What a ride and what a day. The day went without any issues. Russ and I concluded that this was the best time we had on any of the last five Courage Classic rides. Both of us felt strong all day and at our best as we climbed Stevens Pass. I made my best time ever up the pass by seven minutes.
As the ride took place, it dawn on me besides the kids who are helped by the money raised; the real story is all of the volunteers who make the ride happen. As riders we are told continuously by many volunteers "Thank you for raising money and riding for the kids." I hope to not leave out any one but here it goes. Here are just some of the volunteer highlights and a thank you I want to pass on:
&bull MultiCare has seventy – five volunteers who help put on the ride. Checking in people, loading and unloading bikes, moving and putting up tables and chairs, driving SAG cars, and ect.
&bull All the Rotary Clubs of Pierce County were involved in buying and preparing all the food stops along the ride. Each stop had more Rotarians than you can count. How could you not when you have to feed over 700 rides in a short period of time? Thank you for the treats and the special little twist you have at each stop. STP could learn from you. We had apple cider, coffee, water, Gatorade, ice cream sundaes, fresh fruit, root beer floats, snow cones, and many other items to enjoy at the many food stops.
&bull John Curley for riding and being the MC for the Saturday night program.
&bull The Gig Harbor Rotary for a better spaghetti lunch at Snoqualmie Summit than I had at Spaghetti Factory besides the parking was easier.
&bull What can Brown do for you? I tell you what UPS does for the riders. UPS takes the riders luggage from them at the start of the ride and drops it off at their camp site or hotel during all three days. The bags are dropped off by the rides numbers at the finishing site. UPS also took care of my laptop by keeping it safe for me.
&bull Many MultiCare employees volunteered their weekend for the ride, and brought their kids along to help as well.
&bull The Old Town Bicycle shop fixed and worked on many bikes for a thank you or the cost of the parts. Thanks for taking care of my tire and my bike.
&bull The South Hill – Puyallup Rotary and Sumner Rotary for a nice lunch of sandwiches and soup.
&bull All the SAG drivers – Thank you for stopping and bring water, a floor pump, a kind word of encouragement, and a ride when the body or the bike gave out.
&bull The Lion’s Club of Leavenworth for my favorite dinner and a great breakfast. Dinner is so good I worry about embarrassing myself for eating so much, and trust me when it comes to food I don’t embarrass easy.
&bull The Tacoma Narrows Rotary for the baked potato lunch and the fun we had in line. Every year you add a new topping for the bakers, and I love all of the items you offer.
&bull Thank you for all of you who worked on Thursday and Friday to prepare the ride and those of you who will work on Tuesday getting everything back to where it goes.
&bull Thank you all for a special ride but be prepared the word is out so expect more riders next year.