Just over a month ago I received an email with “Today is your lucky day” in the subject line. What was written in the email was something absolutely unexpected – I was to receive a new bike… built… just for me. I was in disbelief – Why would someone I barely know decide to build me a bike? Tears began to well up in my eyes. I should also mention that I was reading the email during the week before I was heading to the parole hearing so my already nearly uncontrollable emotions officially reached max capacity. The flood gates opened and there was no stopping the tears. I am so thankful I didn’t receive the email while sitting at my desk at work because I would have been a blubbering puddled mess.
Re-reading the email I tried to make myself believe that someone could actually be so kind without wanting anything in return except to extend the joy of riding a great bike. I had to believe it… it was true. A truly good person had volunteered themselves to do a good thing.
Over the next four weeks I receive bike build updates, photos of the parts and the excitement heightened. This is actually happening and the bike is coming together! Then I get word that it is ready for a test drive. OH.MY.GOODNESS. it is so super cool and while pushing the pedals around the garage for the first time I feel like a kid again.
I’m so grateful and can’t stop smiling. When trying to convey how much I appreciate this awesome gift I still feel like I can’t quite find all the right words.
To Erik (the mastermind bike builder) , Cindy (ever smiley support, photographer and can sport a garage apron like none other), Shaun (bike builder/derailleur contributor), Craig (frame contributor that comes pre-filled with an adventurous spirit – go Tour Divide!) and anyone else who was part of this bike build in any way: I believe that you get what you give. You have given me a lot of happiness. Thank you.
Now to keep training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and reach another goal for 2012.