This is a big thank you to all those who supported me in the National MS Society's "Ride the Vineyard" bike ride this past Saturday. Your support helped me exceed my goal and raise a total of $2,075 for MS research and local support programs. The event itself will likely top $300,000 once everything gets tallied up. Your support means a lot to me, and I cannot thank you enough.
|Start of the ride|
Picture a beautiful spring day on Martha's Vineyard. Deep blue skies. Bright sunshine warming your skin. A light breeze carrying the salty ocean smell. Nice image, isn't it? Keep that image in your mind, as that's the image I kept in mine while riding the 100-kilometers (62-miles) in the actual weather we had on Saturday: a steel gray sky, temperatures in the mid-40s, gusty winds, and on-and-off rain showers!
The weather kept the turnout smaller than normal. And I know that more than a few riders had had their share of cold and rain by the 40-mile mark, where they took a left to take them directly back to the finish line, rather than a right to take them to the final Katama-Edgartown-Oak Bluffs loop part of the ride. But I was riding for Paul, and I was riding because of your support, so I didn't cut any corners.
I was, though, happy to find Patti, and Paul and the warm van waiting for me at the finish line. Despite wanting to warm my feet up, we snapped a quick finish line photo. Paul's comment when he put his hand on my back was, "Oh, you're wetter than you look!"
|Me and Paul after the ride|
One more shot -- dirty bike: