Day #6 – Southport NC to Myrtle Beach, SC
As soon as we left the hotel and stepped outside, there was no doubt it would be a tough day. The heat and humidity just hung in the air. Not the best way to start. First time I really felt that was back in 1975 as a Plebe at the University of Navy…The Boat School. But like then, what are you going to do…just get on the bike and go. Mike Z said a few words about Cat’s brother Peter… You see Peter and Mike worked on Wall Street years ago and when Michael first found out that he had MS…Peter served as a confidant to him. And so it goes. We ride for Peter and Michael…for the friends and family of so many folks who read this Blog and have a connection to MS. We ride for them and with each peddle stroke we get closer to finding a cure.
Many of you know my story on how I became a part of this team…of cycling to bring an end to this disease. Hell, I was out a Pendleton and all I wanted to ride in a good ride. A well supported ride. And I signed up for the local MS 150…From Huntington Beach to San Diego…down the Pacific Coast Highway. Came back home to the East Coast and realized that the National MS Society had rides all over the country. And as I became to be more involved in the Maryland Chapter and becoming more knowledgeable about Multiple Sclerosis, I found that many many folks I had known for years had a connection to the disease. And they embraced my efforts. You see, WE, ride for those that can’t. And it is an honor.
Maybe Michael’s talk yesterday will prove to be my epiphany this trip. Not sure. It has easily been the most challenging one. Up, eat, on the bike, off the bike, eat, sleep…and then start all over again. The road hasn’t been easy. But we all get it done. Have to…that’s why you come to play.
We will finish tomorrow AM with two rides…a 20 or a 50 miler…I will opt for the 20 mile tour. Today’s ride was difficult and we got lost and added on some miles. That’s part of the deal. I have attached a picture of our ride the other day where we came to a dead end for construction and had a mini cycle-cross. The bridge was out. Hotter than Hell there too.
OK…That’s it for now. Enjoy your night and keep us all close. I never finished last year’s ride with my crash the last day. I will stay on the bike for sure this time around. But just in case…Light a Candle.
“Good night Mrs Calabash, wherever you are…”
David A. Bethel
Business Development Analyst Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin MS2
2323 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21220-4207