But the coolest thing about this whole effort is what happened midway through the week when Josh M. (I call him Dump Truck) got this message via Facebook:
I am the brother law of Beppe, and uncle of Rebecca Maino, I heartily thank you for everything you are doing for my dear Beppe.
I learned from Rebecca that you've to remember hat Beppe and with the proceeds of sales, to be able to remove those damn poles on the road bike.
I love the United States for this your great heart and courage.
I ask you a favor.
Rebecca, along with many other Italian cycling friends would buy this hat.
Please let me know how we can buy this memory of Beppe and help the cause you're fighting.
I thank you in advance
Now I don't usually well up when reading anything on Facebook unless I start to think about all the time I'm wasting, but this really got to me.It made me remember that Giuseppe was a person and a friend - not a cause or a movement. Thanks for helping to honor the memory of our friend.
In other news, the roads we'll use are being scouted and look good. Cool swag is showing up all the time, and we're right on schedule to light this candle on June 16th. See you then, right?