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Newsletter Oct 5 2006
By: Joseph Flanigan
Day 1 of MS Global 2009
This year the group is 33 people. 18 are fund raising riders, 8 are ride leaders, and 7 support. Today we started at the Best Western in CorteMadra, which is small town north-east of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. This ride was a little over 25 miles. Here is a link to the ride map: http://www.mapmyride.com/add_route_to_blog.php?r=279125112817167982
The people here are wonderful. Most of the riders are very experienced and can ride like the wind. I cannot ride fast yet. After leaving the motel, the route goes through the town of Sausalito. I was there once in about 1969. I have no memory of the buildings or the like, but sea smell and atmosphere are the same. What a rush those times. I remember driving through the Haight-Ashbury then too. That was another Trip. “Where have all the flowers gone? Gone to war, everyone.” While pedaling through Sausalito, I found a little bit of that lost flower child spirit.
I was the last one up the hill overlooking the San Fransico Bay Bride, but at the top everyone else was there cheering. That was quite a climb, sea level to 800 feet. I fell once because the gears failed to change and I was going too slow, and I just sorta tipped over. Because of the MS I did not have enough coordination to mount the bike on an uphill incline. The only means to get up the hill is to walk until there is a small level area. It wasn’t far, and after getting on the bike I pedaled to the top of the hill.
Today the MS hurt only a little bit and I pedaled up a hill. A couple of nice donations came in today. We still need a lot more. Please go to http://www.firstgiving.com/happyheart and become a sponsor of the Accelerated Cure Project.
Some people asked how I lost a 100 lbs in the last year an a half, I have to work on answering that one.
Tomorrow is another ride.
Head up. Chest out. Breathe.
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