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  1. #1
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    Anne's Great Bicycle Adventure for Cancer

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    Just thought you might like to hear about my big ride. I just joined the forums recently because I did not know they were out here!! It has been such a help to read all the hints. Even though I have ridden for two years, I have learned so much.

    I learned about WomanTours from a lady on a cycling trip to Italy last spring. They have one cross country ride each year, the Southern Tier, and she had done it at the age of 72. So, at 57, I thought I would sign up! I have been training whenever possible outside (cold and sleety right now!!) but mostly spinning. I am doing this ride for the benefit of the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN and for the Tri-Cities Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. (the Komen Foundation just celebrated their 25th anniversary with a name and logo change!) The ride begins in 5 short weeks in San Diego and is 58 days long, with 8 rest days and 4 centuries during the 2 months. I am feeling really good, and really excited about my fundraising efforts. I have raised over $2000 already. I am now talking to lots of groups, putting up posters and trying to make sure that lots of people know about my website where I have a blog and a place to donate. If anyone is inclined to see why I am doing this, then see

    http://www.grahamcam.com/annesbicyclejournal

    I hope you might be able to give me a few other ideas for fundraising. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieBikes View Post
    I hope you might be able to give me a few other ideas for fundraising. Thank you.
    If only I had that kinda time off I only get a little over a month, 5 weeks when you add up holidays but not enough to do that ride.

    Lots of tips here, good luck!

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  3. #3
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    You might also give your local Team Survivor a call and ask if they have any fundraising tips specific to your area. (events to hang out at, places to put up fundraising posters, potential sponsors)

    www.teamsurvivor.org

    Team Survivor has to do a good deal of fundraising to keep itself going, so they might have some ideas.
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  4. #4
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    Bicycle Adventure

    Thank you for the suggestions. I found many on the site and I am MOST appreciative. Please consider passing my website to anyone you know who might like to see what I am doing! It was almost funny coming back and reading the post this morning and realizing that it really is ME doing this adventure!!!

  5. #5
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    Well, I am off on Wednesday to begin my cross country ride! I have raised over $10000 so far and I have not even started riding. I am excited, scared, and ready!! Wish me luck!!! Thanks!

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    Anne's Great Bicycle Adventure

    Well, I am on the road in Texas now and have been riding since March 9th. We are having beautiful weather. Please check out my ride blog.

    www.grahamcam.com/annesbicyclejournal

  7. #7
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    wow, an epic adventure happening in real time!
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  8. #8
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    How did I miss this post earlier? A friend of mine is on that trip, and a friend of hers is sending out periodic updates on their progress. I just read the whole blog and have a new appreciation for climbing, winds, and long rides.

    Gee I thought I had a hard ride today - 31 miles in 20-25mph winds (mostly headwinds of course) but this pales in comparison to what these women are doing. Amazing!

  9. #9
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    I am on the Southern Tier Trip with 28 other women over the age of 50 and we have two 70 year olds on the trip with us. Check out my blog. We are having a wonderful trip. There have been some very difficult days on this trip but we are doing well. See the post for April 7th. It was freezing. And in Arizona a few weeks earlier it was 110 degrees. We have seen it all and will have an experience that will last a lifetime. Start saving now for this incredible trip. I will never regret the two months I am taking from my life for this trip.

    Yes, there are hard days, but the people we have met, the random people who have donated to my cause, and the scenery are unbelievable. It is just a great time.

    Check out my website for pictures and blog entries for the entire route. Go to Archives and click on each day to get the different days of the ride.

    http://www.grahamcam.com/annesbicyclejournal

    Thank you for following my trip.

  10. #10
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    I've been following your blog, Anne, and am living vicariously through you. I'm so impressed with what you and the other women are doing. I'd love to do a ride like this--I'd probably do the northern route, since I'm not a huge fan of the desert--but am afraid I must wait until I retire, which isn't for several years.

    I hope the wind is at your back for the rest of the trip.

  11. #11
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    Wow!! That's amazing! I'd love to do something like that some day! Good for you!!
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  12. #12
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    Well, here I am in High Springs, FL, two days away from St. Augustine and I am amazed at what I have done in the past 56 days. We are all ready to be home with loved ones but savor each day. Today we had a wonderful picnic and swim in the springs at Ichetucknee Springs State Park near High Springs, FL. What a joy that was in the heat today!

    On Thursday, we will have a police escort the last five miles of the ride and our two seventy year old riders will lead the group over the Bridge of Lions and to Anastasia State Park where we will dip our front wheels in the Atlantic Ocean. I can't wait. I am sure that it will be a very emotional moment for each and every one of us. It has been such a wonderful experience. I highly recommend doing this trip with a group of women since they are all in it like you are, are all very supportive, and are going through all the same things that you are!

    Thanks for all the kind words. I have really loved this trip and don't know when I will ever have this experience again.

  13. #13
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    Wow. That's wonderful, Annie.

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  14. #14
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    Smile Anne's 2nd Great Bicycle Adventure

    Hi all,

    My Southern Tier fund-raising ride last March-April-May was so successful ($51,236.58) that I am going to do another one. This year I am going to ride the Underground Railroad Route from Mobile, AL to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, about 2000 miles starting in May. My website is the same

    http://www.grahamcam.com/annesbicyclejournal

    It is not quite completely updated yet. My son is working on the banner pictures and the name of the ride! It all takes time with a new baby in the house for him.

    Anyway, I am spinning now since it has been really cold. I got in alot of outdoor rides right after Christmas but now it is cold, windy and either rainy, sleety, or otherwise unrideable. I guess that is the case in lots of parts of the country.

    I appreciate all the great suggestions I got from various people last year and all the wonderful support for my causes. I will again be riding for the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN. They are fantastic.

    Ride, Annie, Ride!!

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    Getting closer to the Underground Railroad Ride

    Well, three weeks from today I will be leaving for Mobile, AL and starting my Underground RR Ride. I have had several articles written in the various publications so that was exciting.

    http://www.tricities.com/tristate/tr...4-15-0024.html

    Now the group I am riding for...Wellmont Hospice House is trying to get me on TV! I did that last year and it was fun.

    Check out my updated website. http://www.grahamcam.com/annesbicyclejournal
    Last edited by AnnieBikes; 04-17-2008 at 10:33 AM.

 

 

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