Monthly Archives: January 2012

Help Me Change the World

I've been putting off really pushing fund raising for this spring until I got the link for you to give to Bike Out Hunger. Well, it's here, so let me tell you what's going on so you can partner with me!


Last year's Bike Out Hunger Vid

2 Rides to Change the World

In April, I'll be participating in 2 rides raising money to make a difference in people's lives. The first one is called the MS150. The money raised here goes to helping folks with MS by providing access to clinics, education, vehicle mods, emergency financial assistance, medical supplies, and of course research for a cure. The National MS Society has a great record and is making leaps to empower and increase independence of folks with multiple sclerosis. To give, just click here or on the link to the right.

The other ride is called Bike Out Hunger and I am super excited about it. I'll be riding 440 miles over 6 days so that others can have a meal. The folks that put on this ride are committed to helping end the cycle of poverty for people in Texas. All the money here will provide food and training to end that cycle in which so many are stuck. To help meet my goal for Bike Out Hunger, click here or on the link to the right. It will take you to my personal page and you will see a link at the top that says "Sponsor a Cyclist," that will walk you through the process.

I really need your help to reach my goals and every little bit helps! Pray for the rides and pray for me, that my heart would be changed as I learn more about the needs in Texas and that those needs would be met through our efforts and the efforts of others.

Thanks and Shalom,
Aaron

So It Begins Again

I must admit that I'm wonderfully grateful that 2011 is over, despite it finally picking up some steam in November and December. The rest of it was a bit of a roller coaster. I don't particularly mind life moving fast, but the quick turns and bumps had made me a little nauseous. 2012 has already had one unpleasant surprise, but is still full of promise. Here's some of what's been going on.

New Year's

I welcomed the new year — ok, not so much welcomed as acknowledged its presence the next morning — camping at Inks Lake State Park in Burnet. Friends had invited me out and we spent New Year's Day mountain biking at a new place called Reveille Peak Ranch. Later when I returned the bike I'd rented, the clerk seemed a little shaken to think that he'd given a brand new bike to a noob that went out to ride really tough, technical routes on rocks. Heh. It was sweet.

We drove down to the Spicewood/Bee Cave area and stayed at Perdenales Falls State Park Saturday and Sunday. Sunday we climbed at Reimer's Ranch. As soon as we parked at Reimer's, I recognized the car next to us as my friend, Ally's. Not only was she there, she was in the car, napping. I woke her up and she joined me, Butcher, Alan, and Rachel. We stuck to an easy wall and I was glad that I didn't exhaust myself like I usually do climbing out there. I guess that's how it goes when you don't show up until afternoon. Talk about a great weekend. You just can't beat climbing, mountain biking, and camping all on one trip!

Sad Day

I stayed in Austin, with my parents, after camping. They'd kept Annabelle while I was camping and were going to take care of here for the next several days, too, while I went to a wedding in Missouri. Annabelle generally stayed right around the house without being tied and would sleep with me at night. Her only problem came when we would leave the house and she would follow the car to the front gate (the house is several hundred yards back from the road) and chase it down the street. I'd worked with her on that Monday and Tuesday, but after coming back from a trip to town on Tuesday, she wasn't there. Annabelle was hit and we found her Wednesday morning by the road directly in front of the drive. She'd been a wonderful companion over the last year and I'll miss her dearly. Here are some of my fav pics of her. Thanks to Kaitlyn. She took all the pictures at the beach.

Celebration

Wednesday, I flew out of Austin to Missouri where my friends, Brad and Erin Fields, would be married on Saturday. They were gracious enough to let me help where I could in the preparation and everything was perfect the day of the ceremony. I couldn't be more happy for the two of them and am thankful for their friendship. At the reception, there was a bluegrass band playing, complete down to a hammer dulcimer! The music was wonderful and a caller taught and led us in contra dances and square dances. I'd have never expected to enjoy it as much as I did, but didn't dare risk skipping because of some of Erin's threats from months before :-)  Brad, Erin ya'll sure know how to throw a party!

Cycling

A few days ago I had my first outdoor ride of the new year after 2 days on a trainer. Saturday warmed up sufficiently by afternoon for me to go out and enjoy the sun and I felt pretty good considering a month off through December. My average speed was barely down from where I left off and I now feel confident that I'll be up to par in a few weeks and ready for a year of strong riding!

I hope the new year has greeted you warmly. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to make any resolutions for 2012. I you have any suggestions for me, be sure and let me know, or share your own.

Blessings and Shalom in 2012,
Aaron