|Posted by TheRhino on February 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM|
These first entries are writings that I posted on Unicyclist.com when I was first getting the wheel rolling with RideForGary.com.
Oct. 10th, 2010 (10:27 PM)
I have been planning on doing a 100 mile ride to raise money for my brother's paralysis since March or April of this year, and finally things have all fallen into place to make it a reality.
On Saturday October 23rd, 2010 I will be riding my 36er (ungeared) on a 100 mile trek starting and finishing in Gwinnett County (Atlanta, Georgia). I'll be starting at 7 am, and riding until I'm done, including stopping for breaks at some designated fire departments along the route.
My brother Gary was a firefighter for over 20 years in the SW Florida area, and unfortunately was paralyzed from the chest down in a tragic accident in March of 2009. I have been helping take care of him ever since he got out of the hospital, and that's why I now live in this area. The main goal is to raise enough donations to help buy a handicap van, and pay for various expenses involved in his care.
Some of my brothers "Firefighter brothers" are coming up to help support this event, and they are driving up a refurbished classic American LaFrance firetruck to escort me on my route! I did warn them that they would be only travelling at an average speed of about 9 or 10 mph for 10 to 12 hours, and being as cool as they are, they were good with that.
We are having a pre-event party at Engine 11 in downtown Atlanta Friday night the 22nd from 8 until ??. Then, Saturday the 23rd after the ride we will meet up there again from about 9 until ??. Engine 11 was once an actual fire station, but is now a restaurant and bar.
I recently got a website up and running for this charity ride, and the web address is www.rideforgary.com in case anybody wants to check it out. I will be adding more photos, and some video, to the site soon. Just to further encourage unicycling, I also put a link to Unicycle.com and Unicyclist.com on the links page of my website. Thanks for taking the time to read this post, I don't normally start new threads, but I think this is a worthy cause.
If you happen to go to the site, feel free to join or post something in the guestbook. Have a great week everybody.