I have always loved my bicycle. It’s true! Whether my first tricycle or my fancy metallic purple Schwinn complete with a glittered banana seat and purple streamers! Today I have the good fortune to ride a bicycle with a few more gears and gizmos, but the thrill of going up (yes, up) or down hills hasn’t changed for me.
When I was a teenager, and most of my friends were in a hurry for their license, I wasn’t. I already went pretty much everywhere on my bicycle. In college, I didn’t have a car, and in grad school, I couldn’t afford to run one, so my primary transportation mode was my bicycle. Truth is that for many of my adult years, I’ve logged more miles per year on two wheels than in four, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
And now, I am privileged to be able to put my passion to work for a cause that is near and dear to me. At the end of July, I will join about 50 of my fellow produce industry cyclists to ride the Tour de Fresh from Napa to Monterey (I know, tough duty!). We will be raising money to put salad bars in schools, providing access to fresh fruits and veggies so kids can eat healthier! How cool is that?! Supported by my company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, I have elected to raise funds specifically for the Boise, ID school district.
Cycling gives you one heck of an appetite (which is one of the reasons so many of us who ride just love it!). But, really, refueling isn’t just important to those on bicycles; it’s important for everyone to be well nourished in order to learn, sleep well, and stay healthy. Many children are not offered healthy choices at home or at school and our industry is passionate about putting as many fruits and veggies within reach of our nations’ school children. So, please, come along for the ride by clicking here; scroll down to Jennifer Armen and click on the Donate Now button!