You may or may not have heard about the devastating Valley Fire in California, where over 76,067 acres have already burned. The fire is now 95% contained, but there are still nearly 3 thousand homes threatened by the fire. 1,307 homes have already been destroyed, with another 41 damaged.
These people have lost everything - many barely escaping with the skin on their backs. They had to evacuate so quickly, they had to leave behind pets and
livestock, family pictures and heirlooms. Youtube has some pretty terrifying videos of the escapes.
The long drought we've had in California has hastened the spread.
Next weekend, on October 3rd, Mark is riding 100 miles in Levi Leipheimer's Levi's GranFondo. It's an excruciating ride, with major climbs. I am not
in good enough shape to ride with him, so I will be working at the water
rest stop at the top of the gnarliest climb - then serving beer in the afternoon
as the riders finish their rides. It's an all day event for us both - starting
quite early in the morning.
The GranFondo always raises money for local charities - some of you may recall
Levi's involvement with the American Lung Association (I got to ride my bike
with him once!). This year, 80% of the money raised will go to Valley Fire
victims. The rest to other local charities.
Please sponsor me!
The Big O Finale - They say she studied her head off for that diploma: Which is an *excellent* segue for... Brains, caps, heads - oh, yeah. It's *allll* comin' together....