A few days ago, on a windy road: "What are you training for?" asks Tallulah the Turtle (who is riding in my back pocket). "For a very special ride, coming up at the end of June," I reply. But the wind snatches my words away, and Tallulah is left wondering.
Back at the house, and liberated from my pocket, she climbs onto my helmet and asks again, "What did you say you were training for?"
"For a Very Special Ride - in Colorado, at the end of June. It's called Bike MS. Lots of people will be riding together to raise money to help people with MS."
"What is MS?" she wants to know. So together we watch this video:
"Wow," she says. "I know," I reply.
Tallulah has many more questions - probably the same questions you have. So we decide that she shall interview me.
T: Why are you going to Colorado for this ride?
Mrs. M: My friend Snowcatcher - who crocheted you, Tallulah - has been participating in Bike MS for years. This year she's formed a team of her own and invited me to join it.
How long is the ride?
73 miles, 2 days in a row. That's 146 miles total.
When is it?
June 29-30, 2013.
Do you have to do anything special to qualify for the ride?
Yes - I have to raise at least $400 in donations.
Where does the money go?
Straight to programs, services, and research to help people with MS.
Speaking of money, does it cost anything to be in this ride?
Yes. Snowcatcher is paying my entrance fee, and I am paying to get myself and my bike out to Colorado and back again. But I'm not asking for help with that - only for donations to help fight MS.
What if something prevents you from riding?
The donations still go to help fight MS.
Can I donate?
Yes! Just click on the "Bike MS" button below, or in my sidebar, to be taken to my Bike MS page. When you get there, look for the blue button under my picture that says "Donate to Sue", and click on that.
How much should I donate?
As much or as little as you like. Even a dollar will help. If you can afford more, that would be great.
One last question: Does it embarrass you to ask people for money?
Normally, yes - I can't stand asking people for money (which is why I give away so many crochet patterns for free). But this is a worthy cause, and I will gladly ask for money to help someone else.
Wait - I just thought of another question - can I come on the ride with you?
Of course, Tallulah. I wouldn't dream of leaving you behind. :)
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Thanks for reading this far - if you have any other questions, do please ask. See also my Bike MS page (click on the button above) which has links to all kinds of information about the ride.
To my bloggy friends: feel free to blog about this and/or grab a copy of the sidebar button. Any and all help is appreciated!
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