Tomorrow I fly to Bangor Maine to get ready this years major ride. We will ride 4,295 miles across the northern border of the US in 69 days, 15 states and 164,365 feet of elevation change. We start the ride on May 28th from Bar Harbor Maine, but I wanted to get there early to welcome in the Atlantic Coast route which will get in on May 26. On May 27 we go through the standard orientation and meet the new team, then on the 28th we dip our bike tires into the Atlantic Ocean and head out.
I know a number of the riders from previous years. One, Ed Carl and I have ridden together the previous two years.
I have not trained as hard this year due to work, weather and laziness. The one major ride I did was on April 27th and 28th which was the BP MS150. This is the largest ride anywhere for MS. This year there were over 9,000 riders. I was please on how well I did especially since I was riding a new bike. My old bike was not up to another US crossing so I have gone to touring bike. The picture below is at the end of day one in LaGrange Tx after about 90 miles.
I want to thank everyone that has donated to this years ride. Y’all are very generous and it humbles me that you support me and helped people with MS, which is what it is all about.
The total ride will take 69 days which includes 7 rest days. Most of the rest days give us the opportunity to do service projects for those with MS. These are some of my most rewarding days because we get to see how our efforts go to help those that can’t do what we do but would give anything to be able to join us.
More to come!!