Lockdown Day 27 “Nettuno”

Lockdown Day 27 “Nettuno”

The people that ran the team really seemed like down to earth people, even though they didn’t come pick me up at the airport. Leaving city hall I really got a good look at the center of town which I would learn it is called the piazza in Italian which means the main square in […]

Lockdown Day 26 “Found Charlie”

Lockdown Day 26 “Found Charlie”

March 3, 1982 my mother was taking me out to the Pittsburgh Airport to catch my first flight to New York then after having a lay over until 7pm local I will be off to Italia. I had everything I needed my baseball gear was the most important, some books and a pocket vocabulary of […]

Tell them Charlie sent you Lockdown day 25

Tell them Charlie sent you Lockdown day 25

Back in the winter of 1981 I was finishing up school down at Louisiana State university, when all of sudden I get a phone call from Italy about playing baseball. At the time I had no idea they played baseball here nor did I know anyone that played. I got a phone call from the […]

Ride for the Rangers

Ride for the Rangers

On February 1st, 1944, the 1st and 3rd Ranger Battalions of the U.S. Army conducted a raid behind enemy lines to capture the town of Cisterna, Italy. It is located just 20 Km from the Anzio and Nettuno Beachheads. Of the 767 Rangers involved in the mission, all but 6 men were killed or captured. […]

Christmas Wreaths for the Unknown

Christmas Wreaths for the Unknown

I feel like it was yesterday, the arrival of Team Ride To Finish at the Sicily Rome Cemetery and Memorial at 2:00 PM, May 7th, 2017. After 72 hours of cycling day and night, our team completed their mission to honor the 480 unknown soldiers from World War II! The cyclists celebrated the end of […]

#ridetohonortheunknown by Paul Dougherty

#ridetohonortheunknown by Paul Dougherty

A few days have passed since Team Ride To Finish completed their quest to bring awareness for the 480 unknown soldiers buried in the American Cemetery in Nettuno Italy. I had a great deal of respect for these men before we left Tony’s grandfather’s hometown of Solarino, Sicily and rode 1000 Km (miles) to Nettuno, […]

Our Finest Journey

Our Finest Journey

Life has many difficult surprises in store for most of us. How many times have we asked ourselves why? God why  me? Sooner or later in our life we will have to confront a disease, loosing a family member, your father, mother, brother, sister. Imagine loosing a child in a far off land and not […]

Not Hiding, #ridetohonortheunknown

Not Hiding, #ridetohonortheunknown

Starting to think seriously about the endeavour that I am going to take on. Up until now the thought of riding from Sicily to Nettuno seemed long away but now as spring is upon us here in Nettuno , May 4 is approaching reality is setting in. We will be riding for those Americans who […]