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Ride for the Feast

Ride for the Feast

Hey Folks,
I'm with Terry, Nigel, and Maxine doing the Booty ride in August but here to announce another charity ride I do every year called the Ride for The Feast, a fundraising event for Moveable Feast, an organization here in Baltimore that provides meals for people suffering from aids or breast cancer. So, I'm not looking for money rather we are looking for teammates. My friend John Gilligan, you may know him from Gertrudes or from Meadowbrook is forming a team and we're recruiting. Here's his message. I'll be ordering jerseys soon so tme is of the essence. E-mail me for a copy of how the jersey looks, pretty sharp if I do say so myself.
Here's John's plea.

This message is only going out to a few targeted folks who I think would be a good fit for our team, Rebels With A Cause. Harry Campbell and I created this team to "Ride For The Feast," a 140 mile ride from Rehoboth Beach to Baltimore City over two days, May 14-15, 2011. This ride benefits Moveable Feast, a terrific non-profit ( As a former/burned out social worker, who worked in several social services agencies, I have a jaded viewpoint towards most ssa's, so when I actually throw my support behind one, you can be sure it's a worthwhile cause.

Here is the website with info about the ride: If you read the information about the event, you might get all worked up and overwhelmed, but let me tell you this: the ride is easy! 100 miles on the first day, 40 miles on the second, and there are pit stops every 15-20 miles with lots of food, drinks and bathrooms. Did I mention the course is flat? Not to mention the ride overall is a lot of fun, filled with goofy people riding and volunteering at the stops.

The organization does ask that everyone attempt to raise $1300 each, but you are not obligated to--however I think you'll find that it's fairly easy to reach that goal, if not surpass it. Last year I wanted to raise $5000, which I thought was a lofty goal, and I ended up raising over $9000 (much to my surprise). It can be done!

There is a registration fee of $75 (for new riders), which I believe goes toward your donations. You will need to get a hotel room on Friday night before the ride; and if you stay on the Eastern Shore, another room on Saturday night (unless you choose to "camp" in the gym--something I'm certainly not doing!). Last year John S. and I drove home on Saturday night, and met up with the group on Sunday morning, without a hitch.

For those who don't know, Harry Campbell, the co-captain of the team, is a very accomplished illustrator, and he is donating his services to design a team logo for the bike jerseys. What jerseys, you ask? Well, all of the teams have custom-made bike jerseys created, and wear them every year. It's not necessary, but a fun idea. Harry is currently researching different companies, so we don't have a price yet, but we are seeking corporate sponors to offset the cost (and their logos will appear on the jerseys too). Gertrude's Restaurant is the first sponsor to sign up--go figure. I can tell you the jerseys will be pink, as women look pretty in that color, and real men look sexy. We hope to bring the cost down to $50 or less. We can have matching bike shorts made (in black, not pink), if there is enough interest.

I have found a variety of styles for the pink cowboy hats, but now they may be black, or white felt with pink sequins. (Who knew there would be so many choices!) These are cheap, child-size hats, and I will be purchasing them myself, so no money is involved there. I'm also getting water guns for everyone, just because! (We'll squirt the other riders/teams.)

So that's the gist of it. To sign up, go to the website,, click on the "Register Here" button, agree to the waiver, then choose "Join a Team." A drop down menu will appear, and select "Rebels With a Cause." The rest should be easy to follow.

Anyway, let me know if you have any questions! And remember, if you don't join, I'll be expecting A LOT of money from you!
John G.

P.S. Lastly, if you know of anyone else you think may be interested, you are welcome to forward this invitation.

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