Even though Mary and I aren't heading to Death Valley this year, 11 members of the West Michigan team are. The majority of our team fought the cold and rain in Killington, Vermont back in August. Our teammates will be fighting 102 degree temperatures and relentless sun this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them as they ride 105 miles in one of the most desolate areas on the planet. Having completed four century rides in Death Valley I know what kind of pain they are about to endure. But hat pain will help ease the pain of all those suffering with Type 1 diabetes. To my teammates I say have a great ride, I wish I was going with you.