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Lance Armstrong, Greg Lemond are Eddie Merckx are all biking legends. But there's a name missing from that list: Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. In Emmanuel's Gift, an inspiring sports documentary, Oprah Winfrey narrates the true story of a boy born with a severely deformed right leg in Ghana, where locals believe a handicap is a curse from the deities (and where ten percent of the population is disabled). Rather than resign himself to a life of begging and poverty, Emmanuel shines shoes for $2 a day and then, masters riding a bicycle with one leg. Our kids were awed by Emmanuel's 600 mile ride across Ghana to prove to himself, and his country, that disabled people are capable of great achievement. From international coverage of Emmanuel's solo effort, wonderful things happen: he competes in a triathalon in the US, receives a free surgery for a prosthetic limb, and eventually returns to Ghana as a hero. Now, using his fame to serve as a champion for the disabled, Emmanuel's journey as a man who will make a difference is just beginning. Our very definition of a modern legend.
Summer brings back bicycle memories of our hometowns. Learning to master a two wheeler was a challenge (who hasn't left some skin on the asphalt as a badge of honor?) and finally being granted permission to travel somewhere by bicycle -- alone -- was a milestone of growing up. Riding off to visit friends, or the town pool, we had our first taste of freedom. Riding a bike is first step towards independence and we are sure this is why kids can't get enough. Biking together is a summer staple, and we love to plan bike adventures as a family. Our kids love to ride along the beach paths of Southern California, and don their helmets rapidly if the words "trail riding" are mentioned. A favorite treat for a summer's evening is to set up a sprinkler in the street and cruise (repeatedly) through the falling water. Kids know -- the journey is definitely more important than the destination.
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Take a Family Bike Ride
Age Recommendation: all ages
Time Allotment: five minutes to five hours