Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Farewell to our Ollie - always on a Wild Ride

Stop and enjoy the little things in life, and always get One More Flower Photo!

This ride for me is not so much about the destination as it is about the journey and the realization of a dream. Other than the headwinds in Kansas, I’m seeking to savor and enjoy the whole American experience…every museum, every flower, every yard sale, every “flea” market, every fruit stand, every parade. In other words; EFI…”Every Fantastic Inch”.

Dad finished his Wild Ride on June 4th, on a beautiful Kentucky road.  He probably noticed the groups of Tiger Lilies on the side of the road, and the beautiful barn on the top of the grassy hill - and I imagine he heard the birds above.  Maybe these are the things that distracted him as he rode his bike through the beautiful Kentucky countryside.  I believe he had a huge grin on his face.

We don't know what made him crash.  He was ahead of the group and no one saw his fall.  This was the end of Dad's journey across the USA and the end of his magnificent journey in life.  It's somewhat cliche, but he DID die something he loved.  He was with new friends, he had just turned 71 yrs old, he had just passed the milestone of his last crash, and he was enjoying EFI - Every Fantastic Inch.

He died in Kentucky, surrounded by his family.  We thank God for loaning Ollie to us, to teach us how to enjoy EFI of life.  Dad lived life to the fullest, the absolute Maximum.  He did what he loved - and he knew how lucky he was to be able to do it.  Dad gave more than he took from this world, and we are all better for it. 

His Celebration will be held on June 22nd - 6pm, at the Chico Elk Lodge, in Chico CA.  His life is to be celebrated with friends who want to remember Ollie as he was - an inspiration.  We invite each and every one of you to come laugh and cry with us, and say goodbye to Ollie.  We hope to see you then!

Thanks for the push Dad, we'll take it from here.

Jake, Erin, Pam Scheideman

Start the day with a smile and a wave!

Dad's New Cycling Pals....still knocking it out!
Follow them as they Cross the USA

His lovely yard art

His Birthday with Nicole

Always with the girls

Happy Birthday Dad!  71 yrs old

1 comment:

  1. Lovely photo's of ollie. Really enjoyed reading his blog & his adventure. It's interesting to see the trip through someone else's eyes. I'm glad I had the chance to get to you know.