The BikemanforU got a call the other day from Plain Jim, asking about a delivery tracking number for his newly purchased CatEye Enduro 8 bike computer. One word led to another, and that’s how we learned Plain Jim is among the cyclists gearing up for this summer’s annual seven-day 500-mile Anchor Ride for Runaways.
This bike ride benefits Anchor House , which began as and continues to be a home for youth ages 10-17 in crisis. Founded in 1979, “The Houses Where Healing Begins” is now a multi-service agency, according to its website, whose mission is serving runaway, homeless, abused, and at-risk youth, from birth to age 21, and their families in Mercer County, NJ.
Now in its 33rd year, The Ride for Runaways was founded the same year to support the Anchor House mission. Riders represent all walks of life and all riding levels. Training rides have begun and new riders are welcome. The 2011 Ride for Runaways starts July 9.
Organizers recommend using a bike computer in this event, which includes hills on its week-long route through New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The heavy duty Enduro 8, which measures intermediate and multi-day distances, is an appropriate choice.
While shopping for his computer, Plain Jim apparently got a kick out of the BikemanforU's accent, which reminded him of his old neighborhood. He selected a few BikemanforU videos for his Seeming Verb blog. Good luck, Plain Jim. Keep us posted.