From/To: Cincinnati, OH/Schenectady, NY
Daily Mileage: 816 miles (by car)
The morning started off at 4:30 am. I took a quick shower and still needed to finish packing a few items for the journey ahead. Being on the road for 3+ months requires a ton of preparation.
My Dad arrived a little before 5:00 am, and Eric and Megan Moore from Local 12 came around 5:10 am with our first live shot scheduled around 5:30 am. We were live from my house every 30 minutes from 5:30 am - 8:00 am, and Megan even went "Live" with me on her Facebook page. I was so grateful that Eric had reached out the day before we left to ask if he could cover the story.
My three goals for this trip are simple:
1. Inspire those who are currently battling Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)
2. Help raise awareness about GBM
3. Help raise funds for research that will one day find a cure to this terrible disease
Megan Moore and I during the first live shot on Local12 (WKRC).
The live shots went incredibly well and helped me accomplish my goal of getting the word out for my upcoming 5,000-mile bike ride across the USA.
Below is one of the Live shots with Megan. You can read the full story here: http://local12.com/news/local/oakley-man
Eric and I inbetween live shots on Local12 (WKRC)
Megan Moore I pose for a photo after our 2nd live shot Local12 (WKRC)
After the shoot, Eric and Megan hugged me and wished me luck on my adventure.
I spent the next 30 minutes finishing packing my last few items for the trip.
Paola Suro from WCPO had reached out to me and wanted to cover my story before I left town. She drove down to the station to pick up a camera and got to my place around 10:00 am we did a quick interview, and she collected some b-roll of me riding my bike and packing up the bike.
I enjoyed meeting Paola, she is an Indian Hill graduate who is where I went to high school, and like me, she was a part of IHTN (Indian Hill Television Network) while she was in high school. It was fun sharing stories about one of our favorite teachers Dennis Dupps and talking about her career path.
Andrew Burgess, Peter Carr and Andrew Wiebold sitting behind the IHTN desk that they built in 2005.
After 4 hours of live shots and an interview, we were finally ready to hit the road. My dad, Terry Carr, and my uncle, Jim Carr, agreed to drive me all the way to Bar Harbor the starting point for Bike4GBM's bike across America. The drive from Cincinnati to Bar Harbor with a few pit stops will be 1,295 miles.
We hit the road around 10:45 am and arrived in Schenectady, New York a little before 10:00 pm. It was a long day on the road, as we traveled over 800 miles, but we shared wonderful stories and laughs on the car ride up.
I am looking forward to the short 8-hour drive in the morning and getting a look at where I will be dipping my wheels into the Atlantic ocean.