Christopher’s Ride

06.17.2008 | 6:22 pm | Goldwing

From a good friend…

Christophers Ride:

           I have been wanting to do something for people who are suffering from a debilitating disease such as cancer, leukemia, diabetes, etc. Our biker community currently has so many organized rides for charities that setting up another charity ride I felt would be just one more ride to raise money for a specific group. While it’s important to fund these organizations, my concern has been that the individual element is sometimes lost. I am always thankful for donations to the Leukemia Society since their work benefits me. But I wanted to hit upon the personal needs of patients such as myself – to lend emotional support to someone who is fighting a courageous battle. I wanted a ride that was personal, that was done for one individual who is close to the biker’s heart. I still remember how much it meant to me when a friend told me he took a ride for me with pegs down.

I know first hand just what it means to fight a disease while having family and friends who are there thinking of you and supporting you emotionally. Since 1999 I have been in a tough battle with a debilitating bone marrow disease called Myeloid Metaplasia. I know what a HUGE difference in maintaining your will to fight on when friends and family support you emotionally.

With this in mind I kicked an idea around for a very long time and felt “it is time” to launch this idea, this year.

The Inaugural 2008 Christopher’s Ride

On Sunday, July 20th 2008 the National “Christopher’s Ride ” will take place. Unlike other rides motorcyclists participate in, the benefactor in the Christopher’s Ride will be the person the BIKER selects. It can be a family member, friend, co-worker or anyone you know and want to select who is battling a debilitating disease. You can ride 10 miles or 500 miles. It is up to you, the Biker. It can be performed solo or in a group. Other members in your ride party can select individuals close to them to ride for as well.

 If you do not have anyone close to you that is suffering from a debilitating disease then consider riding for a child who is in a hospital pediatrics unit in your home town. Maybe buy a teddy bear, strap it onto your pillion and take it on the ride with you and then later present it to the child explaining just where that bear rode to with you.

If you want to make a donation to a charity after your ride, select the charity that you want to support and send them a check with a note. If you want this to be a non monetary ride, then ride for them for the sole purpose of providing emotional support only. Consider taking a picture during or after your ride and send it to them with a note letting them know this ride was for them. Explain to them why you took that ride for them and where you went.

There are very few guidelines in regards to Christopher’s Ride. We ask that:

1.)   Your ride is in support of an individual and not part of a group charity ride event.

2.)    You please do not drink and ride and that you also ride safely.

3.)    Please put your rear pegs down for the person you are riding for (if you are riding solo).

  The whole purpose and intent of the Christopher’s Ride is to share your freedom and love of biking with someone who is fighting a horrible disease. It is a way to give an individual a moment of freedom that we all experience whenever we ride. It is also a way to provide one person in your life who is battling a debilitating disease with the knowledge that on this day, you were thinking of them and took them along with you for a ride.

Fire up your bikes and Take a Christopher’s Ride on July 20th 2008.

Thank you for your support,

Christopher Throgmartin

It is Done!!!

06.16.2008 | 10:25 pm | Bathroom Renovation

Some final pictures of the finished product. All I have to do is a few very minor things, but overall the bathroom is done!

 

 

An amazing ride report!!

06.7.2008 | 8:47 am | Goldwing

Here is a link to a ride report from a guy who took off and rode over 10,000 miles on his Goldwing, and toured the West and took hundreds of pictures and posted them at Adventure Rider. It is really long, and will take you several hours to work your way through all the pictures and narrative, but it is well worth the time.

 

Flanga’s Ride Report

Doing some painting

06.1.2008 | 10:09 am | Bathroom Renovation

We got the bottom half of some of the walls painted with the brown, and got the chair rail cut, painted, and installed. We only have the wall with the sinks left to finish up and we can start putting the vanities in. I added some photographic proof that I have actually been the one doing the work on this project.