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Hey Friends! Now that the Courage is well over, I have had the bike completely fixed and got out on a ride on the Western Chelhalis trail that connects to the Yelm-Tenino trail. I love this trail. it was a blustery day in the 100 acre wood and barely any people were out there on the trail. I love that. I felt so many times like I was 100's of miles away from anyone else, and I really like that feeling in my middle age. I was able to meet up with a couple people from work who put the ride together and we chatted for a hwile before they turned back and I went a little tiny bit further for a mmilkshake, bag o chips, and a hazelnut bar.
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The 2018 Courage ride was the best. I loved being on the road, wind in my braids, and support the whole way through. The motorcycle support is awesome, but I have a hard time not focusing on the buzzing sound of their engines. Camping at Pack Forest was temendous and Jamie and I even went for a spooky walk in the twighlight to an algea covered pond and then further to find a slashed part of the forest and light. it rained in the night and quit for waking/packing up time. the monring was cool and I had a hard time deciding on rain gear or warm layers. went with the jain jacket. good thinking cuz we got drenched, but i got cold, whiney and even cried a bit since I wanted to quit and be warm. I pedaled on and made it to the finish line in Centralia after about 150 miles of riding in two days!
Bike was fixed, then chain wouldnt gab the front cog teeth and I ordered new parts. This bike will be all new running gear in a couple days! I can't wait to get back on the road. Been riding the cannondale MNT bike with mud tires and took myself on a glorious July 4 trip to to the Carbon Glacier. It was a fanstastic journey in which I parked at the old Carbon River ranger station, rode up the trail/road about 8 miles and then hiked from Ipsut Creek Campground. The hike is around 4 miles to see the biggest and dirtiest piece of ice you have ever laid eyes on. It's amazing, the first time I visited, about 23 years back the glacier was a huge flat wall of ice and since we ate our lunch within view, we were able to catch a building size chunk of the glacier fall off. Made me worry for the idiots who wern't following guidlines and walking off trail. They were fine, but stupid. anyhoo, the day was phenonmenal and I got to meet a couple other hiker/bikers to travel down the road home with.
Bike needs everything after Saturday's ride to pick up the lost camera. I ride hard so I'm not surprised. New chain, derailure, brake pads, cogs, oh my all need to be ordered and taken to the shop.
Rode another 51 miles yesterday(6/9) to Buckley on the mission to rescue my camera. A few minutes into the ride I banged my shin sliping on the pedal and wanted to give up and drive out to pick up my camera. I let the throbbing pass and rode on. The morning was cool and cloudy with sunbreak and ended up pouring as soon as I got the the halfway point and lunchbreak. After the torrential downpour the trail was mostly free of other humans. with much headwind,sidewind, all around wind, and occasional showers i pushed on into town hiding under trees when the rain turned heavy. the chain jammed and twistd the derailure up in a knot. I pushed my bike for a few hundred feet before deciding there was no way I wanted to get picked up/rescued. ended up yanking the chain free and pulling on the derailure until the bike functioned and I could meet he impending incline with wheels. what a wonderful push it was and especially with the prize of getting to collect my lost camera.
If you happen to be reading this on the first weekend of June, 2018 I am currently deparrting on a 50 mile ride to Mount Rainier for a bikepacking adventure inspired by Adventure Cycling Magazine. Three years ago they statrted Bike Travel Weekend the first weekend of June, and then Bike your Park weekend in September. I have participated each year! Cheer me on for the climb to the base of the moutnain this weekend <3 <3 <3 <3
2018 is my seventh year participating in the world's greatest bike ride to earn money for the Tacoma Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. I will be riding the 75/75 option. Last year I didn't finish and I am hoping to finish both days this year.
This hostpital is very generous in making families comfortable. Give a little, give a lot. Anything you can do is greatly appriciated.
100% of donor contributions to Mary Bridge Children’s Courage support patient care and family support at Mary Bridge. Here are a few ways your dollars make an impact:
Kids served at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in 2016 thanks to donor support:
250,000 hospital visits
39,000 emergency room visits
3,700 inpatient stays
90 children received chemotherapy and hundreds more received follow-up treatment
2016 donor-supported community program statistics:
1,100 families stayed at Tree House, a family housing unit available for individuals with hospitalized loved ones
1,700 victims of child abuse and neglect were served by the Child Abuse Intervention Department
12,000 free vaccines were administered through the Mobile Immunization Clinic
2,683 kids with special needs received therapy at Mary Bridge Children’s Therapy Unit
477 kids and parents received grief support through BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children
Countless lives saved through the prevention of accidental injuries via safety education, car seat installations, bike helmet checks, and providing water safety equipment and safe gun storage through the Center for Childhood Safety
There are many ways you can help!
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About Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
For more than 60 years, Mary Bridge has been a not-for-profit hospital that has counted on support from the community to fulfill its mission of providing care to all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Learn more at marybridge.org.
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