Sunday, May 1, 2011


Great 60K bicycle ride yesterday, on the high desert, California roads.

The event was the 12th Annual Bike-A-Thon Bike Ride For Shoes That Fit.

Participants selected their rides from the 30K, 60K or 90K routes.

This annual event raises money to buy brand new shoes for school children. Some of these kids have never had a new pair of shoes in their life.

The Honor America’s Heroes Team fielded six bicyclists.

Elevation at Start/Finish Line 4,000 feet. The route was quite hilly with elevation varying down to 3,200 feet and returning to 4,000 feet.

Weather was cool and, yes, there was significant wind.

The Honor America’s Heroes Team bicyclists had a good time.

We want to thank the committee who works year-round to put on this event.

We want to acknowledge the volunteer course workers. They were out at sunrise on a cool and windy morning. Each and everyone performed their duties magnificently.

I stopped at each volunteer station. I savored organic, hard- boiled eggs, oranges, bananas bottled water and Gator-Aid.

Thank you volunteers; you were terrific.

An award-winning restaurant provided breakfast. The food was delicious.

And, there were prizes. Each bicyclist received a raffle ticket with their entry. The big prize was a brand new bicycle. I won a very nice pocketknife.

The Bike-A-Thon Bike Ride For Shoes That Fit is a Rotary International charity event. You can donate to this wonderful cause at http://www.bike4shoes.org

I am looking forward to next year’s, 13th annual bicycle ride.

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