You’re all familiar with Urban Promise’s big fundraising ride, “Pedal for Promise”, now this year we used that training to extend the fun for a few VERY ambitious riders. Unlike the P4P, our “Camden, 2 Capes & 10 cent Skeeball” ride (C2C) was just for fun! Originally planned as a 3-day ride, the weather set us back a day. We left Camden at 7:00 am sharp Tuesday morning to ride to Belleplain Sate Forest to camp, but still had energy and time, so we finished the last 25 miles and made it an hour ahead for the 6:00 ferry from Cape May to Cape Henlopen (the 2 capes). The picture shows our two exhausted riders, Jalisa and Christian taking a well deserved rest in the shade at the end of the ride before the ferry crossing. On the other side of the bay, The Beacon Motel in Lewes was nice enough to give us a suite for the price of a single room, so our “camping” became a hot shower, a waterfront dinner, and an air conditioned bed! The next day we finished the 100 miles by riding to Rehoboth Beach for the 10 cent skeeball portion along with a nice breakfast, some ocean swimming and a slice of boardwalk pizza. The owner of “Beach Arcade” was so excited about us riding all that way to play at his place that he ran home and got us all T-shirts as souveniers!
Then, as in all great trips, it was time to get a ride home thanks to my son’s willingness to come and get us with the van.
I was recently having a discussion with a friend about “Grit”; that unshakeable determination to get to where you want to go no matter what it takes. Though I’m not involved in their schooling, I can tell you that both Jalisa and Christian showed grit when they together voted to make it the extra 25 miles, bringing there total day’s miles to 85 miles! Here’s some stats: 9.5 hour ride start to finish, 7 hours of actual pedaling, 85 miles, approximately 27,300 rotations of the pedals.
THAT’S GRIT!!!! That’s what can help these kids, and many others at Urban Promise who do amazing things, get over the hurdles of life and achieve their dreams no matter how big they my be. Great job!