Scottsdale, AZ (March 14, 2011)–After completing week 3 of their journey across the country, we had a chance to catch up with Jimmy Button and the Miles 4 Miracles crew now that they are in Texas.
“At the end of week 2 we were coming into Las Cruses, New Mexico and we were attempting to do 100 miles that day. It was windy and we caught a big gust of wind and it ran me off the road and I had a pretty massive crash at about 20 mph. I cartwheeled over the bars and fortunately walked away with only a bunch of raw skin and bruises. After the crash, which was at mile 88, we rode another 5 miles before my body just could not take it anymore so we called it a day. The following day we had an easy ride down to El Paso and I already planned a trip back to California to see to see my doctor on Sunday so the break came at just the right time. The great news was that I was 100% okay, besides being banged up and I was able to continue on Monday. “
“Monday started out with massive 35-45mph crosswinds the entire day and we were only able to make 80% of our ride because the wind and the sand were so bad and our average speed dropped significantly. It felt like someone was sand blasting us the entire time. With as bad as it was on Monday, Tuesday came with great weather and smooth roads and we were able to finally get in a 100 mile day. This was an important milestone for us as we had planned to do this at some point during the ride. For me personally it is a big checkmark on my bucket list. I definitely paid for it the following day, but it was well worth it.
“On Wednesday we went from Kent, Texas to Fort Davis and had a pretty good ride, but had really bad roads. We have a map that tells us about the mountain ranges and the grades and it was completely off. We thought we had a day of 3%-4% grades to look forward to and we actually were faced with 10-13% grades all day. It was massive!”
“We are making our way. Our biggest obstacle has been the roads and the wind. We either get decent roads or really, really rough roads. Today we had an 18mph headwind the entire day. The views have been great and we just watched the sunset and it is magnificent. As of today we are about 44 miles behind schedule due to the unbelievable bad roads and wind, but we hope to be caught up and back on schedule by Houston.”
Jimmy’s goal is to raise $1 Million dollars for spinal cord research, and he has only reached about 20% of his goal. No donation is too big or small. Please help spread the word so Jimmy can reach his goal. Together we can make a difference in the life of a spinal cord injury patient. This injury is tough to live with, not only for the injured person, but their family and friends as well.
Jimmy is about 45% through his ride!! You can join him on his quest by signing up at Join the Ride and to see when he will coming through your area at the ride on the www.milesformiraclestoday.com website.
You can show your support by sending a donation, purchasing an official M4M t-shirt, wristband, watch, or M4M cycling gear at the official gear store at www.milesformiraclestoday.com. You can also text BIKE to 85944 for a $5 donation and a chance to win a San Manual Yamaha or a Sette Forza road bike.
Check out the first day of Jimmy’s ride here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_E3h355hFc
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