About Kristen Cowgill

 

As you might know, this summer I am cycling across the United States. This might sound like a crazy idea to most people – it is a little crazy, I know – but it has been a dream of mine since middle school and now that dream is going to come true.

 

Dad and I started cycling together on the tandem in 2005, nearly eight years ago. We started simply, with the Sonic loop, everyone always believed we rode by the Sonic, but we really stopped for dessert.  We have grown as cyclists since then. Those ice cream rides led the two of us to riding the 2012 Triple Bypass in Colorado across three mountain ranges in a single day. Now when we ride together it is not for dessert, we ride for the experience, the time together, and something intangible that you get from being on the back of a bike experiencing life on two wheels.  I have started buying gear, a bike, a tent, sleeping bag, and camping supplies all ready to go for this trip.  I am out on the bike every week preparing myself for the long days in the saddle.  Getting ready for the ride has been a really amazing experience.

 

I started talking about this ride to my father, last July while we were in Colorado.  Nearly a year has passed and the trip is right around the corner.  This will be a 4,295 mile, 68 day journey across the United States where I will be spending 80% of the nights camping under the stars.  No 4 star hotels on this trip.  We do have a few rest days scheduled during our trip.  This summer is not just about me though, on each of our rest days we have scheduled projects to help those suffering from MS.   

 

I will be raising $1 for each mile that I am riding with a goal of $4,295 dollars for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research, 50% of the money raised goes straight to MS research and treatment, 15% will be used while I am on the trip for service projects to help some patients, 25% of donations will be used to support me on the trip. 

 

Multiple Sclerosis also hits very close to home for me.  MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system.  My grandmother was diagnosed many years ago with MS.  I have watched her abilities slowly decline over the years as MS continues its attack on her central nervous system.  When I talk to her about MS and what it feels like, she tells me to imagine how tired I am after a hard day of riding the bike, that is how she feels every day, no matter how much sleep she gets.  Each year it seems to get harder and harder for her as she battles MS. 

 

I look forward to keeping you in the loop about my progress on the ride. I’ll be on Facebook and Twitter (@kristenmdsp) throughout the entire ride. When the time comes closer I will also be blogging. If you know anyone else that would like to support the trip please pass along the above information. If you have any question please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

I am so lucky to know so many generous people that care about me and the cause I am supporting, MS.

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Kristen Cowgill's Fundraising

NORTHERN TIER 2013 TEAM TOTAL: $78089

ALL 2013 TEAMS TOTAL: $216589

PERSONAL GOAL: $4295
RAISED: $5175
Anonymous $2500.00
Dietz & Watson $500.00
david lercher $300.00
Angela D Cowgill $250.00
John B Niehaus $250.00
Anonymous $100.00
Annabelle Tejeda Gomez $100.00
Annabelle Tejeda Gomez $100.00
casey cross $100.00
Debra & Shane Dorcheus $100.00
Jennifer Garton $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Steven Lercher $100.00
Steven Lercher $100.00
Anonymous $75.00
Matthew Wayne Cowgill $65.00
Heather Anderson $50.00
Joe Lercher $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Ronald D Lorenzo $50.00
Anonymous $30.00
Carolyn B Taraban $25.00
Drew S Mitchell $20.00
James & Betty Lercher $20.00
Mark & Diane Bauson $20.00
Richard C. Moore, Jr, $20.00