Rachel Pilley
yahoo-geocities1999 American Lung Association Big Ride Across America


Rachel Pilley - Rider #82

In 1999, I was a participant in The 1999 BIG RIDE, a fundraising bicycle ride that travelled from Seattle to Washington, D.C., a distance of almost 5,000 kms covered in 48 days. The RIDE was a fundraising event for Lung Associations across Canada and the United States with funds raised going towards research, development and patient programming.

I decided to partake in this huge event for a number of reasons:
(1) I was up for the challenge of raising $7000 US, or $10500 Cdn;
(2) I enjoy cycling and thought that it would be a great way to see North America;
(3) I had enough flexibility in my job to allow me to take the time off work; and
(4) When you can't breathe, nothing else matters.

Making the decision to participate in The BIG RIDE was a huge commitment, but it was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life. If you, or anybody you know, is even remotely inclinded to participate in a future BIG RIDE or similar type event, I strongly encourage you to do so.

While my direct participation with the BIG RIDE and the fundraising efforts of the Lung Association are over with, I encourage you to take a minute to think about your breathing. Please make a contribution to your local Lung Association, because breathing is the most vital of all our functions.

Journal Entries

June 12 - 13, 1999 < > Pre-ride Jitters -- Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA

June 14 - 18, 1999 < > Seattle, WA to Spokane, WA

June 19 - 23, 1999 < > Spokane, WA to Missoula, MT

June 24 - 28, 1999 < > Missoula, MT to Billings, MT

June 29 - July 4, 1999 < > Billings, MT to Rapid City, SD

July 5 - 11, 1999 < > Rapid City, SD to New Ulm, MN

July 12 - 18, 1999 < > New Ulm, MN to Lisle, IL

July 19 - 23, 1999 < > Lisle, IL to Sandusky, OH

July 24 - 31, 1999 < > Sandusky, OH to Washington, DC

August 1 - 4, 1999 < > Washington, DC


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