Saturday, October 23, 2010
Rain and the threat of more rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of 125 riders for the annual Lion Pride Bike Ride. The ride was to be a social ride but there were about three teams there and each huddled before the ride.
Strategy reminds me of back when Christine and I were working out on the CompuTrainer. A tour ride was coming up and Randy, our CompuTrainer coach, asked what our strategy was going to be. Both of us looked at him with blank faces (and blank minds), then we brightened and said "To finish the ride!" To this day our goal and strategy for a tour is--to finish the ride.
Just as we were about to take off it started sprinkling. We had disposable rain coats with us but thought we would wait until it really started raining as one can get quite hot in the coverings.
A lot of the ride was flat farmland which didn't hurt our pride or average. And we had a strategy--finish.
Just to keep the ride interesting, Ennis would throw in a few hills every once in a while. In the last picture one can tell we had just experienced another light shower. We were not yet soaked.
The whole ride was a nice relaxing journey. It may sound strange from two retired individuals, but we needed a nice relaxing break from our routine.
Thanks gang for your hospitality. Two thumbs up.
The stretch of black soil made Christine homesick for the rich cornfield farmland of Illinois.
Crossing the Bardwell Reservoir again verified we were close to the finish.
And we were greeted by another welcome sight. Atmos Energy was cooking up cheeseburgers for everyone. Complete with drinks, chips, and COOKIES. We had accomplished our strategy. Finish the course and get back before all the fast riders eat all the food.
And our strategy worked out in another way also. As we were eating, it really started raining and the wind blowing. The event director announced that the ride was being stopped as lightning was predicted in the near future. All riders not on highway 34 were to be sagged in. Now, on the longer route, that would have been Christine and I, and another one of our goals is not to be sagged in on a ride. Secondary goal is not to eat soggy cheeseburgers.