O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies  (Original poem by Katharine Bates, adapted by Debbie French)

O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain;
For purple mountains majesties above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown they good with brotherhood, from sea to shinning sea.

O beautiful for spacious dreams, for bucket lists and more
For the Southern Tier of the U-S-A, and time to go explore
Arlene and John, Arlene and John, your dream became our own
And armed with maps, for days on end, our country we did roam

O beautiful for spacious roads, for surfaces chip-rock free
For shoulders minus rumble strips, respectful 18-wheelers and RV’s
Arlene and John, Arlene and John, a memorable trip you planned so well
And from coast to coast we cycled on, collecting stories to re-tell

O beautiful for spacious rooms, for clean hotels and in-house laundry
For yoga time and hot tub baths, and happy hour by four-thirty
Arlene and John, Arlene and John, our accommodations were diverse
And although the El Camino was a low, Fort Hancock was voted worst

O beautiful for spacious meals, for TexMex and bowls of Gumbo
For dark green lettuce and salty fries, and Haagen Das to go
Arlene and John, Arlene and John, we ate and ate some more
And on rest days searched for healthy foods to restock our traveling store

O beautiful for spacious love, for Blog writers and Blog readers
For family and friend support, and the dream of our two amazing leaders
Arlene and John, Arlene and John, a thank you seems so lame
So with gratitude for all you’ve done, a donation is being given in your name

From your fellow See 2 Seas riders.

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6 Responses to O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

  1. marilou duke says:

    Thanks Debbie for this fitting anthem! and to Dan for getting a copy to us. (I was wanting all the time you recited to give you background humming! I actually love that song. A good choral piece for rich voices.)

  2. suzanne owayda says:

    I love it!! I assume that your ride is complete!! Congratulations to all of you – we certainly lived vicariously through your travels and maybe some day we will join one of your trips (need to get these boys out on their own first – we are making progress – I believe 3 college apps have been sent and received!!).

    The blog writers were terrific – I know how difficult writing is after a long day and happy hour. Looking forward to dinner with the McLaren’s and hearing about more of your adventures.

    Lots of love – Suzanne and Solomon!!

  3. Jackie says:

    Good work, Dad!

  4. Marcy Balter says:

    Nice work, Debbie–a jock and a poet and so so much more. I am in awe of the whole group! Marcy

  5. Tony Davies says:

    Debbie, I did not realize that you are a poet, on top of your nursing skills, and athletic prowess in cycling and tennis. The Renaissance woman! I want to hear about your experience first-hand. Tony.

  6. Kathy Smith says:


    Its a perfect verse in both the original form as well as your fitting adaptation to celebrate your journey from Sea to Shining Sea.

    Love from your vicarious travelers,

    Kathy & Bill

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