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Jim Rudnicki

Words fail me upon reading this post. Myh condolences and heartfelt support as the trek continues.

Charles Mitchelmore

What heart-breaking news, Bill. Ann's right, of course, but that doesn't make it any easier. Our thoughts and wishes are with you in a now even more difficult task.


Chuck and Laurana


My most sincere condolences to the family of that rider. I recently lost my father but we had a few weeks warning before he went, I imagine it would be even harder not having had a warning.

It's very true that we regret the things we didn't do in life more than the things we did. Even if he didn't make it to the finish, I think it should bring some comfort that he was living his dream.

If the family allows it, please share any info regarding the rider when appropriate. We're a dedicated community, and I'd think a few of us would like to express our condolences...

kurt ribak

The victim, Phil B. Smith, was a much beloved figure on the WELL, one of the earliest (and still extant) online communities. He will be sorely missed.

He was known as a very entertaining guy, a very nice guy, and a devoted father.

Scott Mauvais

I only met him f2f twice, maybe three times but I always enjoyed reading his words. I learned so many things about topics that I didn't even know I was interested in.

Such a loss...

Safe passage, pbs.

Ron Blair

My sincere condolences to the family of the lost rider and to you and your co-riders. I read your blog and enjoy it. My you all continue to the end safely.


Rich Thomas

Jeez Bill, what a disaster! Please show some Day-Glo, fore and aft. Rich

Mark Ballock


I'm very sorry to hear about the death of your fellow rider on this trip. Please give his family my condolences. It brings home how vulnerable riders are on the highways. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your group as you continue your journey.

Ride Long and Ride Safe

Mark Ballock


A couple of days ago on my tour an oncoming car four lanes away targeted me, swerving across the wide road and turning to keep pointed at me as I undertook evasive maneuvers. As long as the legal system fosters the perception that targeting bicyclists is without consequences such needless tragedies will continue unabated.

Linda Martinez

Condolences to Phil's family and to all of you who shared his sense of excitement and adventure on this trip. We all know we're vulnerable on our bikes so we have to be careful but still, there is no better way to experience our nation than from the seat of your bike. Take care, everyone, and savor the moment

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