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Richard Propes at Southport Christian Church

The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour: October 1-13, 2014

 

In celebration of the Tenderness Tour's 25th Anniversary in 2014, on October 1st (my birthday!) I'll kick off what I am announcing as my final long-distance Tenderness Tour with a series of events throughout Northern Indiana. After much contemplation over how best to do this tour, I decided I wanted to create an event that celebrates my home state of Indiana. Thus, I will start in Lake County, Indiana and will follow a path all the way back to Indianapolis BUT instead of simply wheeling along the highways I will be organizing events on officially designated biking and hiking trails in each county I visit. I'll actually put in more mileage, but will be able to do more effective outreach and have my own health/safety be a bit more easily tracked. Here's the plan for the 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour!

  • October 1, 2014: Day 1 (Start at 1pm)
    I will travel just over 10 miles along the Prairie-Duneland Trail that will take me from Lake County into Porter County in Northern Indiana
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD: Crew: Valerie Lambert; Overnight Accommodations: TBD; Appearances: TBD
  • October 2, 2014: Day 2 (Start at 9am)
    I will travel 26 miles along the Michigan City Loop-Loop, a path from LaPorte to Michigan City.
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew: Valerie Lambert; Overnight Accommodations: TBD; Appearances: TBD
  • October 3, 2014: Day 3 (Start at 9am)
    South Bend - St. Joseph County Trails starting at Darden Road to Riverside Trail to Angela Boulevard to East Bank Rail Trail to East Bank Walkway to Northside Riverwalk to Mishawaka Riverwalk. - Approximate mileage of 15 miles or so. I'm already booked for a speaking appearance in nearby Goshen this evening with the Anabaptist Disabilities Network (more details soon). 
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew: Melissa Troyer; Overnight Accommodations: TBD; Appearances: Featured Speaker at special event for the Anabaptist Disabilities Network in Goshen, IN (Details Coming Soon!)
  • October 4, 2014: Day 4 (Start at 9am)
    Elkhart County's Pumpkin Vine Trail including Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana. Approximately 25 miles.
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew: Melissa Troyer; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances; TBD
  • October 5, 2014: Day 5 (Start at 9am)
    Kosciusko County's Winona Lake Trail - 15 miles (difficult terrain at times).
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant; TBD; Crew: TBD; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances; TBD
  • October 6, 2014: Day 6 (Start at 9am)
    Day 6: Wabash County Bike Trail (Section from N. Manchester, Indiana to Wabash, IN). Exact mileage TBD.
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew: TBD; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances: TBD
  • October 7, 2014: Day 7 (Start at 9am)
    Grant County Section of Cardinal Greenway (including Marion and Gas City - Approximately 7.5 miles).
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew; TBD; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances; TBD
  • October 8, 2014: Day 8 (Start at 9am)
    Kokomo's "Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence." (Mileage TBD - Noted to be "several miles."
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew: TBD; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances; TBD
  • October 9, 2014: Day 9 (Start at 9am)
    Frankfort, Indiana's Wesley Manor Trail, Eastside Park Trail, and Circle Park Trail. Mileage just over 17 miles.
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew; Victor Smith; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances: TBD
  • October 10, 2014: Day 10 (Start at 9am)
    Boone County's Farm Heritage Trail from Thorntown to Lebanon. Approximately 10 miles (7 unpaved).
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant; TBD; Crew: Sarah Kennedy; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances; TBD
  • October 11, 2014: Day 11 (Start at 9am)
    Hamilton County Monon Trail (stop in Carmel; Mileage TBD)
    Roadie: Lisa Stewart; Assistant; TBD; Crew; TBD; Overnight Accommodations; TBD; Appearances; TBD
  • October 12, 2014: Day 12 (Start at 9am)
    Take Monon Trail into Indianapolis down to where it all began at 345 Mass Avenue and celebrate "the last mile."
    Roadie: TBD; Assistant: TBD; Crew; TBD; Overnight Accommodations: N/A; Appearances; TBD


Special events will be held throughout The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour with several already in the works. I also plan to plant trees throughout the Tenderness Tour as I begin my effort to plant a tree in memory of every child listed on One Million...This will also, I hope, allow the The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour to have walkers/bikers/wheelers in many states and countries around the world!

Join Richard for "The Extra Mile" by Creating a Worldwide Tenderness Tour

When I first started planning for the 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour, I had my heart set on one of two things - 1) Completing another Tenderness Tour just like the first one of 41 days and 1086 miles or 2) Finally achieving one of my biggest dreams and heading out on a cross-country Tenderness Tour.

Then, reality began to sink in. As someone who has wildly outlived my life expectancy, I simply knew that physically I could never adequately prepare for such intense efforts. After much thinking, consulting with friends, prayer and reflection, I began to envision the current 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour BUT with a twist that invites my many longtime friends, sponsors, and supporters from around the world to become involved in what I'm affectionately calling "The Extra Mile."

The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour was originally scheduled to end when I arrive in downtown Indianapolis on October 12th. Then, I had the opportunity come up to end the tour at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana on October 13th (Columbus Day). For those who don't know, it was at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana where it all began 25 years ago. It seems the perfect place to end. So, I'm asking you to join me for this "extra mile" as I stop in downtown Indy on the 12th and then wheel on up to Prevent Child Abuse Indiana on the morning of the 13th.

In partnership with Crowdrise, I'm giving you the opportunity to participate in the 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour from wherever you live by simply pledging to walk one mile either on October 13th "with" me or sometime during the Tenderness Tour AND you can set up your own fundraising page to raise money for your own favorite non-profit! My goal is to recruit at least 1,000 walkers/rollers raising at least $25.00 for a children's organization. I'd love to see how many U.S. states and how many countries we can get represented here!

To add a challenge to it, the top 3 fundraising organizations will receive funds from the upcoming "Give a Girl a Chance, Vol. 2" benefit CD in addition to all the funds raised on the Tenderness Tour:

1st Place - 50% of all profits from Give a Girl a Chance, Vol. 2

2nd Place - 30% of all profits from Give a Girl a Chance, Vol. 2

3rd Place - 20% of all profits from Give a Girl a Chance, Vol. 2

To get you started, I've pre-selected eight potential organizations for you to join their "teams" or you can start your own. Please make sure you know the organization's EIN# to make sure you're raising funds for the intended organization.