Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 46 – Columbus, OH (0 miles – rest day)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ride for World Health had our third annual Solidarity Ride this morning. We had an absolutely amazing turn-out. Nearly 140 people came out to support our cause – the most support we have had at a Solidarity Ride thus far. And, although the weather looked incredibly ominous in the morning, Mother Nature actually decided to be nice to us today and keep the storms up north.

One of the people to come out and support us this morning was my mom. We rode the 20 mile route together. It was so much fun. It reminded me of when we were little and we would go biking together around Findlay. She did an amazing job and we had a great time together. Although the route wasn’t that well marked, I helped organize the Solidarity Ride for the past two years, so I had a pretty good idea of where we were supposed to be going. The “20-mile route” actually only ended up being about 14 miles (not sure what happened there…), but it was enough for us.

Mommo had never worn a bike helmet before. But one of the rules of the Solidarity Ride was that everyone must wear a helmet. Lucky for her, I had an extra one sitting around the house. She wasn’t exactly sure how she was supposed to wear it. Here is a run-down of one of our conversations:
Mommo: “This helmet doesn’t fit very well.”
Me: “That’s because you have it on backwards.”
Mommo: “Oh.”
She switches the helmet to the correct orientation.
Mommo: “That feels better.”
Haha. I love her.

Today was Maggie’s birthday! How exciting! We went out to her favorite restaurant, Rubino’s, for dinner. Her parents treated us to an amazing pizza dinner. Yum. Gordon Gee even stopped by to say hi. Maggie is so popular…

We had an evening bowling party to celebrate Maggie and Pete’s birthday (Pete’s birthday is tomorrow). It was lots of fun. The theme of the party was “Sunglasses and hats.” I proudly wore my new, AMAZING sunglasses and yellow cowboy hat. I wasn’t that great at bowling, but at least I didn’t get last. We had lots of fun.
End of the forty-sixth day. And it was glorious. (As part of Maggie’s birthday present, I let her pick out today’s word of the day. “Glorious” was the first word she said. It is also one of her favorite words. I thought it was very appropriate.)