Home at last!! Day 5 of the journey is always filled with mixed emotions for me. I am tired and everything hurts yet I want to get on the road and pedal next to my dear friends. I know my family will be at the finish line and I can’t wait to see them, yet I don’t want the journey to end.
On the final leg of the Ride from Reno, we join together with the riders of the Huntsman 140. It is exciting to see all the other riders who have come out to ride and join the fund raising effort. There are lots of weekend bike rides to choose from. Everyone who chose this ride chose it on purpose and we were all united in a common goal: raise funds to support research and find a cure for ever type of cancer that exists.
Almost right off the bat our group had a mechanical and most of the other riders passed us up, and the majority of the rest of the way to Saratoga, our group was almost the same as it had been for the previous days. Russ and Leslie Thompson joined us, along with Russ’ parents, and they were so helpful. Ironically we had more mechanical issues on the first 50 miles of the last day than we had for the entire ride before then. Whatever we needed to fix the problem at hand, Russ had it in his truck. Thank you Russ and Leslie!
Getting to Saratoga is always hard for me. The road is gradually uphill with lots of rollers. My legs are tired and my sit bones are tired of sitting The Band of Brothers kept me in the group the whole time and made sure I was shielded from the wind. I was falling a bit behind the group during the final climb into Eureka when Ravell came up behind me and put his hand on my back and literally pushed me up the hill. I couldn’t believe the forward momentum his boost gave me!!
Getting to Huntsman after lunch is always very easy for me. Maybe it’s resting just long enough for the Advil to kick in, maybe it’s being able to actually see the Huntsman Cancer Institute up on the hill, as soon as we get to Camp Williams. The support along the way was excellent! Rest stops stocked with plenty to eat and drink and cheerful volunteers eager to help with whatever we needed.
After a stop at the doors of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where several members of the Reno ride received life-saving treatment for cancer, we rolled through the Huntsman 140 finish line to a crowd of cheering and bell-ringing. We made it!!
As of now, the riders in the Ride from Reno and the Huntsman 140 have raised over $413,000!! That’s a heck of a lot of money to enable research to continue. Thank you so very much to all those who supported me, donated on my behalf, and sent me encouraging notes here on this blog and on Facebook. Every note was just like the push that Ravell gave me going up the hill to Eureka!
Until next year