!! UPDATE !! Thank you....to everyone who wished me well and contributed to this years fundraising efforts. I just wanted you all to know that last weekend (Aug 5th & 6th) was the official event and the weather was great for riding. This years MS150 was a great event, and YES.....I did make it the whole way again (actually, I got lost once and ended up doing an extra 10 miles!) This year.....for the first time, my skill at "trail repairs" were put to the test during the MS150. My uncle Tim (photo above, on right) was involved in a small skirmish with another rider at the beginning of the Sunday ride (too many bicycles, not enough road!) and damaged his leg support on the left side. It's a simple U-shaped piece of aluminum and it had cracked almost 100% of the way around the tube and had no strength to hold his leg up....it certainly would not have survived for the entire day's ride without a lot of help. As you can imagine, on the side of the road there isn't much available for repairs...and our saddle bags are not filled with glorious amounts of tools (or a TIG welder!) so creativity is the key. I figured that trying to support the broken tube with both internal and external splints would be the best answer. I took a 10mm combination wrench and jammed it into the hollow tube to prevent it from drooping, and then began the "duct tape" process to lash it to the the front fork area below it. This involved a small donation of tree branches from the side of the road, and a 12mm wrench provided the correct support on the outside of the broken tube. The result was a surprisingly strong repair!!! All that we needed to do was add a small amount of foam padding (for comfort) and Tim was back in the game..... It was a fun experience this year, and the fact that I got to use some of my 4x4 improvisational skills too made it more of an adventure than usual. Thanks again to everyone who supported the ride. I am really sore (even three days later) but it's something that I plan to do every year from now on....being a part of such a good cause is a feeling that's hard to describe. It's hard to asking someone to make a donation. But, today I’m writing to you about a cause that’s important to me and a cause that I know you will want to support. I have decided to take steps in the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) by joining the Blue Rock Industries MS 150 Bike to the Breakwater and I’m asking you to join me in this important fight by sponsoring me. What if everyday you woke up not knowing if you'd be able to get out of bed or hold your child? For many people with multiple sclerosis, this is their reality. Multiple sclerosis (MS) usually strikes adults in the prime of life - between the ages of 20 and 50. It is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord. One new case of MS is diagnosed every hour. It comes and goes unpredictably, leaving people to wonder, "Will I become paralyzed, blind or have trouble walking? Will I be able to raise my family and continue my career?" I have a goal of raising $1500+ to support the National MS Society. I am asking for your help in reaching my goal. This year for the second time I will be riding alongside my father, my brother-in-law and uncle (who has been living with MS for many years). They have been doing these 150-mile rides every year, and now due to my own geographic closeness to the event (and my family) I am proud to be joining the team again this year. You can find more details about the organization and the event here: https://www.nationalmssociety.org//MEM/personal/default.asp?pa=52582411&pd=MEM0EMS120060805STJ To Sponsor me, please make checks payable to the National MS Society and mail them to me at: Greg Blanchette 399 Chapman Rd. Keene, NH 03431 (or) PayPal a donation to: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks again to all who contributed last year… I was able to raise almost $1500 with the help of CK5 brotherhood, and this year I’d like to be able to say that the generosity was even greater!!!