As I was sitting at the award presentation thingy the evening after the ride I had this overwhelming desire to get up and just say THANK YOU! to everybody there. So I thought I'd just "take the microphone" here on the blog and say some THANK YOUs :-)
These aren't in any particular order.
I LOVE volunteers! I feel like a celebrity when I ride in the MS150. The rest stops are particularly fun. I've had my bike valet parked, been misted with cold water, served cold drinks, had my sunglasses cleaned, gotten tattooed and massaged. Volunteers are the best!
Thank you volunteers! Riding is fun. Volunteering seems like work LOL I'm so grateful for people who want to volunteer! You make the ride so much fun! THANK YOU!
I thought about how we had missed lunch last year. Our goal this year was to make it to lunch! We were a little over half-way to the lunch stop. At our pace we'd get there at 1pm and probably miss lunch. I have to admit, I was a little sad. It wasn't even noon yet and our ride was ending right before the ride starts to get really interesting! Rest Stop 3 was closed down. That's how late we were! The volunteers were all eating their box lunches. As we were waiting for the SAG vehicle a volunteer approached us. Dixie. She brought four extra lunches that they had. I thought it was making it to the lunch stop that I wanted. No. It was LUNCH! And here it was. THANK YOU Dixie. And THANK YOU Richards Brandt Miller Nelson, the sponsors of Rest Stop 3.
MACU also sponsors a BINGO game. You take a bingo card on the ride and get signatures for things like "person with yellow socks," "person in the top 75 of the 150 club," "someone from team Harmon's." Things like that. We've done the bingo in the past but we've never won. This year two of us on the team won! Yep. We stayed to the bitter end Saturday night and finally our name was called :-) Lisa won $50 and I won $100. With that $100 we can purchase 1700 jawbreakers for our jawbreaker machine at the Water Gardens theater in Pleasant Grove and raise $425! How cool is that!? THANK YOU Mountain America!
And Thank you Craig! He pulled the 100 mile team along. We met Craig the day before the MS150. Apparently Craig bikes A LOT! He was in really good shape and was able to help the 100 milers tackle the windy conditions.