My feel good story of the day. Earlier this month, I was asked by a TDC rider coming from Montana if I knew anywhere that rented tandem bikes. She and her sister are planning on riding our Tour, and need a tandem because her sister is blind (and diabetic). I offered them the use of our tandem bike, since I’ll be doing Chairman duties that day 🙂 At today’s Kickoff Party, I met her sister, who came to the event (I guess she actually lives in Portland). Here’s the email exchange that followed today:
I met your sister at today’s Kickoff party. (Though I’m sad to say I didn’t remember her name. Something about over 180 people at this event!).
She seemed really excited about being a part of all of this.
As we get closer to July, we can finalize stuff/communication on having the tandem ready for you. What distance are you planning on riding?
My sister’s name is Trish. She called me when she got home from the Kickoff party. I haven’t seen her so excited about anything in years! She is really getting into this event. It is very good for her health, too, as she said she is going to increase her weekly walking amounts! She is even going to try and find a Meet Up cycling group on line, and possibly “practice” on a tandem bike before the event. I suspect she will surpass our goal of $1,000 for our team, just because she is so enthusiastic about the event. This has been such a boost for her emotionally–I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done!
We are going to ride the 27 mile distance. I have been doing some long training rides the last two weekends. Since we ride here at an elevation of 5200 feet, I think I’ll feel just fine.
In my closing speech, I deviated from our theme of “Why I ride” and started with “Why I volunteer” first. It’s because of stories like this. Inspire. One person at a time.