I have been thinking about the Climate Ride since I first read about it over a year ago. I had just started riding my bike and decided I would do it in 2 years. That was fall of 2010 and I my longest ride was 25 miles and I had pedaled a total of about 150 miles in 3 months. It's now winter of 2011 and my longest ride was 65 miles and I have pedaled over 1700 miles, but I've still never ridden more than 150 miles in a single month.
Now I've committed to riding 320 miles from
Eureka to over 5 days with over 100 other cyclists. The funny part is the miles are not my biggest concern. I'm more worried about not panicking while riding across the San Francisco . I'm a bit acrophobic and crossing a bridge in a car takes a lot of deep breaths and self talk. Then there is camping, anyone who knows me, knows camping isn't my thing. My Dad was a Boy Scout leader and I feel I've already done my fair share. Golden Gate Bridge
My husband is convinced I won't be able to meet my fundraising goal. When it comes to something I believe in, I have no shame. I did a lot of charity fundraising when I was a teen and I'm pretty good at asking people for money. I must admit, $2400 in this economy may be a challenge, but I'm determined.
I'm looking forward to all that I will need to do to prepare for this ride and even if I'm the only one who reads the words I'll be writing, it's a great way to get things off my mind so maybe I can sleep a little between now and Sept. 9th 2012.