People who know me know I have been on a lot of really neat bike trips all over the world. The highlight of my cycling year however is still the MS Bike Tour. It has always been something about the route, the riders of all abilities and the friendly volunteers. And of course the Beer Garden at the finish in Camrose. That and crossing the finish line on day 2. Plus it is such a fun way to raise money for a great cause.
Last year because of COVID, there wasn't an in person ride, instead we had a virtual ride in July. While I missed the camraderie of the ride, it was nice to not have to get up at 0500 and Mary and I chose a couple of nice routes starting and finishing at our house over two days, Saturday and Sunday.
This year an in person event is planned over one day, starting and finishing in Camrose with limited registration. We still haven't found out the route or logistics but we are signed up and ready to go and hopefully some of our team "Asleep at the Wheels" will be joining us.
In August of 2019, I had a serious bike accident. One of the first things I thought about when I left the hospital was how I was going to ride in the MS Bike Tour again. (I also thought what a crappy year 2019 was and how 2020 was going to be a lot better.) I was really happy to be able to get out on my bike in 2020 both in the virtual MS Ride and in what I called my COVID rides around the city.
I first rode in the MS Bike Tour in 2012. My wife Mary was a veteran of many rides and joining her was something I had planned to do for years. In late 2011, Mary was diagnosed herself with MS. She is doing fine on meds, has continued to ride and still kicks my butt.
Starting 2013, some colleagues at work joined me and we formed the team "Asleep at the Wheels". The team has fluctuated in size but we have a nice core group, we ride in a relaxed fashion at our own pace and wait for everybody to catch up at the rest stops.
We are all looking forward to riding in 2021 . Hope you can donate or even join us on the ride.
I cannot say enough about the MS Society as a worthy charity. They have a lower overhead than many charities so most of your donations will go towards research or patient care not to fundraisers.
If you don't want to donate to me, I have a lot of worthy people on my team who are looking for donors as well.
This post on the Alberta Medical Association website summarizes it better than I can.
Here is my blog posting on the 2013 ride.
And my posting on the 2012 ride.