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I Needed The Ride

Wednesday was really my Friday because I had another short week. I like taking extra long weekends in the summer to take short trips. I did not sleep well Tuesday night. I got some really bad news right before I went to bed and struggled to fall asleep. The daughter of a coworker of mine was hit by a car and in very very critical condition. I also heard bad news about another coworker that has been battling cancer since Thanksgiving…all night I slept fitfully, thinking about them both.

My morning ride on Wednesday was a good distraction. For a short period of time I was able to clear my mind from the sadness.Β  I drove to the Park n’ Ride and set out into the early morning sunshine. It was a really nice ride.


I sprinted up the short but steep hill to the Springwater trail. It felt good to work it all out.


I biked through Sellwood and headed down to the Springwater Trail along the water. The sun was bright and I did not need my jacket at all. I stopped at this scenic spot by the water and shed layers of clothing. I felt much better!


I decided not to take the Hawthorne Bridge and instead I biked passed OMSI and headed North on the Eastside Esplanade. I went down the ramps to the Steel Bridge. I liked it much better than going over the Hawthorne. The only downside: the floating bridge has these big bumps that hurt my butt!


Going the Steel Bridge way added about an extra mile to morning commute.


I crossed over to the west side of the loop and headed into work. It was a nice morning ride, not too crowded on the trails, and the sun was warm. It was a good distraction from things that were on my mind.


Morning Commute:

Time: 44 minutes
Calories Burned: 356
Distance: 8.43 miles


It was a really good ride and I felt refreshed and upbeat. Until I got to work and got more bad news. πŸ™

 

AFTERNOON COMMUTE

Wednesday was a hard day emotionally. The coworker with cancer passed away.Β  I’m glad she was surrounded by her friends and family at the end but it was a shock. She was a force before she got cancer: feisty and strong and fierce! My other coworker’s daughter was not doing well either. All day I just wanted to be on the bike. I was distracted at work, sad, and just emotionally exhausted and ready to go home.

I was so glad when quittin’ time came. I gratefully headed out into the sunshine. I biked a few blocks to the waterfront and passed the Sternwheeler boat.


I took the long way around, crossing the Steel Bridge, enjoying the sunshine and headed down the eastside of the esplanade.

It was about 82 degrees out on my ride home, not miserably hot, but hot. And the breeze was even HOT. I pedaled and pedaled, enjoying the sunshine and the ride. And the distraction.

I biked on the Springwater, through Sellwood and decided to keep going toward Johnson Creek.

I was feeling good on my ride, but toward the end it started to feel like I was riding through Jell-o. My legs had to really push it. I turned around just before Johnson Creek and rode to the car.


I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Unfortunately it was filled with sadness. I got back to the car and loaded up my bike. Michael’s dad and stepmom were coming into town from Texas so I had a short amount of time to get home and shower and change before dinner. I was so glad I got to ride though! I needed it!

Afternoon Stats:
Time: 47 minutes
Calories Burned: 387
Distance: 9.68

Total Distance for the Day: 18.11 miles! I wish I could have biked to work one more time this week to sneak in some more mileage but I think this weekend Michael and I will try to fit in a long ride so it will be okay.

QUESTION: Do you mind the heat when riding your bike?

 

 

Update: Thursday morning my coworker’s daughter passed away. Please keep Kayla and Flo in your thoughts and prayers, if you pray. My heart is breaking for their families.

For a Good Cause

Saturday night Michael and I got dolled up for a benefit. Michael’s coworker, Jerry, found out recently he had a brain tumor. They operated and things seemed okay, then he got the bad news: terminal. I cannot even imagine how Jerry and his wife and family took the news. I know I wouldn’t take news like that well for anyone in my life. I was so happy that Michael’s company decided to throw a benefit for Jerry. The company rented a trendy warehouse spaceΒ and threw an amazingΒ party!

The company went ALL OUT. I am so impressed, and touched at the outpouring of support for Jerry. His wife decided to go on leave from her job to spend the last few months she can with her husband. I am so glad that I could play a part in this and donate money to the cause.Β First up: the FOOD. Holy cow. Was it good!


There were a bunch of big BBQ’s outside the building and there were ribs, chicken legs and brisket.


Everything was by “donation” and all proceeds go to Jerry. I happily forked over money for drinks and dinner. It was good eatin’! Michael got the rib dinner–it came with bread and coleslaw. I got the brisket sandwich with BBQ beans. Confession: What I REALLY wanted was the BBQ chicken leg but it looked super messy to eat and I didn’t want to get all messy in front of Michael’s coworkers. I regretted not getting the chicken though. Another Confession:Β I ended up buying some chicken “to go” and I ate one of those chicken legs when we got home. And it was AMAZING. By far the BEST BBQ chicken I’ve had in my entire life. I will be dreaming about that chicken for years.

Michael's Dinner

 

My Dinner

There was also entertainment! There were belly dancers:

And a REALLY good blues band. I kid you not: these kids couldn’t have been over 18 years old and they were mastering complicated blues songs like pros. They played original songs and a bunch of covers that blew me away (and impressed Michael who HATES blues music and is also a musician).

And there was a photo booth too! Michael and I took a shift running the photo booth and it was super fun. We even got some pictures taken too.

Plus, I finally got to meet Seth Aaron. You may recognize the name from Project Runway–he won last season!Β I’m not really a groupie-type but I did want to meet Seth because I LOVED his clothes on Project Runway. They were gothic and dark–just what I like! Oh and Michael works with Seth Aaron! (Which is why we watched that season of Project Runway.)

Seth Aaron and Me


Seth was the MC for the night. There were also raffles and silent auctions. Michael donated a soccer jersey to the cause:

Seth Aaron's Donation

There were TONS of things on auction. Lots of fun, cool things plus amazing art. I put my name down for a few things but sadly I was out-bid.


There were so many good things that coworkers donated to the cause to be bid on. I ended up buying a bowl that Jerry made by hand:


And I also bought some photography from another coworker:


It was such a nice night. I was impressed with how many people turned out. It made me have a renewed outlook on humanity after a week of experiences that left me feeling like people are black at heart. I saw that there are places where coworkers care about each other and do things to help each other–especially in a time of need. What an amazing place Michael works at.

As the night wore on I got more and more tired and SORE from Saturday’s workout. We called it a night and I happily went home to bed, glad I could contribute to someone’s life to make it a little easier.

QUESTION: Do you do anything for charity?