With more than half their 1,700-mile trip behind them, Al and Terry Reszel of Minnesota took a couple breaks to take a close-up look at some local scenery and celebrate 39 years of a journey that brought them through this area.
Al and Terry's 39th wedding anniversary was Friday. The couple shared a kiss Friday morning in Albion as they took a break from Al's ride in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the Pink Pedals 4 A Cure organization. The Reszels cofounded the organization in 2016.
"We never imagined doing anything like this 39 years ago," Terry told Al.
Al, 58, is cycling from Minnesota to the BCRF headquarters in New York in support of breast cancer research. Terry drives alongside, rides ahead and even cheers Al on with her bright pink pompoms.
Friday's trip took them from the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line through Albion and Edinboro with an overnight stay planned in Erie. Al has the trip mapped out and carries a laminated copy with him.
Terry, a breast cancer survivor, said she "couldn't let him do this alone."
“It’s about the struggle, the care, the research and the cure,” Al Reszel said about his mission. The first two words of Al's statement have taken on some new meaning throughout this trip.
"So many people along the way have taken care of us in so many ways," Al said. "We've had at least seven comped overnight stays." Friday was Day 14 of the trip.
Reszel has battled some cramping in his calf along the way.
"We have it down to a routine," he said. "I take ibuprofen throughout the day. When we get a place to stay for the night the first thing I do is take an ice bath."
During a brief stop Friday, Terry reminded Al he needed to use some sunscreen. Al pulled up his bicycle shorts to reveal a stark difference in his skin color. He also has some significant stripes on his head from his helmet.
"Terry stopped and got me a pink bandana for under the helmet, but I didn't put it on today," he said.
"We've met some great people along the way," Al said. "There isn't anybody out there who hasn't been touched by cancer at some point. They're very understanding and supportive and the donations have increased throughout the trip."
The Reszels hope to raise a minimum of $7,500 in donations.
For more information, to donate or to track Al's progress, visit pinkpedals4acure.org.
Lorri Drumm can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.