Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday morning update from La Vale, MD

Hmmmm, how to even begin. I guess just a character at a time to match each pedal stroke for Paul. There have been many words thrown around the last ten days: superman, extraordinary effort, unbelievable, vicariously pedaling with you. They are all true, but truly fail to in anyway capture what is happening here. It would take a truly gifted writer to put it on paper, alas that is not me.

The true essence of this is really much more closlely related to a feeling or an emotion that transcends vocabulary. It is more like that most meaningful piece of music that takes you to a different place you have never been to. The joy and sorrow it can yield are very pronounced.

Historically many types of cultures and people have develpoed tests of strength, ability, toughness, etc. Many of this may seem cruel by todays standards, many may not understand this endeavor of Paul's. It really is not about that at all. What comes out of all this pain and hardship is the ability to answer that essential core question of who are you. Paul's motto is "racing from the heart." I truly saw that Friday as Paul rode with his heart exposed and open to all. The toughness of this section of the course after 2500 miles all ready passed was mind-blowing. How did he do it, what kept him going, why, why, why. Well it is really quite simple. Paul knows and believes in his inner self which is expressed in his "race from the heart" theme.. So I
Challenge all of you, on Paul's final day of his RAAM journey, to be as brave as Paul and ask yourself, am I living my inner theme. Have I challenged or pushed myself lately to make every moment count.

Thank you Paul, and thank you to all his followers on this trip. What a great land to match Paul Danhaus becomming one with his life's theme.
Paul Danhaus "Racing from the Heart"

Sincerely,
Your very humble crew member
John

10 comments:

mike said...

john
you couldnt have said it better..."from the heart"....that sez it all....

RELISH IN YOUR GLORY AS YOU RIDE THE LAST FEW MILES

mike and marilyn

Tom Potter said...

John,

Thank you for your eloquent review of Paul's journey. You were writing from the heart.

The crew of Team Danhaus has allowed him to realize his dream. All of you should be very proud of this joint accomplishment. Job well done.

Nearing the end of Paul's gallant effort brought to mind the last stanza of a Robert Frost poem:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep.

Tom

Tony said...

Goosebumps from this mornings blog. Cheers to such a great adventure.

Big Mark said...

ALL of you should be very very proud... finishing takes an amazing rider... biut also an amazing crew.

Nice job, Paul. We knew....
you could deeeeeww it!

-Big Mark

jim said...

Superhuman Paul!
What a ride!
Wish I could be there with a Panchita's burrito for ya at the finish.

Jim W.

gjtaft said...

Paul,

Mallorca is going to seem pretty small the next time you go there :-) I have enjoyed following your progress and am excited for you as you approach the finish. I hope there is a good cappuccino place in Annapolis.

Greg T.

mike said...

we felt the hill climbs and enjoyed the breeze down the hills as u speed along....but more important we can taste the salt water...
GIVE ER PAUL
mike n marilyn

traveler4 said...

Paul - congratulations on your great ride -- looks like you're almost there -- hang in there, we know you can make it. BTW you sounded super in your interview -- you're an inspiration to us all!!!!
Greg and Mandy

mike said...

WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT PAUL...YOU PROVED BEYOND A DOUBT MIND OVER MATTER CAN WIN IF THE WILL AND HEART ARE STRONG ENUF..

WHAT A FANTASTIC FEAT FOR A YUMA SNOWBIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mike n marilyn

Sir Bikesalot said...

Just saw on the leaderboard that you have arrived. Congratulations! You have done something few have ever done and is the cycling equivalent of scaling everest. Enjoy the coming rest and feelings of triumph, there is noone more deserving!

Paul