Monday, October 5, 2009


Really? Is this really the last official post-ride report for 2009? Really?

We had a nice mapless and tip sheetless (we're so adventurous!) 40 miles to Grand Haven and back today...managed to avoid the rain, chat lots about the upcoming DV trip, and even celebrate Pablo's birthday! Most of us were able to avoid the disturbing number of roadkill items along our way...and only one flat for the group. All in all--a really nice way to wrap up the season, if I do say so myself.

These rockin' folks were part of our velo posse today:

Chris M
Rhonda (SGS co-piloting the tandem with Mike)
Stacey (SGS and quickly become a fast friend to all)
Berger (decidedly losing his SGS status...just because we love having him around so much!)

Afterward, we headed over to New Holland for pizza, apps, beer, diet coke, and a grand old time. Thanks for joining us, Clark #2 and Machuta families, too!'s now upon us. Just a couple of days until the truck whisks your bikes away to Death Valley, and just over a week until you all leave on jet planes to go there yourselves. I've made no secret of my immeasurable envy that this trip is coming up and I won't be able to hang with you this year. But....please know, especially you first-timers, that it's only because I have an idea of the incredible journey that you're about to undertake, and the gut-busting laughs you're about to have by the spring-fed pool as Rob paints his toenails.

Soak up every moment, and know that your long season of training, regardless of the number of miles you end up logging on ride day, is all worth it at the end of the day. Make lots of new friends, and laugh heartily with your old ones. And send lots of pictures back, would ya?


MC said...

Hear Hear to everything that Nic said there! Life is a journey and everyday's an adventure but some days are just bigger n' others and the ones that we'll have in the desert are apt to be some of those bigger ones. Let's remember that we have a family of team mates back here that are wishin' they were out there and try to keep them in touch as much as we can. I can't begin to tell y'all what you mean to's a honor and a treat to hang and ride w/ you guys and I hope we can all go somewhere together in 2010 so we don't have to split up!


Cindy said...

I really wish I was getting on the plane with all of you and headed to Death Valley too!