We're Linda and Andy Johnson, from Cazenovia, New York. What began as a blog about a bike ride has become a story about our ride through life, trying to overcome a disease that has had a huge impact on us and on many of our friends.

Our journey began in 2007, when Kyle Bryant originated the idea of Ride Ataxia - riding his three-wheeled cycle from San Diego to the annual National Ataxia Foundation meeting in Memphis. It took two months to get there, and in the process he raised $40,000 to fund Ataxia research and he raised awareness of the disease like no one has before. Well he rode to the annual meeting again in 2008 and we joined him! We left from Sacramento and arrived in Las Vegas two weeks and 650 miles later.

You see Linda also has Friedreich's Ataxia. This inherited disease causes the nerves of the body to deteriorate. Linda (and Kyle) can still walk at this point, but it's getting much more difficult. In addition, speech gets slurred, finger dexterity suffers, and other serious complications can develop as time goes on.

The good thing is that research is more promising than ever! Several drugs are going through trials at this time, with other significant research taking place as you read this. There has never been a better time to contribute to this research! Let's cure this disease - for Linda, for the rest of the Ride Ataxia team, and for all of the others afflicted with this disease!

Enjoy our blog! Feel free to write to us any time. Check out the links in the right column below to read more about the disease and our adventures. And if nothing else, be sure to take the seven minutes to watch FARA's video - we couldn't say it better ourselves.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Bike and Encouragement

Linda writes:

Picked up the bike yesterday! It's a beauty! Thanks Bicycle Man! Now all it needs is a "Wide Load" sign on the back! And all I need is someplace to ride it! 21 degrees outside right now, with 5" snow on the ground, not to mention the dirt and salt on the roads!

Anyway, the feedback we've received both verbally and financially is SO encouraging! Thank you everyone!

3 comments:

  1. Good luck on your ride.
    I have a Sportcrafters mini-trike roller that you could use to train indoors on your new trike. I would be happy to loan it to you.
    I live in Caz and I own a recumbent trike which I also purchased from the Bicycle Man.
    Let me know. My email is cazhog@twcny.rr.com

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  2. Great trike, I am looking to buy the same model. However, this appears to be a Tour model NOT a Cruiser model...right?

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  3. Very observant! Whizwheels put the wrong label on it at the factory. It is a Cruiser, but it's marked as a Tour.

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