I remarked to Walu last night that at the beginning of the year, I'd thought that 50 miles a week on my bike was a lot, but that this weekend I rode 50 miles over two days without thinking much about it. At the end of the second day, I was tired, but not especially so. It was a satisfying end to a long tour for many reasons.
So now it is time to call in some pledges. I was buoyed by your support over the course of the year, and I know that the South Plains Food Bank will lifted by it as well. Some of you have already honored your pledges, and for that, I am truly, truly more grateful than you can ever imagine. For the rest of the Challenge supporters, I am grateful to you, too, but you must still please make out your check to the South Plains Food Bank and send it to:
4612 Locust Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79404
Also, do me a favor and write "Bike Garden Challenge" on the memo line on your check. That will ensure that it is earmarked for the food bank's farm. Hopefully, we can also use that to tally up what we've managed to do together with this campaign.
If you'd prefer to give online, there is a way to do that, too. Just go to the sidebar here on the blog, click on the Bike Garden cycling jersey and the link will take you straight to the donation page for the SPFB. Again, please leave a note in the comments section that indicates that you are giving in honor of the Bike Garden Challenge.
Thanks to Fred, Cheryl, and Jill for keeping me company on the last miles of the challenge yesterday (Jill by texting and calling from Kansas as she rode). And as an extra special thank you bonus for all my supporters, a photo I have titled "Victory with Helmet Hair":
Feel free to print this and hang it on your wall. You're welcome.