Bike & Build [North Carolina to San Diego 2009]
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Are you generating electricity??
Picture it: Easter weekend, downtown Asheville, NC (population 80,000), me in spandex on a trainer.
My two favorite comments of the weekend:
"Are you generating electricity??!"
"You know you're not going anywhere!"
I rode my bike on a trainer downtown for 3 hours on Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday. For the hardcore cyclists out there, these were not training rides, but fundraising rides -- rides intended to get people curious. And, I think I accomplished this mission.
I made a little over $100, which is that much closer to my $4,000 goal.
I also met some crazy, wonderful, kind and unique (to say the least) people. Some people were truly inspirational, and I am so happy to have met them; a few others were a bit confused. Despite Asheville's reputation as a bike town, there are still scores of people who don't understand cycling or spandex, especially when these involve a woman. That being said, or left unsaid, I met many many individuals this weekend who showed a lot of support for Bike & Build and really encouraged me to continue on this path. We were also graced with a beautiful Easter Sunday and it was fantastic to be outside on a bike; I just hope to someday get somewhere on it. :)
In other news, I'm working a fundraising event at the French Broad Brewery on May 3rd. So, locals, look out for news on that in the upcoming weeks!