Sunday, September 24, 2006

Heading to California!

The Adventure Begins

Tomorrow morning, Jackie and I are taking off from San Antonio to start what I hope will be a five week ride. We will take four or five days to take her back to Denver, then I will continue on to California for a week.

After California, I am not sure where I am heading. I need to be in Dallas/Ft. Worth by the last weekend of October for the first of my three 3-Day events. From there, I ride to Phoenix for event two, then San Diego for the closing event. After that, it is back to San Antonio.

If work does not raise its ugly head, I hope to be on the road that whole time, laptop along for the ride and documenting my adventure.

To all of my 3-Day friends, see you real soon!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

That Toddlin' Town

What an awesome event. The walkers were great, the crew fun and the weather,,, well the weather was Chicago, but the walkers were troopers.

I became known as the Candy Man on this event, which is better than the Pig Dude I have been called on other events! Over the course of two and a half days, I gave out over six CASES of M&Ms (mostly with peanuts, for those planning on bringing chocolate to other events this year).

If you have done any west coast events, you probably know Big Dan cheering on the walkers in his bucket hat and pink pompom shoe laces. I was never sure how he could do that -- cheer for three days straight. Now I know. And I know WHY he does it. It is AWESOME!

I was able to play music, dance, sing and talk to all of the walkers. As I drove the route, I would look for "slow down spots"; areas where the walkers were falling off the pace. I would pull over, crank the music and offer up M&Ms with the theory that Chocolate Fixes Everything, including sore knees, blisters and Dementors in the Night!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Not so fast cowboy...

OK, that didn't go as planned. While packing my bike for the Chicago trip, I manged to screw up my back (technically, my SI Joint and hips). I ended up in the ER Monday night and with a chiropractor for the next few days. My doctor has helped me stand erect again and I can now move without groaning audibly. While I could not ride the bike that far, I was given permission to drive there. I will be cheerng on the walkers in Chicago for a few days, then helping with the closing ceremonies traffic control on Sunday. After that, Jackie will come back to San Antonio with me for a visit before returning to Denver.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

And so it begins

After spending a wonderful week between San Diego and Las Vegas with friends and family, tomorrow starts my 3-Day travels. I fly back to San Antonio from Southern California, pack my bike and head out Tuesday morning for Chicago. It is about 1300 miles, give or take a U-turn or two, and I plan to arrive Thursday afternoon. There are reports of thunderstorms in central Texas and again later in the week north of Oklahoma City. Rainy days and Tuesdays always get me down.