2015 Tour de Cure Oregon

2015 TeamNakagawa Century crew

2015 TeamNakagawa Century crew

The 2015 Tour de Cure was a test of commitment. A welcome overcast and misting turned into steady showers and reports of hail for the intermediate and short distance riders. It put the entire safety and support crew to the test to keep riders safe on slick roads, on course with washed-away chalk markings, vandalized directional signs. Never in the 7 years of my TDC have I seen this kind of wild weather on event day.

Command Center Tent, where Kent spent most of his day.  HAM radio, Truck Support, Rider Hotline, Motorcycle Support.  It’s the Heartbeat of the ride.

Command Center Tent, where Kent spent most of his day. HAM radio, Truck Support, Rider Hotline, Motorcycle Support. It’s the Heartbeat of the ride.

In spite of all that, 500 riders and 200+ volunteers made the most of the day. By the time riders returned for lunch, the rain stopped, the food and beer was on, and the smiles were coming across the finish line. Riders loved the new park venue, complemented the full-service support on the road and rest stops. And the endcap of the day – three members of TeamNakagawa completed their first full century ride ever, receiving the applause of most of the volunteer and staff as they crossed the finish line.

The 2015 Champions Chairladies-Nancy Haase, Margo Nakagawa, Ginger Buzzell

The 2015 Champions Chairladies-Nancy Haase, Margo Nakagawa, Ginger Buzzell

It was both a testement to what I helped build over the last seven years as a volunteer, Ride Director, and Chairman, and a great ending to my current high-profile stint with TDC. Next year, I plan to ride in my century course for the first time. After three years away from the riders, I am looking forward to connecting with them directly again.

Chairman Kent gives the safety talk to the first group of riders, to kick off Tour de Cure - Oregon 2015.

Chairman Kent gives the safety talk to the first group of riders, to kick off Tour de Cure – Oregon 2015.

2015 Champions ($1K donors)

2015 Champions ($1K donors)

Hillsboro. The ADA staff, interns, and surviving volunteers share in the end-of-day collapse to the chairs!

Hillsboro.
The ADA staff, interns, and surviving volunteers share in the end-of-day collapse to the chairs!

Record year for Teamnakagawa

Record year for Teamnakagawa

Record year for TeamNakagawa, with six champions.

Record year for TeamNakagawa, with six champions.

2015 TDC road teardown

2015 TDC road teardown

More photos on Smugmug; (setup) (event day)

Restoring your life balance part 2 – July 2015

Continuing my summer of reflection and reconnection.  A dear college friend, Kimberly Meyerson, came calling to the Pacific Northwest with a friend and colleague.  Last time we spent some time together was 20 years ago, when I was still in northern California.  Her free day was her arrival day, July 5th, so we made the most of the time.  Margo and I took her on the “nature tour”, showing her the jewel of the area – the Columbia River Gorge.  Add lunch and dinner conversations, a visit to Nakagawa West to see the kids.  By the time I dropped her off in Salem, the years apart went away.

I think the next time I’m on the east coast on business, I’ll need to take up her invitation to visit her home turf and hospitality.  She is a special lady whose friendship I don’t take for granted.

Kim Meyerson visit to PDX - July 5, 2015 Columbia River Gorge Trip

Kim Meyerson visit to PDX – July 5, 2015
Columbia River Gorge Trip

Kim Meyerson visit to PDX - July 5, 2015 Larch Mountain Lookout, Mt Hood in the background

Kim Meyerson visit to PDX – July 5, 2015
Larch Mountain Lookout, Mt Hood in the background

Kim Meyerson visit to PDX - July 5, 2015 Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge

Kim Meyerson visit to PDX – July 5, 2015
Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge