At age 74, I have heroes that are far younger than people of my generation. One of those is Matt Caretti for his love of life, love of his fellow man, and his dedication to making this a better world.
The Ride is Finished; the Work Continues
The ride is done and dusted, as they say, though in fact it was a bit of a muddy affair after the rains of Friday and Saturday. And, of course, the fundraising and important work in the Himalayan region continue.
I want to thank my sister-in-law Syd for getting me to the start in Hancock, MD, and to my brother Erin for riding with me during the first 25 miles to the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, MD. From there I pressed on alone through the late morning and early afternoon for 43 miles to the turnaround point just beyond the bridge to Harper’s Ferry, WV. The cool weather was a blessing and I managed a great pace until fatigue began to set in during the final 15 miles. Then after 108 miles and 7h14m in the saddle, I quietly rolled back into the Cushwa Basin parking lot. There my mom Cindy collected me and soon provided a warm, delicious meal that helped my body into full recovery mode. Heartfelt thanks, as well, to her!
A final and most sincere word of thanks to all of those who’ve donated so far. While we haven’t yet reached our goal of 1,000 Euros, we are drawing closer by the day. I am most grateful for your support and look forward to others chipping in to help equal or exceed the target in the days ahead!
P.S. Below some pics from 108 Miles for Karuna.
Founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard, Karuna-Shechen advocates and acts for a more altruistic world.
Motivated by 'compassion in action', we support disadvantaged communities in northern India, Nepal and Tibet to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential.
We provide vulnerable people with health, education and training services, as well as access to water, solar electricity and other sustainable solutions to improve their livelihoods.
On behalf of our beneficiaries and all of us at Karuna-Shechen, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
For more information: karuna-shechen.org/en/