Acadia National Park has 45 miles of carriage roads built in the early half of the 1900s by the Rockefeller family. (Well you know, they paid for it.)
The Rockefellers wanted to create a car-free way to enjoy Mount Desert Island. Today, these dirt and gravel packed paths are used for biking, running and walking (though as the name implies, horses were once more prominent). The carriage roads sounded a lot like to me like the bridle path in Central Park, and for some reason, I assumed they would be largely without incline.
As you probably already know, Cycle for Survival is spinning event that raises funds to help cure rare cancers. Each biker (spinster?) fundraises to earn their spot on a bike. What you may not know is every dollar goes to actual research (for instance, no money is spent on say, maintaining their website or paying their Time Warner cable bill). I donated last year and the organization actually followed up with me and told me where my money went. It made me feel even better about my modest contribution.
I’m riding with the The Cycle-Angelos, a team started by my friends Blake and Timmy after Timmy’s dad was diagnosed and later passed away from cancer. Over the past 3 years, they’ve raised over $150,000 in support of pioneering research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). I am so excited to be a part of the team.
Three years ago, at age 29, I could not ride a bike. Since then I’ve competed in a Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run), biked in foreign countries (Iceland, Colombia), and logged miles on Manhattan’s busy streets.
I wouldn’t believe it was possible so I wanted to share the story of my journey.