Note: The thoughts and activities discussed in this post occurred in July, 2011
A while back I watched a repeat of Texas Country Reporter on RFD TV. This episode included an interesting segment titled “Tour de Hood” where they featured a cycling group in Houston, TX that is open to anyone and everyone who wishes to spend a weekend morning cycling. They cycle ride around a different neighborhood each week for exercise and companionship. Simple, huh? On the surface it is, but the purpose, mission, and drive for this featured activity goes much deeper.
This is an unselfish endeavor. They operate only from donations. When donations are slow in arriving activities are paid for out of the organizers own pocket(s). What makes this even more amazing is that those participating do not have to bring anything, or do anything special, other than show up! Tour de Hood supplies everything to those who need this generous helping hand. No bike? No problem, it’s supplied, as is the water, food (fruit for health), and bicycle helmets. They even organize group camping trips with all necessary items, other than clothing, supplied if necessary. The camping trips take riders to various spots in Texas and range from one to three nights. Both of these activities are also planned for readers of this blog. Hopefully we will eventually be able to supply some, if not all, of the necessary items to those who would otherwise be unable to participate.
Originally the organizer of Tour de Hood, Dr. Veon McReynolds, wanted to promote healthy living. His premise was that a person doesn’t have to constantly visit a gym, but can instead make healthy living choices such as taking a weekly bike ride. This weekly activity has gradually evolved into something people from all backgrounds, ages, races, and family units can do together for a leisurely historical and beautiful ride around the neighborhoods, or “hoods” of Houston. Dr. McReynolds feels that these things are missed by most of us in this fast-paced world, much like the personal feelings I described in my Rediscovery post. Taking a bicycle ride, even a short one, can put us back in touch with these things while improving our health and over all outlook on life so why aren’t more people doing this?
If you would like to view the episode referred to above you may do so on YouTube by going to – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKCcYQQQMTo .
The information contained in this televised report really touched me. I had been searching for a way to do something for cancer victims, more specifically prostate cancer survivors such as myself, but couldn’t come up with any viable ideas. This episode provided me with the idea, and pathway, I had been searching for… promote awareness of this disease and help its victims by engaging in a healthy activity, cycling. [See Purpose] Cycling is an activity that serves to re-build the strength and stamina lost during the fight of, and recovery from, a dreaded disease while giving participants an opportunity to get their minds off fears and concerns by enjoying the sights and sounds always around them. This idea, Old School Cycling, thanks to Dr. McReynolds and Texas Country Reporter, was born! 😀 Please take a minute to visit their respective sites and either “like”, tweet, or email them a note of thanks.