(Quick links for Paul and Carol, if you’re returning and want to access donation sites without reading.)
Paul and I have been participating in a ride to raise money for cystic fibrosis research for several years now, and because of the generosity of our friends and family, our team of just two riders has been on the leaderboards every year. The ride is usually at the end of September, and I start paying attention to it sometime during the summer and getting ready.
Unfortunately, I was not paying close enough attention (I’m sure you are shocked) and I recently discovered that the wonderful folks at the CF Foundation moved the date of the ride to avoid conflicts with other big rides in the area around the same time. This ride is now at the end of August.
This would not be a problem except … we can’t go that day.
I’m sad about it. I always enjoy the ride, except that one year when it rained the. whole. time. and I had an epic mud stripe up my back, and even that was kind of fun in an awful, this’ll-be-funny-later way. I found a picture. You’re welcome.
Elias gets to go now (Levi stays home to avoid cross contamination with other CF patients), and he likes it too.
Paul mostly likes the chicken wings at the end, I think.
So we’ll be missing the experience this year. We’re signed up regardless, though, and any money we raise will still be going toward research dedicated to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
If you’d like to contribute to our ghost ride, links are below.
You can support Paul or you can support Carol. We usually have a little friendly competition, but we don’t throw elbows.
And if you think you’d like to join us on a future ride, let me know! I’ll start a list for next year, when I will (I hope) be paying better attention to the dates. We’d love to have you along!