Part of my “Why I Ride” and the reason I applied to Texas 4000 has always been to take advantage of my health. I explained how we take our health for granted until it is taken from us, and that CANNOT be more true than at a time like this. Covid-19 has not only robbed […]

Preface I carry a lot of sentiment in my heart, especially for this team. I have yet to master how to express my deep sentiments in person to the faces I care about, but Texas 4000 has taught me – more than any other experience – to be more open and transparent in how to […]

Today’s world is full of terrors that leave me petrified and lost. The very pandemic that tore from us everything including that which we poured our souls into has only burgeoned further, the very healthcare workers that we ride for have become soldiers on the front lines, but lacking in proper equipment, funding, and beset […]

We would have arrived in Dallas today, pulling up to Ray’s parent’s house:) Today we had our call with our Cluster 1 hosts. Only Ray’s parents attended, but I am nonetheless grateful for all the other hosts who were unable to make it. Ray’s dad talked about cooking us New Orleans food. He spoke of […]

Carlie,   I’ve tried so damn hard to stay strong the past few months. I’ve done a pretty good job up until today, May 14th. Another birthday without you and it hurts just as much as the first. Last week we celebrated your birthday. I went home to see Mom, Dad, Sissy, Troy, and our […]

November 2016 I got a mysterious phone call in the middle of my calculus class from someone who said they were with Texas 4000. I had applied and interviewed a few weeks earlier to be a part of this amazing program, not really expecting to get in. I rambled on and on in my interview. […]

If Mondays were for updates, then Saturdays were for sunrises. I sit on the hood of my car in the CPE parking lot watching the sun rise like we used to do every Saturday. When did this become my home? Today, however, there are no bikes, no jerseys, no air pumps in sight.  The past […]

It’s the elephant in the room. How will COVID affect Texas 4000? It has already created social, economic, and medical uncertainty for people on our team. It has taken our spring break ride. It has taken the rest of our semester. It has taken commencement from our graduating seniors. It has delayed the Olympics. Where […]

This weekend I was in a pretty severe cycling accident, and I’m not going to lie, it really scared me. I let the fear take over, I thought about how much pain I was in, what if I could not longer ride, wondered if anyone else was hurt, the list goes on and on. I […]

When trying to decide what my first fundraising goal would be, I was stumped. I wanted to find the perfect number. Something special, unique, and mission-focused. Something sentimental and meaningful. So no, it’s not a typo that my first goal is to raise $8,001. The day I met Maria was the day she found out […]