September has always been a bittersweet month. September has always been a harbinger of change. September found me riding a bit more and a bit longer but also found me being off my bike for the last two weeks or so.
Hurricane Matthew may, or may not, keep me off the bike for a few days as well. Even though it appears that I am on the "dry" side and far enough to the west that damage in my area will, hopefully, be minimal. The last one that came through the area caused minimum damage. It's not scheduled to make landfall to Thursday in the early morning...but it should be interesting to say the least. I'm hoping this one, which will hit the shore as a Category 4, will stay far enough east to not be a problem for me.
I've spent most of the last two weeks or so changing departments at work, gearing up for our busiest time of the year...all the while considering an offer to supplement my income with an independent option on the side. I was going to turn it down, but retirement is coming quicker than I would like and the possibility of building my 401K's and annuities is tempting.
I've spent much of the past month working towards goals: at work and raising what funds I could for the Distinguished Gentleman's ride. Tampa raised about $21,500 for the cause and had approx. 150 riders in the event itself.
I have ridden to work where I could, I have rode here and there when and where I could. The boring non-exciting day to day stuff that fills in most of our lives. Now suddenly it's October and once again I'm faced with change, some of it is my own making. Some of it has, like a inevitable change of seasons, been forced upon me.
It will be a busy month, as I attempt to once again take part in the Scooters for Hooters event. This is an event I've been trying to attend for the last three years it seems, only to have something prevent me from attending. I'm not fundraising for this, I'm intending to just pay my riding fee of $30 and riding with Kimmie covered in pink to support those that have had, or are currently fighting breast cancer.
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