A much better day….
Except for the 96 miles! The day started cold! I registered 32.5F on my bike. After all the rain yesterday, I got my jackets all dry, but my shoes were still a little damp, as I’m sure most everyone’s were. Damp shoes, with the cold temp, make for very cold feet. Before the ride started, somebody came up with the idea of putting our hands on the hood of the van to warm them up, which is a nice benefit of having the support van. A couple of people were even laying their faces on the hood.
I have my family with me on this ride, my son and my granddaughter. So proud of my 14 year old granddaughter Harper! She did a leap frog kind of day. Instead of 96 miles she decided to try for something she could do within reason. She rode the first 27 mile segment, got in the van for the next 20 miles, rode her bike again, and then back in the van. She hit her day’s goal of a metric century, which is 62 miles. Pretty darn good for a 14 year old! And on top of doing the distance, she was rocking in the lead pace line while her gramps was way back. I did manage to hook up with a slower pace line, and had a lot of fun with that.
We met with a reporter, from a local news station, at the first rest stop, and I was asked to talk to the reporter by Melissa. I waved Matthew and Harper over with me, and we had a fun time talking with the media. Harper spoke right up, answering the questions like a regular rock star.
A build day tomorrow, and I already know that I will be hurting after all these miles, but that’s what the kids are for. I will have to be satisfied with mostly doing little things to try to help some. The wrist and shoulder limit me a lot. Of course my age limits me also. Just bending down to pick something up is an effort, especially after a long ride.
We have a great group of riders and I am enjoying getting to know them, but then trying to remember what we talked about…..
By: Tom Weber