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  • Jim Clarahan

Day 10 started with a red carpet welcome by my dear friends and colleagues at Harding Shymanski & Co. Very fond memories of working with the HSC team go back to 1992, when they joined the RSM Alliance. Retired HSC partner, Randy Shulz, made a guest appearance to say a brief prayer and blessing for my ride. Not to my surprise, Dave Papareilla, brings out his Pittsburgh Steeler's Terrible Towel mask. And not to be outdone, I was armed and ready with my new Packer mask (thank you to Mel Tevick!!!).

Trudy Stock, Lisa Frank and Dave inspected my bike, before heading to Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology. Thank you, Trudy, Dave, Lisa, and the rest of the HSC team for coming out to greet me!

On we went to the Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology, a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, where I was introduced to several staff, including CEO, Shawn McCoy. I was also greeted by my good friend and HSC retired managing partner, Steve Titzer.

I was very privileged to be given a private tour of the oncology center by Dr. Noah Taylor. The Deaconess Chancellor Center for Onology boasts two leading edge imaging systems called TrueBeam® Radiotherapy System. And while other cancer programs may offer similar testing equipment, it is my understanding that Deaconess is the only regional health system utilizing MD Anderson Certified radiation oncologists--Jon Frazier, MD and Noah Taylor, MD--to administer treatment with the TruBeam system. Immediately following the tour, I was interviewed by local Evansville's local media, which made the evening news.

Hugs, high-fives and well wishes for a safe journey ahead was the farewell as I left Evansville.

After a very brief gas stop just outside of Louisville, and then onward to Covington, KY, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. A beautiful skyline view from my hotel. And there in Covington, I discovered a hidden gem of a neighborhood restaurant within a short walk from the hotel - Blinkers. Sitting at the bar, a stranger quickly became new friend, follower and contributor to the Ride 4 Dray! Thank You!

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  • Jim Clarahan

The fun and enthusiastic jingle bellowed by Packer fans the world over, appropriately applies to how to efficiently pack the bike for this 60 day road trip. Many have been asking me, "what's in the bag, how do you pack, etc?"

Here I am, day 15 in Buffalo, NY, taking a day off from riding to catch up on past due blogs, and rest for the push through the northeastern U.S. So for those of you interested to know, here is a brief walk thru how and what I pack.

It starts with an empty Harley luggage bag that straps to the bike. Essential gear includes packing cubes, 5 days of riding clothes, toiletries, cargo shorts, swim trunks, and flip flops. Freshly washed shirt, socks, underwear each day, requires washing every 5th day. Some of my buddies suggest 10 days, if I turn the underwear inside out.... NOT HAPPENING HERE! :-) Dirty clothes rolled and packed in a garbage bag.

Riding clothes conveniently fit in the bottom. Laptop slides into the middle. Toiletries, GoPro and other electronics fit perfectly in the top section. No room for spare shoes, but just enough room for a pic of Dray and big brother Duke to join me for every mile ahead.

The luggage bag doubles as a perfect backrest too. (Here during a brief rest on day 13, in Barcelona, NY, along the coast of Lake Erie, between Erie, PA and Buffalo.)

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  • Jim Clarahan

It seems like yesterday, But it was a week ago, Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then...the day of the dreaded Derecho.

Day 9, 5 am. No alarm clock needed as I usually only need 6 hours max. The wee bit of Irish whiskey the night before knocked me out by 10 pm. Morning routine starts with a check of that day's weather forecast, followed in short order by a cup or two of "mud" - dark black coffee and a light breakfast (compliments of Chef Morton).

At daybreak my only concern was timing the 300+ mile ride, Elkhart to Evansville, to skirt the tail side of the storm rolling thru Indiana that morning. Little did I know that the storm moving thru South Dakota west of Iowa, would ravage the Midwest and meet me in Evansville later the same day.

By 8:30am, the morning storm had passed Elkhart, providing a sunny, Monday morning photo op outside the RSM Elkhart office with Ryan Matthys and Jim Morton.

Skirting the backside of the morning storm, I caught up to it 20 miles north of Indianapolis, requiring rain gear for the ride into the city. The Indy office was the 2nd of the trip without signage on the outside of the building. I parked on the street and found my way inside looking for a kiosk with RSM listed, but no such luck. Wondering what it might cost to replace the One America logo with RSM ?

Indy to Evansville, I-69, one of the best stretches of interstate highway I've experienced so far. Minimal traffic, sunny skies and other than a few wind gusts, premonitions to what was on coming, made for a fun and fast ride. The heat index was +100f, so riding was the only way to stay cool. Little did I know what was coming, other than a text from daughter Bailey warning of a very bad storm rocking Central Illinois. Arriving in Evansville about an hour before the southern tail of the Derecho whipped thru. Smart enough to park the Harley next to the hotel to block from the 60 mph winds expected to rip thru.

Day 9 was the only day where the weather threatened to stall out my ride. Keeping fingers crossed it stays that way. Continuing prayers for great riding weather and a safe journey!

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