About two months ago Joseph started training to participate in the MOJO cycling tour. A bike ride to help bring families home that have been displaced in the tornadoes in Joplin, MO, Baxter Springs, KS, and Moore, OK.
Joseph only had six weeks to train when he signed up to do the ride. Before training the farthest he had ever rode was maybe 10 miles. He started slow and worked his way up.
I was a little uneasy when he started his training and still worried when I dropped him off the night before the ride that he was going to be able to do the 275 miles over three days. But I am proud to say he was able to do every mile and wasn’t really in too much pain.
Joseph was sponsored by the United Methodist Conference. The conference was the second largest donor for MOJO and has been a major supporter in helping Joplin get back up and going over the past few years.
Each person burned about 8000 calories each day, this is Joseph’s dinner the first night.
They were followed along the road by the maintenance van that was able to help with flats and any other problems that might come about.
We were able to join up with Joseph at the end of the ride as the whole group and families gathered to celebrate and raise a glass to the riders.
I really like the statues that were made to commemorate their ride.
Together the riders have raised over $70,000. If you are interested in donating please visit MOJOride.org