[Find Carla in the green shirt, second row, on a 2017 training ride on a windy, windy day!]
After years of joining in for local training rides and the “sendoff”, and following the group’s progress on the website, I’m really excited to be able to ride myself this year. I attend Grace Lutheran Church in State College, which is how I first learned about the ride, since several other riders, both past and present, are fellow members there. My previous position at Penn State as the financial officer in VP Research always kept me too busy in the spring to be able to train and take off time for the ride. I have changed positions and am entering a phased retirement so I have the extra time to prepare for the ride this year.
This will be my first pack-your-own long-distance ride, but my husband and I both typically commute to work, church, errands via CATA (the local bus), by either bicycling or walking. When we moved into town 30 years ago, we specifically chose to live where we could limit our need to drive. Maybe I’ll find out that I am wrong, but I am more nervous about visiting Congress than I am about the ride itself. I’m not much of an activist generally, but I do feel very strongly that we should be doing everything possible to attempt to address climate change. I try to do that in my own daily life, with my transportation efforts and more, but those efforts seem quite small. I’m an avid recycler and composter often calling out my co-workers when they “trash” items in the office that should instead be put in recycling or composting.
I hope this ride can inspire others to make small, or large, changes in their daily routines to focus more on caring for this wonderful planet that is our home. I believe we have a responsibility to care for creation and do our part to preserve and improve it for future generations.
Donate online to PA IPL in support the PA-to-DC riders (or send a check, memo: bike 2018 to PA IPL 243 S. Allen St. #337, State College, PA 16801)
to our 2018 SILVER sponsor Sun Directed,