Sunday, May 22, 2011
We are home from another great tandem rally in Macon, GA. Roger and Eve did a great job again this year. We had 106 teams (mostly doubles, but a few triples). The routes were good (if a bit hilly) and the social activities were great.
We skipped the Thursday ride and arrived Thursday evening and checked into our hotel. Dinner and first social mixer was at the Fish N Pig restaurant.
They were a bit overwhelmed when 106 tandem teams showed up for dinner, but the wait wasn't bad and the food was great. The social mixer was on their deck so there was plenty to do while waiting for your table.
Friday was a remote start from a church about 8 miles from the hotel and started a bit later than we like to. The rider's meeting was at 9:30 so it was already warm when we left.
We chose the longer 57 mile ride in spite of the heat and were glad we did. It took us through Byron
and through some beautiful pecan groves and peach orchards
with a quick stop in Knoxville
then back to the start.
Dinner was on our own Friday, so we went to a Thai Bistro (Lemongrass) downtown (great food). Macon is having Friday Fest this summer and we were entertained by bands. We skipped dessert because we were having an ice cream social at the Georgia Music all of Fame just down the street.
This is the year of the 13 year cicadas, and we found them everywhere, and heard them on most of the rides.
Saturday was even hotter than Friday, so we set off from the hotel on the 46 mile ride. The 56 and 66 mile rides went through Juliette (movie set for Fried Green Tomatoes) which I wanted to see, but really didn't want to ride that far today. We left before the rider's meeting so we could beat the heat and all was going well. Lunch was being served 11-3 at a church about 4 miles away from the hotels, and we were in great shape.
But somewhere along the way we crossed paths with the 56 mile route and ended up in Juliette anyway.
Back on the road and heading toward lunch at Mt Zion Church. We got there about 2 (later than intended) and really enjoyed it. They were very hospitable, thanks so much.
We ended up with 62 miles and got back to the hotel about 3, cleaned up and went to the margarita social before dinner.
Happy hour and dinner was at Wesleyan College just a few miles away. What a beautiful campus and great place for a dinner.
Sunday we slept in a bit, but still headed out early. Ride options were 28 and 41, we chose the 28 so we wouldn't have to get a late check out. The morning was a bit cooler (YEA) and the roads were much smoother today.
One quick stop for some Gatorade at 19 miles
and back to the hotel
A quick shower, change of clothes, and we were off for home.
What a great weekend, and I do hope we can make it again next year.
Friday, May 06, 2011
DH and I were fortunate enough to get to go to the Florida Bike Safari again this year.
We drove down on Friday, set up our indoor camping (bugs were just too bad for me to sleep in the tent), met some friends for dinner, met some more friends for after dinner chit chat and riders meeting. There were 629 riders for the 3 day option at Live Oak, and 260 for the 6 day option which traveled to Cherry Lake.
Saturday was our first official ride. There were 36, 54 and 66 mile options. Since I was riding my single and not the tandem, I went with the 54 mile and it was great!
Dinner was great as always (thanks Dixie Grill). After Dinner dinner we had a presentation on "Tips for Safe and Fun Paceline Riding", "ER Bike Fixes to Finish Your Ride", and music by Gilberto.
Sunday started out much warmer than Saturday. The ride options were 34, 51, 65, and 100 miles. Once again I took the 51 and was certainly glad I didn't pick a longer one. It warmed up quickly, and I don't do heat well, so I was struggling by the end.
Took a nice shower and a nap when I got in. There was a band (Silverado) for our evening entertainment, and once again dinner was outstanding. Had to re-pack since Monday is the ride over to Cherry Lake for the rest of the week.
Monday we got up early and put our bags on the truck and started the 58 mile route to Cherry Lake early so we could avoid the heat. The routes at Cherry Lake are more hilly, so we took the tandem.
Cherry Lake is still as beautiful and relaxing as I remember. After setting up our camping area we hit the kayaks and did the 4 miles around the lake.
The bald eagles are still nesting there and were fishing.
Another wonderful dinner followed by an astronomy presentation by Tony Delia from North Florida Community Collage. He brought telescopes and set them up on the pier so we could look at the stars.
We had some fun with the props in the auditorium, too. Guess we are all kids at heart.
Tuesday started off cooler, so it was in the 60's when we started, which is perfect for me. Our options were 44, 52, 62, or 100 miles. Since DH wanted to kayak again, we went with the 44. It was a beautiful day and a great ride to Quitman, GA.
A great dinner, followed by a talk by the Madison County History and Ray Charles Home.
Wednesday was even colder, which was ok with me, but DH prefers it warm. Our options were 35, 45, 60 and 70 miles. We chose 45 and were glad we did. It was terribly windy, and on the tandem it was a tough (but beautiful) ride.
And of course, being a glutton for punishment, we took the kayaks out again. The wind was just as bad on the lake as it was on the road.
Silverado played again in the evening, then we had BBQ, and ice cream bar, and man was it good! Then we had to get ready for the ride back to Live Oak Thursday morning.
We took a different route back to Live Oak, and it was just 50 miles. I was tired and ready to get it done, but the weather and road was wonderful.
I rode 311 miles in 6 days, that is the most I have done this year. There is a small group of riders that ride 5 centuries every year. I will not be part of that group, but I have a wonderful time and look forward to the Safari every year. The Florida Freewheelers do a great job of organizing and marking routes and things run very smoothly. A big thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who make the week possible. You are very appreciated.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
It is finally spring! Friday DD and I took the grands to see HOP. Saturday and Sunday I put them to work spring cleaning closets and cabinets and sorting all their toys (Civitan has a yard sale coming up, and I need to clean). The boys helped wash my car, then we dyed eggs. Monday we got a great mountain bike ride in. Only 11 miles, but they were beautiful miles. The roads and trails were nice (except where they are cutting trees), weather was perfect and I had a great time. Then we did some yard work and put the kayak carrier on the truck. Today we got a bike ride, did family lunch, put the receiver hitch on the van, took the kayaks out for a tour of one of our water shed lakes. Just as we got home FedEx delivered the new radio for my car. So after supper DH put it in and now I can just plug in my iPod or a USB stick and I'm good to go.
Live is good!
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