Visit with the Wingman and a Gear Drop

I had a great surprise over the weekend.  Denny Salisbury, the wounded marine veteran that I served with, flew into town and spent a couple days here in St. Louis.  We stayed up talking Sunday night as it was five years since we had last seen each other at MCAGCC.  We decided to go for a ride the next morning but I woke up late.  I had a short argument with my sense of responsibility and ended up skipping my afternoon course.  We ended up riding 43 miles.  It was pretty leisurely.  St. Louis actually has some pretty good trails and road connections for riding large loops through the city and county.  Molly took our pic, my apologies for whatever is going on with my hair.

Practicing for Pax2Pax.

Practicing for Pax2Pax.

I also had a surprise waiting for me at the doorstep.  You see that yellow shirt up there?  That was part of a giftbox Jamie Sue sent me.  She had gone to [insert company name here]‘s sale in Colorado.  She’ll have to comment on the blog and remind me but apparently whatever you could fit in a bag was $30.  She started swiping Jay size clothing and even found some shorts for Molly to wear too (Now all we need to do is get her a bike!)

It was a great day all around.  Denny is now home after a month of riding with Ride2Recovery.  In less than two weeks he covered more than 1,400 miles.  Not bad for a boot! Haha…

Longest Ride of the Summer, Also Busy

So yesterday I got to ride 64 miles.  The first 50 were pretty good, but then my headphones stopped working, a quick rain upped the humidity, and the sun put temps into the upper 80s.  By the time I got to class I was exhausted and running on energy drink.   Here’s the map.  The GPS was screwy at the end and didn’t capture the whole ride.

There’s been a lot of time since my last post, and a lot of work done.  Here’s a list of stuff we’ve been up to.

-My webmaster Brian is helping me build and manage a new site.  It’s got all the bells and whistles.  We are hoping to have it ready by the end of October.

-I’ve contacted the Ride2Recovery ride coordinator and we are working together on an event for next Memorial Day weekend.  I will be riding through Chicago at that time and we have found a cycling/running retailer that is interested in sponsoring it.

-The American Marketing Association chapter at school has gotten together to help Pax2Pax.  Their doing what they can to spread the word around town, on campus, and on the internet.  Their president is putting me in contact with a Communications student to help create a better video than the one I made.

-I have a meeting with the Public Relations student group at school as well.  We’ll see what they can offer Pax2Pax tomorrow.

-Denny was on ABC news, getting interviewed for all the riding he’s been doing with Ride2Recovery.  He’s going to be brings a lot of media attention to the ride next year!

-Peter is nearly done with the final stages of production for his latest film.  I’ll post links here as soon as I can.

-He also contacted GoPro for a sponsorship.  They’re interested, but they need to have a meeting first to confirm their involvement.  Maybe you can email them and let them know they should get behind us?

-Deavon Black, another marine I served with and personal trainer, contacted me about staging a crossfit fundraiser in Connecticut as we ride through Hartford.  We should know a bit more by the end of the month.

-I’ve contacted a couple companies looking for national sponsors: Clif Bar and Ubisoft. (Assassin’s Creed ftw)

-Challenge coins have been approved for the budget.  I’m still deciding on how to use them to their fullest potential.  I know people want to buy some so I will probably use them mainly for fundraising.

That’s all I can think of right now.  I’ll be keeping up better on the blog now that my schedule has become less hectic.

Thanks for reading!

32-Mile Memorial Day Katy Trail Ride

Wow!  What a fun ride!  I’ve been busy with my new summer school classes but I’m here now.  My girlfriend dropped me off at the St. Charles Katy Trail trailhead and then we met out west at Blumenhof winery in Dutzow, MO.

Katy Trail Ride

Getting dropped off and ready to go! Currently I’m borrowing a bike from one of my personal training clients.

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It was a great adventure.  I’m hoping to add a longer ride this weekend, maybe a 50 miler!  I did realize that I need to stop wearing a backpack.  As soon as I get my new bike I am going to get a carrier system.