On Saturday, September 26, I'll be riding 100 miles to help raise money for 3 separate farm animal sanctuaries. It's something I've been wanting to do for a while now, and when this opportunity came along I jumped at the chance.
I haven't really been training all that much. My eating has gotten better, and will hopefully continue that trend in the next week, leading up to the big day, but I haven't really been riding like they say I should be. Then again, I think whomever "they" are, pretty much assume I drive everywhere I go as opposed to riding my bike everywhere I go.
I'm excited. It's been a while since I've had that sense of accomplishment that will come when this is over. It seems like I've been running in place a lot lately. Being a stay-at-home parent is great, don't get me wrong. I love being able to take Amelia to the park with the dogs, and put her down for a nap, and make sure she eats well and I get to read to her all the time but I'm looking forward to being on the road, and being done.
Most importantly, the whole reason we're doing this is for the animals. The sort of abuse and neglect that these farm animals have suffered is beyond comprehension. We are raising money for 3 sanctuaries, and visiting 2 of them. We start at the In Defense of Animals (IDA) office in Portland. One of the sanctuaries we're raising money for is Project Hope, a program of IDA. We're stopping at Out to Pasture Sanctuary in Estacada, Oregon. From there we ride to Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio, Oregon.
Please take the time to visit the donation page here. Every little bit helps.