450 miles for 7 causes

Terry Dickow
Posted 8/6/21

Friends of mine just completed the 450-mile Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, more commonly called the RAGBRAI.

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450 miles for 7 causes

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Friends of mine just completed the 450-mile Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, more commonly called the RAGBRAI.

Riding 450 miles over seven days is an accomplishment in itself, but what John and Lauren Hintzsche did was even more amazing.

Each day they dedicated the ride to a person or cause. Then they made donations to those causes.

I was honored to be recognized on the first day of heir ride, and I directed my donation to the MS Society of Illinois. For those of you who do not know me, my wife Jackie has MS and is pretty much confined to a wheelchair. She was diagnosed over 20 years ago and until the last six years or so we have been very fortunate in that she was fairly mobile.

Lauren and John also dedicated days, and donations, to the Kitchen Table, Rochelle Food Pantry, Miss Carly’s, Elsie Swanson, and Eden Carr. Some of these groups or people you may never have heard of, but they all seem deserving recipients of the Hintzsche’s generosity. Maybe reading this will inspire you to make a donation also.

I keep saying I am too old to do the ride, but I have always dreamed about it. When I said that to Lauren, she noted a 95-year-old man was doing the ride this year. She thought he was pulled off the road at one point because the temperature was in the 90s with a heat index well above that.

And another friend told me her college roommate from the 60s has done the ride 40 times and was still riding this year.

So age is not an excuse. I need to come up with a better one.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, we need to remember we are all in this together.

Please don’t take out your anger on clerks or greeters in stores where masks are required. If you don’t want to wear a mask in a business requiring a mask, then go somewhere else. Don’t cause a scene or scream at employees.

And the governor’s mask mandate for schools takes the pressure off local school boards. Students will be required to wear masks. I know there are parents who are upset with that, but don’t be upset with your local school board, or child’s teacher.

I have been vaccinated, but I am also starting to again wear my mask in stores where there are a lot of people.

I don’t want to bring that disease home.

Terry Dickow can be contacted at terrydickow@gmail.com