Monthly Archives: May 2011

Trans-Ohio Pre-Registration Deadline This Week – Register Today

Please take a few minutes today to register for our July 1-3, 2011 Trans-Ohio Tour.

This is the last week to register for the Trans-Ohio tour at the discounted rate of only $90.  After Friday, you’ll still be able to register, but the rate will increase to $105.

Your trip fees cover all food, lodging, transportation to and from Columbus, on-the-road mechanical support and other accommodations for all three days.  The earlier you register, the easier (and less expensive) it is for The Water Cycle Project’s all-volunteer staff to locate and reserve the correct accommodations at lower rates.

Thanks again.  I hope you can join us!

As always, please feel free to contact us at any time with questions.

Sorry, PayPal Still Down (Now Restored :-))

Our PayPal donation system is now back on track.  Sorry for any inconvenience and thanks for your patience. (05/27/11  8:25 p.m.)

We’re very sorry, but our PayPal payment system is still currently down.  In the meantime we can still accept donations in the form of cash and checks made out to “Vineyard Christian Fellowship”.

PayPal wants additional information about our 501(c)3 status, which we’ve now provided, so that information should be reviewed and our payment system restored very soon.  We will post on Twitter and Facebook and contact those donors who have tried to make a contribution during this down-time as soon as that is officially resolved.

Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grove City is handling the finances for The Water Cycle Project and acting as our 501(c)3 umbrella, which simply requires a little more documentation for PayPal to prove that everything’s on the up-and-up and above-board.

Once again, we apologize.  This will be resolved shortly, and we’ll be back to business as usual.  Thanks so much for your patience and for your continued support of The Water Cycle Project.

Please contact us with any questions.

Cyclist Information Meeting Tonight at Franklinton Cycle Works

Franklinton Cycle Works will host a cyclist information meeting tonight at their shop at 897 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio to answer all of your wildest questions about The Water Cycle Project’s 2011 Ohio rides.

The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  Our friends in Franklinton will generously provide delicious food and beverages for the occasion.

We’ll be there to provide information about our 2011 Ohio rides, our mission in general, and answer any and all questions you might have.  Please come out, enjoy some grub with us, and find out if TWCP 2011 rides are a good fit for you.

All are welcome.  We can’t wait to see you there!

What I Love About Water: It’s Cheap!

I love that we have the opportunity to provide fresh water for people.  I really do.  I feel so much joy for the abundance that I have and so much passion for this cause, that I feel like if I didn’t give people want, I’d just  bust.  I want you to feel the same way.

One of the things I love about giving water is that it’s cheap!  Due to our unique connections with Pastor Stephen in India, and our organization’s set up, we can provide a lifetime supply of clean water to 600 or more people for only $2,500.  That’s amazing!

Pastor Stephen is an indigenous Indian, meaning that he’s ethnically a dark-skinned Indian, and he was born there.  This is a significant advantage, because, try as we might, it’s expensive to keep Americans in foreign countries.  I’ve known Pastor Stephen most of my life, and I trust him wholeheartedly.  He’s a model of efficiency, and he lives on the meager means that Indians do.

It also helps that we’re a zero-overhead organization.  Even the best organizations usually don’t actually get more than 60% to the target (many deliver as little as 4% to the target).  Because we’re small and we’re run by volunteers, and we don’t have any significant marketing or infrastructure costs, we can send every donor dollar directly to the target.

We are truly blessed to have this network in place.  Please take advantage of it, and share my joy in giving water!  It’s wonderful.

Don’t Forget: Information Meeting at FCW on Thursday

Don’t forget, our friends at Franklinton Cycle Works are holding a cyclist’s information meeting for our 2011 Ohio rides on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the FCW shop at 897 W. Broad, Columbus, Ohio.  Food and drinks will be provided.

We’ll be there to provide information about The Water Cycle Project, our 2011 rides, and answer any questions you might have.  I think it’ll be a great, casual atmosphere to meet some of the cyclists who are involved and get some better information for our summer rides.

Please contact us with any questions.  You can find the event on Facebook here:

Big Changes to 2011 Rides

The most important thing to us is to raise money to drill wells, to give sick and thirsty people clean water to drink.  We’re so fortunate that we get to use something that we love, riding bikes, to do that.

It’s also important to us to incorporate as many people into this mission as possible, and make you a passionate advocate for this cause as well.  This is our first year putting together The Water Cycle Project and we had to make some big guesses when we first put together a calendar for 2011.  We’ve listened to the feedback that we’ve received, and the great thing about being a small, grass-roots organization is that it’s never too late to make changes.

Due to lack of response, we’re going to cancel the Amish Loop (Aug. 5-7) and Hocking Hills (Sept. 2-4) trips for this year, and consolidate our energy towards the Trans-Ohio Trip in July and the Circum-Ohio Tour in September/October.

We’re going to replace the August and September trips with a Labor Day weekend fun ride that I think you’ll really enjoy, and will open a lot of doors for families and non-cyclists to participate and have a lot of fun while supporting our cause.

Just to Clarify:
Trans-Ohio – July 1-3 – STILL ON.  We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on this trip and expect a good turnout.

Amish Loop – August 5-7 – CANCELLED.

Hocking Hills – September 2-4 – CANCELLED.

Circum-Ohio – September 27-October 8 – STILL ON. Please consider joining us for week 1, week 2 or the full 12-day tour.

Thanks so much for your continued support.  We really appreciate all of your feedback, and are very happy to accommodate as many members of our community as possible.

Please stay tuned for more information on our fun-ride in September, and as always, please contact us with any questions or leave a comment below.

PayPal Donation System

I’ve been alerted that our PayPal donation system isn’t working correctly.  I apologize for any inconvenience there.

I contacted PayPal this morning and we should be back in action shortly.  Thanks very much for your understanding.  In the meantime, we can continue to accept donations in the form of cash and checks made out to “Vineyard Christian Fellowship”.

Thanks!  Please contact us with any questions.

Circum-Ohio Tour – General Information

Sure, you could come up with this information yourself by putting Week 1 and Week 2 together, but we thought we’d give it to you all in one spot.

The Circum-Ohio tour is a two week trip around the perimeter of Ohio.  Over the course of 12 days, we’ll spend 11 days on the bike with a break after day 5.  The tour will begin and end in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trip Date: September 27 – October 8, 2011

Total Length: 862 miles

Average Day: 78 miles

Trip Fee: $300 if registered by 8/27/11

Circum-Ohio can basically be split up into four sections, the hills of Southern Ohio, the industrialized northeast, the coast and the flatlands.

After departing Cincinnati, we’ll spend nights in the following cities:  Gallipolis, Portsmouth, Marietta, Bridgeport, Youngstown, Cleveland, Sandusky, Toledo, Van Wert and Dayton.

Our longest day will be 105 miles from Cincinnati to Gallipolis, and our shortest day will follow immediately from Gallipolis to Portsmouth at only 56 miles.  Why not pick a different town that splits the difference, you ask?  There’s not a lot going on in that section of Ohio, it was either Gallipolis or boondocking on the side of the road.

This is going to be a challenging trip certainly, but well worth it.  You’ll learn new things about yourself and meet a lot of amazing people along the way, both on the bike next to you and in the towns we’re just passing through.

Please consider signing up today.  Start training today, and you can be ready for this thing in 18 weeks.  When we roll into Cincinnati again after 12 long days, it’ll be something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  You’ll have a story to tell.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

Circum-Ohio Week 2 – General Information

Week 2 of the Circum-Ohio tour is going to be a scenic blast!  It would be awesome if you could join us.  Days will be long and tough, but we’ll get to see stretches of our beautiful state in a new and remarkable way.

Trip Date: October 3 – 8, 2011

Total Length: 467 miles

Average Day: 78 miles

Trip Fee: $190 if registered by 9/1/11

Week 2 will have long days throughout, but the terrain will be less challenging than week 1 for the most part.  We’ll pedal off from Youngstown, Ohio on the morning of October 3 and put 70 miles on our tires to Cleveland.  From there we’ll follow the scenic Lake Erie Coast and make overnight stops in Sandusky and Toledo.  Then we’ll turn south across Ohio’s flattest lands, put our heads down and do 90 to 100 mile days stopping in Van Wert, Dayton and finally returning to Cincinnati!

Once we hit Cincinnati, we’ll collapse on the floor, but then get back up a few minutes later drink a bunch of Mountain Dew and do the jig.  The “I just rode my bike all the way ’round Ohio” jig.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know a group of cyclists over the Circum-Ohio trip.  Whether you’re in it for week 1, week 2 or both, I think you’re guaranteed to meet a lot of great people.

Week 2 is for cyclists.  You don’t need to be a professional athlete or be in the best shape of your life, but you do need to have a few training miles under your belt.

It’s going to be a great time – win, lose or draw, you won’t regret having signed up and given it your best shot.

Still want more info?  Here’s a printable PDF.

Interested in riding?  Please register by clicking here, or contact us for more information.

FCW Informational Meeting Date Changed!

The date for the Water Cycle Project informational meeting at Franklinton Cycle Works has been changed to Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

All other details stay the same.  The shop is located at 897 W. Broad St. in Columbus, Ohio.

Food and drinks will be provided.  Please come out and learn a little more about our mission and our 2011 rides!

Here’s the event on Facebook:

Sorry for the last minute change.  We hope you can make it.