Claire, through her kindness, delight in adventure and willingness
to take risks, has been the inspiration for Daves decision
to undertake this road trip.
Claire OMara (pictured in yellow) is Daves
great aunt. She is an Ursuline nun who, at 88, now lives
in a retirement community in Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.
For most of her adult life, she was an educator and
missionary in Latin America and in the Bronx. She dedicated
herself to working with the poor and less fortunate
wherever she was. She was always steadfast in her commitment
to her beliefs and values. In 1995, New Rochelle College
honored her, along with Rosa Parks, as a Woman
Claire visited Dave and his mother every few years.
They both found her to be funny and always exciting.
She was interested in Daves social life, his education
and sports. She encouraged him to follow his dreams,
do good work and try to have fun. Once, prior to a school
dance, she attempted to bring him up to speed on ballroom
dancing (it was fun for both, but he still has 2 left
feet). She continues to be one of Daves biggest
Though he enjoys staying physically fit, he has no delusions
of becoming the next Lance Armstrong. As of March 5th,
Dave probably hadnt been on a road bike for more
than five miles during the last 15 years. He has spent
the recent weeks preparing on a stationary bike at a
local gym. After choosing to leave his current employment,
Dave wants to accomplish five things with his time off:
1. Make time for reflection
2. Raise money for charity (find out why you should
3. Get involved in something bigger than he
4. Involve friends and family
5. See parts of America he hasnt seen before
(pictured on the right - yes, he is quite a bit older
now and will not be riding a Huffy) lives in San Francisco
and is obviously unemployed.
Team Following Claire
thanks to all of those involved in making Following
Claire a reality.
Team Following Claire can use a few more members of
its team. Here are a number of ways you can help out:
- Put Dave up for the night when he rides through your
- Ride along with Dave during a leg of his trip. A bike
is available and all you need to bring are your seat,
pedals and fresh legs.
- Drive the Team Following Claire car alongside Dave.
- Have dinner with Dave. Dave is only riding in the
mornings and will have lots of time in the afternoon/evening
to eat. Get to know him, he is a great guy.
- Help to generate press with your local media as he
rides through your town.
- Of course, the easiest way to support is to make