#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 1
Good Morning Long Beach! Started the day with a healthy rider’s breakfast and then headed over to the start/finish line to begin this amazing ride. As Ryan Hunter-Reay won here in Long Beach last year, I thought it appropriate to dedicate this start to his mom, Lydia Hunter-Reay.
Only a short distance into the ride, I needed to stop to check the GPS as it seemed to have me headed too far south. While recalculating the Garmin, we ran into “Woody,” a Long Beach local who stopped to ask us what we were doing. He said it was hard not to notice us…which is exactly what we had hoped for! Again, thank you Oracal and Display Graphics! As Woody continued to talk he told us that he was a 2x cancer survivor and had just been diagnosed for a third time with prostate cancer. Woody is just another reason why I am doing this ride and we wished him well and told him that we would keep him in our prayers.
Southern California has this AMAZING bike trail “Santa Ana River Bike Trail” that runs along the Santa Ana River. I would like to think they built it just for this cause but it sure made it possible to get the miles in today! Riding through Orange County was rather cumbersome due to high traffic volume and numerous stoplights which made for slow riding, but the trail was a breeze!
Weather didn’t cooperate too much today, it started out in the high 60’s and by mid-morning the rain started lightly and temperatures started to dip. Just hoping that the weather today is not a sign of things to come, looking forward to sunny days and getting away from the wind, rain, and cold temperatures. What’s that song by the Mamas and the Papas…It never rains in California…right!
Finished the ride today near Banning which is just West of Palm Springs…another 100 miles tomorrow! Stay tuned for Day 2 on the #beatcancer ride across America!
P.S. Thanks to the Hilton Long Beach for taking care of us last night and to LALA-USA for providing the healthy Strawberry Smoothies!