Cadiz, OH 06/02

Well, today was another driving day for me. Shao joined me today with her injured knee as we navigated our way out of Pittsburgh, through West Virginia, into Ohio, back through West Virgina to Pennsylvania, then back through West Virgina to Ohio again, where we finally arrived in Cadiz.

Such a long day with some ups and downs. The Lady Pack and honorary Ladies Jeff and Kevin got mad style lost, apparently for the better, shaving 15 miles off their route. Jegg  had some bike problems again, typical… Hilary is way nicer to him than his own bikes are. I discovered a few things this day as well… A. West Virgina is filled with some shady characters and B. While I am a fantastic van driver, I hope that this day, June 2nd, was the last day I ever have to drive again. I managed to lose two of the van magnets while driving, hence crossing WV 3 times… whoops. Sorry Conor.

Also, I found out the MRI results. As expected there are some issues with swelling in the IT band as well and some fluid under my knee. Apparently this caused a small tilt in my knee cap affecting a ligament and some cartilage. Sitting out the past few days, I can honestly say I’m sick of not riding, it blows. I rode up and down the same hill numerous times today while the team ate lunch and then circled 5 miles in the church parking lot this evening. Did it feel awesome? No. Will I be riding tomorrow? Yes. I’m so giddy to get back on my bike it’s not even funny, so we shall see how it goes. I hope Ohio is nicer to me than Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Steve does too, he says hi.

Comments (5)
  • Joanne Mazurski says:

    Lauren, ICE…ICE…and more ICE. And, please listen to your body. I know you don’t want to be in the van but only do what you can. I love you, Mom.

  • Denise Lamb says:

    Lauren I saw your Mom at the bible study on Tuesday. I was
    sorry to hear about your knee. I just went into your blog
    and I was so impressed with what you are doing. It really
    touches my heart. I know that Laura is right beside you with
    all the cheer leaders in heaven. It is such a life
    altering experience. I read some of the blogs from Stephen
    and it sounds like something from a movie.I also called Markie to tell him about your site. He had some friends over and he told me he been following your blog. May
    God be with you and heal your knee. Your are in my prayers.

  • Drew Fiorella says:

    LAUREN! I just read through your blogs and I can’t be more prouddddddd!! this is AMAZING, good luck!! I cant wait to come see you ride through chicago- CANCER SUCKS! love u

  • Linda Bias says:

    Lauren,
    It’s wonderful to read your blogs. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Keep in mind that it’s not how many miles you ride but the cause behind the act. I know, too, how it is to lose someone you love so dearly to cancer. My mom put up a good fight for two years before she passed away. I was 13 when she was diagnosed. It is great that you are able to honor your Aunt Laura in this way and bring awareness to others. I’m sure she would be so proud of you.

  • Denise Lamb says:

    I just read all the blogs and I am so excited for all of
    you. I know that what you are doing is really making a difference. It just dawned on me that this was the time of
    the year when Laura was really sick and struggling. Your
    Mom and I were with her, and she just kept on fighting. It was truly unbelievable. I know you have that same spirit
    and remarkable stamina and drive. Please know that we are
    praying that your pain subsides. I couldn’t stop thinking
    about all the wonderful people you are meeting on the way.
    The story about the homeless man was so touching, and the
    store owner who was so generous. Life is truly wonderful.

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