Many of you following the blog of Chris and my bike trip across America have either met or knew of my Father-in-law, Warren Smith. Also know affectionately by his family and close friends as Chief. On Saturday, July 7th, Chief passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease and most recently from complications arising from a broken hip. My wife, Cindy, her sister Stephanie, my Mother-in law, Sue Lynn and all of his other family and friends will miss Chief’s quick wit, dry sense of humor and his love of sports and the outdoors. As I was riding my bike today, I thought of Chief a lot and knew it was the kind of day he would have loved. Beautiful mountains, heart pumping exercise and actually seeing a pair of Buffalo walking down the middle of the highway would have been right up his alley. I know the progression of his illness was very frustrating for him because it limited his ability to participate in and enjoy the things he loved most in life. When I took this picture this morning, It made me think that the heavens were opening up to welcome Chief home. While it’s a sad time for our family and we are grieving his loss, we also know that his body was simply no longer able to go on and his spirit is in a better place. He leaves a great legacy of family and friends and he will be missed. Chief, this ride is for you!!
Chief, this ride is for you!!