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In 1997, Marie became aware of HD through meeting Carmen Leal, author of Faces of Hunrington's, on the Christian Writer's group list on the Internet. In June 1998, at Carmen's invitation, Marie attended the 13th Annual HDSA Convention in Denver, CO. After this experience, she was deeply touched. Her Christian faith required action;
"... let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18). Marie and Charlotte met through a mutual friend, and the trio rode across America together in 1999.

Canyons to Cactus 2009 is the eleventh ride for HD; prior rides include two coast-to-coast rides (1999 and 2000), Border War on HD (Vancouver, BC, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico), Ramble 'Round the Colonies (Manchester, NH - Columbus, OH), Trek Across Texas (Texline, TX - Houston, TX), Kick HD on Route 66 (Albuquerque, NM - St. Louis, MO), Coastin' for HD (Wilmington, DE - Atlanta, GA), Midwest Meander for HD (Kearney, NE - Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL - St. Loius, MO), and Rockies to Plains (Grand Junction, CO -Oklahoma City, OK), and Cycle the Heartland (Clinton MO - Pittsburgh PA.). More than 17,000 miles have been pedaled through parts of 39 states and Washington DC. Our fundraising goal this year is $47,000 to bring the total raised to $500,000 and to add one more state (Utah) to our total.

Agaiin, this year's ride is lovingly dedicated to the memory of those we have met, from 1998-2009, who are with us in spirit, but no longer suffering on earth.


Charlotte Reicks
406 Ridges Blvd. # 22
Grand Juntion, CO 81507
careicks@Bresnan.net - Home email address.
careicks@pocketmail.com - Remote email address during the ride.

Marie Nemec
3087 - A 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81503-9678
bike4cure@bigfoot.com - Home email address.
bike4cure@pocketmail.com - Remote email address during the ride.

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