Thursday, March 8, 2012

Breaking From the Ordinary

Well it's been an extremely brief spring break.  I hardly remember any of it.  This might have something to do with the fact that I've been in bed since I got home on Friday.  I got stuck with something nasty and have been bed ridden all week.  This has been very discouraging especially since I have way too much to do right now.  I finally pulled my self out of the house today and was able to run a good six miles in training for my half marathon in April.

I really need to kick my fundraising efforts into gear.  Hopefully I can put together a spaghetti dinner soon to help bring a little more press about the ride this summer.  As I've mentioned before, this year the FCBA will be hosting two rides.  The East coast ride will actually be rolling right through and making a stop in Tappahannock in June.  If you would like to meet these adventurous cyclists and fuel their passion and trip, then we will be sure to organize a dinner that everyone is welcome to participate and attend.  If you have any interest in doing this please contact Patrick Smith at some point or the other.

For your entertainment I've posted a video that promotes this years ride... watch carefully, you might catch me somewhere in there... getting covered in ice cold water.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Amazing Blake Smith Returns

I got a very important phone call the other night from none other than Mr. Blake E. Smith.  He informed me that he would be making sure I didn't get into any trouble this summer and be accompanying me down the West Coast.

For those of you who don't know the Amazing Blake Smith let me give you some background information.  Blake Smith is a world renown adventurer.   His most famous accomplishments are swimming across the Rappahannock River... in the middle of a storm, running 4 (coming up on his 5th) marathons up and down the East Coast, biking 3,600 miles across the country, and beating any odd there is to be beat.  I've adventured with him before and he is on the top of my list of people to be stuck on an island with.

If you're wondering where his star twin Patrick is, not to worry.  Patrick is getting ready to go out into the world and do bigger and better things.  He has generously dedicated his time to FCBA this year by helping to plan and coordinate the East Coast ride (more on that later).

Last year the three of us were able to help raise over 10,000 dollars for the Fuller Center.  We were completely blow away by all the support we received and we got to work on job sites and see directly where the money we raised was going.

While this year our minimum goal is to raise $6,000, we are raising money for a grass roots organization that does incredible things in this country and abroad and it would be ridiculous to put a limit on that.  I would love to see us meet last year's amount again.  Currently we have $150 dollars raised, which is a good start.  Remember, donating is not the only way to support us.  Prayer is the biggest contributor by far.

Here is a map of what the West Coast ride will look like this summer

In the meantime, spring break is upon most of us college kids and so I will be returning to the Northern Neck for a brief period of time.  Look out for cyclists in the coming week (actually always look out for them) because it's most likely me trying to kick my bike back into shape.  Obviously I'm always in shape.

Look for adventure in unexpected places.
<3 Martha Joslyn