Thursday, July 22, 2010

There are some things you can't tell people...

There are some things you can't tell people without them thinking that you're crazy. That late at night you put on zebra print tights and work out to old Richard Simmons videos, for instance. Or that you prefer eating Oreo cookies without milk. And apparently telling people you cycle 40 or more miles at one time, on purpose, and without someone chasing you at gunpoint falls in that category. I went for an 80-mile ride yesterday and at one of my pit stops at the local gas station to pick up water, Gatorade and cookies, I explained to the owner what I was doing. I have never seen anyone look at me with such disbelief – except when I tried to convince my neighbor that despite the fact that my baseball was indeed in her living room (and yes I was wearing my baseball glove and mysteriously had no ball and yes there was a ball sized hold in her window) that I was most certainly not at fault. And then today I stopped at a local pizza shop to pick up some water and spoke with a guy there and explained I was riding 40 miles, after which he looked at me as if I had told him that I like to go into the basement and beat myself in the head with my bicycle pump!

What is it that drives us to cycle 240 miles in 4 days for the Colorado Peace Ride? Are we insane? Are we driven to help the people around us in any way we can, because we know that we are blessed with more than we deserve and we want to give something back? Are we missing some chemical in our brain that tells you to stop when your thigh muscles start cramping and your neck is sending you messages that feel an awful lot like curses?
Honestly, I am not sure what the answer is. I imagine it’s a mixture of all of those things and more. What I do know is that the Peace Ride is just 2 weeks away and I am totally stoked. I cannot wait to get there and be with 150 other people who are as caring and insane as I am. I cannot wait to be part of an event that not only has a good, daring and inspiring mission, but that lives what it seeks to create. The Colorado Peace Ride is run by a group of volunteers who are committed to peace inside and out, and it shows in every aspect of the ride. They have volunteers that go out each morning and literally sweep the route with brooms and mark the holes to make it easier for us to ride. Seriously, they sweep the road of broken glass and debris. And they do it cheerfully. (I am not sure who is crazier). But I am thrilled that they do it, and I’m incredibly grateful and happy to be a part of this event.

If you aren't riding with us or volunteering for the ride this year and your friends call you things like crazy, looney, tree hugger, or do-gooder, join us. We can all be crazy together while we bring some much needed peace to this world that has come to think of violence, poverty and selfishness as normal. ~Deacon Joseph

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