Sunday, June 19, 2005

 

Cycle Of ... Caring?

I pulled the road bike (Cannondale 2.8) from the barn today to do my first ride on it in two years (the mountain bike has gotten far more attention lately). I managed to do 47.5 miles on a relatively calm day, over mostly flat terrain. I did most of it on a "rail trail", ensuring no sudden elevation changes. But those "false flats" sure can sneak up on ya. The 15-mile return leg on public roads was the killer, as it was hilly (relatively speaking), had kinda crappy pavement, and there was a constant headwind (normal anytime when traveling west towards the lake).

Next Saturday, I'll be doing a 100-mile ride in support for Chuck Watson, a fellow worker in the auto industry who's in need of a new liver. His insurance will cover 90% of his medical bills, but when the estimated cost is $600K, that's a lot of out-of-pocket money. If you can spare any money at all, please make a donation at Chucksliver.com. At the very least, please consider signing up for organ donation - it could save a life (this process varies from state to state, but here in Michigan it's as easy as signing the back of your driver's license).

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