2014 Salem Monster Cookie Ride

SAG riding for Margo Nakagawa on Inspire, with Elena Illescas-Nilaver and Mike Warner. Started with cold (42 degrees), downpours, and a tailwind (northbound). Turned into the headwind from hell on the southbound. Margo continues to struggle with her front shifter skills. and really ran out of gas on the return 20 because of this. I did better than I thought I would, given the lack of prep riding.

A relatively dry start.  Didn't last long.

A relatively dry start. Didn’t last long.

Margo earns her cookies

Margo earns her cookies

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Sometimes you need a reminder of why you do what you do.

Yes, there is a small amount of personal pride in what I’ve done to help Tour de Cure – Oregon over the years. But one of the things that happened to us volunteers during our Bike Gallery recruiting weekend really demonstrates why I do this on my own personal time.

A woman called up the Lake Oswego store, asking to speak to a TDC person. One of our volunteers took the phone. She desperately wanted to sign up and wanted to know if anyone would be at the Beaverton store and during what hours. Her eleven year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes the prior weekend and was in the hospital for the past week. She went to the ER with a 900 blood glucose level. Friday night was her first night home and the first night for her parents to be responsible for her unassisted. They had not slept in a week and Friday was even worse. She was just so relieved to have someone on the other end of the phone with Type 1 to talk to that they could have talked for hours had they not been on the Bike Gallery land line.

The volunteer crew called me up (I was at the Beaverton shop), and gave me her phone number. I talked to her for another 10 minutes, assuring her that we were there all weekend. I learned later that the family did come to the Beaverton shop that afternoon, and spent more time getting support and reassurance from our volunteers there. We’re now getting them connected with the local ADA office to get them the help they need to adjust, learn, and go forward.

It’s not the ride that motivates us. It’s the lives we help, whether we know it directly or not.