|Storm clouds ahead - how bad can it be?|
But I had said on Facebook I was riding a century on the last Sunday of April. I had completed this ride 5 years in a row. It was somewhere between habit and tradition; my door-to-door century, rolling out of the garage, and rolling back in 100 miles later. I had started it alone, the next year brought along my oldest son Tyler, then inviting friends along for the next 3 years, as the “Tour De Mulberry” was born. Now, with the first rain-out, it was full circle; riding alone, working to get 50 miles out so it would be 50 mile home.
|Mulberry - 52 wet miles from the end of my driveway.|
When I finally step off my bike, at 105 miles, almost 8 hours after leaving home, the act of stopping and stripping off wet clothing is enough to start a bout of violent shivering that didn't stop until I had been under HOT water for 5 minutes.
It was a totally insane day to ride. It will hopefully be my worst ride of the year. It was another personal challenge given and met. And it was a perfect.
(Since 2004, the last Sunday in April has been my final "training ride" for TOSRV, the Tour of the Scioto River Valley, a 2 day, 210 mile ride in Columbus, OH held Mother's Day weekend. As of 2014, I have ridden TOSRV 14 times since 1979. And I have made the ride to Mulberry 4 mores times as well. A version of this blog was originally published in April of 2010.)