|Casey and Rene before the tour begins (Sept 18, 2010)|
The start of the ride was delayed 15 minutes due to an accident on the course. The start of the tour was AWESOME as you get a police escort through town. I wish all my bike rides were like this!! LOL The rain lasted about 45-60 minutes.
Two teenagers had hit a tree at high speed. That car was smashed up BAD. Sad. Rest in Peace Levi and Tiffani
Once we got to the first rest stop, I looked at my bike and my clothes and both were covered in mud. Some of us rinsed off our bikes with the hose there and someone even sprayed my back to get all that mud off. As I was riding I was so glad I borrowed my wifes leg warmers that I got her for her birthday (LOL). They sure kept me comfortable out there! I was bummed that this long route doesn't include the Trail of the Coeur d' Anene's bridge crossing, I really enjoyed crossing that bridge. The sights there were spectacular.
The rest stop food was awesome. Some of the stuff I ate along the course included a pancake, turkey and cheese sandwiches (2 or 3), peanut butter and jelly sandwich (Yum!), chilli, chips, cookies, bananas and nuts. Of course at the end I chowed about 5 pieces of pizza and a couple of those mini chocolate chip brownies!! Instead of losing weight on this ride I may have gained a few pounds! ;-)
drafting. We rode approximately 60 miles with the Baddlands team. One of the guys there, Bob Fisher, had recently won the 24 Hour Ring of Fire race in which he rode 373 miles. Even with that recent race he was doing some serious pulling!!
|Bob Fisher on left, Rene yellow and Casey is sporting the Bike Hub jersey.|