So the family all decided we needed to get away and steal the last little bit of summer that was left before the boys returned to school. I am unplugging for the most part this week, but still training for the upcoming Fork to Fork Ride to promote Operation Christmas Child.
I am riding in beautiful Spofford, NH this week. So I left out this morning on a 30 mile ride. I think I was 1/2 a mile in when I hit the first hill and wow it was a challenge. About 5 miles in all I could think was ‘Holy Hills Batman!’ I have ridden the biggest hills ever on this trip.
I experienced a few firsts on the ride today. I went the fastest ever, 36 mph! Which is an incredible speed on a bike, Praise God for downhills. I also experienced my slowest speed on a bike, I was at 4.6 mph, those darn up hills. And, hang my head in shame, I had to walk my bike. I just couldn’t get the 8% grade in mile 19! Well maybe I could but I was very afraid that I would need to stop and wouldn’t be able to get my feet out of the pedals and would then fall under the tires of a passing semi.
Wish I could tell you I had some inspiring thoughts as I rode, but my prayers were focused on getting up the hills and finding my way when I got lost in Keene.
I think tomorrow I’ll just ride laps around the lake!
I have also set up my fundraising page. I have a goal to raise $1400 for this ride. That would be shipping for 200 shoeboxes, 1 for each mile I will ride. You can check out my fundraising page at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/daniellemccarty.
Stay tuned more exciting rides are to come.
Hang on Tight,