Saturday, May 10, 2008

Underground Railroad Route Report #2

Hi All, checking in from Bay Minette, Ala. 38 mile ride today from Mobile, everything went well. Sunny and very hot and humid!

As usual, there was a flurry of activity early this morning with everyone ready to break out of the gate. We had our usual steel cut oatmeal and fruit, etc.. for breakfast, and had our bags weighed ( a first for one of these rides, but understandable ), there is a 50 lb. limit spread between two bags. Then we posed for our group photo, this whole ordeal takes about 30 minutes minimum, because everyone of us has a camera and wants a picture, once that was over, we were on our way.

We slowly made our way out of Mobile, across the Bay and across many creeks and minor rivers that feed into the Bay. As we headed into the country, the hills started to roll gently. Not to much to see other that some fishing camps, a couple of dead Armadillos and small homes spread out along the roads.

As far as the women, today we were all checking each other out!. Who was at the front of the pack, who was slower? Who stopped alot, who was a Chatty Cathy and who had absolutely no sense of direction? And of course what was everyone riding? I have the only Giant, quite a few Treks, a Diamond Back, a Bianci, a Colnago and a few others (not sure on the spelling of all of those). All are road bikes, and all but one have dropped bars. Everyone seemed pretty fit, and everyone I have talked with has years of cycling experience. I would say at least 1/2 of the women have done a cross country ride.

Tomorrow will surely test all of us. We are riding 102 miles tomorrow and it is supposed to be in the high 80's to low 90's. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, AND HYDRATE SOME MORE! That will be the mantra for tomorrow. Todays' ride was short, so we have down time this afternoon to relax and make any minor adjustments to our bikes. I have brought along for reading: Cormac McCarthy's - The Road and Bound for Canaan by Fergus Bordewich.

Plan to read a bit, have a great dinner and hit the hay. Need to get a good nights sleep to be ready for tomorrow.

Happy Mothers Day to all of the MOMS out there. Send good thoughts to me so this mother makes the 102 miles!

Love to all!


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