Ok, so I am just a bit behind in posting this, but here goes. Last weekend DH and I hosted the Alabama Tandem Weekend in our little home town. There isn't a lot going on, but we came up with some nice rides and a few activities. I had to work Wed, but we had a ride with friends planned for Thursday morning. So when one of the couples came in early and ask if there was anywhere to ride, we just invited them to join us. The ride was great, lovely weather, good roads, little traffic, then a dog ran after one of our friends, and he hit the road. Sheriff came, ambulance came (not needed, but has to respond), reports filed and off we went again. Got to town with 53 miles and stopped by The Grill for lunch, nice little shower passed while we were there, finished lunch and started the last 3 miles home, and while crossing railroad tracks (that we have crossed dozens of times) down we went. Not seriously hurt, but my vision did go black, so DH called a friend to take me to the hospital. X-rays were good, just some scrapes and bruises and I was in and out in time to make dinner with the group that arrived that afternoon.
Helmets will have to be replaced, but we do have our mountain bike helmets we can wear for now.
Friday we didn't ride, but took care of rest stops and such. The day started with some big storms early in the morning, but the ride didn't start till after lunch, so things dried out a bit. We started with 50 cent ice cream at Blue Bell Creamery.
The 36 ride started from the park across the street and headed west to Kymulga grist mill and covered bridge park. It is a working grist mill and has a nice little store inside
Dinner was at La Costa, a local Mexican Restaurant. They knew we were coming, but even with such a large group descending on them, we got quick service and great food.
Saturday morning most left from the hotel, others joined us at the park for the start of the ride. Options were 45 or 63 miles.
Lunch was on your own, but most stopped by Big Daddy's Chevron. They have great chicken and pizza.
Everyone was back by 1 and we had borrowed extra kayaks, canoes, and mountain bikes (plus some brought their own) and went to Lake Howard spent the afternoon.
Then when everyone was worn out, we met at our local Italian Restaurant, Giovani's for dinner. Another great service and good food. We had the drawing for the quilt and Hose and Sherry Rodriguez won.
The group presented us with a lovely picture of a covey of quail as a thank you gift.
Some riders had to leave early, but most of them met Sunday morning for a short 27 mile ride. We did participate in this one and got a group picture before we left.
I am so thankful the weather was nice, roads were good, and everyone had a great time. I hope some of them come back and ride just for fun, we have more options ready for them.
Now to start working on next years ATW.