Hello, my name is Parry Skinner, and on April 1st, I am going to ride across America on a bike with my dad, Thomas Skinner. At the moment, that is all I can think about. Every morning I get up, get dressed, if I remember then I’ll eat some breakfast, then I’m out riding my bike around my part of the city.
My dad battles Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) every second of every day, so I have a pretty good idea as to why the success of our mission is so important to him. I know his heart goes out to all of the returning veterans and all of their families that have to go what he goes through. This is why he has put together his presentation, “What Comes After Welcome Home?” In his presentation, he tells some of his own story and what he is currently going through, but more importantly, he presents veterans, friends, and family with the resources they need to help reintegrate successfully after deployment.
My dad bought me my first bike when I was about five years old. A few months later, the training wheels came off, and after many scraped knees and elbows, I was riding every day. I have been riding casually ever since then. So needless to say, I’m no stranger to riding a bike. But I must say, now that I have started to train for the Awareness Adventure 2012, my appreciation of the ride has gone to a whole new level. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it is an awesome, beautiful feeling, and I cannot wait to see just what America has in store for me!
I know both my dad and I train just about every day, but our experiences on our rides are totally different. A day when he climbs a large 1,000 ft hill may be a day that I decide to take a ride down in southern Louisiana and see some gators in the swamp. It’s just awesome to think that pretty soon, this is what I’m going to be doing every day. I’ll be seeing new things, riding with my dad, and helping soooo many people out.
I’m not really sure what this trip has in store for me and my dad, but I do know one thing. It’s going to be awesome!