Bret Waszkiewicz wrote -
During the course of my brief 4 years with the Forest Service as a Wildland Firefighter I have experienced more than I could have ever imagined. The past fire season in particular was especially demanding. Unfortunately, as is true every year, firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. A few of these losses were firefighters I knew personally. While I and the firefighting community continue to overcome these losses it is undoubtedly more difficult for the families and loved ones of the departed. Thinking about the difficulties of these families is what led me to contact the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is an organization which provides continued support for the families of firefighters who lost their lives. I strongly believe that the support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation provides is crucial to the families who have experienced loss in order for them to land back on their feet. I began to wonder what I could do personally to help support a cause I feel passionately about. I decided that I wanted to ride my bike across the United States to raise money and awareness for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. So I began to devise a plan. The route will begin in Miami, Florida and end in Manhattan Beach, California primarily along what is referred to as the "Southern Tier" cycling route. The total mileage for this route is 3,489 miles. The goal is to average 180 miles per day which will result in the entire trip taking about 20 days. Riding self-supported with what I can carry on my bike and back I will start the journey on April 2, 2016. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.