Well, we had our one day of Spring-like weather here in Georgia early last week before the temps shot right through the upper 60’s and lower 70’s to the 80’s. I swear, it seems like it does that every year. One day you’re wearing tights, long-sleeve jerseys and wind vests in the afternoon and then two days later you’ve got shorts on and you’re wishing your jersey had a 3/4 length zipper. Anyway, on the up side, the nicer weather and switch to day-light-savings has given way to more time in the saddle and that’s a good thing.
Debbie is back to her afternoon, post-work rides from the house and with my kluged-together motorcycle bicycle rack I was able to get in two afternoons of repeats on Kennesaw Mountain on the way home from work. Because we both had Good Friday off from work, we were able to join up with our Lockheed Martin Cycling Club for a Tour de Cure tune-up ride on the tandem… something we probably won’t be able to do again until the actual event on May 16th. Saturday saw us meeting some dear friends whom we met through tandeming some 13 years ago and who retired to La Jolla, California perhaps 3 years back now. They were on a tour de force of Georgia with two other couples from Southern California… all three couples having brought along their tandems. So, we and several other mutual friends had something of a reunion ride; 24 miles through North Atlanta with a lunch stop at a French cafe in Buckhead. It was really a grand time and the riding on Atlanta’s Northside is actually quite nice if you can look past the roads that are in serious disrepair.
Anyway, given that last year this time I was still nursing a broken ankle back to health and restricted from bearing any weight for another four weeks, this year is off to a much better start. We won’t be setting any land speed records or even pretending to be able to hang with the A Teams, never mind the B+ Teams, but we should be able to ride the full distance and all three days of most rallies. We’ve even decided to go and play with our off-road tandem friends up in Asheville, North Carolina in May. That should really be interesting since we haven’t touched our Ventana Off-Road Tandem in about two years. Hmmm. Maybe we’ll take the road tandem along “just in case”. Oh well, we’ll see. Even if we never turned a crank it would be a great weekend as the Bent Creek Lodge is the one place where just being there is a vacation unto itself.
And, oh yes, we’re still looking for donors to support our Tour de Cure effort!! Hey, come-on now… just $5 or $10 for the American Diabetes Association? Click Here to Visit our TdC Website. Hey! I just realized that our good friend and tandem mountain bike speciality dealer Alex of MTBTandems.com made a VERY generous donation; that’s awesome!! Thanks Alex!