Twinsburg Hero

June 1st, 2012

6-1-12Today’s ride took me to the memorial for Twinsburg, Ohio Police Hero Josh Miktarian who was killed in the line of duty nearly four years ago. It was because of this senseless act, that I decided nearly one year ago, I would ride these 4,000 miles on The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes.
On this ride from Chesterland, Ohio to Twinsburg, I had so many great conversations with many people.
Carla and her daughter Claire went out of their way to turn around and catch up to me in their car. Carla served in the Army and is a very proud American.
Amanda and Gia, two local realtors, have family currently serving in the military.
Orange, Ohio, Assistant Fire Chief Dan Fritz was out in his truck and was thrilled that I was in his town. I stopped at his Firehouse a mile down the road as I passed by. Good friend, Mike Shubert, took me out to lunch to catch up on the past year. The remainder of the ride was in a steady downpour which at times was accompanied by gusts of wet wind in my face. It was one of the biggest rainstorms I have ridden in to date. I was met at the memorial by Emily Canning-Dean, reporter at the Twinsburg Bulletin she asked so many great questions and is eager to get the story in her newspaper.
I got back to Chesterland very late in the day to find The Kindness Bus still being serviced. Joe Tranchita, Advanced Auto Clinic owner loves taking personal care of me when I am in town. He also loves when I call for mechanical advice on the road and tell him this is “Bob with the bus.” he did various repairs over the last two days and I almost flipped when I asked him for the bill and he said, “no charge.”
That was a HUGE act of kindness Joe. Thank you!!

Leave a Reply