Sincerest thanks to everyone who helped me raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Together we raised over $1,800. This was done through the contributions of friends and our fourth annual yard sale.
The culmination of this fundraising campaign was a 100K (62 miles) bike ride around Martha’s Vineyard on May 2 which I completed in about 6 hours. I know that riding at 10 miles an hour doesn’t sound like much but the time included breaks for pictures, food and other necessary stops. The weather was good at the start, about 60 degrees and overcast. The temperature went down during the ride and by the end it had been raining for the last hour and a half. It was a good ride though.
The Vineyard is a beautiful place and I wish I had time to get many more pictures. There were beautiful meadows stretching across hills and valleys with stone walls weaving around their edges and ponds nestled in the middle of things. Expanses of beach could be seen with breakers from the Atlantic rolling in. The course went through the scenic former whaling town of Edgartown and up the coast along the Nantucket Sound past the East Chop lighthouse. We even rode past the old New England cemetery where John Belushi is buried. The experience is something that I’d recommend to others. And you don’t have to go as far as Martha’s Vineyard. The MS Society has rides all around the country. You can Google "Bike MS" and pick the state that you want to ride in. The fundraising is for a great cause, and you’ll love the ride and get in better shape in the process.
Special thanks everyone who contributed. Also thanks to the Havana Herald, The Gadsden County Times, WGWD (Byron Spires’ show Back Country Roads), and the Quincy Music Theater for helping to get the word out. Also thanks to Gadsden Mini Storage. And thanks to God for my safety and health and for guiding my efforts.