As a reminder, Tampa BMX is one of our ride sponsors and they recently upgraded their website. With the new website, every time visitors go to www.tampabmx.com and the monthly quota of visitors goes over 1,000 unique hits, our track receives funds that help with all the great rider programs the track director and his staff develop and offer. Please take a moment and look at www.tampabmx.com and help out the riders without taking a dime out of your wallet.
Earlier today, I received some emailed wisdom from Jason, a long distance rider who has taken some amazing journeys. I've been getting some advice from his blog,(www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/4176)... Thank you Jason and I hope our paths cross out there some day.
I’ve also been reading the former blogs by Matt Will, who did a cross country bike ride for Autism. His "in the moment" blogs give us insight as to what we can expect during our ride. I especially enjoyed his post ride "what did I learn?" blog. Here are the ones that have real life advice beyond the bike:
"No point in bitching about the hill you're on because there will always be one after it.".
And, "Life is easy. The answers are right in front of you. Success is up to the individual and how hard they're willing to work for it."
In light of the many people over the years who have said we were nuts for doing any one of our life adventures, I especially found comfort in this kindred spirit quote:
"There is no point in believing you can't do something. Stop listening to the people and the part of you that says you can't and just do it."
This quote reinforced what I've always believed about people, especially my BMX family: "If you're willing to do something good, there will always be people there to help you."
This evening, as the riders were warming up on the track, one of the BMX dads asked if we had jumper cables. I checked in our truck and we did not. While he wandered about asking in one direction, I did the same in the other direction. I asked Augie, whose daughter, Kayla, races our daughter and sure enough he had jumper cables. I started up our diesel pickup and pulled it around to face the truck that didn’t want to turn over. Soon, there were a few more BMX dads offering to help. Eventually, he got the truck started. I like how everyone pitches in and tries to help; it restores my faith in the human race.
Since I started this blog, I have sent over 3,000 emails and have developed an email list of 400+ contacts. Virtually every day, I receive an encouraging message, an offer to help or a request to add a track stop to our route plan. Regardless of how my day is going, those emails keep me moving ahead with our dream to promote BMX and cycling through our ride. Tonight, I got a hug from our Concession stand manager, Lisa, who said she was so excited for us. I can not wait to celebrate our ride launch with all of them and all of you, who follow us through our blog. April 20th! 2 weeks and counting!!