Yesterday marked the beginning of a new year and the first year of my life without my dad. He was diagnosed with ALS in October of 2016 and died peacefully at home this past November. It has been an interesting time as I deal with my father’s death and the impact he had on my life. The sadness peaks through when I’m not expecting it. I was in his garage and looking at his tools realized they would never be used by my him again. Yesterday I took part in the Spoke-n-Sport New Year’s Day Ride and thought of him through out the ride as riding his bike was something important to him and something we had planned on doing together during his retirement in Sioux Falls. I’m planning on tackling the biggest ride of my life to honor dad this summer.