Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Big Fix is rolling!!

The Big Fix 06 3,300 mile cross-country bike ride rolled out of Davis California this morning following a relaxing start to the day at the Davis Farmers Market. Coffee was kindly donated by Ciocolat, a few words were said at the start and without too much fanfare the bikes were ready to roll. There were a couple of traditions at the start line, each rider was introduced to the audience of supporters, including a sizeable contingent of Davis cyclists. Geoff Toughill from the Histiocytosis Association of America reminded us what this ride is all about then there was the baptism. Each bike has both it’s front wheel and back wheel dunked in a tub of Pacific seawater for the start of the ride. No doubt, the next time these wheels touch saltwater will be in Boston harbor.

One by one the riders rolled from the Farmers Market with the Davis locals leading the way. A local rider, Jeff from Woodland rode part of the way in support of his Niece who has Histio. He donated a dollar for every mile he rode today with rider Jill Nepomnick being his designated rider.

Soon it was over the Yolo Causeway and into Discovery Park in Sacramento for the first rest-stop. A few Cyto’s and cookies later it was a pleasant roll through the beautiful American River Parkway (all bike trail - no roads, no cars) to the second stop at Nimbus Fish hatchery. The weather was perfect and all riders were absolutely loving it. This is where I parted company with the riders and pedaled back to Davis. It is and pleasure and truly an honor to ride with you my Big Fix friends. Live the adventure.

- Paul Charteris


At 10:20 PM, Blogger logan said...

thanks for the update, wish i could be riding with them! can't wait for next blog, good luck and god bless the riders and supporters!!!

At 8:47 AM, Blogger robinita70 said...

I am so proud of all of you!! We are cheering you on in Houston!!! Robin


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