PedalForThePantry – Charity on two wheels.
I was impressed at the turnout. That father-son team? They traveled down here from Erie for this! Well, this and a couple of other things, too, but wow!
This was a great ride and it’s awesome to see a truly grassroots effort get so much support. Great job by Paul and everyone else who helped organize this!
I had the privilege of riding the father-son team back to the wall from OTB. So cool. If I had I dad like that at that age, I would be tearing it up by now.
That kid will win P4TP 2017 for sure.
Thanks for coming if you happen to check this board!!
Big thanks to Paul for organizing that event. Massive amounts of fun all for a good cause.
Also really raised awareness of the cycling community in Pittsburgh. Every cashier at the stores on the circuit that I talked to knew what was going on, and thought it was a great idea. I also had some non-cycling friends who heard about what was going on.
Wonderful day yesterday–great weather, great ride, great friends, and Great Scott! 200 families fed for a week!!!
Well done, Paul and sponsors!!
This was awesome!!!! I had so much fun. The pgh cycling community rocks.
Thanks for organizing this Paul. I know you worked your ass off.
We did the longer ride but not competitively and it was super fun; we finished well within the time limit. I bought double everything and had no trouble carrying it all. Next time I am going to try for the bigger items (TP, diapers, etc).
oh, and I got an awesome prize — one of Colin’s prints! yes!!! — even though we were slow as sh*t. :)
ok, so my little ride thing was yesterday, I was hoping to have a few people show up and collect a bit of food.
987 pounds of non-perishible food
187 pounds of non-food (diapers, laundry detergent, and bathroom tissue)
1164 pounds of donated goods gathered & delivered by bike inside of 4 hours.
Wow. Dang. Holy $*!#
I wanted to thank:
– everyone for riding
– everyone who volunteered
– everyone who helped to keep me from freaking out
– all of the prize sponsors
– the staff at OTB
– the pgh cycling community
The turnout & enthusiasm for this event reminded me of what an awesome group of people we have here in this city. This was an event about all of us coming together as a community to have a good time and do a bit of good.
Thank all of you who showed up, rode, and donated a bit of your time.
Great job, Pbeaves. Good cause, good weather, good ride… doesn’t get much better. Appreciate all the work done on this by you and Nick and whomever else was behind the curtain.
Toward the end yesterday, someone from the food bank was passing out info on another ride to benefit them coming up in May. She said they put it on the events calendar here, but I told her to make sure she posts it on this forum if she wants people to know about it. So – if you enjoyed this or if you wish you hadn’t missed this one – look for something happening in May.
The one in May is Bike to Feed Families, from the Pump House to the Food Bank in Duquesne along the trail.
I am still trying to wrap my head around this whole thing. I personally was gobsmacked speechless by the whole day. Team Fatguy had (unoffically) 14 people (I say unoffically since i dont think all of them knew they were on my team) we were just the people taking the easy route. The sight of all these riders standing in line all buying the same items became an instant conversation starter with the checkout people and the other people in line.
I had a conversation with a guy infront of me inline at Giant Eagle on southside. it came down to him saying it was a great day for a bike ride. I agreed and showed him the Pedal for the Pantry Manifest and explained to him what we were doing. He said it was a great idea, wished me a good day, and checked out. I wished him a good day as well and checked out as well.
He stopped me as I was leaving the store and handed me some cash to donate to the food bank.
Two total stangers – again Gobsmacked.
Part of me, as I sit here looking longingly at my bed (Im tired) wants to say “We have a special group of cyclist here in Pittsburgh”
We aren’t special we just saw a need (well pbeaves saw a need) and we found a way to fill that need while doing what we do.
Kudos to everyone who rode yesterday, and for everyone who spoke up and talked about the ride. I find myself humbled by all of you.
I hope to have a post and video edited by friday. Right now I need some quiet time with my pillow.
I may have been the public face of this, but there is no way I could have done it alone.
NickD is the man, I owe him a tremendous thanks. Without his help, guidance, perseverance, efforts, and focus I would have floundered, The events success are a direct result of his input and influence.
@srpit: that was Amy, she is doing the BiketofeedFamilies event. the date is May 11th.
there is more info on her facebook site.
(see epkiley’s post above.)
I particulary enjoyed the cashier at at Aldo’s on te eSS, who looked at my p4tp items and looked at me, then said “But you’re not a biker!”
Even the cashiers have me pegged.
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