MS Bike Ride Tomorrow

As most of you already know, tomorrow is that giant 150 mile, two day bike ride that I’m participating in to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.

In case you don’t know already, here are some quick facts:

The ride goes from downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma to downtown Oklahoma City, following old Route 66.

In July, I discounted Her Sudden Groom by 80% and donated all royalties to the cause. ย In the 31 days of July, more than $8,500 was raised all at the meager pace of $.35-.40 at a time. (Once again a huge thank you to any and all who helped support this. Even if you didn’t like the book, I honestly appreciate you buying it or making a direction donation to support our goal.)

Now, for what the majority doesn’t know…

First–it’s supposed to rain!!! Okay, all the exclamation points were me trying to be happy about this fact. But frankly, I’m scared. I won’t lie. I’m terrified of the torrential downpour we’re supposed to have while I ride on the back of one of these:

Sun Tandem Recumbent Bicycle. If you look, you’ll notice the person on the back (the stoker) doesn’t have any handlebars!

While wearing this:

Back of the biking jersey my husband insisted we needed
The front of the biking jersey my husband insisted we needed…yes, the letters are in “mirror writing” and yes…those are indeed a pair of hedgehogs who look like they’re about to kiss… The workings of my husband’s mind never ceases to amaze me. But, while I might find it awkward to explain the symbolism of the hedgehogs to everyone we meet, at least I know my husband loves and cares about me enough to remember this. (By the way, he’ll be wearing one of these shirts, too!!!)

and this:

Route 66/MS Ribbon necklace, courtesy of my mom!

And of course a rain coat that I had to go buy today! Which brings me to…

For months I’ve been a little worried about spending so much time literally within inches of my husband. Would we get along all this time pedaling in unison? Would we argue? Would it get boring seeing nothing all day but this:

How would we pass the time? Talk? Sit quietly and pedal? Would it annoy him if I were to sing?

Dear Readers, these are all real worries I’ve had.

So, I’ve decided to make a list of ways to give an equal balance to all of these things and I’d love some feedback:

  • Grunt and groan about how “out of sync” we are since we haven’t ridden for over a week
  • Wave to people like we’re Miss America in a parade as we pass by…or as they pass by us which is more likely
  • Ask Bob how he really feels about a certain heroine of mine…
  • Casually mention I think there’s a leak under the sink
  • Remind him he has a dentist appointment next week
  • Pedal quietly while I secretly wonder how far we’ve gone and try not to groan when the reality that we’re still in Tulsa city limits dawns on me
  • Sing a few songs (suggestions anyone?)
  • Ask him a dozen questions about my books
  • Ask him for advice on the one I’m currently writing
  • Remind him that as a lady, I’d greatly appreciate it if we could make a quick stop at a gas station rather than make me wait until the port-a-potties they’ll have waiting at the next stopping area
  • Sing a few Disney songs
  • Remind him for the umpteenth time that I don’t like to fly down the hills like he does
  • Wonder aloud what they’ll have for lunch (hey, you don’t keep this figure by starving yourself, you know!)
  • Wonder aloud how long it will be until lunch…
  • Ask what he really thinks of the new dress I bought last week

Sadly, I figure all of that will take probably no more than twenty minutes, then the rest of the weekend will be filled with companionable silence, or perhaps just silence in general, with the occasional discussion. Either way, I’m really looking forward to it, even if I’m a bit nervous. I do plan to snap some pictures while I’m out to put up on here next week and I also think I’ll be making posts every so often on Facebook.

Once again thank you all for all the support, and I’ll try to keep you all posted!

14 thoughts on “MS Bike Ride Tomorrow”

  1. If you want to irritate him, you could ask every 2 minutes “are we there yet?” or sing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” LOL

    I do want to say that I think this is a wonderful thing y’all are doing and I wish you the best of luck and safe biking!

  2. Those all sound like wonderful things to talk about and annoy him with. The one thing I didn’t see was any mention of talking about your boys. It seems like that is always a topic my husband and I talk about. You could get his thoughts on any room mother ideas you might have. As for songs to sings, hmmm, some good old fashioned hymns for those scary hills. Songs about rain?
    Love the shirts with the hedgehogs.
    I don’t know if you ever said but are you doing this for anyone in particular who has or had MS?
    Good luck this weekend, I hope it doesn’t rain too much and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I will be thn

    1. I do not know anyone with MS. It just seemed like a worthy cause and I have several friends who do this ride every year so they encouraged us to go.

      Oh, and I didn’t put anything about our kids because inevitably, that’s exactly what we’d end up talking about. Those were just to make light of my impending doom.

  3. Sing all the songs you can think of with RAIN in it…

    bring on the rain…
    Raindrops keep falling on my head…
    it’s raining, it’s pouring the old manis snoring…
    It ain’t gonna rain no more no more, it ain’t gonna rain no more…

    Get a splitter for your ipod, download an audible historical romance (preferably an author who is not a friend of yours) and listen to it together using earbuds, and then critique the characters and love scenes…


    1. Songs about Rain (that’s an actual song title)
      If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops…
      Rain is a good thing
      And the Thunder Rolls
      The Wise Man (And the rains came down and the floods came up…)
      Who built the ark? Noah! Noah!

      There are tons of songs about rain, but… it didn’t really rain. More on this in a post either tonight or tomorrow.

  4. Best wishes today! To you and to Bob… I think this is a great thing to do together. Your last commenter said the exact same thing I was going to suggest. My husband and I listen to audio books together anytime we travel. We are currently going through all of the Amelia Peabody mysteries written by Elizabeth Peters (narrated by Babara Rosenbladt)… Time flies when you’re into a good story.

    Ps: I love the shirts Bob forced you to wear! The kissing hedgehogs are hilarious… Maybe that could be a topic of discussion for a few miles: How much do either of you really know about the mating habits of hedgehogs? Lol

    1. Between the two of we don’t know that much about hedgehog mating rituals, I’m afraid so that conversation lasted all of about thirty seconds.

      By the way, how can you possibly hear your audiobook over your kids in the car???

  5. I’m too late but next time…you could always run your fingers through those beautiful curls ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for me I’ll just keep running my hands through hubby’s awesome chest full of hair ;-}

    1. I did run my fingers through those beautiful curls! I even took a picture of them! And counted them. And pulled the spiral and watch it bounce back into place. I picked a fuzz out of one. I shooed a fly away from one. And then I stared at them…for hours.

      I KNEW you were going to bring chest hair into this! You meanie head (I got that from my five year old last year when I took him to see the Lion King in 3D and he asked why Scar had to be a meanie head). As soon as I read your suggestion about running my fingers through Bob’s curls, I knew you were going to taunt me about my not-so-secret love of chest hair!

      1. How odd that I have to think of you as I run my fingers through over his chest ๐Ÿ™‚

        And I watched for the longest time to make sure it grew back after they shaved it and I don’t know if all of it ever did

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