This weekend I learned that apparently it takes a village to pull off a 2-square-block-104-mile-battle-of-will-bike-ride.
As of Saturday morning, we had raised $1,700 for H-Bomb's girls and I felt SO good about that feat! Seventeen Hundred buckaroos was WAY more than I thought we would raise and I was so excited to share that final number with H-Bomb and her family. I was also looking forward to riding and visiting with a few friends that ventured to H-Bomb's yard to hang out.
Then, something interesting happened.
As Normie and I ticked off the miles...the support team (and their donations!) grew...and grew...and grew. The presence of a pop-up tent (thanks Bike World!) and social media really helped.
I could not believe the turn-out. H-Bomb's friends and relatives, neighbors, Normie's friends, my friends, our favorite bike shop managers -- heck, even our former AP Bio teacher showed up. Several people joined us for a few -- or a lot -- of miles. There was food, cheering, smiles, brews, and, lots and lots of money being donated for a great cause.
The final raised amount was $3,026.41 (+ some stragglers that are still happening). THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS for the Allen family!
Looking back, as I went to the "oh my. I need to ride my bike a lot in teeny tiny circles" place, I feel like I didn't have the mental ability or energy to truly thank everyone that came to support. So, if you were one of those people that observed the surly side of Smithers, please know that Normie and I are BEYOND thankful for your presence and support! Don't let crabby pants Pbear make you think any differently!
At the end of the day, I had tender muscles, tired eyes, and the mental exhaustion that comes from riding in circles for 14 hours.
But, my heart. My heart was swelling with excitement, love, pride, and accomplishment. And, I can only thank The Village for that.
Thank you, H-Bomb Nation.