#planksgiving day seven (Bike the US for MS)

Today I am thankful for Bike the US for MS.  My friend Liz is the one responsible for introducing me to this wonderful organization.  I rode the Bike MS:  Waves to Wine ride in San Francisco in 2014 and 2015 and Liz was the organizer for this ride.  A champion fighter for MS research and funding, Liz told me all about the amazing things they do while riding across the country, so in 2015 I joined them for 5 days of riding.  I was instantly hooked.

In 2016 I rode about half of the TransAm and in 2017 I did a self-contained tour in Italy, under the umbrella of the Bike the US for MS organization.  Through these wonderful people, we were able to raise money to transform Aunt Alba’s bathroom, making her shower wheelchair accessible.

Not only were the rides challenging and the service projects rewarding, but I also met some of the most amazing people in my life.

Can’t thank Bike the US for MS enough!!

Final thoughts the Bike the US ride

Tomorrow I go back to work, so the #transam #nailpolish will have to go, but the memories will be with me forever.

I’ve logged 2,059 miles on this trip. It’s not all the way across the US, but more than half way. My bike, Kip, has an extra 1,000 or so miles thanks to his namesake that rode him while I was away. So, my bike made it all the way across the US!

Life is pretty beautiful and amazing and I’m fortunate for all the new friends in my life. Can’t wait to see you all again real soon.


Day 61/31 – to Winters, CA

Today, we rode fast.  I kept up with Mike and Alex and it was strange riding through my own stomping grounds.  I loved sharing these roads with my friends.  Everyone loved Davis, especially Mike P.  He was diggin’ the girls.

Camp offered us a side trip to Berryessa Brewing for some beers and great food.  It was Alex’s birthday so I bought him a lot of beer.  Then we rode back and I continued to drink all night with Sully and Amanda.  Then, I overslept and Kristen had to wake me up at 8am after everyone packed up their tents and gear.    Ahhhh, life on the road.

Day 59/29 – Carson Pass!!! to Silver Lake, CA

Carson Pass—- my third encounter with you.  I’m sure there will be more.

Today, we arrived at the Silver Lake campground.  Nothing here.  Dump thrones … no showers, but a nearby resort had a restaurant and gift shop. ..  so, I rented a kayak for an hour and went all over the lake — then met the gang for a very expensive dinner and many glasses of wine.  Hey, it was worth it!!

Day 58/28 – to Carson City, NV

So, it’s August 3 and the ride is over but I realized I neglected to blog the last few days….  ya know, too much time with friends and being sad about the trip ending.  So here we go….. time to play catch up

What I remember most about our ride to Carson City is not the ride itself, but the post-ride shenanigans.  Only this time, it wasn’t shenanigans, I had a great evening with Debbie!   It was extremely hot when we arrived at the campsite.  I set up my tent and took a shower and then was hanging out at the office with Debbie when she said she was gonna go to the museum to see about a patch.  She’s been collecting patches throughout the ride and sewing them onto her bike bag and had quite the collection going!

I was looking for a sticker that said I survived Hwy 50 so off we went to see the store.  This was the first time Debbie took her bike out after a day of riding for a recreational ride.  AND it was the first time Debbie and I rode together.  We ended up going to five different tourist spots/stores to try to find what we need…. in the end, Debbie found her patch and she GAVE me a sticker she found a few days earlier.  She is so sweet!!   We stopped for dinner #1 at a place that was recommended to her the day before and had some wine and salads…  a great time.  LOVED getting to know Debbie.  When we got back to camp, we grabbed a few riders and went to one more store before meeting the gang for Pho…..    Another great day on the road!!

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