What an incredible week and a day.
|Ready to roll!|
But I'm ahead of myself and getting too deep into details for this post. I'll do posts with the detes about the riding in the coming days/weeks.
So, Friday night, I met up with a cycling pal I got to know via Twitter, Krissy (aka @futuremrschaps), a librarian from
Saturday morning, we headed to
|107 miles later, we finished the iGranFondo!|
We rolled over to the middle school in
, where Team LIVESTRONG was setting up camp. I got to meet up with some people that I met last year on my abbreviated ride and, over the course of the week, got to meet a number of new people. Sioux Center
It was with these folks that I’d spend the next seven days, riding and camping … and eating and drinking. Everyone on this team was committed to giving the finger to cancer. Collectively, the 75 of us raised over $225,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. With your support, I was able to raise over $2500 of that. (The team's top fundraiser, Laurey M, who raised over $25,000!, was not able to join us on the ride, unfortunately. She was recently diagnosed with a relapse of cancer and had to start treatments right away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Laurey! And FUCK YOU, CANCER!) There is still time to contribute to the Foundation if you want to add to that - just go to my donation page here. The Foundation exists to provide support and education to cancer patients and their support team – friends and family. Our team includes survivors, family members of survivors and of those who have passed, as well as those that just want to support LIVESTRONG.
Over the next seven days, we pedaled from
Sioux Center to ,covering over 470 miles (plus another 23 for those crazy enough to do “TheLoop”). We would spend the nights in Cherokee, Clinton Lake View, Webster City, Marshalltown, , and Anamosa. We would ride in groups, large or small, or ride solo. We would ride hard, cranking out the miles, or go easy making many stops along the way. Cedar Rapids
It was a great week. I met up with Krissy and her dad later in the week (while we were all doing "The Loop"). I also met and rode with the husband of someone who went to high school with my little brother, as well as another guy from the Madison area who it turn out is going to sell his tandem bike once he gets back home. (Hello! If Olivia wants to do RAGBRAI withme, it will be on a tandem for the first year or two. Hmmmm.)
|RAGBRAI comes through one of the many small towns in Iowa on the 2012 route.|
So, I’ll be writing up posts for each of the days and about some of my many new friends. I hope you find them readable, enjoyable, inspirational, and encouraging. One thing about RAGBRAI is that it never lacks for providing material for many, many stories. I hope I do the stories justice.
As always, your comments and feedback is more than welcome.
|A personal greeting just for me!|