Earle Wakeford - The Humble Man of Steel
Two days after we finished the Freedom Challenge Earle called me - his ankle was broken, diagnosed by a doctor who couldn't believe he'd been riding and carrying a bike on it for close on two weeks. That's how tough Earle was - hard as nails - yet under the tough guy hood was a humble, down-to-earth friend who had loyalty and love written on his heart. He loved being part of the team, pushing himself, loving people and loving God.
Over the three weeks we rode together I got to thoroughly enjoy Earle's company and appreciate his unique character - a Mine Rescuer who had served in the Rhodesian Army he was not short of stories! Some of my best moments on the Freedom Challenge were late in the day, sun going down, tired and dirty, riding alongside Earle talking about life and its infinite number of simple and complex issues. Our backgrounds are quite different yet there was always stuff we had in common.
We spoke of doing it together again some day but I guess we'll need to park that idea for now.
Thanks Earle for sharing the heart of the Freedom Challenge that we all love.