Sunday, June 26, 2011
Well, June is almost over and I have failed to meet my goals for the month. I had hoped to ride 575 miles and only got 243.8. Between no scheduled bike rides, rain, storms, and clean up we just couldn't get a lot of miles in. But that is ok, we need the rain very badly, but could do without the storms.
My training for the 5K has been put on hold for now, for reasons that won't be discussed here. But hopefully I can start back in a month or two.
We will be taking the grands camping next week. Just going to a spot on the lake about 20 miles from home, but they don't care. Next week will be spent swimming, fishing, hiking, and trying to stay cool. Our oldest DGS will be spending the afternoon and night with us today and I'm putting him to work helping get the camper set up, packed, and ready to go. He doesn't know that yet, but he is usually good about helping if he can get something out of it. Last night our youngest DGS spent the night and we baked goodies to take. DH is working and missing all the fun, poor him.
Well, off to play Mario Cart with DGS. Wish I were better, it is a shame when a 4 year old beats you.
Life is good, even when you miss your goals.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Today was our last ride of the Tandem Rally. We opted for the longer 33 mile ride that left from the hotel.
This is our youngest rider. She is 4 and they rode the long rides everyday. She logged over 120 miles in 3 days.
We rode together more today than on most days. The route was not as hilly, but the humidity was killer!
Once again, the scenery was beautiful and the roads were good.
About half way through, we stopped at a store for a short rest. I managed to get a picture of our youngest rider and his trailer (he did wear a helmet, it is in the trailer). Glad I didn't have to pull him up the hills, but they are younger than I am.
Back on the road before our legs get too cold.
And arriving back at the hotel with 33.4 miles, and no mis-adventures today. What a great ride.
A short rest in the room, then off we go for home.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our wonderful week in TN. I have certainly enjoyed sharing it with everyone. I will try to respond to everyone as quickly as I can. My little netbook that I travel with is a pain to use, so I wait till I get home and have my good lap top to do most of my posting.
Life is good.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
And what an adventure we had today. We opted for the long ride (54 mile)
to lunch today. The day started nice and cool as we left the hotel.
The scenery was beautiful and the roads were great.
We took an unofficial rest stop at a little store along the way (note the barn quilt block on the front).
Cycology Bike shop provided a rest stop with snacks and water at mile 29. Thanks so much guys, it was muchly appreciated.
Then we crossed paths with another group ride. They had painted out some of our turn marks on the road, which led to some interesting "adventures" and several U-turns. We were then forced to depend only on our cue sheets, and not the marks on the road. The day was warming up "nicely", but the ride was still great.
We made it to lunch at Pearson Springs Park with 61 miles, very hot and tired. Lunch was catered by Rothchild Catering and was so very welcome. Lots of salad and fruit, pasta, and lemonade.
Music at lunch was provided by the Blue Grass band Timberwinds. They were really good, almost made us want to dance, but we had more ride ahead of us.
Alex Nutt also brought several mountain bike tandems for us to try out. DH and I passed since we already have one.
After a nice rest, we opted for the short route home (surprise!!) but decided not to take the planned one. There is a greenway bike path that went back part of the way to the hotel, so we rode it since it was nice and shady.
But then we had to join the regular route back on the hot pavement.
Made it back to the hotel, hot and tired. Put the bike back in the van, then jumped in the pool (clothes and all) before going up to the room. Several glasses of water and a nice rest later we got cleaned up and ready for dinner at Sullivan's Downtown. Sullivan's is in an old J.C. Penny's store and still has the old wooden floors,
Their salads are to die for, and the grilled chicken was fabulous.
We got back to the hotel just as the sun was setting behind the airport. We were very tired, but went to the unofficial social for a while before going to the room.
Tomorrow will be our last ride, then we must head home and back to regular life. There is one more tandem rally in September, but it will be in Raleigh, NC. That will be a long drive for us, so we are still thinking about it.
Good night all, life is good.
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