While walking my dogs, as I do each day, I often hear bicyclists approaching from behind. They whizz by me, many discussing some topic and enjoying the journey, while others are silent, focusing on the task at hand.
I've often wondered what it would feel like to ride with 10 or more friends next to me.
We can all feel that experience by participating in the Ride for Hope and Housing cycling event Oct. 4. The Davidson Housing Coalition invites cycling enthusiasts to ride the roads of Iredell, Cabarrus, Rowan and Mecklenburg counties and enjoy the early fall leaves.
There are four routes to accommodate all levels of riders: 100K, 50K, 25K and a 5K Family Fun Ride. Each race begins and ends in the Davidson United Methodist Church parking lot, and the ride will include SAG (supply, assistance and gear) vehicles, rest stops and food at the end.
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Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the church parking lot. The 100K starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 50K, 25K and 5K routes depart after that. Pre-registration is $25 for adults and $5 for Family Fun Ride participants. For information, visit www.davidsonhousing.org or 704-892-4486.
Davidson Housing Coalition is a nonprofit organization that helps families buy or rent affordable housing. It also sponsor HAMMERS, which makes low-cost, emergency repairs to homes of low-income people.
Earlier this summer long-time Davidson resident and cyclist Skip Sullivan was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Four days later, more than 200 riders gathered at Summit Coffee to ride in his honor and raise money to fight the disease.
“It really meant a lot to know that I had that much support from the cycling community,” said Sullivan, who is also a triathlete. All bikers made donations to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Three days later he had surgery, and he has a great prognosis for recovery.
“We hope to have a second Summit to Summit ride next year with over 500 riders,” Sullivan said.
Read a good book
DavidsonReads is a program that encourages residents to read the same book and have group discussions. This year's book is “One Foot in Eden” by Ron Rash. Upcoming events include a lecture on Native Americans by Carol Higham, adjunct professor at Davidson College. The lecture will be 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in Davidson Public Library Community Room.
Also, Rash will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Davidson Public Library Community Room, with a book signing at Main Street Books from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25.
Other DavidsonReads events in November include a lecture by Amy Naylor, a naturopathic physician, at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Davidson Public Library Community Room. On Nov. 16 there will be a presentation at the Davidson Historical Society at Town Hall from 4 to 5 p.m.
For more information and to register for some of the events, contact Sharon Williams at 704-892-3349 or www.d-recs.org.