"Record Pledge, Hot Sunday"
(Updated October 2, 2008) . . . Mike has reached past his personal goal again. He raised $1,575.00 U.S. dollars for the Multiple Sclerosis Greater North Jersey Chapter. A late pedge came in by the Nutley Elks 1190. He is pretty happy that he raised this amount. Mike has raised over $1,000 U.S. dollars for the chapter four years in a row. His bike number for this tour was #83.
Ready to hear about how Mike did in his 17th time in the MS 100 bike tour. Here we go!!
Sept. 13th . . . Mike was up about 5am saturday morning. His mother and him was out the door with the car packed with Mike's bag and bike. Went off wrong way on the way to the MS-100 bike tour. Had spotty fog with sunny skies after.
Reached the area by 7:30am. Had to rush around to bring my bag to the MS truck and while putting my bike number onto my bike. With the help from my mother. While walking around to see what is going on. I was taking pictures like always.
I started off in the light drizzle at 8:00am. The ribbon cutting was in front of me this time around.
Went to check in. Have to wait awhile for the room key. Because the folks that works at the Hilton was still cleaning up the rooms. Call my mother to tell her I made it for the day and that her and her boyfriend has to wait before coming for the BBQ. So I hung out in the lobby. Then later.....finally got my room key. Gone up to clean up and dressed up. Then to the BBQ outside in the back of Parsippany Hilton. Where my mother and her boyfriend came to hang out with me. WDHA 105.5 FM was there. Plus table vendors was there. Including a big raffle from High Gear Cyclery. The food was great. I went to the convention room for the MS speeches, raffle giveaway and then the comedy show. Then walked around a bit. Watched a few people play the piano. Bought fries and up to my room. My roommate already went to bed. KLights was out. So I got my stuff ready for sunday and went back down to the lobby to eat my fries and watch the big screen tv. After eating my fries. I went off to bed.
Sept. 14th . . . Woke about 6am by the wake-up phone call. Roommate is already awake. The sky is clear as a bell. After he left. I went to get myself ready for the day. Went down and got my bag and bike ready. Then go eat breakfast. Got everythign ready to rock and roll. Got air in both tires and call my mom to say I am leaving. Warm out of course. Suppose to get hot today.
Took a couple of photos at the finish line. MS volunteers and a few that has MS was cheering those coming to the finish line. They sure do know how to make a lot of noise. SMILE!!! Even a live band called "Tom Vella and The Wayside" played at the finish line. I heard them play. It sounded good to me. But was slow to get up. Get over to them and take a few photos of the band playing. But was late. They was already packing up to leave. But I do have a CD from the band.
Final word . . . I broke my personal record again. I love it!! Raising this much money for Multiple Sclerosis feels great. Then my mom and her boyfriend hung out with me at the BBQ. I took a bunch of chocolate bars after the comedy show. It was kind of to hot for long distance for me on sunday. A hot and humid 100 mile bike tour.
Raised a total of $1,575.00 for the MS Greater North Jersey Chapter. Thanks to those that helped me get over $1,000 U.S. dollars for fourth year in a row.
Would like to thank my mom, FMBA #29, Applegate Farm, Perfect Pitch Homerun Derby, Kids Swap in Denville, NJ, Some friends that are members of CoffeeCup.com, Algeri's Pizza, Nicolette's Auto Body, Cabrina's in Nutley, NJ, a late pledge from Nutley Elks 1190 and some friends of Belleville. Support from Scout Troop #364, my mother for driving to and home from the MS-100 tour.
If you like to learn more about this MS chapter. Please go to Greater North Jersey Chapter for more information.