Ride U.P. for Cancer
Organized by: Amanda Monthei
EVENT DATE Oct 10, 2014
Around mid-July, I had this crazy idea — I really wanted to bike across the country, alone, on my bright orange single speed road bike.
While my reasons weren't clear at the time of my idea's conception, they became more explicit as I mulled over the details of the trip — not only would I have weeks and months of absolute, undivided alone time, but I also wanted to in some way help the families and individuals in my hometown battling various stages and types of cancer.
My initial idea was — come to find out — wildly ambitious, so I settled on a shorter distance in an area that I am more deeply familiar with: the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. But I still wanted to go at it alone. I value alone time more than the average person, I guess.
What ensued were two straight months of talking about this trip with anyone who would listen to my largely incoherent, overly enthusiastic ramblings (apologies and thanks to my mom and wonderful friends). I have never bike toured in my life and had hardly camped alone up to this point, but I was adament — and I soon realized that my idea was totally reasonable.
I'm almost ready to embark now, with only a few more purchases to go and a few more things to do before take off. What I'm asking from donors — if they feel so inclinced as to support my weird habits of beating myself up for long periods of time — is just want a few bucks to support the families in my hometown battling a disease I am all too familiar with (my stepmother passed away from breast cancer in April of this year, which is in large part why I felt the urge to do something big before the end of the year to honor her memory).
Anyways, these families (and individuals!) are struggling with utility bills in addition to paying for gas and lodging and food while away from home for treatments, all on top of their already horrendous medical bills! I figure if we can help pay a few months of bills or help with even a few days worth of travel or hospital costs, we'll be saving them at least a bit of energy that can and should be applied to their own personal well-being instead of arbitrary finances and other worries.