|Posted by TheRhino on July 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
RideForGary 2 is happening on Saturday, July 28th, 2012.
All proceeds will go towards purchasing a used handicap-accessible van for Michelle Griffith,(a local paralyzed Atlanta resident). In addition, a local Lee County (Cape Coral, Fort Myers, et cetera) resident will be selected to benefit from the proceeds of this ride if it raises enough to go beyond the initial goal of just purchasing the used van.
All are welcome to come and participate in the ride. You don't have to ride a unicycle, being on a bike would be great too! I have to ride the entire 100 miles, but everyone else can ride any length they want. The ride will wander on a 100 mile route through Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, etc. The final route will be predicated upon the sponsors that are contributing to the cause.
I can be reached at 864-356-3678 for any questions. If you are not comfortable donating via PayPal, you can make your donation payable via a check or in person during the ride. Please make checks payable to: Michelle Griffith (care of: William Mueller) 6345 Green Oak Ridge, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542.
T-Shirts will be available for $15.00 each, and will be available via mail or on-site during the RideForGary...
|Posted by TheRhino on February 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Oct. 13th,2010 (11:51 PM)
Here is a pic of some of Gary's firefighter brothers. They are all great guys. There are tons of hilarious stories connected to all of their antics.
I just got word from one of them that it looks like Hampton Inn is going to provide some accommodations to a bunch of the firefighters that are coming.
I just got a Facebook message from another one that offered his expertise in nutrition and b*ke mechanics if I could use it (he's done two Ironmans, etc).
Just great people...
|Posted by TheRhino on February 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Oct. 13th, 2010 (6:52 AM)
Yesterday was great weather, and had an excellent ride starting in downtown Atlanta near Engine 11 (where we are all meeting for food and drinks on Oct 22nd and 23rd).
I parked my motorcycle, and before I could even unstrap the 36er, a homeless guy saw the energy bar in my cupholder and started growling, "I'm hungry man! I'm Huuuunnnnggry!" He was nice about it, he didn't try to take it or anything, just stood there, about ten feet away and stared at the Clif Bar with a crazed look in his eyes. Needless to say, I believe he was hungry, so of course I gave him the Clif Bar. If I had more, I would have given him those too, because holy cow did that guy enjoy it. He chowed it down as he walked down the sidewalk in front of the MARTA building, then turned around and gave me the biggest smile. I think I got more out of it than he did for sure. I wish nobody was homeless...but I digress.
It was about 7:30 am, and after a chilly 45 mile trip to get there on my motorcycle, I was ready to get moving. I jumped onto my 36er (I really need to name it!), and headed off down Peachtree Street SW. I soon discovered that you really have to watch the condition of the sidewalk you're on in downtown Atlanta. There were some areas where wheel swallowing holes appeared out of nowhere, but luckily I didn't fall into any of them. It's fortunate the 100 mile ride will be on the road.
Met some really nice people throughout the ride, and covered a lot of ground that I had never seen before. I like midtown Atlanta.
Met one of the owners of Engine 11, and we worked out the details to have them as a sponsor and to be on the shirt. Sent the logos to the artist last night, and should have shirts in a week. I'm psyched about this whole deal. Gary's firefighter friends are keeping things rolling in SW Florida, and are also getting a banner for the back of the firetruck for the ride.
Thanks for everyone's support of this endeavor.
|Posted by TheRhino on February 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Oct. 11th, 2010 (9:35 PM)
I can't tell you how uplifting it is to get such a great response from all of my fellow unicyclists. Now that the ball is rolling (should I say wheel? , I can see how everything is just coming together perfectly. My brother's firefighter brothers are helping with the details now too, and in less than 10 days I am going to have a hundred or more custom made shirts ready to go. I'll post a pic of the artwork/shirt soon.
My brothers wife Mary has tomorrow off, so I'll be doing 60 or 70 miles as another training run. Can't wait for 6am to come.
I found the Unicyclist.com forum not long after my brothers accident, and it has really helped to relieve stress on those difficult days. This is a great group of people from all over the world, and I'm glad to be a part of it.
By the way, it's fun to see the visits to the rideforgary site from all over the world. Today I saw The Netherlands, Spain, China, Germany, Poland, New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. I only know because of the site analytics, didn't see any guestbook posts or members yet, but I'm glad you guys and girls are checking it out. I need to get video and more pics added soon.
|Posted by TheRhino on February 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
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.