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Me & My DCC Jerseys

Ya know what I like my DCC jerseys ? Everything ! But for starters, it's team issue and they are different. While I see lots of Dolphin gear all over this country, I've never seen another one of these beauties other than at the actualy event. I couldn't wait to get my hands on my very first one.  photo IMG_3713.jpg It's 1st official outing, day 2 of DCC II,....at a solid 240LBS. I knew then I was going to be spending more time on my bike. All the while taking my jersey to new and far away places.  photo IMG_3797.jpg Like White Rock Lake where you can see Downtown Dallas over my shoulder. I have fond memories of my time spent there. It was a beautiful park and there was always countless cyclist, runners, walkers, and regular old park lovers about. 10 miles around it, and hotter than hell that Summer which left me 30 LBS lighter.  photo IMG_0074.jpg Why not take it to Canton and walk in The HOF Parade ??? And visit with Dan Marino,...  photo IMG_5823.jpg  photo IMG_5843.jpg  photo IMG_5877.jpg  photo IMG_5876.jpg In & around NYC prior to Met Life Takeover in 2012,...of course.  photo IMG_6305.jpg  photo IMG_6378.jpg ****FIND & INSERT PIC W/ BIKE IN FRONT OF METLIFE***** The DCC II jersey had some hard miles put on her, so she was retired. Given to a friend who was good enough to give me shelter as we escaped NYC just before a huricane hit. I thought it was going on the wall in his man cave, but I hear it has made its way in his resturant in Richmond, VA. I'm sure Villi will take good care of her.  photo IMG_6403.jpg DCC III, my second and I was ugrading to a full Dolphins cycling kit. For those on the outside, a kit is what cyclist call matching shorts & jersey. And I'll be the first to admit, when I go to pick-up my DCC gear I'm happier than a kid on Christmas !  photo IMG_6531.jpg It appears a trend is starting as I bust it out for,...you guessed it, day two.  photo IMG_6606.jpg A day in which happened to yield some incredible shots,...  photo IMG_6626.jpg  photo IMG_6631.jpg photo IMG_6632.jpg

That was an eventful day, time to hit the locker room,....the Dolphins locker room !  photo IMG_0394.jpg Before you know it the season had ended and we headed West, only to land just outside San Fran just a few miles from a mountain. But not any mountain, Mt Diablo. Which is a bit ironic because "Mad Dog" had another nickname during his time at Michigan,....El Diablo. For those not up on their Ohio State/Michigan history I urge you to research the 1969 game when El Diablo was a senior,....ugh,.... I spent 3 months riding on that mountain. And soon after I arrived a big deal in cycling events happened there, a mountain top finish for stage 7 of The Tour of California.  photo IMG_7714_zpsb2edb1fd.jpg  photo IMG_7710_zps81a41427.jpg  photo IMG_7742_zps223a6bec.jpg  photo IMG_7745_zpsc3cfc102.jpg Go figure,...  photo IMG_7748_zps62ee5df9.jpg I didn't get to the summit on that day, but during my stay out there I did manage to get to the top three times. And let me say this,...the last few hundred yards, The Devils Gatekeeper, is a bitch !!!  photo IMG_0861_zps8ea4235d.jpg photo IMG_0866_zpsd02b3605.jpg  photo IMG_0883_zps95359110.jpg Soon enough we were back home for the end of Summer and the start of Fall. HOF Game weekend, why wouldn't I wear it ? And for that matter why not take the bike too,...  photo IMG_8405_zpscd5ee53e.jpg While riding around I caught the attention of some Dolphins VIP's.  photo tempBANC6538--nfl_mezz_1280_1024_zps53d7e9c2.jpg photo BQ3HtiGCYAAsEZ4jpg-large_zps97ed0aaf.jpg Hell yes, "M" is for Miami !  photo 1077822_10201862445831092_1800149833_o_zps130ee85b.jpg Next Stop,... Cleveland, Ohio. And true be told, I think this jersey is the only thing that saved me from a more severe verbal beating. Thankfully we won !  photo IMG_8959_zpsb511cc9a.jpg  photo IMG_8990_zpsa720a0b9.jpg Indy was everything that Cleveland wasn't. The people where nice and the seats were great. And another big road win !  photo IMG_9029_zps983d6f14.jpg  photo 1265646_10202170442450815_757846281_o_zps303a2122.jpg  photo 1275164_10202168093552094_1596223755_o_zpsa9e34e90.jpg And I bumped into Mr Griese as well.  photo IMG_1030_zpsd8080c9f.jpg Home,...its been fun. However, temps are dropping and I don't own any leg warmers. So I made due with the next best thing.  photo 1375483_10201683501236713_10943150_o_zps11ba27bd.jpg And on that ride, on the Maumee River,...I came across this park. I lived in Toledo my whole life and never even heard of this place. Dolphin karma I tell you,...  photo 1373606_10201683500036683_1752422438_o_zps76ce9c05.jpg And while I didn't wear wear it when I accompanied my Wife on her first ever 5K run, I did carry it along.  photo 90991340-962a-4922-b6f7-3670c1b48384_zps76a3729a.jpg Time has flown by and in one week we will again drive the 1300 miles to Ft Lauderdale. Here I would like to talk about cycling and the team concept. Teams ride together as to go faster propelling one of there members on to victory. But The DCC is a ride and not a race, however the team competition is still in play to see who can raise the most money. Money that will go to The University of Miami's Slyvester Cancer Center. I have always riden the way I train, as a solo rider. That is until this year when I discovered I was drafted on to Team Mad Dog by Micheal Mandich. Asking for donations no matter what the cause is no easy task. Times are tough all over, but we're the lucky ones,....healthy. I have tried to inspire & motivate. I have tried to do my best. Please,...there is no such things as too small of a donation. As little as $1 will make a huge difference. Lets show The Miami Dolphins what the members of The Phinsider can do ! http://ridedcc.racepartner.com/DCC2013/Ohiofinfan4life Thank You, OFF4L PS- bye week sucks,...unless your star D-lineman needs another week and then he comes back against a division rival starting a rookie QB,....then its kinda manageable

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