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Take a punch at cancer and end up in San Lucas!

Some of my greatest memories riding a bike have come while participating on the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride. I’ve twice had the opportunity to make the ride from Greenville, South Carolina to Austin, Texas. What makes the memories so special is that you join together with riders and support crew with a passion to fight the blight of cancer.

I won’t be joining the crew this year, but my heart always makes the trip with them. It is an emotional experience and an encouraging lesson in love and support. I want to make an appeal for you to support the ride this year.

You can learn more about the endeavor at P3Ride.org. I’d also like to point you to a particular opportunity you might be interested in. Local cyclist Donna Navarro is selling tickets for a chance to win a week’s stay (2 bedroom) in Cabo San Lucas.

The tickets are available for a donation of $50. The prize will be drawn on October 7. You do not need to be present to win.

You can learn more about the opportunity at Donna’s Facebook page that she created for it. It is always fun to give to a cause in unique ways. Here is a way you can give to a worthy cause and possibly even get something cool as well.

All I can say is, “Thank you,” to Ron, Kevin, and the gang for having the vision and perseverance to keep the Palmetto Peloton Project moving forward. I truly wish I could join you again — and perhaps someday I’ll have the chance. Until then, I have my memories…


— 2008 Challenge to Conquer Cancer —


— 2009 Challenge to Conquer Cancer —

Remember, you can make a tax deductible gift for any of the riders at P3Ride.org.


All in one place

Pretty soon I’ll be sending a DVD and a jersey of my Ride For Mike to his parents.  I’ll also be sending one to his wife and little girl.  It will be something for them to remember him by and to remind them that people still love him.

I figured I would go ahead and combine all the videos of the week in one place for archive sake.  So, below are all the videos you may have seen last week during the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride.  Then again, you may have missed one.  Check them out.

The Overview

Day One

Day Two

Day Three/Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven – LiveSTRONG Challenge

Remember last year?

Why not make your plans for 2010?

Riding into Austin

This video uploaded while I was sleeping last night.  Think I stayed up a bit too late getting these done.  I have that very groggy feeling going on in my head… coffee… coffeeeeee…

It was an emotional day all around.  The video of the actual LiveSTRONG Challenge ride may not get up until sometime early next week.  It all depends on how things go on Sunday.

If you enjoyed this video, be sure you go back into previous posts to check out the rest of this year’s segments.  I sure have enjoyed living them!  Thanks, Team Awesome!  I’ll be your exit buddy any day.

Next stop… the Land of Lance

It is October 1st.  That means only 17 days remain before I leave on the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride from Greenville, South Carolina – “The Hills of Hincapie” – to Austin, Texas – “The Land of Lance.”  Honestly, I haven’t been that excited about it… until now.

I’m putting the fund raising portion behind me.  I certainly welcome any gifts people wish to give (donate here signifying “Jonathan Pait” as your designated rider), but I set this day as my deadline.  I won’t be bugging you about it anymore.  However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing about the ride!

The attention of this blog will start turning toward this epic ride.  I’m sure it will be the focus of this entire month.  Over the next few weeks, I will be recalling some of the experiences of last year’s ride and talking about my plans and hopes for the 2009 event.

This year we have five teams.  I’m on the Green Team.  It includes Jerry Page, Bo Zimmerman, Megan Snyder, and myself.  We’re going to have a fun time, but I sure will miss Team One from last year.  Joey Sullivan and I are the only returning members of that cast.  Joey will be joining the Yellow Team this time around.

This year my main hopes are for safety and that our team will get along well together – both as individuals and riders.  After that, I’m aiming to enjoy the time in Austin as the Beautiful Redhead will be joining me there this year.  Finally, I hope I’ll once again get to ride with Lance like I was able to do during last year’s LiveSTRONG Challenge 90 mile ride.

This is the last day I’ll ask you
to help me raise $5000.
$1355 raised so far to fight cancer.
Give to the fight today!