Day two of the MS150 starts early! We get up at 5:00 AM. What-a-Burger delivered at 4:30 am breakfast. I’m a breakfast person, I don’t think I ate enough the night before and was starving. So I get up, pack my cot and sleeping bag and go eat. Our ride marshall said to put your bike at the start so you can be as close to the start as possible. I did. Our start was delayed to 8:00am. After a breakfast taco and some coffee, I put my luggage on the team truck and chatted with the team. Around 7:30 I went to the start and talked with the people around me. It was cold and it rained a little, 50 degrees and I had my rash guard on that was keeping me warm. They finally let us go, I was in the third wave. Leaving LaGrange we began on Hwy 71. There were two options the challenge route which normally goes through state parks or the express route. Being that it is my first time, I opted for the express route.
The hills were challenging. The head wind rough! It made for a slow ride. Day two is 66 miles with a lot of hills. Lunch was in Bastrop where my in-laws live. I rolled into the stop and enjoyed a turkey tortilla roll up and had lunch with a few team mates. I took off with one of the guys and stayed with him for a while. The road was familiar because I’ve been on it so many times with my family. After lunch their were two rest stops that were at least 1/4 mile off the road which was not worth it! Most rest stops are right off the road. After riding for so long, my thought is that there is no way I’m doing more. I needed to stop to stretch. So stretching I did.
At the last rest stop I knew I needed water, but it was only 15 more miles. I’m like, yeah I can do that. As I approached the finish, our team ride marshal was with me. He is an amazing guy, so positive, uplifting. I’m like please tell me this is the last hill, he says well maybe there is one more, but it’s a baby hill. Any hill at this point is too big. I admire his positivity. As we round a corner I see the city and the capital. At this point it was a couple of miles and my heart was like, yeah this is it! We turned many times and finally hit the finish. There is a bubble bistro at the finish and it horse shoes around to dismount. The biggest deal is the picture of you and your bike in front of the capital. I had to work for this picture. My team tent wasn’t in front of the capital, but I took my bike there anyway and got a pic thanks to a stranger willing to take it with my phone.
I went to the bubble bistro and met Jeff. His story was amazing . He was diagnosed in 2008. Wheelchair bound and at the time all of the 4 available medicines didn’t work for him . Now one of the fourteen meds work.
He is not only out of his wheelchair , he did the ms150 full for the first time ! He said he was so inspired by the cyclists ! He told me that they are working on meds to repair nerve damage , this will help others as well. Ms is the number one neurological disease that receives fund raising and that benefit can help other neurological issues ! That is my hope for people like my mom!!! I encourage you to never give up!