Rob raced well today–powering through the much of eastern Missouri last night, crossing the Mississippi River this morning, and putting much of the Illinois portion of the Race Across America course behind him this evening.
Simultaneously though, Rob appeared more groggy, confused, and punch-drunk today than in any other day so far in the race. Waking him from his mid-morning nap on the eastern shore of the Mississippi River was difficult to do and hard to watch.
Even in these dark moments, though, Rob has not wavered in his commitment to finishing his race to raise money for brain cancer research. His charming personality dulled by pain and sleep-deprivation, he nonetheless has been consistently kind to both crew and other supporters. And, most movingly to me, he has so far willed himself to get back on the bike after every stop–with very little cajoling from his crew–even after more than 2,000 miles of cycling in 8 days.
If you are inspired by Rob’s kindness, willpower, or just his impressive athletic performance so far–give to 3000 Miles to a Cure to support his cause.