Joyce Swan

Current Money Raised:

Sponsorship Goal: $1,000.00

Current Mileage:

Mileage Goal: 114

  • Update - June 12, 2022, 11:08 a.m.

    Agony Ride 114 miles in 24 hours! Why? Let me take you back to the year 2000…when I moved to Los Angeles and was privileged to assist the start up of a mobile medical clinic to serve the homeless. I spent a good deal of my days in the heart of Skid Row… many individuals started down the road to this place as a teenager. So, why do I come to Loyalton California once a year, hop on my bike and start to ride? If this will provide the resources to keep just one young person from ending up on Skid Row, then those 114 miles I will pedal are worth it! The Ranch or It’s official name of Christian Encounter Ministries, opened years ago, as a place to provide young people a setting to recovery to turn around their life. Whether it is drugs or alcohol or even behavioral issues, The Ranch is turning around lives. The Ranch is a place to help young people focus on turning around their life. Last year, I had a wonderful time talking with several students in the program. One young man, who was just weeks away from turning 15 years old shared with me about his drug use….when I asked him what his drug of choice was….his answer ‘all of them’. This kid, who should have been out riding bikes, climbing trees and exploring was using drugs, since the age of about 8….and his parents where doing drugs along with him. From my childhood, I can’t even begin to understand parents that would bring harm or destruction to their child, but sadly, this is all too common. If these young people aren’t helped early in life, they will be the residents of Skid Row tomorrow. So, in the early afternoon on July 29th, I’ll hop on my road bike and begin to chip away at the 114 miles. This is accomplished by riding the route that CEM has established- one lap around this route is 38 miles, so I only have to complete 3 laps! I have 24 hours to do it…..and the support the riders get is off the hook! The kids in the program are cheering riders on as we approach the rest stops and they have water and snacks and will make a sandwich to help fuel you along the way. My goal this year will be 114 miles or 3 laps….and if all goes as planned, I hope to complete 2 laps on Friday and then sleep for a few hours and finish it off the another 1 lap Saturday to complete my 114 miles! While I did complete 152 miles last year, my training time has been limited due to numerous factors, so this year I’m scaling back at aiming for 114 miles! I would ask you to consider sponsoring me for this ride. Not a dime goes to me… all does to The Ranch…..and gives young people a chance to turn around their life. If you would like to sponsor me, click on this link. You can donate a flat amount or per mile. Thank you in advance for your support. I welcome good thoughts and prayer as I embark on this goal.

I had the opportunity to participate in this event in 2018 and sadly, had to sit out last year due to my ongoing knee issues....., I couldn’t wait for sign ups to start for this years Agony Ride. The experience of riding a bike and pushing myself in order to help bring long term opportunities to young people is worth every ounce of energy it took to finish the 114 miles. So, this year, I’m aiming to complete 114 miles during the 24 hours of this event.
Giving young people the opportunity to address issues with drugs and alcohol or behavioral issues early in life helps set them up for long term success. One young lady I met in 2018 during the event shared with me that she had completed her high School GED and was enrolled in community college. She was the first in her family to finish her GED - and was looking forward to what opportunities college would bring her!
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