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September, 2009:

A Great Ride for a Good Cause

I had a wet, muddy, and fabulous time this past weekend in the MS Bike, a fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  It took me a little under 5 hours to bike the 70 miles from Hope to Seward on Saturday.  It rained lightly off and on the whole day but overall it was not too bad.  The food stops were great (eggs & sausages, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, quesadillas) and the volunteers were fantastic.  My wife Ruth came down with me and drove along the way, and I would her every so often on the road.

 

I felt pretty good that night in Seward, not really sore at all.  Well, my tune changed Sunday morning during the ride out of Seward.  For the first couple of miles, which are flat, my knees were killing me. I was dreading the first big hill and what seemed like a long day to come.  But I must have warmed up during the first hill climb because after that my knees felt fine and I had a great ride.  It was colder and wetter on Sunday and I had to get out my secret weapon, a pair of neoprene fishing gloves.  It took me a little over 5 hours to roll into Hope.

Because of  all the people who sponsored me, I was able to raise just over $1200 this year for the National MS Society.  Thank you for your generosity, it really makes a difference.

Here are some photos that Ruth took: