Written by cycleguy on August 21st, 2019

The 2019 BikeMS is history. After a long wait and months of training and fund-raising, the ride was this past Saturday. Dave, my friend from 3 Feet Please, made the trip from Arizona with his son and daughter. Chris drove with him; Nina flew in Thursday. We met up at the hotel Thursday night. It was mine and Jo’s first time meeting Chris and Nina. They were a delight! Chris’ first words were to Jo when he said, “I heard you like Mexican!” Guess where we ate supper Thursday night?  🙂  If you guessed El Toro in Indianapolis give yourself a virtual high five!!

Friday we drove to the site of the ride, checked out some things, registered, then Dave and his two took off to visit relatives in Fort Wayne. Jo & I drove the route so I could check it out then spent the rest of the day just chilling.

Saturday started out beautifully. We made it to Lebanon and Dave set up the 3 Feet Please tent and merchandise. He was giving away bears and t-shirts and had a drawing for 3 winners. We finally took off for our ride and 9 miles out the young lady who was riding with us (and was ill-prepared) had a flat. That took close to 1/2 hour to finally get on our way. She went flat again about a mile down the road and we finally made it to the first stop where they replaced the tube. She didn’t flat again but we were way behind. By the time we got to the lunch stop we had ridden about 2 miles in a steady rain. While there it came down in buckets and we were told we would be unable to leave until 3:00. It was 1:45 at that point.  Dave and I made a decision to call it a day. The young lady could not have made it back and staying with her (we would never leave her) would have gotten us back to the home place about 5:00. So after 38+ miles we called our rides (Jo & his son) to come get the three of us.  Although I was disappointed in not doing all 65 miles (which I think might have ended up closer to 76), I was content.

I’m thankful for:

  • Many of you who donated to a great cause. MS can strike anyone at any time. I rode for Kirby and Marge and everyone else who suffers from this disease. I was able to raise $1100.
  • A safe ride. Roads are not closed off just because there are a plethora of riders.  Dave’s friend, Lynn, was killed on an MS ride by a 93 year old man who thought he could pass a ton of riders at one time and when he found out he couldn’t swung back in taking out Dave and Nina on their tandem and hit Lynn so hard she flew over them.
  • Dave, Chris and Nina for making our weekend extra special. Dave paid for our two nights in the hotel which allowed us the opportunity to relax and not do a lot of driving. It allowed me to study some on Friday so I wouldn’t be so tired and ill-prepared for Sunday. The three also made their way to OVCF to worship with us Sunday and go to lunch before he took Chris and Nina to the airport.
  • Dave came to Spencer yesterday (Tuesday) to ride with me. We were able to get in 20 before the skies told us we better cut this short and get to the church building (where we left from). That might have been one of the smartest decisions I have made lately. The skies opened up shortly after we got there. We would have been soaked to the bones. It was fun riding with a friend whom I’ve come to love like a brother. (Now we just gotta get to Arizona. Sounds like a great January/February trip).

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the three of us in our 3 Feet Please cycling kit. But I did get two pictures of our help.  On the left is Jo, Chris and Nina. On the right is Chris and Nina. (In the back is my bike).  Marge also helped but was not in the picture (by choice, hence the empty chair).









All in all it was a great day and a great experience. An absolutely fun weekend spent with friends and some down time with Jo. Lord willing, I hope to ride again next year. So start saving your pennies! I am!!!  🙂 🙂 🙂


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Thanks for the update on the MS ride, Bill. Yes, I’ll start saving my pennies now for next year. Hope the weather will be better for you then!
    Blessings, and say hi to Jo!

  2. Lisa notes says:

    I still have the bear you sent me for my granddaughter. She loves playing with it. I’m sorry you didn’t get in all the miles that you could have, but what a gentleman to stay with the lady. That is something she won’t forget.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Lisa for the kind words. So glad your granddaughter loves playing with the bear. There are more where that came from! Just ask. 🙂 I have a slew of them at home and would be willing to share them.

  3. floyd says:

    Glad you did it and took care of the young lady. That says it all.

    It seems to rain every time this event is scheduled. Maybe you should move it to AZ! I could be the cheering section!

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Floyd. No Marine leaves a wounded one behind. No cyclist leaves another behind. And I would love to come to AZ, if not to ride then visit. 🙂 (And yes, it does seem to rain during this event. It had been sunny and cloudless and hot for the previous 3-4 weeks).

  4. Pam says:

    Sorry that the bike event didn’t turn out as you anticipated, but glad you were able to spend time with a friend. I am sure your compassionate hearts made Jesus happy.
    (P.S. El Toro sounds like my kind of place!)

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks Pam. I don’t know if she knows what we did or not, although she did tell Dave to go. Yeah, as if that is going to happen. Sounds like you and Jo would get along well on the “where to eat” thing. 🙂

  5. Linda Stoll says:

    Yay … you made it with friends, fellowship. Safety and purpose.