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A couple months ago I wrote about the Tour de H2O, a charity bike ride I planned to participate in. My goal was to raise $500 as part of the group effort to construct a clean water system for a school in Kenya.

I’m happy to say I met my goal, and then some. I raised a total of $645, and the ride as a whole raised over $20,000! Thanks to everyone who helped out.

It was a fantastic weekend. We thought we might get rained out, but the storms held off. The 50-mile ride wasn’t too difficult, except that the last 8 or so miles were directly into the wind. I always like to start into the wind so the ride is easier coming back.

Cindy and I made a date of the trip. Our kids stayed with some close friends of ours — Micah’s first night away from us without Grandma there. I surprised Cindy by making a reservation at one of our favorite restaurants: J Alexander’s. We used to go to the one in Toledo on special occasions. We didn’t quite get to sleep in since I had to be at the park early, but it was nice not having a little boy wake us up, as he customarily does.

On our way back from Columbus, we stopped at Young’s Jersey Dairy, east of Dayton, and tasted the homemade ice cream. There’s a bike trail near the dairy that I’ll need to try out, not the least because on Wednesdays you can get free ice cream if you bike the trail. We’ll have to get over there soon. There’s a lot of stuff for kids, including putt putt golf and batting cages, and, of course, farm animals. There’s also a restaurant that serves yummy-looking burgers, which would certainly be satisfying after a ride on the trail.

I have two more rides I may try to get in this season: the donut race in Arcanum (30 miles) in September and another one in October (65 miles). Until then, I’ll be commuting regularly to the office (12 miles one-way) and to the various coffeehouses I like for studying and writing. I’m also thinking of taking my bike when we head out on vacation to Arizona next month. I’ll have to get up before dawn to beat the heat, but the flat roads near my hometown would be easier than our “rolling” paths around here.

Again, thanks to all who sponsored me for the ride this month. It’ll certainly be on my calendar for next year.

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