As anyone who's made a marathon trek across the country can testify, there's nothing that helps you appreciate a place more than experiencing all the road between. So thanks to Jason's brilliant scheming, on May 17th more than a dozen bikers made the 55 mile trek between the Omaha and Red Oak offices with the inaugural "Romahoak" ride.
|Jason designed this super-spiffy logo. If you look carefully, the biker is made up of O2O, standing for Office 2 Office. Wish we all had such artistic talent!|
|New to the firm, but already paving new ground.|
Planning the event was a lot of work. Jason designed a nifty website where you could register as an APMA Chopper (55 miles), You-Could-Do-Worser (35 miles), Training Wheeler (10 miles), or Party Animal (Just the Barbecue.) If you have a moment, check it out and click around. I particularly like the map he created.
At the beginning of May, Jason led a smaller group (the Crash Test Dummies) on a test ride. Despite some wet and cold weather leading up to their ride, the sun shone brightly and they had a great time. We worried a bit that we'd used up all of our good fortune, but May 17th was equally splendid. The weather was perfect, the barbecue delicious, the participants all safe and happy--we couldn't have asked for anything better.
Congratulations on a job superbly done, Jason! Romahoak is lucky to have you.
|Marty at a pit stop in Malvern, Iowa. I was lucky enough to cheer everyone on at a few stopping points along the way as I commandeered the Honda Odyssey sag wagon.|
|Jason dismounts, smiling a bit bigger thanks to his cushy new biker shorts with extra padding.|
|John and Steve trek in across the Wabash trail. John (from Kenya) is a fellow architect and running partner while Steve (from around the corner) keeps the technology running.|
|The crew coasts into Emerson.|
|Live Well Omaha guru, Madison.|
|Her boyfriend Scott.|
|Steve's looking strong.|
|Only appropriate that Ben, organizer of Omaha's own B Cycle program, should join us for the day.|
|Jason pauses to fuel up with a banana as Lynn and Steve look on. Lynn and Steve share office space (and swap stories of coyotes) with Jason in Red Oak. They were kind enough to help pick up people and bikes half way through.|
|Kylie says, "Say Cheese!"|
|Back in Red Oak, a group assembled around the main square, waiting for the bikers to arrive. As luck would have it, we even had local musical entertainment.|
|Talia blows some bubbles as she waits.|
|Daric, Jason's Iowa cohort, fires up the grill.|
|Here's Daric's wife Jill, pictured with two of their three gorgeous daughters. Jill and Daric were great Red Oak hosts, especially when it came to organizing the food.|
|Eli plays with a few bubbles of his own...|
|...then decides he needs a drink.|
|Meanwhile, NomiAnn does her best to keep Annika out of the fountain. We were so thankful that she and Papa K babysat all morning and came out for the barbecue in the afternoon. We never could have made it work without their help.|
|At long last, the group makes it in to Red Oak.|
|Huge smiles all around.|
|The delicious barbecue was the perfect finale.|