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  • Writer's pictureMel Dick

Vulcan and a New Spare Tire for Bob

Short but challenging day....only 57 miles. Lots of hills and more heat. Really didn't expect such steep hills in Birmingham Alabama and the time it would take to ride through the city. Some great scenery this morning. Picked up a spare tire for Bob...made him carry the tire and he complained the entire time. Great shot of the skyline of Birmingham after taking a wrong turn and ending up on one of the freeways. Finally got off the freeway only to end up on a monster hill that was too steep to climb on the bike. After pushing the bike and Bob up the hill, much to my surprise when I looked up I was face to face with the The Vulcan statue, the city symbol of Birmingham, reflecting its roots in the iron and steel industry. The 56-foot tall statue depicts the Roman god Vulcan, god of the fire and forge. It was created as Birmingham's entry for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World's Fair) in St. Louis, Missouri. The statue is the world's largest iron-ore statue, and among the nation's tallest. Lastly, picture behind the front desk at the motel I am staying at tonight. Thought it was appropriate given my journey.

Yesterday I mentioned the Book Trust as one of Youth Services programs that the Sandpoint Rotary Club supports. Today, I'd like to share another Youth Service program we support....the annual granting of scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Last year we awarded $15,000 in college and vocational scholarships to local graduating seniors. Over the years we have granted thousands of dollars of scholarships helping many students advance their education after high school. Again, I'm riding to help raise funds for our Youth Services programs that we would normally raise from other annual fundraisers which have been cancelled for the year due to COVID. Thanks for your generous support.

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