On June 14th, my birthday, I will once again attempt to bike my age, and this time I have a question for you: Would my 77 mile ride, if I make it, be worth $77 to you? If I do manage to make it, will you make a charitable donation in that amount (or larger, if you prefer)?
This will be my 8th year in a row of attempting to bike my age, and the first seven have turned out well.
Here’s the back story. I began doing this in 2011, the year I turned 70. For reasons I cannot recall, I decided to bike a Century to celebrate the occasion. And I made it!
A Century every year? That was a ridiculous goal, and so I decided on a different and hopefully more manageable goal: Every birthday I would bike my age. Which I did on June 14th, 2012.
The next year, Flag Day, 2013, I managed the required 72 miles…with a smile. (I have two road bikes, which is why you see two different odometers.)
The following June 14, I forgot to stop to take a picture at mile 73. I ended up biking an extra 1.66 miles (in the bank, credit for the inevitable tough year?).
On June 14, 2015, I once again forgot to take the photo at the proper mile mark (another 1.49 miles in the bank). My good friend Mike Joseloff rode with me.
In 2016 Mike rode with me again, this time for 75 miles, and we remembered to take the photo at the right time!
Last June 14th my daughter Elise rode with me–and she did the entire 76 miles on a folding bike!
So here’s my question for you, as June 14th, 2018 approaches: will you make a tax-deductible donation to a worthy cause if I manage to bike 77 miles? Where you donate is up to you, of course, but let me suggest three vitally important organizations, all of which could use your financial support: Planned Parenthood; BATS, the Badass Teachers Association; and The Network for Public Education (NPE), an organization founded in 2013 by Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody.
Alternatively, you might consider making a contribution to a progressive running for office in the November election.
If you want progress reports, follow me on Twitter: @John_Merrow. I promise to post the outcome, no matter what…..
Next year I may decide to follow the sensible advice a young nephew gave me: “Uncle John,” he said, “It might be time to switch to kilometers.”
To be honest, there are mornings when I feel like switching to yards! But just yet, not in 2018 anyway.
Please wish me luck, and thanks for donating………