Monday, September 27, 2010
Yesterday our family did the Apple Cider Century bicycle ride in Three Oaks, MI. We chose the 25 mile option. It was very enjoyable. I have been doing this ride since 1994. It's a tour not a race. It's a two hour car ride from our home in the western suburbs of Chicago. There are about 5,000 bicycle riders, and the ride takes place the last Sunday in September. The scenery is nice with some hills, woods, fields, farms. Some parts of the route are different every year, but the route always goes past the pumpkin farm which is a very nice stop: I get to catch up on the football scores there (they have a TV playing a football game), get some free apple cider, free coffee, and there are activities for the kids for a small fee. There is one official rest stop and a spaghetti lunch/dinner after the ride, and the route is supported with a sag wagon in case you get a flat or need other repair. There are also policemen at busy intersections, but in general there is very little traffic on the routes. The weather this year was a little chilly but not too cold. We look forward to this ride every year.