Several years ago, my best friend was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I didn't really understand what that meant when she told me what was wrong. But in the years since then, I've watched helplessly while this disease silently, slowly eats away at her strength, eyesight, and resistance, leaving in its wake chronic pain.
I want. To. Do. SOMETHING.
So, borrowing an idea from a motorcyclist (and MS sufferer) who goes by the rider name LongHaulPaul, I am going to attempt the MS5000 Challenge.
It runs for 50 days, beginning today (April 1) and running through May 20. Points are awarded during the Challenge period as follows:
For every mile I ride my motorcycle, I earn 1 point. For every dollar I raise, I earn 10 points. A minimum of 1,000 points (1,000 miles) must be earned on my motorcycle, and a minimum of 1,000 points ($100) must be earned from donations. To be a finisher, I must accumulate at least 5,000 points before the end of the 20th of May.
I'm taking the liberty of posting about the Challenge here, and I hope some of you might sponsor me.
Link for donations: Walk MS: Albany 2017: Ms. Christine Lucey - National MS Society
Maybe you remember DixieBlueEyes, a stalwart member here who was forced to give up riding because of the debilitating symptoms of MS. Maybe you recall the tale of GGNutsc, who bought a bike from a fellow member through this forum ... and was diagnosed with MS the following month.
Or maybe you know someone else with MS. In fact, I'll bet you do, because, sadly, millions suffer from it.
On this first day of the Challenge, the rules require that I post a photo of my bike's odometer.
It's common practice to include in the odometer photo a date-stamped receipt for gasoline. A few days ago, I had real hopes of being able to provide that today, and to get in my first ride of the year.
Mother Nature, however, had other ideas.
There's a not-small layer of ice underneath, dammit.
And again, Link for donations: Walk MS: Albany 2017: Ms. Christine Lucey - National MS Society