Leaving next Wednesday morning for a Red-eye to Atlanta, then LaGuardia and Halifax at around mid-day... starting to get excited about the ride. I am already excited because my contacts, friends and acquaintances have already come through and put my ride goal for donations over the top... and still going... at this writing we are at $6,325! A big thank you to all who participated in the process... I appreciate the donations and also the many who considered it. We all have to understand that philanthropy is a big tent, our cancer ride is a small part of it, and many of us are already camping with other funds.

I had some really good news this week... Chad Robertson is going to try to get up to Cape Breton and ride with us for the 300 kilometers. Chad is my cancer surgeon and also a good friend who is one heck of a cyclist. He rode with us from Vancouver to Austin, Texas in 2010 and was directly responsible for getting me off my ass and riding again after feeling sorry for myself following my cancer challenge. His introduction of me to Give to Live has opened a big tent for me to camp under and I have enjoyed it, immensely. He will give me a lot of mental stability for the ride, knowing he is up ahead gives me a point on my compass to head toward.

I did a stupid this week... in a weight workout, trying to boost strength in my legs, I hurt my back. Kinda scared me a little... I have been careful to protect the risk of injury... I want to get on the road in this ride... if I break down physically after I start... so be it... but I have to start. Soooo, soaking in epsom salts in the big hot tub started the process of loosening me up. Using peyote gel that you can get over-the-counter here, let me relax the damaged muscles. Some ice packs helped, as well. Happily, in the two days since the hurt, I have come a long way... I rode hard today for two hours with about 40% standing in the peddles of the spin bike with the tension cranked... wind sprints so-to-speak. So, I am over the scare, and ready to ride... can't wait... weeeehaaa!

Thank you again for the donations. I will be riding for several people who are living daily with their chemo, radiation, pain, sleepless worry... they know who they are. And of course I will be thinking of those before me who have passed because of cancer... among them... Bothwell, David, Edith, Dan, Christene, Wally, Smitty, and on...


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