A beautiful ride through Mississippi today with the only exception being the roads!! For most of the trip, we had no shoulder to ride on and believe me the truckers take no exception to that! We found most of the people here in Mississippi to be very friendly and accommodating, with lots of honks and waves as we rode by.
Today, as we continue to dedicate this month to Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share just a few cancer statistics with you from the state of Mississippi. In 2010, there was an estimated 14,330 new cancer cases diagnosed with Lung Cancer being the number 1. Among the top five diagnosed cancers were Prostate (2), Breast (more…)
Today we started in Greenwood with very overcast skies and rain looming in the forecast. Headed east towards Columbus on our way to Barber Motorsports Park but about 30 miles into the ride the heavens opened and we got pounded with rain! After checking the doppler radar it became apparent that we were most likely not going to be able to ride out of the storm. With weather conditions (and road) our path is constantly changing so the trip to Barber was cancelled. We decided to take a southern route and rode down the Natchez Trace Parkway towards Jackson, MS.
For over 8,000 years, this timeworn path has felt the tread of travelers. Buffalo and other wildlife were first to wind their way through the wilderness. Later, American Indians, traders, trappers and missionaries joined their fellow creatures on the rough track. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, boatmen floated merchandise downriver to New Orleans where they sold their flatboats and their goods and returned home on foot or horseback, using the well-worn Natchez Trace. Back then the Old Trace went (more…)
Another great ride in the books for the day, roads were great and the terrain was mainly flat after the first hour or so. The skies were overcast with a little more humidity with rainstorms forecasted. We left early this morning from El Dorado, AR and finished for the day just inside the Mississippi border, the birthplace of American Music!
As we mentioned before, March in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month so in that light we want to share some cancer statistics with you from the state of Arkansas.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Arkansas, with approximately 6,000 deaths per year from the disease. Part of the reason for this is late stage of diagnosis and (more…)
Another great ride again today, a little more up and down due to the rolling hills through the western part of Arkansas. Temps were warm again today, mid-70’s with some mild winds. Traveled from Texarkana to El Dorado on the back roads and even saw some rather peculiar things…from a horse standing on the front porch of a house to finding Waldo! Yes, for those of you who didn’t know, Waldo, AR is a very tiny town with a population of 1,594!
Today, we want to dedicate the ride to St. Pete to “Mighty” Max Low, the 12-year old boy who we shared with you on Day 15 in our blog. Please spread the word to everyone that you (more…)
Today is the first day of the back half of the ride…heading out of Texas and into Arkansas! It was for the most part the best “weather” day of the ride so far. Temperatures in the low 70’s with mild winds…pretty pleasant ride today!
While in the great state of Texas, we want to recognize “LIVESTRONG” headquartered in Austin. We would like to express our appreciation for all the work that they do to (more…)
Day 1 – Met Woody in Long Beach, a 2x cancer survivor, hopefully a 3x cancer survivor! Best part of the ride was the Santa Ana River Bike Trail!
Day 2 – The front desk clerk at the hotel shared with us that her father was dying from cancer with only 6 months to live; his choice was to forego treatments and enjoy his life without the pain of chemo.
Day 3 – We met Linda, the front office manager at the Blue Water Resort in Parker, AZ who is a 2x cancer survivor, and then there was Mel who stopped his car on the road to donate to the cause as his wife is a cancer survivor as well!
Day 4 – Rode past the Phoenix International Speedway the day after Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday that ended his 66-race winless streak.
Day 5 – Today is March 1st when we remember National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Ride today was dedicated to Ryan’s mom, Lydia Hunter-Reay who lost her fight to colon cancer in November 2009. (more…)
Another good day…another 100 miles! Heading south towards Corsicana TX…with a rest day in the forecast! The temps in Texas were fairly nice today, but the winds were quite strong!
Today we want to share more information specifically on colon cancer since this is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and in dedication to Ryan Hunter-Reay’s mom. The more we educate everyone, the more lives hopefully we can save!
Colon cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the USA and 5 to 6 of every 100 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Here are a few important facts to remember: (more…)
Today was a good day, the temperatures are a little warmer than usual, the winds seem to be more in my favor, and we are off to Texas Motor Speedway to meet Eddie Gossage, a cancer survivor himself and take a ceremonial lap around the track!
We headed slightly north today to take advantage of the winds and to clock the 100 miles for the day. Only had one flat today but the roads (shoulders) here in Texas are brutal on the bike tires!
The ride to the speedway was uneventful…however there were several things that occurred today worth mentioning:
- Update on Tiana Bishop (Cancer Fighter of the Race, Mid-Ohio 2010). Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Rhabdomyosarcoma in June 2009. She is nearing the end of her treatments (July 2011) and has been very (more…)
We would like to take a moment to once again ask for help in the fight against cancer. We know there are not many people that can say that they haven’t been touched in some way by this terrible disease. The survivor rate is increasing yearly but we still have a long way to go.
We have dedicated ourselves to help with the battle against cancer. As we travel throughout the country on our 2800 mile bike ride to St. Pete, we continue to meet people who have been affected by cancer in one form or another. Today, we met Debbie Reynolds who lost her husband to Carcinoma, a cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover body organs. He was only 47 years old (more…)
Today at breakfast we met Anne, a breakfast attendant at the Hampton. She recognized the Racing for Cancer logo on our shirts and just started sharing her cancer story with us. She said when she was 19 years old she lost her son, Martin to cancer (ALL). Martin was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed and at the age of 4 he passed away. Anne was also pregnant with her oldest daughter at the time of Martin’s passing so for a very young mother she experience some very difficult times in her life. She said that those experiences changed her life…and that today she is different person because of those struggles. She has become a strong woman and we dedicate part of the ride to her today.
We left the hotel and traveled about 65 miles to another small town where we met Francis. During a rest stop, we found out that Francis is a cancer survivor but (more…)