck of the USS Midway, this ship has special memories of my Navy days in Yokosuka Japan. "Thank You" for letting us start our journey aboard the USS Midway, for my journey in the Navy started waking up next to you in Japan when I was stationed on the USS Kittanning YTB787. After a few tunes by the Navy Southwest Ceremonial Band we will be guided through the streets of San Diego by the San Diego Police Historical Association for the dipping of our tires at the Ocean Beach Park and off we go. Martin will be going to Phoenix and than Tracy will be cycling 2175 miles to St Augustine FL as Solo cyclist. All the donations go to the Gary Sinise foundation. Gary recently received from the Council of Trustees of the Association of the United States Army the 2017 recipient of the George Catlett Marshall Medal. The medal is awarded for sustained commitment to the men and women of America's armed forces. As we arrive in St Augustine we will be guided in by the Amvets Freedom Riders to end our journey at St Augustine Beach.
I had the pleasure of being in the US Navy and then I had the joys and pains of being a Navy spouse for 15 years. I also come from a very long line of Military background just to mention a few, a 4th Great Grandfather Helmot Kellogg in the Revolutionary War, a 2nd Great Grandfather Jas Kellogg being in the Civil War, an Uncle Stan Calder in Imo Jima while another Uncle Adam Tymowicz shot down over France during WWII only to be MIA in the Korean War, my father Thomas being in the Navy on the USS Courtney to me following in their footsteps.
Why am I doing this, some call me crazy, I do at times. It is a dream of mine to cycle across the United States. I choose the Southern Tier for it is only 3142 miles across the United States and only 1 mountain range and the shortest route of them all. Then I thought…. if I am going to cycle 3142 miles I am going to do it for someone other than myself, and chose of a way to help my fellow Veterans to help support the challenges many of them face today. I see the struggles and challenges my fellow veterans go through every time I go to the James Lovell Medical Center for my medical care; as I talk to them and they tell me their stories of when they were in the service from the Korean War and the ones that are back from their 2nd or 3rd tours from Afghanistan or Iraq. Or I have spoken with ones that have lost limbs from IUD’s and I thought I needed to do something to support my fellow veterans. And help them with the challenges that some undoubtedly face today. So, this is my way of shinning a light, and letting them know that they are appreciated for all they do for us. For their sacrifices and commitments. So, I reached out to the Gary Sinise Foundation to see if we could choose them for our donation campaign. Though his various programs, Rise providing home modifications, adapted vehicles, mobility devices or constructing specially adapted smart homes and his newest program Snowball Express for serving the children of our fallen heroes and our Gold Star families I felt I had chosen the right one for me. Gary “Lt Dan” was the man I wanted to support.
While we may be the only people traveling the entire distance from San Diego to St. Augustine, there are going to be numerous people behind us, backing us up and cheering us on. I hope that you will be one of them.
Cross Country Cycle 4 Vets
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