Monday, October 18, 2010

Veteran makes Greenway his mission

Al Melvin and your blogger, John.
I had the opportunity over the weekend to spend a few hours with Albert Melvin, who had just clicked off 55 miles on his ride down Florida's portion of the East Coast Greenway.  You could say that his bike ride amounts to a mission of building awareness about several needs and causes.

Al originally caught my attention with his interest in the recreational potential of the Greenway, a conceptual 3,000-mile trail connecting the cities of the Eastern Seaboard.  As we got better acquainted, this Vietnam veteran shared his concern for the many who served and never found their way into the caring network that we ordinarily suppose awaits those who can't turn to just anyone about what happened.  He's no preacher about any of it, but with a cup of coffee in his hand he's worth your time.  I hope you get to meet him.

Al was southbound from Key Largo this morning, will turn around in Key West and should be back in Miami on the 26th.  Meanwhile, he's blogging at Florida Biking Opportunities.

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