Twas the night before…

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Twas the night before bike ride and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse
The bikes were parked by the front door with care
In hopes that a passport soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of Paris danced in their heads
And Chris in her bike shorts and I in my cap
Had just settled our brains for the last nights nap
When suddenly it struck me about what we were doing
Riding to Paris no longer seems such a shoo in….
Its quite a long way I exclaimed with a shout
Chris laughed and wondered what all the fuss was about!

“Its only 4 days we spend in the saddle
It can’t be that bad, its a great way to travel
300 miles to raise 3000 pounds
1 think that sounds like a good deal all round
After all the fundraising the ride is a doddle
No one will care if you ride with a wobble!
The money is banked, we ae ready to go
Our clothes are all packed, lets start up this show!
You HAVE done some training, been out on the road
My turbo has seen a good heavy load
The kids are excited to see us complete
The NDCS needs funds from the cakes baked so sweet
Remember why we set out on this path
To benefit deaf kids and help them to laugh
Riding the bike is symbolic you see
It gives you the chance to see how Millie feels
Its hard to hear as you pedal along
Straining for sounds as the wind takes our song
And thats how our daughter heard every day
Catching at noises, not hearing all we say
Can’t hear a car, a plane or our bike
I can’t imagine just what thats like…
But she’s tough, this deaf kid of ours
She’s teaching us a thing or two, every day, every hour
But now with her funky cool purple new aids
We are getting past this deafness blockade
I see this bike ride as a bit like our life
A little uncomfortable, a bit of strife
Possibly not something we ever considered
But infinitely amazing, a good challenge I figured
If she can tackle each day with a smile
Then we can put up with a sore bum for a while!!
We can’t let our sponsors down, we took all their money
We owe them the right of seeing us walking funny
So onwards to Portsmouth, and further to France
Our bikes are ready – its time to advance!

So I rested my head on my pillow to sleep
Preparing to ride for most of the week
My passport in hand, not going out of my sight –
Happy Bike ride to all, and to all a good night!!!

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