Sunday, August 04, 2013
I rode all but the last 10 miles of Pedal to the Point, a total of 140 miles over two days. I didn't ride the last leg because it was a steep hill and I am nursing a very sore Achille's tendon. Even the slightest rise was painful, and I couldn't see risking the rest of summer for that last 10, steep miles.
So even though I didn't get to ride over the finish line, I feel really successful. I was smart enough to quit instead of hurting myself.
Actually, I wanted to quit 13 miles earlier. At the next-to-last stop I requested a SAG ride back to the beginning, but there had been an accident along the route that had the rode closed to vehicles, though they were letting cyclists walk past the site. They had no idea how long it was going to be until they could get me through. But it was only seven miles to the accident site, so I decided to ride really slowly to the other side of the accident.
I finally got there, but there were no SAG vehicles. So I decided to keep going, because it was supposedly 11 miles between the two rest stops.
I'd forgotten that this was the part of the map that they totally lied to us about. it was 13 miles. Now, at this point it doesn't seem like two miles should be that big a deal. But really, at that point two miles was a LOT of difference.
Nevertheless, I made it to the final rest stop, then immediately sought out the SAG vehicles and got a ride back.
Now I am home, showered, and icing the Achilles. And I'm pleased to report that I'm up to $1817 in donations--almost to my $2000 goal! There is still time to donate, and your $5 or $10 will really make a dent in reaching that goal. Please dig deep, because this is a disease that can come out of nowhere and completely change the lives of a whole family. The desk clerk at our hotel thanked us for riding because her sister was just diagnosed. It is a devastating disease, and real progress is being made in its treatment, but the research requires money. Please consider giving.