James Dobson’s mother completes her late son’s bike ride from Dover to San Diego
After tragically losing her son three years ago, Cindy Dobson, 57, is on a mission to complete James Dobson’s cross-country cycling trip from Dover, New Hampshire to San Diego.
James was killed in November 2018 after being struck by a car beside a Mississippi highway as he cycled across the country to raise funds to help children with cancer. He has traveled nearly 1,500 miles with another 1,800 miles to go.
James had left Dover on his recumbent trike on October 1, during what he called his Positive Vibes tour. His goal was to travel 60 miles a day to raise $ 10,000 for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Children’s Hospital. Following the news of Dobson’s death, his CHAD GoFundMe page far exceeded the goal of $ 10,000, ultimately raising more than $ 126,000 for CHAD, according to his mother.
Cindy Dobson now plans to pick up her trip where it left off on November 8, calling it “The Final Positive Vibes Tour”. She bought a bus and asks a friend to take her with her bike to Hattiesburg, MS, where she will start where he was killed and return to a safer route to continue her 1,900 mile journey. to San Diego. Her bus will follow her and become her return trip to New England once the trip is over.
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“I have a lot of miles to cycle,” said Dobson. “It’s easy to get discouraged and think ‘I don’t know if I can do this’, but when I see her picture, I remember why I’m doing this. I’m ending his journey because I know that if he was alive he wouldn’t have let anything stop him from completing it, even if it meant going the rest of the way.
Remember the last words of his son
Dobson said she would never forget the knock on her door at 5:30 p.m. on the day of her death, when three state police officers came to tell her the most devastating news of her life. She thought back to the last conversation they had had a few days before his death, where they were talking about the future and he had said “I still love you, Mom”, before hanging up.
Dobson lives in Lebanon, Maine, where his son was living at the time of his death, although he has ties to Dover and around the coast. His journey is less about ending his son’s death than about completing what he started. She also hopes to find some peace for herself along the way.
“People think that wanting to shut up means you want to forget about your son. No, I could never forget it, ”Dobson said. “A mother is not supposed to bury her children, and nothing is the same without him. Grieving is a horrible thing to go through, but I want to keep smiling. I wanna keep all of him alive, you know? He may not be here physically, but spiritually he is here.
Dobson said his son is known for his infectious smile, big heart and upbeat and positive attitude. His son recounted his adventures on his Youtube channel, always ending each video with the phrase “Stay happy, stay humble and above all make everyone smile. Those words became her motivator, and she got it tattooed on her arm.
Keeping the legacy of his son alive
James was well known in the Dover community for his work helping nonprofits and homeless people in the community by making mittens, hats and scarves to hand out while it was colder outside. He was an entrepreneur, professional football player in Europe with the Polish American Football League and co-owner of Next Level Sports, LLC.
“He made an impression on everyone he met and made an impact everywhere he went,” said Dobson. “A couple he met in Georgia at a store were two of more than 600 people who came to his funeral. I’ll always be proud of the kind of man he was.
Dobson has several sponsors for his trip and is currently seeking donations to help cover the costs of accommodation, food and transportation. Like her son, she will document her adventures online. The information is at thefinalpositivevibestour.com.
She expects it will take three months for her to complete the last leg of her trip to San Diego.
“I don’t let another year go by without taking this trip, it’s something that I feel I have to do,” Dobson said. “I know he will be with me all the way.”