In 7 days, we will be testing our 30+ year
marriage as we ride/pedal the Habitat 500 (a 500 mile bicycle ride) together on a TANDEM bicycle (yes, we said TANDEM bike) from July 15 – 21. Terry has control of the brakes and the steering. For Carol, it’s a trust thing…. she has no steering and no brakes! But, after 25 years in MN, we are excited to finally see everything from the seat of a bicycle, but at the same time, we're a little worried that our legs & rears may never speak to us again! We have been riding regularly and the last two weekends have been spent working on our “hills”. Oh MY!! Who knew there were MOUNTAINS in MN & western WI – it certainly isn’t Nebraska!

Each year, the route moves within the state of MN and this year it is leaving St. Louis Park, MN on Sunday morning riding 47 miles to Hastings. On Monday we will travel from Hastings through the Mississippi, Cannon, & Minnesota River valleys to New Prague (74 miles). Tuesday, we bike from New Prague to Hutchinson (78 miles). Wednesday is
our “Century day” – 101 miles – 50.5 miles out from Hutchinson and 50.5 miles back. If we survive the century ride, Thursday & Friday will only be 79 miles each day from Hutchinson to New Ulm, then New Ulm to Mayer. Saturday, we finish up with a 41 mile ride from Mayer back to St. Louis Park.

This is an annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Our hope is to raise $5000 to put a roof on a home for someone. We feel it’s important to have affordable housing and a roof over your head, especially in MN in the winter. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds houses in partnership with families in need. It doesn’t “Give” houses away. Every family puts in several hundred hours in “sweat equity” into the building of their home alongside volunteers. The home owners pay a ZERO percent interest mortgage and their monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses. We registered so 100 % of the funds we raise will go to building homes.

EACH & EVERY donation is TRULY APPRECIATED!! Checks should be made out to HABITAT 500 and can be mailed to our home address We also have a website set up through Here is the link:


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