hit tracker Dave Shields Author Blog: Dorthy, we're not in Kansas anymore.

A journal detailing my efforts to launch my career as a novelist. The goals are to share info about succeeding in this field with other aspiring authors, to provide updates to the many supporters who have asked me for them, and ultimately to build the momentum necessary to assure success in this venture.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Dorthy, we're not in Kansas anymore.

Wait a second. Yes we are! The Wichita Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society called recently and asked if I'd be interested in speaking at their MS 150 ride. Since I'd mentioned Kansas in The Race, and since I'd never been there before, and since I'm interested in the fight against MS because of my sister-in-law and also a friend who have the disease, and since I never want to pass up an excuse to turn the pedals, and since I just finished the manuscript for The Tour and need a breather, and since... well, you get the idea. I went.

Contrary to my preconceptions, we did't ride between endless walls of corn stalks. In fact, I only saw one small field of corn the whole ride. I see more corn on a typical ride in Utah. The weather was great and the scenery was gorgeous. Two of the individual fund raisers topped $10,000 as well as at least one team. What an accomplishment!

Michelle Masood, the organizer, should be very proud of herself for an incredibly well run event. I want to give special thanks also to Dr. Glen Patton and his family who found a bicycle for me to ride and transported me to and from the event. It was a great weekend and I'm grateful that they allowed me to be a part of it. If you live anywhere near Wichita I strongly encourage you to get involved in this event next year.


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