I finished it! Not having a lot of time for reading for pleasure, it has taken me quite awhile to finish my latest read, Long Way Round. Finally, this weekend, I was able to complete it. With the end of the book comes the beginning of my plans for my own ride.
Long Way Round is a book (as well as a documentary) written by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. It chronicles their trip of 20,000 miles from London to New York — via Europe, Asia, and America. Their mode of trasportation was the BMW R 1150 Adventure. The book was a great read and now I want to see the documentary.
You can find out a little more about their adventure at the official website: LongWayRound.com. You’ll find they also have completed a trip Long Way Down where they took their motorcycles from the tip of Scotland to the bottom of Africa.
So, what does this have to do with bicycles? Well, I do not claim to have come anywhere near completing a feat such as these two actors did. However, I was amazed by how easily I could connect with the emotions they expressed in the book because they were very similar to some I experienced on my two trips to Austin with the cycling relay team the Palmetto Peloton Project Challenge to Conquer Cancer.
It brought back the memories, but also increased my desire to complete my own long distance ride. I’ve already made some steps in that direction, but now I am ready to put the rubber to the road. I’m now starting in earnest my plans for the 2010 Ride for Mike. LowCadence.com will be the journal of my plans and my trip.
The first part of my plan is already underway. This next Ride for Mike will have me riding for what Mike lived for — rather than riding to fight what killed him. I definitely plan to do more cancer fund raising rides in the future, but this year I am taking a break to focus on raising money for a scholarship fund that is being finalized in Mike’s name. The money will go to help students studying to become ministers working with youth.
That was Mike’s passion and what he lived for. It is his love for his God, his family, and his youth group that defined him — not cancer. The 2010 Ride for Mike is my way of remembering that and allowing his memory to have a continued role in fulfilling his passion.
The ride will not be a trip around the world or even across America. However, it will be a route that 1) has significance to the life of Michael T. McCaskill, and 2) will be the most challenging ride I have ever attempted. It will be a ride that will have a higher potential for failure. That gives it a greater degree of challenge and reward.