Showing posts from July, 2011

E-mail Sent to Local Officials in Preparation for Ride for HB 1338

Here's a copy of the e-mail I sent to the 10 legislators I'll be visiting tomorrow: Dear Representative or Staff, It's hard for me to believe that tomorrow's the big day, when I will be looking forward to meeting with you and/or your staff about House Bill 1338! It's been a whirlwind few weeks of preparation and I'm looking forward to hitting the pedals tomorrow. A couple of notes before I do: 1) THANK YOU for your cooperation. When I first had the idea to attempt ten legislative visits in one day, I had no idea all ten of you would say yes! It's been thrilling for me to witness first-hand the willingness of elected officials to meet under such time constraints, and it's one of the messages I've been spreading to all those I speak with. So thank you. 2) THANK YOU for your flexibility in advance. Traveling more than 80 miles by bicycle with 10 appointments is as much of a logistical challenge as it is a physical challenge and I am particularly gratefu

Ride for HB 1338 Just 2 Days Away!

We're just 2 days away from the big day - more than 80 miles of bicycle riding, coupled with (hopefully) 10 legislative meetings, all in 1 business day. Below is the map of my journey which begins in Lebanon County with 2 meetings barely 1 mile from each other. From there, I have the biggest leg of the trip (24 miles) over the biggest hill, too, toward Ephrata. From there, it's between 6 and 14 miles to each office. This past weekend, I tried to navigate a quicker route from Manheim to Columbia, but the there were too many back roads to navigate and I don't want to risk getting lost. Time will be of the essence. Originally I thought it would make sense to trim a mile or 2 here or there, but now I'm more worried about staying on course. A couple notes: 1) I can't say enough about how accommodating the legislators have all been. All 10 are opening their offices to me, and 5 of the ten meetings are with the actual legislators. They are all also aware of the fact that m