Post Northeast Aidsride 2001....What sharing the Ride with Team Strong Island Meant to Me.
Today was my first day back into the groove of the everyday. As I watched everyone around me do the normal push and shove in this cat chase mouse society we live in, I could not help but think how fortunate I am to have seen the deeper more passionate side of people through all of you. I could not have asked for better partners along this journey.
I never dreamed that joining Teamstrong Island and/or The Aidsride would change my outlook on the world around me as much as it has. I have watched all of you devote your time, money and bodies to this challenge and in return you asked for nothing.
Well, no good deed goes without reward and for me... the reward was great. Along this journey I have made some of the dearest friends. Some of you showed me Love and support when I was downÉothers made me laugh 'til it hurt...
Some pushed me to increase my endurance... while others helped me build my alcohol tolerance!!!
Some of you taught me patience... and then there were those were patient with me.
Some provided me with hugs... whether it was for support or simply sharing happiness.
I wiped some tears and some wiped mine.
I did this ride initially for the challenge, but I learned a lot about this virus that we raised money for and about how amazing it feels to make a difference.
I continuously see the signs of support on the sides of the roadways... the faces of the residents of the towns we traveled through, thanking us for riding. I hear the cheering of the crew at each pit stop and the overwhelming welcome home from all of you at camp each night.
A few months back the mountains we climbed this week were so enormous and frightening I never imagined I could climb them... Today if I were to combine the total elevation of all four days worth of climbs together... They still could never measure up to the level of gratitude I have toward all of you for taking part in this journey with me.
I sincerely thank all of you!!!
Your Partner and your FriendLisa
(Rider 1337) (And those who are wondering... Yes... I am crying!!!)