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Join the Movement Part 2
By Natalie
August 21, 2009

The Ride for MS I participated in raised over $125,000 to fight the battle over MS. On this ride there were 125 bikes of all makes, models, and sizes. The route took us about 450 miles from the State Capital in St. Paul, Minnesota through the countryside and woods of Wisconsin over the two days. This ride has been going on for 24 years and at dinner we met many people who have ridden this ride every year! One gentleman has even ridden the same motorcycle each of those years. He is now in his 70's and continues to participate. Another woman who was one of our hosts for the evening, used to ride her own motorcycle in the run. Now due to her MS she can no longer ride her own bike, but still shows up every year in her wheelchair to assist with the festivities.

Day two of the ride started in the rain! Of course I forgot to bring my rain pants and only had chaps. So, I had the "wet rear-end" look when we stopped for gas. Sitting on wet jeans is not comfortable at all. So, I was probably the most relieved out of our group when it stopped raining on us and the sun came out! I finally did dry out by the time we reached the finish line for lunch. Overall, this ride was enjoyable for the camaraderie and the scenery. But, it was also personally fulfilling knowing that I could help out a cause by simply doing something I love! Next year watch out for TEAM CONNIE!

Join the Movement Part 1
By Natalie
August 20, 2009

I recently rode in the MS Ride. This is a motorcycle ride sponsored by the Minnesota MS Society to raise money in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Our team was put together by my friend Connie and consisted of my husband Terry and me, Connie and her husband Mark, Connie's sister Maria and husband Keith. Connie was diagnosed a couple of years ago with a mild form of MS. By having Connie as a friend, I've witnessed how even the most mild form of MS changes ones' life. She was originally diagnosed with Lyme's disease a little over 10 years ago only to find out this wasn't the correct diagnosis. This is also a challenge of MS, as many patients are initially diagnosed incorrectly and a true diagnosis can take a long time.

Our ride started at the steps of the State Capital in St. Paul and took us through some of the most beautiful countryside into Wisconsin. We rode many parts of Wisconsin's historic Rustic Road system and ended at Telemark Resort in Cable, WI. Cable is known for hosting the annual American Birkebeiner. This cross-country ski race attracts over 9,000 skiers from about the world! Our evening event for the MS Ride included a dinner banquet with various awards and recognitions given out. You should know Connie won the award for the most new recruits to the ride! More about how we did in my next blog. In the meantime, visit the MS Society website and learn a bit more about MS and the work done by the society by going to

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Comments on "Hit the Road with Harley-Davidson"

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You write very well!

Marlene August 22, 2009 | 2:29 PM

Hi, I hope you are planning a stop at the Coates residence on your trip to Vancouver!! We'd love to see you.

Paulette August 21, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Natalie, I don't know how you do all you do. I'm so glad you are a friend of mine. Tell Connie hi and congrats on the Ride! Love you!

Kim August 18, 2009 | 4:31 PM

I can't believe Stratton is awake in that picture. I pick him up, and he just nods off! Such a little angel : )

Deana B August 11, 2009 | 9:54 AM

I'm totally inspired. Very cool!!

Ella July 19, 2009 | 2:37 PM

Those Segways look so cool, Natalie!

harlowB410 July 07, 2009 | 2:49 PM

A new SheKnows baby! Congrats, Dianne!

Ariel July 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Congratulations, Dianne! So exciting to have a new baby in the family... and boy does he have a full set of hair, or what?!?

Mary June 19, 2009 | 7:06 AM

You're my hero, Natalie. Living life to the fullest - although it looked freezing on the last bike ride. Hope to see Darnel when she's in town. Let me know.

Kim June 15, 2009 | 6:53 AM

Di, I am soooo proud of you and glad you decided to do this project! I LOVE the blogs and can't wait to read more. I miss you (and the heat, and Johnny T., and Chloe, and the back yard). xo Love, Ms. Kim

Barb June 04, 2009 | 9:11 AM

count me in! love to see and hear about our adventures;

auntie gogo June 03, 2009 | 8:47 PM

Hi Darnell, Julie forwarded her e mail to me. Have you forgotten your cousin Sharyn" she has been riding for 21 years. A Harley for 19 years. and she also did a commercial for Cycle craft also years ago. I recently made 2 framed copies of Grandpa's picture. one each for Jimmy and robyn. Do you have the original.? I am surpised you did not acknowledge Sha. Say hello to Diane, liked her so much. Sha still has the turqoise Sporter. Love , auntie gogos I will try to follow your blog.

Julie June 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Way to go Darnell. Love the picture of Pa on that old bike. Next time you come home... get my mom back on a bike. Enjoy! We are all waiting for the next blog.... keep riding! Love the picture.

Sandy May 29, 2009 | 8:03 AM

I LOVE IT!!!!! Now I can track you down and your bosses (not necessarily the work kind) can find out where you've been and where you're going!! Keep us posted! Great Photo Darnell. Hope to see you all over the summer.

Sue Sirois May 29, 2009 | 5:22 AM

Awesome! You both rock! Natalie, hope you come to MB next year! We missed you!

Marlo May 28, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Same here! This is really inspirational - what a cool idea!! Keep it coming, ladies! We're enjoying this :)

Nanci May 28, 2009 | 10:14 AM

This is a VERY cool site and very well written. It shows there's much more to women riders than meets the eye! I also cannot wait to continue to visit and read more.

Ella May 26, 2009 | 12:17 PM

This looks like it's gonna be cool! These women sound really interesting and I can't wait to read the next posts.

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