I took a little ride down memory lane this morning.
Well, not Memory Lane. More like South First Street.
I decided to try a different route for my morning 14-miler. This one took me through New Brunswick, then over the bridge and into Highland Park.
I lived in Highland Park for a couple of years in the early 1980s. My apartment was in a large-ish building that, I was told but never confirmed, once served as a hotel.
Anyway, I turned down South First, then headed to the end and soon found myself rolling through Donaldson Park.
Once I had my fill of that, I emerged on South Second, I think, and then took that to Raritan Road, also known as Highland Park’s main street.
But I didn’t want to reverse my route, so I took a detour down River Road, into Piscataway and Johnson Park.
I spent a lot of time in both of those parks in the late 70s and early 80s, when I was in college and the few years following. It’s nice how so early in the morning, with so few other people around, I was able to lose myself for awhile in some calming memories.
Why I do this.
I’m cycling to raise money for the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that provides “comfort homes” on major military base and VA hospital campus to military, retirees, veterans and their families. The homes are used for stays while the hospital’s services are needed.
I’ve set as my goals this season 6 rides from the end of July through September, including up to three “Century Rides” of 100 miles.
I know first-hand what a tremendous service Fisher Houses provide; I stayed in one in West Palm Beach, Fl. while my dad was in his final illness. He any my mom also stayed in that particular home when he needed to visit the VA hospital there for routine things.
When you’re going through the stress of a loved-one’s illness, not having to worry about where you’re going to stay, or getting something to eat, is a great relief. On top of that, at the Fisher Houses are people who understand what you’re going through, and are there to lend a hand or a shoulder.
Please visit my donation page and, if you can, make a pledge. All the money pledged goes directly to the organization, which has been awarded four stars (out of four) by Charity Navigator and an A+ designation by the American Institute of Philanthropy.