According to an article from Cris Barrish over at Newsworks, former Delaware Governor Jack Markell is going on a journey across America!
Markell is going on a bike ride across the USA in an effort to raise funds for a charity.
Markell has no official role with Motivate the First State Group, but by riding across the United States he is “simply offering his help” to get more people “engaging in healthy behavior” to assist charities, spokeswoman Lauren Golt said Thursday.
Out of all the things I predicted for Markell in his life after office, this was the last thing I would have predicted. I could have sworn he would have gotten involved in something with education. But I like this better. He leaves from Astoria, Oregon on June 18th. I can think of several people he can take with him but some of them will be very busy trying to pass a state budget. But Markell can pull a Forrest Gump and keep going back and forth, back and forth. Isn’t State Senator David Sokola big on bicycling?
On April 26th, Markell will give details about his cross-country ride and also something called the “Training With Jack Challenge”. I have to wonder what the standards for his initiative will be? Will he accept rigorous standards in the evaluations based on his training? Will there be standardized tests to measure the worth of the program?
In all seriousness though, it is no secret Jack and I didn’t see eye-to-eye on education. But I do see this as a worthwhile cause and I wish him safe travels on his journey.