with the Journey of Hope-it sounded much more exciting than Morganton." Pierce and McArdle, working out of offices hundreds of miles apart, had one month to secure meals, lodging and media coverage for the Journey of Hope. In June, everyone met for the first time in Toledo, Ohio, where they leased three vans for support vehicles. One of the vans broke down 25 miles out of town, a sign of the challenges that would lay ahead. When they arrived in San Diego, they realized one of their crew members was not 21 and could not drive a support vehicle. The team members started calling chapter brothers back home. Fortunately, Dan Raab from Drexel University answered the call and flew out immediately. By the time the team departed from Mission Bay, they had still not met their fund-raising goal and many logistics needed to be finalized. Karlovec, McArdle and Pierce spent countless hours on the phone throughout the summer setting up events and finalizing logistics. Pierce and McArdle were always working a day ahead of the team and often shot into town in advance of the cyclists. After their day's ride, the team often held toll-roads, car washes and other events to help reach the projects fund-raising goals! When asked about the differences between the 1988 and 1998 treks, McArdle explains that the event became more organized with experience. "The 1988 Journey of Hope was almost exclusively student run," she says. "The addition of full time Journey of Hope staff and the return of veteran cyclists helped the project grow." McArdle adds that despite the challenges of 1988 she would (and did) do it all over again. "It was the biggest adventure anyone could possibly have." Pierce, Karlovec, and cyclists Jason Myer, Rick Guest and Steve Wolf all returned to help with the continued sue-
Different in look, but similar in statement -- An '88 rider prepares to continue his trek across the country. cess and growth of the Journey of Hope. Through various roles, and with the support of too many people to name, these four individuals developed the Journey of Hope into what it is today. Kaiser and McArdle both went on to serve as executive directors of Push America. Pierce worked with the Journey of Hope for seven years, and remains involved as a strong supporter of Push America's Gear Up Florida event. Always the entrepreneur, Karlovec currently
runs his own business in Cleveland, Ohio. A picture of the '88 Journey of Hope team still hangs proudly on his wall. "Not a day goes by that I don't think about an experience through Push America," says Karlovec. The Journey of Hope never strays far from the hearts of those who have taken on the challenge. Just ask the 456 l?i Kapps and one Pi Beta Phi who have made the journey! FALL 1998
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