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This is the original announcement of Jim Dodds’ “Ride for the Rent.”
Jim Dodds, the President of the Nevada Theatre Commission (Nevada Theatre), will be riding his bicycle 425 miles from Denver to Salt Lake City to raise the rent for the Foothill Theatre Company for September and October. This is the sum of $9,000. Foothill Theatre Company (FTC) has been the major theatrical company in Nevada County for twenty five years and presently has some financial difficulties. Thus Dodds, as the landlord, is getting on his bicycle to help them out. The ride starts September 19th from Denver. Minimum pledge of ten cents a mile and maximum pledge of two dollars a mile. A new twist in business relations: the landlord riding a bicycle to raise the rent for the tenant.
Experience pain and deprivation by proxy. Just reply telling Jim your pledge per mile (10 cents to $2.00) and you will receive daily emails describing the pain and depravation as this 72 year old rides over the Rocky Mountains. If you don’t pledge, you will be receiving an invitation from Jim to join him on this ride. (Remember: three mountain passes.)
Please send your pledges to email@example.com.
Jim received pledges of $7300 toward the goal of $9000 to pay for two months’ rent for Foothill Theatre Company. We’d love to raise the full amount! Please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help toward achieving our goal.
Along the way, Jim sent email dispatches to his grandchildren and those who pledged money on the ride. This is the email he sent on October 5, 2007 after the ride was complete:
We reached Salt Lake City on Saturday September 29th around noon after riding from Park City, Utah. Total mileage was 452 and ten days of riding with one rest day. Pledges were based on 435 miles. Total pledge amount was $7300 from 72 pledges. Extra mileage was sight seeing in Salt Lake City seeing the older homes and university district. Our route from Park City was Emmigrant Canyon into the SLC area from the east thus avoiding riding on I 80.
Riding a bicycle is the premier way to see the world. Walking takes too long and riding a horse is just not practical. I would ride into a small western slope Colorado or Utah town and really see and feel the community. Using the public library to send emails was another adventure as one always meets the locals. Of course we felt the weather and riding in the rain is pain and deprivation at full force.
The growth in Steamboat Springs and Park City is out of control. 20,000 square foot homes that are occupied three weeks a year are common. The United States has changed in the past forty years that I have been cycle touring.
The train from Salt Lake City to Sacramento went without any mishap. Interesting to note that twenty four hours later we would have been riding in a snowstorm from Park City to Salt Lake City.
I sent emails to my grandchildren documenting the journey in the hopes of inspiring one or more of them to also cycle tour in their adult lives. I have certainly enjoyed my years of cycling.
A big thank you to all of you who have supported this ride and Foothill Theatre in particular.
Thanks again and hope to see you around town.