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My Woot family: Thank you for indulging this personal request- In October I'm riding my bike (bicycle that is) from SF to LA over 7 days on the Pablove Across America ride. The ride, and the money I raise between now and then will benefit the Pablove Foundation.

Pablove was founded in memory of a wonderful little boy named Pablo who died a few days after his sixth birthday from a rare form of pediatric cancer. Pablove's mission is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs.

If you're able, I'd be eternally grateful if you donated on my behalf by Clicking here.

Thanks again- every dollar helps!!

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I'm in! wish you would have put this up last month before I bought a house full of wine..if you make the ride in 6 days you can have a day to drink down here

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tytiger58 wrote:I'm in! wish you would have put this up last month before I bought a house full of wine..if you make the ride in 6 days you can have a day to drink down here



Thank you sir...! If I get distracted along the way (the route takes me through Paso Robles), it could take me 8 or 9 days!!

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neilfindswine wrote:Thank you sir...! If I get distracted along the way (the route takes me through Paso Robles), it could take me 8 or 9 days!!



Make the 8th day raiding my and tytiger's cellars!

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klezman wrote:Make the 8th day raiding my and tytiger's cellars!



Staying on my feet after a raid of your cellars could be more challenging than the ride itself!

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neilfindswine wrote:Staying on my feet after a raid of your cellars could be more challenging than the ride itself!

Keep coming south, plenty more down here!

CT

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klezman wrote:Make the 8th day raiding my and tytiger's cellars!



Agreed!

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tytiger58 wrote:Agreed!



how many bottles could I smuggle away? I have two water bottle cages and a couple of pockets in my jersey... hmmm...

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neilfindswine wrote:how many bottles could I smuggle away? I have two water bottle cages and a couple of pockets in my jersey... hmmm...

And your bladder...

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neilfindswine wrote:how many bottles could I smuggle away? I have two water bottle cages and a couple of pockets in my jersey... hmmm...



Well you should be stronger by the time you get here sooo maybe you could stuff a mag or two into your jersey, I never seem to drink the damn things anyway

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tytiger58 wrote:Well you should be stronger by the time you get here sooo maybe you could stuff a mag or two into your jersey, I never seem to drink the damn things anyway



I'll be skinnier too, so I should have room in my baggy clothes.

In all seriousness, it's going to be a good challenge and it's for an amazing cause. Some of the other riders are parents of children who are currently battling pediatric cancer, and a couple have children or close relative children who lost their battles to cancer, so it will no doubt be an emotional journey as well.

Cancer sucks.

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....Heading for a training ride tomorrow morning- 50 miles: Sonoma-Carneros-past Mahoney and Artesa, past Hess on Mt. Veeder rd, and finally over Trinity rd back into the Sonoma Valley... Perhaps I should do some tasting along the way....

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neilfindswine wrote:...

Cancer sucks.


No I like turtles!.

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neilfindswine wrote:....Heading for a training ride tomorrow morning- 50 miles: Sonoma-Carneros-past Mahoney and Artesa, past Hess on Mt. Veeder rd, and finally over Trinity rd back into the Sonoma Valley... Perhaps I should do some tasting along the way....


Sounds like an excellent idea! Just swish and spit and you'll be good to go.

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neilfindswine wrote:....Heading for a training ride tomorrow morning- 50 miles: Sonoma-Carneros-past Mahoney and Artesa, past Hess on Mt. Veeder rd, and finally over Trinity rd back into the Sonoma Valley... Perhaps I should do some tasting along the way....


Or you could just roll with a Camelbak full of Iron Horse Unoaked Chard.

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chipgreen wrote:Or you could just roll with a Camelbak full of Iron Horse Unoaked Chard.



Hmmm. That could work. Riding again in the AM, maybe I'll try it ;)

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neilfindswine wrote:....Heading for a training ride tomorrow morning- 50 miles: Sonoma-Carneros-past Mahoney and Artesa, past Hess on Mt. Veeder rd, and finally over Trinity rd back into the Sonoma Valley... Perhaps I should do some tasting along the way....


How did it go? Seems like that could be pretty hilly terrain. The key is to train and get the legs, and bum, ready for time in the saddle. And look around a little as you ride, the scenery makes it enjoyable.

Looked closer at the ride. How many days? How many miles per day?

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polarbear22 wrote:How did it go? Seems like that could be pretty hilly terrain. The key is to train and get the legs, and bum, ready for time in the saddle. And look around a little as you ride, the scenery makes it enjoyable.

Looked closer at the ride. How many days? How many miles per day?



Went well- today went better. Yup, legs are getting there-have been doing some 75 and even a 100 mile ride. I've recently been introduced to chamois butter.

The SF-LA ride is 500+ miles over 7 days. Day 3 and 6 are worrisome- 90ish miles and 6000ish feet of climbing those two days!

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neilfindswine wrote:Went well- today went better. Yup, legs are getting there-have been doing some 75 and even a 100 mile ride. I've recently been introduced to chamois butter.

The SF-LA ride is 500+ miles over 7 days. Day 3 and 6 are worrisome- 90ish miles and 6000ish feet of climbing those two days!


Brave man. That is a lot of riding. Any one of those days would take me a week or more to recover, not just overnight. Check out Assos chamois cream. It has become my favorite brand.

Nice looking bike in your photo. What are you riding?

And now that I have made my donation, I will say "Come on folks, join in and support a great cause."

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polarbear22 wrote:Brave man. That is a lot of riding. Any one of those days would take me a week or more to recover, not just overnight. Check out Assos chamois cream. It has become my favorite brand.

Nice looking bike in your photo. What are you riding?

And now that I have made my donation, I will say "Come on folks, join in and support a great cause."



Thank you sir!

The bike in that photo is a 09 Trek Madone 4.5, but unfortunately I had a crash (long story involving a deer) and the frame is damaged. So now I'm riding an 08 Madone 5.1. It's a sweet ride. Do you ride a lot? What do you ride?

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neilfindswine wrote:Thank you sir!

The bike in that photo is a 09 Trek Madone 4.5, but unfortunately I had a crash (long story involving a deer) and the frame is damaged. So now I'm riding an 08 Madone 5.1. It's a sweet ride. Do you ride a lot? What do you ride?


Mostly weekend rides this year. So a light year. We are doing 50 milers on the weekend. I got a new bike last year - Cannondale Synapse 3. Carbon fiber with Ultegra components. And I ride an older Cannondale CAAD 5, aluminum, in the spring while the roads are still bad.

Need to ride more next year.

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neilfindswine wrote:
The SF-LA ride is 500+ miles over 7 days. Day 3 and 6 are worrisome- 90ish miles and 6000ish feet of climbing those two days!



I hope you're going around the grapevine? That would be a brutal ride in itself!!

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bsevern wrote:I hope you're going around the grapevine? That would be a brutal ride in itself!!


True that.. no, we're actually taking the coastal route, but there are plenty o' hills along the way. It will be tough, but honestly, compared to what kids (and their families) affected by cancer go through, it'll be a walk in the park...

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neilfindswine wrote:True that.. no, we're actually taking the coastal route, but there are plenty o' hills along the way. It will be tough, but honestly, compared to what kids (and their families) affected by cancer go through, it'll be a walk in the park...


Roger that. Although I still have incredibly vivid memories of the courage that Trevor could display at age 4. I can tell you some stories next time we get a chance to lift a glass together.
Meanwhile, thanks for the opportunity to contribute to a great cause.

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Took a training ride through Santa Ynez wine country this weekend as I was tagging along with SWMBO for a Santa Barbara wedding.

Took a little Sideways tour, starting in Solvang- to Kalyra winery, up through Los Olivos and past the Los Olivos cafe, then up Foxen Canyon Road, past Fess Parker to Foxen, and then back. Stopped on the way back and said hello to our good friend Larry from Tercero (but refrained from tasting as I wanted to make sure I could pedal the rest of the way back to my car...).

A beautiful day to bike in wine country.

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One more week of training and then its game time! Group ride tomorrow, big climb on Sunday.. bike tune up on Monday... I'm still trying to reach my fundraising goal, if you're interested in donating, please do so by clicking here. Thank you!

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In my final few days of training, packing, stretching and trying to drink a little less wine.. (trying), I wanted to thank the Woot community for allowing me to spread the word about my ride, Pablove, and their fight against childhood cancer.

And thank you to those who have donated. It means a lot to me, and to the community of Pediatric cancer families.

And anyone interested in donating, there's still a few days left: you can do so by clicking here. Thank you kindly. And wish me luck!

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Hi Neil,
You should have crossed the finish line by now, if you're on schedule, or you will be there shortly. Congratulations on exceeding your very ambitious goal, and thanks again for doing this, and for providing the opportunity to contribute.
Don

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ddeuddeg wrote:Hi Neil,
You should have crossed the finish line by now, if you're on schedule, or you will be there shortly. Congratulations on exceeding your very ambitious goal, and thanks again for doing this, and for providing the opportunity to contribute.
Don



Hi Don: Yes sir; finish line crossed at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles yesterday about 2pm where a check was given for a research grant on the spot. It was an incredible end to an incredible week.

Thanks to the Woot community for your support and helping me fight childhood cancer.

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Great work Neil, you could have stayed around to drink some wine with us tho...

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Great job. A lot of riding. Hope the legs, and the seat, are doing OK. Thanks for making the effort for Pablove.

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WTG Neil! Congrats and Thanks for caring about the kids!

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Outstanding work, Neil!

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somehow totally missed this thread. Neil, hope that you are able to bask in the glow of helping others.

Better late than never!

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joelsisk wrote:somehow totally missed this thread. Neil, hope that you are able to bask in the glow of helping others.

Better late than never!



Thanks Joel! I'm definitely basking in the glow, and I'm told it's not too late... all donations welcome thru the end of October- $5, $10.. it all goes to fighting pediatric cancer!

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