Ride, RumDood! RIDE! (A charity challenge)

by Matt Robold on September 2, 2014

Most people probably don’t know this, but in 2008 I found myself at a fork in the rode, debating whether to drop the cocktail blogging for cycling and blogging about that. I got really into it for about 12 months and then found other things to do, as is my wont.

One of the goals I had that I never met was riding a full century – a 100 mile ride. In Southern California that is typically accomplished by riding from Orange County to San Diego. Somewhere along the way I just lost my motivation.

Bike MS is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a way to help raise money to fund research into treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society is pretty well-known, but I wasn’t aware of Bike MS, which holds a charity ride every October.

My friend, Dave Lieberman of OC Weekly fame, told me during one of my bar shifts that he rides it every year. If riding for charity can’t get me back on the saddle, then there’s something wrong with me.

That’s why I’m riding this year’s Bike MS SoCal Chapter’s ride from OC to SD. I’ll be riding 100 miles – and you can help!

Go to my Bike MS page and donate. I’ve set a meager goal of raising $1000.00. That’s totally doable, but I’m hoping to blow it out of the water. So donate, share the page with your friends and make them donate. Over the next 45 days or so, I’m hoping to also put together a few guest bartending spots for which all of the tips will go to the ride – and possibly some other events as well.

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