Sunday, August 14, 2011


This week at work something happened.  Nothing monumental.  This "something" happens four times a year.  Not sure why this time was so impactful but it kind of made me a little depressed.  What was it?

The office network told me my password was going to expire in 13 days.  You are probably all thinking, "that's it? his password is expiring?"  Yep, that's it.  Normally, all it means is I haven't changed my PW in 90 days and now I will have to create a new one which I hope not to forget for the next few days.

This time it is different.  This PW reset is special, unique.   It means we have been home from POP's Ride for 90 days....three months.  This made me question what have I accomplished in the last three months.  At first I would say not much.  I have no motivation.  I have no desire.  I have no drive.  I feel as though I am going through the motions - get up, go to work, maybe go hiking, go see a movie, eat and sleep.  These all seem so insignificant so without purpose.

There were two high points of the last three months - my sister got married and Shannon and I rode in the Colorado Copper Triangle.  Tracy, Joshua, Julia and Jillian - welcome to the family.  We all look forward to many fun times and good laughs in the future.

The Copper Triangle was....well....a challenge.  They may want to change the name to the Copper Triangle Challenge - 78 miles, 5,800 feet of elevation gain and 3,000 of your closest PD friends.  Good Times.  Shannon and I were honored to meet Lauren, Ally and Cindy our friends at DPF.  They have been very supportive of us throughout Our Ride and we appreciate all of their encouragement.

Back to the 90 day thing, I feel as though we should have accomplished more or should be further along in planning our next crazy idea.  I do not like waiting to learn what we will do next.  I want to know now.  Patience may be a Dad's PD is not granting us the luxury to be patient.

Shannon has started to plan what we hope will be the annual, Phoenix ride.  Me, I have made a few contacts on my idea of selling burritos to 50,000 race fans.  I also have an idea for the next cross country ride.  Maybe it will happen in 2013 if I can secure enough vacation time.

Until the next update - Pray for those with PD and their caregivers.  Pray for the amazing research that is happening - you wouldn't believe some of what they have found.  Pray for those who were a part of Our Ride - that the experience was life changing and that they don't let the change just fade.

POP's Ride will continue.........