Roger Strauss & Eve Kofsky signed-up to host the Georgia Tandem Club (aka, PEACHES) monthly tandem ride for August and decided to raise the bar on the “monthly tandem ride” by hosting four rides.
This was fine by us, as we’ve been doing our best to get out and ride our tandem on both Saturday and Sunday mornings from the house and having the chance to ride with friends in some different locations would be a nice change. As much as we enjoy riding the motorcycle as a form of recreation, it doesn’t do much for your fitness and health and lacks the sense of accomplishment that has served us so well since we started tandem cycling some 17 years ago. But I digress…
The first August PEACHES ride was to be down near Newnan, Georgia on Sunday, August 3rd and cancelled due to a lack of interest / rainy weather forecast.
The second ride was held yesterday on Saturday, August 9th out in Taylorsville, Georgia. Regular readers may recall I have a mild case of dyslexia that seems to mess with my ability to keep track of numbers, days and dates: yes, it’s very frustrating at times but I’ve been dealing with it most of my life. So, even though I’d noted when the events were on the kitchen calendar, going into the weekend I had it my head the ride would be on Sunday. Since we were having spotty weather again this weekend I’d decided to hold off on RSVP’ing until Saturday evening after doing a weather check for Sunday.
When I woke up on Saturday morning I decided to check the calendar “just to be sure” I had the day right as I now was thinking I’d once again gotten my dates confused: sure enough. The weather was iffy so I sent off a late-breaking Email to Roger & Eve to see if the ride was still on and went to see if Debbie would be interested in quickly getting ready so we could make the ride start. Never heard back from Roger & Eve, but to be fair they’d probably left their house already and were on their way to Taylorsville.
Taylorsville is about a 40 minute drive for us so we really needed to be out of the house and on our way by 8:10am to make it in time for the 9:00am ride start. Well, we hit the road at 8:20am and I was able to make great time… three times! Unfortunately, as soon as I had us “back in the box’ with an 8:55 arrival time we ran into some type of a delay. The first was a road closure, the second was slow traffic near Cartersville and the third and coup de grace was a piece of farm equipment going 10mph on a 5 mile stretch of 55mph road that had been reduced to two lanes from four for construction with no ability for us to pass the 9 cars and semi that were backed up behind the tractor. Ugggg.
When we pulled into the parking lot in Taylorsville at 9:08 it was clear the four other couples who decided to do the ride had already headed off. Thankfully, Eve had left an extra route map on the back of their car so we’d at least be able to enjoy the route and possibly catch up at the 13-mile store stop.
It was a cloudy start to the ride with a little light rain mixed in, but conditions continued to improve throughout the morning in defiance of the weather forecast. As hoped, we found our friends at the 13-mile store stop and were able to join them for the rest of the ride.
The Taylorsville ride is one we’ve done once before and it truly is a wonderful ride with flat to rolling terrain and just a couple of moderate climbs through very rural, lightly traffic’d areas. However, in all of our years of tandem club rides I don’t think we’ve ever been caught by a train: we were caught by two on yesterday’s ride!
We had a good time riding with Roger & Eve, Randy & Claudia Rowe, John & Mitzi Boland and Bob & Kay O’Neil and followed that up with a very nice post-ride lunch at “udder delights”, a small family restaurant and ice cream parlor out near Taylorsville.
As is often times the case, these PEACHES ride days pretty much consume the better part of a weekend day. We arrived home around 3:15 which didn’t leave much time for getting to work on any projects around the house before it’d be time to clean up for dinner and an evening out. But, it was truly a great way to spend the day, so no worries and we’re looking forward to a second helping next Sunday out in Covington.