I want to thank everyone who supported my ride by contributing to LIVESTRONG. I especially want to thank Robert W. Baird & Co and The Baird Foundation for their major support and sponsorship of the ride. Thanks to my good friend, Lisa, a Director at Baird, who helped me secure the sponsorship.
And THANK YOU! to everyone else who supported the cause! We shattered our fundraising goal for of $10/mile and raised almost $6,000 to help cancer patients and their families. Those who contributed to this effort are:
Avery Railing/Jim Avery; A’viands/Derek Sage; Brad Olson; Carol Richards; Cathy Avery St Jean; Chuck & Cindy Avery; Dave VanSpankeren; David & Golda Cohen; Debbie Pelegrin; Diane Pertzborn; Erin Green; Health Partners; Howard & Dorothy Richards; JA Counter/Linda Skoglund; Jeff & Kathy Gullion; Jim Weise; John Gibson; Joe Andrashie; Karen Kucharz; Kathy Johnson; Keith Lucius; Key Benefits/Linda Mont/Manal Rizek; Larry Black; Mario Garcia; Mary & Harvey Avery; Mary Timm; Mary Johnson; Meg Farrington; Mike Connor; Mike & Britt Worringer; Nancy Anderson; National Insurance Services/Stephanie Laudon/David Branback; Nick & Meg Street; Providence Capital Network/John Vonder; Randy Rosburg; Ranei Johnson Scholler; Rick Ketter; Rod Hawkins; Ron Berg; Sara Eichten; Shannon Bruns; Sue Schnorr; Tim Patterson; Tina Hafeman; Trish Sheridan; and Woody Wiedenhoeft & Janet Rosseter
I want to thank, again, Team WiscAwesome - Mike, Britt, Lindsey, Holly, Brandon, Rachel, Maddie, Meghan, Karen, and of course our SAG guys, Jim & Qing - for allowing me to tag along. I had a blast that week. I hope we can ride again sometime.
Finally, I especially want and need to thank my wife Carol and our daughter Olivia. I work in a town 250 miles away from home during the week, so our time together when we have it is even more precious. So, spending a whole week away on something I wanted to do for me was a huge sacrifice for you. I appreciate your support and understanding. I love you two more than anything.
RAGBRAI: it's not a race, it's a ride. And an event. There are many ways to experience it:
- You can ride athletically, pushing yourself and riding hard; or
- You can ride it casually, enjoying the scenery and the people.
- You can party all week, enjoying the bloody marys during the day and the beer at night; or
- You can ride as a family, sharing it with your kids.
- You can attend and participate in all the sponsored/planned events; or
- You can strike out on your own, or simply hang back with your friends.
RAGBRAI XXXIX will be from July 24th to the 30th. The route will be announced in January, but registration is already open! Let me know if you want to go along for the ride!
Until then, maybe I'll see you on the road.
Oh, and thank YOU for reading my little story. I appreciate the feedback and comments.