Wednesday, November 24, 2010

More Thanks

Back in August we posted a list of all the people who had donated to Team Scheidel. Since then we have had many more contributors. At this time we'd like to thank those people.

Karen Kleinheksel
Jim Rueter
Linda Milanowski (and thanks for letting Ian use Don's bike)
Christine Behrens
P Guimond
Sylvia Veal
Rip and Sonia Singh
Robin Duvall
Chuck and Rose Weiten
Tom and Florence Scheidel
Roy Dodman
Tom and Kim Vogel
Doug Gerowski
Tim Sundt
Michelle Yamazaki
Kathy Magnuson
Bruce Oman
Wendi Lewis
David Pasciak
Tim Jackson
Katie Clark
Liz Wright

Special thanks also to Third Coast Cycling, Macatawa Cycling Club, VanAndel Arena, Peggy Essenberg, and the Corner Bar. The 2010 JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes raised over $4,000,000. The West Michigan Team contributed $186,000 of that. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year a great success.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Second November Ride

One of my friends from our Ride Team, Linda Thompson-Poeder, has set a goal to do a century ride each month this year. With the nice weather we've been having she picked yesterday as her day for November. I rode along for the first half and a couple other team mates rode the second half. Linda and I met at Riverside Park on the north side of Grand Rapids at 7:30 a.m. The skies were clear, but the temperature was only 40 degrees. We headed north on the White Pine Trail to Rockford where we stopped for some much needed coffee and a warm up. We also each handled a business call and then hopped back on our bikes and continued on to Sand Lake. This was our turnaround point and we shed a layer of clothes as the temp was now over 50. On our way south we spotted a small herd of deer, about 8 or 9 animals near the Rouge River. We watched each other until the deer scattered because I made a small noise trying to unclip. Linda and I got back to our cars with 48 miles under our tires. I headed home and she headed out to the Musketawa Trail in Marne. There she met up with our team mates Melanie and Derek and they helped Linda finish her November century.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

First November Ride

I got out for my first post-Death Valley ride today. It was a beautiful fall day in Michigan so I pumped up the tires on my road bike and headed up to Rockford. Sunny skies and 55 degrees made for a glorious ride. It's late enough in the season that most of the crunchy leaves have blown away as well, leaving the trail dry and clear. I got in 16 miles and felt great. I'm already looking forward to next ride season.