Today had to be the most beautiful day since I've been here! Not just because Jenny was here, and not because the skies were clear, and I went to the top of the tallest peak in central Switzerland, but because I got to do all those things with her!
Today we went up the Brunni gondola where they have a little family park, with swings, trampolines, bounce houses, sand boxes, and an ALPINE SLIDE! It was tons of fun, as the video demonstrates - next time we come here we are bringing the kids!
Megan, Connor and Mallory, if you are reading this, then please know we love and miss you tons! Love, Mom and Dad!
Here are some photos from Engelberg. I'll post more when I return - and have time to edit the photos to clean them up. These are just raw photos unedited and made smaller for email purposes. Let me know if you want me to send you any of these in the original sizes.
Here is a fantastic panorama of some of the waterfalls we encountered on our ride today. Working for a living is hard some times... It's hard for me to feel like this is work, when I get to be in such cool places - sorry for rubbing it in, and bragging about how cool my job is, but hey, I've never been here, and I don't know when I'll be back.
Yesterday - June 2nd was our 12th anniversary! It's the first anniversary I've missed since we got hitched. I think my wife will forgive me, as I spent the day riding a 100k (62 miles for you math geniuses out there), raising money to defeat childhood cancers.
The ride turned into 70 miles as we were diverted to a different road by a zealous group leader... I don't know the total of how many people participated in the ride, but I know that we helped raise over $1.5 million USD to support the MACC Fund. This was my first time riding more than 50 miles. I've ridden 50 miles before, but not too often - you see I'm a mountain biker, not a roadie, so this was difficult for me. I have to say, that I've never felt better after riding - something about doing this to support this cause energized me. I'm not saying I wasn't beat, I was, I just felt so good, it amazed me!
At mile marker 23 I was a little worried I wouldn't make it, since we went off course and tacked on an extra 8 miles, I wasn't sure I was going to have the legs to continue. But somehow I caught my 14th wind and was able to pull through, not to surprisingly the last 5 miles were the hardest, not because of hills, but because my legs hurt - I had been singing a song by my brother Wayne, who passed away from a childhood cancer Ewing's Sarcoma, it was aptly titled "Pinch the Cats Tail". My favorite line "Syrup in every square" referring to the way we Limburgs fill each square of a waffle with syrup. My other favorite reference in that song is "Formica mountain tops". I just kept singing that song in my head and it gave me some strength to continue - even though Wayne couldn't.
I crashed in my hotel room after the ride. Jenny and I had a good phone conversation, covering the immense amount of love we share, and how we both feel dependent on each other for loving support etc. It's amazing how a fatiguing ride makes one feel closer to those they love. I can't wait for my next long ride for a cause like this one. I'll post some photos when I return home.
Any way, if you read this blog, I hope you find ways to contribute to a cause that helps combat cancer.