July 2, 2015

MS Bike Ride.

The MS Bike Ride is something that Leah and I participated in for a number of years while living in Alaska. We met a dear friend in Anchorage who has multiple sclerosis and it was always an honor to do something we enjoy so much (riding bike) to support finding a cure for something she battles and lives with every single day. During those rides in Alaska, we met two Ohio State Buckeye fans, David and Koreen, who became friends. David and Koreen have a goal to ride the MS Bike Ride in every state and dedicate each summer to riding for a cure. They have since moved to Houston, TX and announced earlier this spring that they would be riding Iowa this summer. After each ride David gets a tattoo on his calf that symbolizes the state for which they rode the MS ride. Now that Leah and I are both in Iowa, we told David and Koreen that we would ride with them in Iowa...and bring our parents. We also told David that due to our dedication and loyalty to the greatest team in Iowa, if we all rode the ride, he had to get Herkey on his calf. He obliged and we rode...what a good sport!

The day was beautiful for riding bike...

The four of us rode for Laurie Siemens and Steph Politte, two friends who have MS. 

The ride started at the fire station in Ankeny, Iowa...

...and followed the High Trestle Trail to Woodward...

The High Trestle bridge was a highlight of the ride. Although I have heard a lot about the trail...and bridge, I had never ridden on the trail until last weekend. 

The ride ended at the Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny for a total of 50 miles. We all wore our Alaska jerseys...

...and had plenty of people asking us about Alaska. I loved being able to tell them that I had lived there for almost eight years but now live in Minnesota. It is so good to be back in the Midwest. 

After the ride we enjoyed a beer with David and Koreen before heading back home. It was great seeing the two of them again and I wish them well on the rest of their rides this summer. 

And, word on the street is that David and Koreen are planning to ride RAGBRAI in the summer of 2018. There might not be a better way to train than for a cause...


Father's Day weekend.

We headed to Iowa City for Father's Day weekend. I decided to take Friday off from work so I could drive to Algona Thursday night and enjoy a long weekend. Plus, I needed to go to the dentist and had an appointment scheduled for Friday morning.

After the dentist, my mom and I went downtown for coffee and then walked around a bit before coming back home. I love checking out the local shops. 

After my dad got home from work, we had a quick lunch and then headed for Iowa City. Just a few minutes after arriving at Eric's house, we found ourselves outside playing on their new play set. What fun!

Then we came in to read a few stories before dinner...

Eric's family left for vacation on Saturday, so Mom, Dad, Leah and I stayed at Leah's new house in Iowa City. We spent most of the day outside on Leah's deck enjoying the wonderful weather. Saturday evening we gave Dad one of his Father's Day gifts...an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen! Tradition. Yum. 

On Sunday we went to church, had lunch and then headed home. It was another fun filled weekend...and had me feeling again how fortunate I am to be back in the Midwest.