October 3rd, 2009 I had the pleasure to
participate in the MS 150 Bike Tour that rode
from Hammond, LA to Percy Quinn State Park in
Mississippi. A friend from high school,
Robi Rispone, has had MS now for over 5 years,
so, before the race, I decided to dedicate my
ride to he and his family. I also
designed a 'Team Rispone" logo to put on a
custom jersey which I presented to Robi, Nikki
and Jake a couple nights before the ride.
Jake, Robi's son, really seemed to dig that I
put a picture of Popeye, his favorite cartoon,
on the back of his shirt. When I told my
buddy Llew, team leader for Royal Purple, about
my intentions to dedicate the ride to Robi he
took it a step farther and decided to dedicate
our entire riding team to Robi as well.
We had close to 20 riders out on the course now
riding for Robi and his family!
The ride was beautiful with a few challenging
hills towards the end of the course as you
entered Percy Quinn. Rest stops were
strategicallyl placed every 10 - 12 miles or so.
I did the ride alone for the most part averaging
20mph or so. I ended up in a couple
peletons for a few miles but the roadies seemed
to give me the evil eye as I stayed in my aero
bars the whole time. Trust me, I didn't
want to be in their little group as much as they
didn't want me there. ;) I
passed them as quickly as I could and got onto
the open road to enjoy the scenery.
met up with Vanessa Aucin, Coleen Dean and
Debbie Tausis at the 2nd or 3rd rest stop and
rode with them for 20 - 25 miles. We
kept a really quick pace and I enjoyed riding
I guess at around mile 56 I started to cramp
really bad in my inner quads. Maybe
it was from not hydrating properly but I had to
get off my bike on at least 5 occasions to
stretch as the muscles were literally locking
up. A nice lady saw my predicament
and gave me a few Endurolytes which seemed to
help to some degree.
I attacked the
challenging hills towards the end of the ride
and entered Percy Quinn to the cheering
volunteers and the smiling faces of Nikki and
Jake Rispone. Overall it was a great
day and I really appreciate everyone that
donated. Through the kind people that
donated I ended up raising close to $1400.
Team Royal Purple raised over $10,000 between
the 20 people that fund raised.
first hand what this terrible disease does to
the people that are diagnosed and the day to day
struggles that the families involved go through
as well. I can only hope that the MS
Society is able to advance the research to find
a cure for the disease.
Thanks for reading.
I hope you enjoyed reading my account of the
MS150 Bike Tour as
much as I enjoyed writing (and living) it!
Best of luck on YOUR life journey!!!!
May you reach all your goals and achieve all your dreams!