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I met up this weekend with riders of the airlineride.org group that is riding across the US to raise money and support for a permanent set of memorials for those who lost their lives that day.

I arrived at Greensburg, PA and met Paul Guttenberg, Mark Clark and Henry, whose last name escapes me, and Bobby McGee. We did our intros, they got to know me a little, and hit the road with a State Police escort the whole ride. The weather was fantastic, crisp cool, clear blue skies. Anyone who has ever rode in SW PA along scenic rt30 and up into the mountains knows what I speak of. The trees are just starting to bloom, the trout stream was flowing, all was right with the ride. Then it happened....a hill that I have never had imagine existed in the state; Laurel Summit. 5 miles or so with a pretty mean grade and lots of false summits. I blew up about 2/3 of the way up and the gap betwen me and the group got too wide so I sagged to the top and finished the ride humbled.

The next day was the ride out to the flt93 crash site in Shanksville. Very moving and emotional day for the group which now had Tom Heidenberger and additonal airline riders plus about 40 people like me who showed up to support.

I find it hard to fathom how long it took to have a WW2 memorial built in DC, what 60 years? And here we are approaching the 5 year anniversary, and one congressman from NC is holding up approving the appropriation for funds to buy the land surrounding some of the sites. A vote comes up in the House next week.

If you want to get involved with this ride, go to their website @ www.airlineride.org read the blog, survey the route, they may be coming to a town within a reasonable driving distance from you. Join them, if you can ride reasonably well ride with them. Thet are a great group of Americans.
 

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The core group of organizers/riders

Were a little tight lipped about "red tape" issues. Really wanted to keep the effort positive, the underlying tone is, it's 5 years and alot of progress still needs to be done to make the memorial a reality. I heard a few stories that made me shake my head. Family member survivors are also working hard to make this happen. I could not help but imagine on the way into the site what was happening during the final moments of the flight. Oddly enough, when I arrived home Saturday and sat down to watch TV, I'm flipping through the channels and A&E had "Flight 93" on. I watched it and had a better understanding of the lay of the site. It was on again Sunday so I watched it in it's entirety. The Ambassadors of Flight 93, a group of local citizens have an amazing story with pictures that they tell visitors to the site. And there were alot of people who came by to visit as we were there.
 
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