Ride for Veterans

Cycling and anything that keeps the wheels turning. Marine veteran remembering the time I served as well as looking to help others.

Actions speak louder than words.

Would a handful of coins change your life?

4569457286_949974130a_m_answer_6_xlargePeople do this all the time. Someone on the streets walks up and begs for your spare change. Instead of talking with them and seeing if there are ways to help, you pacify their request with less than most people pay for a coffee.

Imagine that time in your life when you hit rock bottom or came dangerously close. Having no one to turn to and no way out, being completely on your own.21166-The-Worst-Time-Of-Your-Life Would a handful of change or several handfuls over the week rescue you? Does it even come close to bringing back what you once had?

Last month was pretty hectic, work related fun, giving me little time to get out there and pedal the roads. I did however get the opportunity to dawn a pair of spandex and circle around downtown Orlando last week. Managed to ride in the path of a shelter of some sort handing out plates of food. There was a line of people, men women and children all waiting their turn. Immediate thoughts turned to the efforts going to feed the homeless veterans for Thanksgiving and how little of a gesture it’ll be, not realizing the problem was much larger. Good starting point.

 

We’re asking for people out there to do more. Spare an hour to volunteer to help in your community. Do more than discard of a handful of change and forget about the problem. Hell you may even end up meeting someone that could change your life! The Ride for Veterans is continuing to grow and each new person yields a helping hand. Whether that’s sharing this blog with others, offering to cook some of the food or great ideas on how to get more each extra person makes this effort stronger.

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner and we’re continuing to collect donations and help from people that choose to do so. The next project is going to be “Warmth For Christmas.” A project that’s still on the drawing board, but is carrying a lot of fire behind it. We want to get out there and provide as many of the homeless with a blanket, gloves, a hat and coat. 7845_2Shelter isn’t always and option for some of them. If possible we would like to also provide a Christmas meal to be shared with some of the shelters in the area. Research will be done to figure out which ones would be best suited for the project. To get a closer look at what life is like in one of these shelters click over to my friend Ronnie’s blog.

 

Change helps to provide a meal for someone or to buy much needed items, but it doesn’t live up to it’s name. A helping hand, a voice, a force strong enough to care is what’s needed.

 

If you’d like to join us and actually help people out of their situations let us know. It’ll only cost you time and love.

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Temperatures are dropping, time to get off the couch!

Stop letting excuses pile on up leaving you stuck on your butt this season.

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I hear the same thing over and over again. People saying they’re gaining weight and can’t find time to exercise. These are the same repetitious statements made by the motivated folks you see in January making claims about how this will be the year they lose the pounds. We should have a national get off your ass day. I vote we make that November 1st. That way people have time to stuff their bellies with all the sugar from Halloween which should keep them wired enough to have an outstanding first day! People are overly concerned about the “Ebola” epidemic, yet are taking no actions to ward off any other illness. Not too sound like an insensitive prick or anything, but the News Stations could take a few breaks in between to report on the rest of the world’s news.

I for one am excited to see the numbers dropping on the thermometer. Cool days lead to longer relaxing rides out on the bike! I know there are some out there that have a bike either in the garage or shed collecting dust and feeling neglected. I understand that many of them are “two tired” (Sorry cyclist humor, but you’ll be amazed at how your energy levels will rise after a few short rides.

Speaking of taking the bike out, check out our Ride For Veterans Thanksgiving event below. Trying to do great things this year. Please help out by sharing with your friends and family!

 

 

Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving 2014. (I’ll need your help.) Pt.2

It hasn’t even been 24 hours yet and the support I’m receiving for this project is motivating!

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I thought I was going to have a few days to get myself back into prime riding condition, but apparently there are a few generous people out there that would like to speed that process up! I don’t mind as long as help for these veterans is in the works.

 

 

As I stated in the first post, I’ll be riding 1 mile for every $2 donated. After riding 15 today I still owe all of you 35 miles to be caught up with the contributions, Hopefully I’ll be able to ride the needed miles prior to Thanksgiving. Anyone out there want to make that a challenging task? For proof purposes I have my miles tracked via Strava, shown below.

Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving 2014. (I’ll need your help.)

Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving 2014. (I’ll need your help.)

My initial plan to do what I can this fall and help some local homeless veterans have a Thanksgiving and a show of support.

 

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How many times have you been sitting in your car and came upon a man holding a cardboard sign? I know not everyone has a handful of change or money they are willing to hand over and that’s fine. I’ve been guilty of it before as well. Pretending not to see the individual, changing the radio stations or playing with my phone just so I didn’t have to look them in the face. I’d like to begin to make up for all those times with this small effort.

 

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For Thanksgiving this year I’m going to cook a turkey and deliver it with whatever food I can gather. In order to help these veterans for more than just one day I’ll be setting up a site for crowd funding to collect monetary donations. My hope is that by getting this small gesture out to as many people as I can that it’ll be enough to change the life, or better yet lives of the men and women that are out walking the streets of a country they fought to protect.

I’m unable to begin my main ride around the perimeter of the United States, however that doesn’t preclude me from starting to help. If you’re in the Orlando area and would like to help on Thanksgiving by delivering the items please let me know! (LegsBPedaling@Gmail.com)  DONATIONS WELCOME HERE.

 

The ABSOLUTE minimum favor I’m asking of those reading this is to get this message in front of anyone that is grateful for their FREEDOM.

 

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 ADDITIONALLY: For every $2.00 raised I’ll ride 1 mile. Let’s not make this a ride around the block…http://www.gofundme.com/Ride-For-Veterans

 

Again when I have everything set up and ready to roll I’ll make a part 2 to this post. Thank you all in advance and I challenge you to also help in your local area. Don’t let them believe no one cares!

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Colombia’s Cycling Team New Vag Style. Cycling News.

Colombia’s Female Cycling Team Have Adopted A New Uhm Look.

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The female cycling team that is sponsored by the city of Bogota is causing quite a stir in the waves of the Internet. From a glance these women appear to be riding with their midsections breezing in the wind, however the color of the fabric is set to match the riders giving the appearance of nudity. Some are calling it a “genital disaster!”

A lot of questions as to why this team would sanction such a bold look. So far from what I can gather is that it was a design mistake by a member of the team. Not sure if they’ll end up changing it or keep enjoying all the attention they’re getting from it.

Not sure what prompted this move, but it’s absolutely making stuff stand up and take notice. From time to time I  the Internet in search of my new favorite cycling jersey or gear. I have to say though if this is a publicity stunt by the team it seems to be gaining a lot of attention.

Personally I like that this team is making people talk about cycling. Maybe it could lead to a greater number of people out there on two wheels. Wouldn’t that piss off a lot of drivers out there?

Although many are applauding this risky change in attire there are a lot in the cycling community throughout the world that find this design to be disgusting and an insult to the sport of cycling.

A couple of my favorite jerseys.

 

Organization dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD through cycling.

Organization dedicated to helping veterans with PTSD through cycling.

 

Gas-less jersey. Many MPGs

Gas-less jersey. Many MPGs

 

 

I have a few others I take pride in but nothing as extreme as the female team from Colombia. Let me know what you think down below. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of objections.