|Fearless Leader Al|
“I’m sorry I didn’t arrange for proper brevet weather,” he said.
Al, apology accepted. By “proper brevet weather” Al was referring to the kind of apocalyptic weather we’ve seen on a few of these 600Ks. Driving rain. Searing heat. Fierce headwinds. The kind of weather that is one Bible verse away from fire and brimstone and locusts. One year, a tropical storm rolled in from the Atlantic just as the riders reached the turnaround in Wilmington. A proverbial floodbath.
|The Wade Parade...|
Yes, there was none of that. Instead, moderate temperatures, low humidity and 190 miles of trailing wind to Wilmington. A nearly full moon to light the way in the dark hours. A rain-free event. Hell, we even had a blueberry festival in Ammons and a parade in Wade.
|As organized as rando riders ever get....smooth sailing on a bumpy road...|
Maybe we deserved this one after the wind tunnel of a 600K that we suffered through in February. It was two very pleasant days on the bike: Day 1 spent mostly with Maile and Jerry and Tim and Geof and John (we had Pat and Curt with us as well until Pat snapped a pedal off in an impressive power move); Day 2 as a 200K solo ride from White Lake to home.
Volunteers made the day with pizza and drinks. Thanks to Bob, Tony, Rick and his wife for the support along the way.
A couple notes: I had two cameras with me and took exactly one picture, or ½ picture per camera. It looks like a half a picture, too. But Maile has graciously allowed me to borrow her handiwork. All the pix are hers. She’s equally skilled as a rider and photographer and she managed to snap shots even as we motored along in an organized pace line.
This ride put me over the top for R-12 number 6 and the medal arrived on Wednesday. Some people do the R-12 for the hardware. Me? I like the personalized letters from RUSA HQ. I’m quoting here: “YOU TOTALLY ROCK!” Thanks, RUSA HQ, finally somebody agrees with my dogs.
I've just crossed the line of 50,000K in RUSA kilometers. Here’s to the next 50.
|Tim, John, Maile in Wilmington and the patented Ensure salute.|