We started out on our 1st 6 hour shift last night on awesome flat roads. Morgans magnent she stole and wrote our team a little love note was on the back of the van staring at us. It was a tear jerker. The awesome flat roads were quickly interupted by a 2nd stop at a 4 way…… I hear Kim yell from the Van….. JERRY TOOK MY MAPS! I look at our fire flies and said…. well crap, I don’t speak cow that much! The 3rd wrong turn or straight turn was on a Highway with cars, and trucks and people traveling over 65 mph….. There were no cows to ask for directions. We made it safely off that highway ( thank god…… that was a little scary) and soon we hit the Hills, or should I say, a 10 mile stretch of 2-3% grade. That was about 2.5 hours into our ride. Rotating turns about every 8 min was nice, it helps too when you have your sag van blaring music through the CB radios we carry. There was a point that the sag van got away from us and I looked up and saw the beautiful night sky. I never saw the Moon or a milty way last night but the stars…….. the stars were amazing. I tried to think of the reasons why I ride this ride.
This is the 5th year on this journey. Every year is different. But every reason is the same. Because I care. I care when I meet a stranger at a gas station that asks…. Is this a race? Nope… I say, We are raising awareness and funds for cancer research. I have never met anyone yet who has not thanked us and told us a story. I cant say that I love their stories, but I love the twinkle they get in their eyes when they hear why we are riding. I love seeing their smile and hearing them say, Thank you.
The Cheers and Tears is why I do this every year…….
I miss you Nicole and Morgan, Thank you to my wonderful Sister who left me a Cheers blog! I rode for Gil and Bert Last night as I looked up at the stars…..
TO the TRACE we go tonight. Our dedication ride will be a tough one. Needing a lot of prayers as I will be listening to my College Roommate, who has been my Sag Momma for the past 4 years, go through her list of children that she rides for. She does the ride from 4 wheels instead of 2 (which as you can tell from the above…. is equally challenging!) But her tears and cheers are the same that come from my heart. I love her for all that she does and will hold her hand tonight in my heart as she dedicates her ride for the countless children she has lost or cares for in their cancer battle. My sweet angel Dawn Elaine, tonight I dedicate my ride to you…… For All that you Do! We have to remember that this journey is not only for family and friends, but for all those doctors and nurses who show up day after day and care….. just like we do… I love you Dawn Elaine, with all my heart…. and I thank you for not only being a wonderful friend, but an amazing nurse. xxooxoxoxoxo