For those of you who were waiting for me to post on Monday, please accept my apologies! Thank heaven for Denise Martinsen, our webmaster, who gave me explicit instructions on how to get into the system today.
As hard as it is to believe, this is the 12th ‘Ride From Reno’ for Huntsman Cancer Institute. Scotty Medine, who is riding with us this year, told me over dinner that we now have 450-cyclists registered for the Huntsman 140 on June 15th! I’ll be surprised if we don’t hit our goal of 500 registrants this year.
The purpose of this ride is pretty simple and straight-forward: it’s about the Benjamin’s. The moolah. Dinero. Scratch. The purpose of this ride isn’t to raise awareness about cancer. Holy crap! We’re all aware of the damnable disease this is! No one needs to tell us cancer is bad. Truth is, cancer sucks! The purpose of this ride is to raise money for Huntsman Cancer Institute where they’re hot on the trail of finding better tolerated, less toxic treatments for cancer and, ultimately, cures for the >200 types of this disease.
So, if you haven’t yet donated, please do so now!
Day 1 started magnificantly and quickly went into the crapper. I’m with 11 of the best people on the planet: Jason Bleak; Ravell Call; Todd Handy; Rich Linton; Mike MacDonald; Scotty Medine; Larry Peterson; Joe Plater; Dan Sellers; Darcie Strong, and, Brian Van Uitert. Not only are each of these folks people of honor and integrity, they’ve all brought with them support people who are amazing themselves. I tell you this to give you some perspective of what happened on Day 1. Suffice it to say, I’m with the best people you could ever know.
We had a great ride up Geiger Grade to Virginia City where we stopped at my Dad’s home (an amazing place that would rival any Indian/Old West museum in the country). After spending a few minutes there, we headed down Six Mile Canyon. That’s where the day went into the crapper. I was the first bike out and always ride Six Mile ‘carefully’ (it’s a good place for a serious injury!). I was at 30-mph when Jason passed me like I was standing still. Two turns later I came through the corner to find the air filled with dust and, Jason on the ground covered in blood. He’d crashed at high speed and was an absolute mess. His new Specialized SL4 was broken in half but bikes can be replaced (they’re spendy to replace but, they can be replaced!). Bodies can’t always be repaired.
Fortunately for Jason, we had Dan Sellers with us! Dan is a tremendous plastic surgeon, who is also board certified as a hand surgeon. So, intricate work is his speciality. After working on Jason for a while, Dan was able to get him back in working order. Still a mess, covered in road rash, but in working order. Jason was not to be denied in riding this ride and got back on the back-up bike he’d brought with him. And he rode for the rest of the day. And he didn’t ride like a wounded duck. He rode with power and authority, ignoring the pain everyone knew he had to be feeling.
Which is the point I wanted to make. This ride is bigger that any of us individually. It’s about passion, commitment, love, strength, and so much more than I could ever articulate. This ride is for you and those you love.
We finished Day 1 together, just as we started.
Day 2 was much safer . . . no one crash today! But, we did have Austin Summit, Bob Scott Pass, and other mountains to cross today. Jason pulled me up a couple of climbs, and Mike MacDonald pulled me up others. I owe both of them big time!
I know this is a lengthy post but I wanted to get a few things out of my brain and onto ‘paper’ (OK, it’s digital paper!). Thank you for checking in. Please do so often. It’s you who visit this site who help drive us when the suffering starts. And anyone who thinks this ride happens without each of us suffering badly at times, don’t yet understand the full scope of what we’re doing.
Please read each of the posts from those who are riding the 2013 Ride From Reno, and from their support crew (who I’ve also encouraged to post). You’ll gain greater insights into what makes these amazing people tick and into what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
Finally, Megan & Miles, Heidi, Paul, William, & Hailey, Erin, Jake, Courtney, Kendra, Maliyah, Austin, & Justin, Seth, Brandy, Braxton, & Skyler, Josh, and my sweetheart, Janet, I love each of you more than I could ever tell you. Thank you for your love and support.
Good night all!