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. 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:
While wearing this:
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!