- Dec 29, 2006
:-D This Thursday, Friday and Saturday I will be attending the snowmobile tour for ALS in Minnesota which starts in Proctor Minnesota. The problem this year is there is no snow so it sounds like we will be trailering the snowmobiles from place to place and riding on a lake and whereever we can find snow. This will be my last ride as I have progressed with the disease quite a bit. My youngest son will be pulling me in a sled that was designed by engineers at Polaris for a gentleman who worked for Polaris and also had ALS. He has since passed away but the family kept the sled and offered to let me use it so I could enjoy my passion one more time. I will have to use Bi-pap but my wife's machine has a cigarette lighter plug on it and we have an inverter. This is a fantastic event, is only open to 120 riders and last year they raised over $200,000 which helps with the loan closet, research, etc. Last year I was able to ride my own machine, even if I did fall off a couple times, but they just picked me up and put me back on and off we went. It was definitely exhausting though. My wife will be following in our van with all my "equipment" this year. I have been very lucky as I have a family that will find a way to make something work if we want to do it. It is so important to keep a positive attitude and keep doing the things you like. I'll let you know how the ride turns out. Happy sledding!