Sunday, November 2, 2008
Betsy's first mountain bike ride since Colvin!
Well right after church this morning, Betsy and I hopped over to Rosaryville State Park to go mountain biking. Betsy hasn't been mountain biking since before Cole was born! I think it has actually been over a year! Anyway, she went first, finishing the 8.4 mile loop in a bit over an hour and had a great time, realizing what she has been missing out there again! I stayed back with Cole, passing time singing to him, walking around the parking lot and rocking in the car until Betsy returned. ONce back, I took off again and had a great ride. There were a ton of people out there, from hikers on some scavenger hunt, to a couple trail runners and then of course the typical mountain bikers. Therefore, it was a bit congested, yet still I was able to maintain about 10 mph and was able to incorporate the additional technical section (about 2 miles long) for a total of a 10.6 mile route! Great weather too, cool, with a light breeze and in the 50's.
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!