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Atlanta to Austin - Ride for the Roses
Much more than a bike ride.


The Ride for the Roses was our chance to ride and celebrate cancer survivorship with 5,500 other cyclists.  The ride was made even more special and poignant by the three people we honored:  Bill and Jerrilyn, both very recently diagnosed, and Margaret's father Joe, recently deceased and to whom the Atlanta-to-Austin trip was dedicated.  Every time the ride got tough, Margaret had thought of Joe's fortitude and found the ability to dig deeper.  He's quite a role model.

Abilities vary widely at the Ride for the Roses, from those making their first 12-mile rides to, well, Lance Armstrong.  About a third of the riders identify themselves as cancer survivors; many or most others honor loved ones through signs on their backs.

The weather didn't cooperate this year.  Following several sunny days in the 90s, the Ride for the Roses opened with cold and wind, and the weather degraded steadily all day.  With no apologies, we chose the 40-mile loop.

PS from 2008:  As I reread these pages, I wonder who that person was and where she got the time and energy.  Menopause can be very motivating; so can grief.  It's been a pleasure sharing this trek with you.

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