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Veterans Deb Lewis, Doug Adams, and their dog Daisy embark on an ambitious (some say crazy!) year-long cycling tour of the United States to educate and inspire Americans to pay attention to what REALLY helps our veterans, military & families. Along the way, they engage local communities, collecting and sharing stories about the people, organizations, and communities making a difference.

What Really Helps: Bike+RV+Dog=50 States Deb Lewis

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Veterans Deb Lewis, Doug Adams, and their dog Daisy embark on an ambitious (some say crazy!) year-long cycling tour of the United States to educate and inspire Americans to pay attention to what REALLY helps our veterans, military & families. Along the way, they engage local communities, collecting and sharing stories about the people, organizations, and communities making a difference.

    Episode 12: Dreaming of a Hard Rock Christmas

    Episode 12: Dreaming of a Hard Rock Christmas

    Welcome to Episode 12 (“Dreaming of a Hard Rock Christmas” of the Podcast Series “What Really Helps: Bike+RV+Dog=50 States. For this podcast, it was Day 74 through Day 80 of the Duty, Honor, America Tour (Dec 19 - 25, 2010). 
    This week we found warmer weather and beautiful views as we headed South Southeast in Alabama into the Panhandle of Florida to visit both Eglin AFB and Pensacola NAS, then headed West along the Gulf Coast, briefly back into Alabama again, then off to Biloxi MS to enjoy the Hard Rock Hotel and Christmas Eve in the South.
    As always, cycling stats for the week for those interested are: 347.23 miles cycled and 7,455 feet climbed.

    Be sure to go to our website at www.dutyhonoramerica.com to check out our Photo Highlights Videos that go along with each podcast. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 11: Freezing Temps & Home Cooked Meals

    Episode 11: Freezing Temps & Home Cooked Meals

    Welcome to Episode 11 (“Freezing Temps & Home Cooked Meals” of the Podcast Series “What Really Helps: Bike+RV+Dog=50 States. For this podcast, it was Day 67 through Day 73 of the Duty, Honor, America Tour (Dec 12 - 18, 2010). 
    This week the weather was freezing cold as we head to Atlanta to enjoy a few nights and a nice break and some great meals with West Point classmate Sean Feeney’s family. Plus Debra’s daughter Emily flew to join us and celebrate the holidays early. We met a few surprises along the way that we’ll talk about in this podcast. By the end of the week, we leave Georgia to head West to Alabama where Debra drives a distance to find an RV repair shop able to make some essential repairs.
    As always, cycling stats for the week for those interested are: 204.28 miles cycled and 9174 feet climbed.
    Be sure to go to our website at www.dutyhonoramerica.com to check out our Photo Highlights Videos that go along with each podcast.

    • 33 min
    Episode 10: Juggling Schedules & Planes

    Episode 10: Juggling Schedules & Planes

    Welcome to Episode 10 (“Juggling Schedules & Planes” of the Podcast Series “What Really Helps: Bike+RV+Dog=50 States. For this podcast, it was Day 60 through Day 66 of the Duty, Honor, America Tour (Dec 5 - 11, 2010). 
    This week we leave Florida, head North towards Atlanta, Georgia and visit Fort Benning, along the route. Sounds simple enough on the surface, but then you have to factor in airplanes, weather conditions, illness, family visits, and distances to see what we had to juggle this week. But we’ll get to that in the podcast.
    As always, cycling stats for the week for those interested are: 376.94 miles cycled and 11,312 feet climbed.

    Be sure to go to our website at www.dutyhonoramerica.com to check out our Photo Highlights Videos that go along with each podcast.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 9: Disaster Averted

    Episode 9: Disaster Averted

    Welcome to Episode 9 (“Disaster Averted” of the Podcast Series “What Really Helps: Bike+RV+Dog=50 States. For this podcast, it was Day 53 through Day 59 of the Duty, Honor, America Tour (Nov 28 to Dec 4, 2010). 
    This week we leave the Atlantic Ocean on our left hand side and our route makes the turn at Orlando, heading back north for the first time during the tour. It took us from the East to the West of Florida part of the tour. Doug cycled from Georgia through Eastern Florida where we caught up with Debra’s senior civilian leader during command in Iraq. Then Doug traveled to Orlando,  where we met up with several classmates and instructors when Deb was at West Point who were attending an Orange County Convention Center event. Perhaps the most important stop of our entire Tour, was the Lazy Days RV shops, where Simba received essential RV repairs. This week was also special because Debra and Doug spent time with Deb’s parents at IRCC, a military retirement community, where we celebrated her Mom’s birthday. We also visited a Coast Guard base this week. On Day 58 when Debra traveled to pick Doug up, he had a big surprise for her.  But we’ll get to that in the podcast.
    Cycling stats for the week are: 331.9 miles cycled and 4,341 feet climbed.

    Be sure to visit www.dutyhonoramerica.com to watch the photo highlights video for this week. 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 8: Thanksgiving at Home

    Episode 8: Thanksgiving at Home

    Welcome to Episode 8 (“Thanksgiving at Home” of the Podcast Series “What Really Helps: Bike+RV+Dog=50 States. For this podcast, it was Day 46 through Day 52 of the Duty, Honor, America Tour (Nov 21 to 27, 2010). This week was the South Carolina and eastern Georgia part of the Duty, Honor, America Tour. The route took Deb and Doug through Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, where they caught up with Deb’s classmate and her husband and Doug's general and his wife, as well as through several military installations—Air Force, Navy, and Army—including Fort Stewart, where Doug spent his first three years in the Army after West Point.  This week was also special because it was another rare separation for Doug and Deb. But they’ll get to that in the podcast.
    Cycling stats for the week for those interested are: 376.3 miles and 6,548 feet climbed.

    • 55 min
    Episode 7: Virginia and North Carolina

    Episode 7: Virginia and North Carolina

    This week we left Washington DC and Northern Virginia and made our way to the military bases at the mouth of the James River, then to Fort Bragg and ultimately into South Carolina. We stayed with family friends at the beginning of the week and visited with the Scott family in Raleigh. So far on the tour, we had been with friends most days, but this week we began to have some days to ourselves. The cadence of the tour is beginning to be established. 

    • 1 hr 17 min

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