Greetings From The Nature Coast!

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Welcome to the Caregiving.com Community VRide! (To read more about it, go here.)

Bike? Check.
Water bottle? Check.
Towel? Check.
Cooling fan? Check.
Music and headphones? Check. Here’s a tune to start me off.

I’m taking off for Jane’s! VRide co-founder Chris is bicycling up from southeast Florida. I’m bicycling down from the northwest part of the peninsula, from what is called the Nature Coast.

Jane is 98 miles from me. I’ll report in along the way. There’s much to see on the road! :D

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Here’s my trusty steed:

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Since September 1 I’ve pedaled 1,454 miles, and I love the fact that now I’ve got company on the ride! After tonight’s workout I’ll probably have my go-to after-bike snack:

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My partner is a big fan of exercise. She’s been taking walks around the house, and it’s especially nice when we take walks around the neighborhood. She says exercise is her antidepressant. :-)

The real state road on my route for the first day’s travel was recently repaved and actually has a bicycle lane now. But here in my studio I don’t have to worry about traffic, traffic lights, weather, or objects in the street.

Hello to all my fellow riders, walkers, runners, stair climbers, weightlifters, and everyone who wants to join our Community VRide! We can benefit our own health and have fun together!

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A few years ago my partner came home from her regularly-scheduled mammogram and stuck her “pasties” on this picture of a bicycle. The picture accompanies a quote by Goethe that I had used as inspiration when I trained to do the Boston-New York AIDS Ride in 1995. The full quote reads:

“Until there is commitment, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiation (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues forth from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

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About ejourneys

Ejourneys cares for her partner, who has MS that acts like traumatic brain injury.  Author of Caregiving in Five Lines (all proceeds from sales benefit Caregiving.com) and contributor to several CareGifters anthologies, ejourneys is a panelist on Your Caregiving Journey's "Hot Topics" show.  She manages the groups Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Caregivers; MS Caregivers; and Caregivers Create; and is a co-founder of VRide.

3 thoughts on “Greetings From The Nature Coast!

  1. Avatar of Sunshine=Sometimes

    Hey EJ., This is SO cool! I am so excited! You cannot imagine! (In fact I might even read the directions on the bike so I can count the miles while I’m on it bicycling. :) Thank you so much you guys! I am thrilled!

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  2. Avatar of TrishTrish

    ejourneys, This is AWESOME! Love the postcard, love the grapes, love the map with the icons on it. And, I absolutely, am in love with the quote from Goethe. Wow. That really hit a chord with me. Begin it now. That may be my new favorite quote. Thanks, EJ!

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