y father worked hard setting up different fund-raisers and speaking engagements in Athens, Ohio, my hometown. As I rode through my Athens, the environment was very much in the news, as local activists and concerned citizens were fighting to block the dumping of garbage from New York State in Athens County. There were numerous articles and extensive media coverage about the issue. So we were right on time with our message.

My father was supportive throughout this endeavor, before and during the ride. I had spoken to him off and on during the planning stages and we discussed the trade-offs of undertaking an effort like this, the personal and economic sacrifices involved.

His comment was: “If you are going to do it, go all the way.” He even promised to buy me dinner at Tucson’s most exclusive restaurant, the Tack Room, when I finished the ride. Come to think of it, he still owes me that dinner.