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About the only thing we’d need to add that we haven’t covered elsewhere is how we felt on this particular ride. In a word: Cold!
Seriously, PEACHES don’t fair well in the cold and while temps in the 50’s and 60’s would normally not phase us, we just had a few weeks of temps in the mid to upper 80s that set our expectation for the coming months. So, dealing with a 30 degree temperature drop was a rude awakening.
However, that said, we had a really enjoyable ride with the Georgia Tandem Club out in Cartersville. We did the 57.9 kilometer option so that I could ride my age, having turned 56 on Saturday. Yes, there was as time when we’d ride our age in miles, but with only so much time in a weekend kilometers are cool with me!!
We spent most of our time riding with Peter & Margaret, Roger & Eve, John & Mitzi, Denny & Stephanie and Randy & Claudia for the early part of the ride. About midway through the ride a few of our companions fell off the back but we all regrouped at the store stop 20 miles into the ride. We finished up with Roger & Eve, John & Mitzi and Ron & Shari, as Denny & Stephanie had opted to go the longer distance just before we reached the store stop.
I would say it was one of Debbie’s better days on the tandem as she was comfortable in the saddle and said she felt like she was able to delivery power to the pedals on the somewhat hilly route: that’s all goodness. She’s been struggling with a skin abrasion issue which we’ve not been able to definitively identify a root cause for. It could be the edge of her chamois that’s causing the irritation, how she sits on the saddle, or perhaps even her habit of rolling up the already short legs of her shorts. Regardless, we’ve taken to applying some sports tape to the region that gets abraded and that seems to be helping out a lot, if not completely eliminating the problem.
Anxiously awaiting our three days of riding at the Georgia Tandem Rally next weekend and keeping our fingers crossed that the weather-guessers are wrong! Otherwise, we’ll make the best of it and look forward to the June PEACHES ride in Taylorsville.