This morning and early afternoon John and Tyler rode 50 miles, along the Shuylkill River Trail, from Philadelphia past Valley Forge.  This ride takes John beyond his goal of 3,500 miles of cycling and walking across the country! His total walking and cycling miles are 3,542.  

The mileage goal was reached close to where the Declaration of Independence was written and where it was signed and adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

The mileage goal was reached close to where the founders of our republic decided that the Articles of Confederation could not be revised.  Instead they drafted a new document that would create an entirely new kind of government:  “All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution. Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected–directly by the people or by the state legislators. The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.”  Please use this link to learn much more:

We all have many reasons to celebrate our citizenship!




5 Comments for this entry

  • Arlene Harris
    June 7th, 2012

    As San Diego High comes to a close of this academic year, know we are thrilled to have been the start of your journey and have enjoyed your adventures. Best wishes for the successful end of your ride in the very near future!

    Arlene Harris and the class of 2012

  • Judy Schubert
    June 5th, 2012

    I’m not surprised but am celebrating the Ecksteins as I read this today! What a feat and it isn’t over yet!!! You four are amazing and we can’t wait to hear the stories firsthand. Stay safe and enjoy coasting from now until NYC. You are THE BEST!!

  • Nancy Haas
    June 4th, 2012

    Congratulations, John, and thank you for your dedication – that includes the whole team. How many people can say that they have reached such a lofty goal and one that will help so many students and teachers as you all have? What you all have done is unbelievable. As Diane says, we all have many reasons to celebrate our citizenship.

  • Jennifer Eckstein
    June 4th, 2012

    Mazel Tov Dad! I am really proud of you. I look forward to seeing you very soon.

  • Tamara Hogsett
    June 3rd, 2012

    Congrats Tyler and John for surpassing your goals for cycling and walking. WAY TO GO!

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