In a little over 6 months, I'll be riding over 100 miles sometimes or close to 100 miles each day for 5 days in order to raise money to help fund an AIDS/HIV Vaccine. 100% of the funds that we raise go directly towards Emory University and UCLA AIDS Institute. Not a portion, 100%.
I've crewed the last 3 years, I love every minute of my week with my August Family but this is the first time I'll be riding. New England is well known for it's incredibly hilly terrain. The first day ends with a hellish 4+ mile climb up A MOUNTAIN, with over 2500 feet of elevation gain in that short climb. Most people don't make it up there by way of bicycle but I'll give it my best shot if I'm not dead before I hit the bottom of that hill.
Unless I'm already late for dinner.
I'm going to be doing all sorts of things to raise money over the next 6 months. I'll raffle off a Taco Tuesday night with me where you can stuff your face with tacos, chat, and read for 3+ hours at my favorite table. I'll be raffling off a day with my sister and I. If you know the both of us you know this is already a worthy investment. I may even raffle off a day at IKEA with myself and my grandmother. Even if you know nothing about my Nana, she is the bees knees and a guaranteed good time. Other things will be raffled and auctioned off so stay tuned!
Some questions you may ask yourself:
Where can I donate? On my fundraising page
Can you write off donations? Yes. The info is on the Charity Treks site.
Is any donation too small? HELL NO. I'm riding regardless of what I raise, and realize times are tough for everyone right now.
Does Dan belong on a bike? I'm not sure. But I'm going to find out.
Will he live blog his adventures? Maybe, it depends. There will be video diaries and other fun things for sure, and maybe some surprises along the way.
What will I do about missing Taco Tuesday? I missed it last year, it was tough, but I have something in store for the Tuesday I ride.
Is Dan going to cry? Most definitely. Multiple times. Each day.
Will it be awesome? Of course, that week in August always is.