Today, while many of us are at work, Carl McDonald is doing an important job that will bring him no paycheck; Carl is somewhere near Saratoga, Wyoming on the seat of his bicycle, on his way across America. He and his sister Sallie are biking across the country in memory of his daughter--and Sallie's niece--Carlie, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1998 when she was just five years old.
"We will ride in the memory of warmer summers. Each day will be dedicated to those whose lives are affected by the preventable crime of drunk driving. Each pedal stroke, each turn of the tire, will be from two who carry a very personal loss of our own."
Today's miles, for example, are in honor Eric Robbins, an Army veteran and volunteer firefighter who was just 23 when he was killed by a drunk driver in September 1997.
Carl has been working to stop drunk driving throughout his career. He retired as Lieutenant in the Wyoming State Patrol, and he currently serves as the manager of national law enforcement initiatives for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). He has taken an unpaid leave of absence from MADD to complete this memorial trip.
I encourage you to read their blog to keep up with their thoughts and travels; Carl's Father's Day entry was particularly poignant because he and Sallie were passing through territory he thinks of as "Carlie's Mountains." On warmersummers.com, you can also learn about the many different victims of drunk driving they are honoring along the way.
I also appreciate the kind comments and memories shared by their blog readers, including family members and loved ones of the victims they have honored. Although it's just the two of them on the road, it's clear that Carl and Sallie are far from alone.
Thank you, Carl, and thank you, Sallie, for the important work you're doing. We at DOT wish you good riding.