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Sam’s Ride for Peace Day 3 Tuesday, May 1st

The Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring, VA

With farewell waves from our host Connie Moss and her daughter Rose, Sam’s Ride for Peace pedaled north toward Gum Spring, fortified by Connie’s hearty breakfast.  With fair skies and a fine tailwind, Sam, Joe and Fred made good time pedaling to Amelia where they stopped for lunch.

That’s where Michael Davis caught up with Sam.  Michael, aka “Micky Dee” is a Viet Nam Vet who chased the Ride for Peace from his home in Hillsborough, NC.  Mike is a poet/artist/blogger (see and his fresh legs added energy to the ride.  Our support drivers, Ted Zeller and Wally Ewalt split up to drive Mike’s pick up toward Gum Spring so Mike could join the bicyclers.

Our 1st volunteer host in Gum Spring, Shepherd Johnson, met us in down town Gum Spring to photograph the cyclists’ arrival.  It was Shepherd that introduced Sam to Deon Abrams, one of the proprietors of the Grayhaven Winery.  Deon was attending a dinner at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, but his wife Max, son Azra and Max’s parents Chuck and Lynn Peple gave Sam and his crew a grand reception that included a wine tasting for the parched bicyclers.

We brought 2 volumes to contribute to the Grayhaven’s library.  “The Military Industrial Complex at 50,” edited by David Swanson is a collection of papers presented at the Charlottesville Conference last September.  Chuck Peple, himself an accomplished author and artist, is presently reading the Nuremberg Papers recounting the trial of Nazi Germany leaders following the end of WW II.  The Nuremberg Trials were based on Germany’s violations of the Kellogg-Briand Treaty which outlawed war in 1929.  (See Swanson’s “When the World Outlawed War.”)

The other book contributed to the Grayhaven Winery was Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa by Kenneth Broun.  Deon Abrams, a native South African, had catered an event at Montpelier earlier this year that featured a dramatic presentation of “A Conversation Between Nelson Mandela and James Madison.”  The drama featured a dialogue between Madison, a substantial contributor to the writing of the US Constitution and Mandela, a principal author of the new South African Constitution, hailed as a model for emerging democratic movements across North Africa as a result of the Arab Spring.

Chuck Peple and Sam shared recollections of their times spent on Okinawa, Sam during WW II, Chuck in the 50’s.

Max served up a grand dinner under the magnificent Maple tree.

Day 3 of Sam’s Ride for Peace was in the books.  Next overnight stop in Culpeper, then Middleburg and Leesburg, on the way to the Rally for Peace at Lafayette Park in Washington DC, 2:00pm Saturday, May 5.

Reporting by John Heuer

Michael Davis, Sam Winstead, Bert Gurganus, Joe Winstead, Fred Mauney and John Heuer-  Photo by Shepherd Johnson

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