(A) YES WE DID… we finally had a day when the weather was nice enough to entice out on the tandem!
This past Saturday provided us with just the window of opportunity we needed to squeeze a tandem ride in between a late lunch and a late afternoon social commitment. It was one of the first weekends when it wasn’t too wet, windy and/or cold for heading out on the tandem. It wasn’t a long ride, just 20 miles… and we didn’t set any records. But, the bike felt pretty good underneath us and traffic wasn’t all that bad / annoying.
Given some issues I’m having with my left wrist and right elbow, on-the-road selfies aren’t something that I can easily manage at the moment so the only evidence of our ride that I was able to collect were these post-ride photos snapped out relaxing on the breezeway after returning home.
We’d thought we might be able to attend next weekend’s Tandem Club of Georgia monthly group ride; however, fate intervened to make sure we couldn’t do that because (a) the ride was postponed a month due to weather-related issues (a recent tornado skipped through our ride route and the weekend outlook isn’t promising) and low interest likely due to the latter, and (b) we’re making a last minute trip up to Pennsylvania on Saturday morning so we can surprise my step-dad of 32-years and for his 90th birthday.
My step-brother Mark and his wife Patty are driving down Friday to take Bill and my mother out to dinner on Saturday — which Bill knows about — but we’ll be flying in on Saturday at noon unbeknownst to him so we can join them for dinner. It will be a short trip, as we’re flying back home on Sunday afternoon. But, we surprised him for his 80th and he seemed to appreciate that so we’re going for the double!
(B) Sadly, No We’re Not…, going to be at Tandems East’s Tandem Weekend in Lancaster, PA, on July 14-15. But, we have a good excuse: July 16th is our 25th wedding anniversary! It’s not that we wouldn’t enjoy visiting with tandem friends and enjoying the camaraderie at a tandem rally, we just think we need to do something that we don’t do all that often and that is get away just by ourselves for a week or so. If all goes according to plan, I should be retired by early July so we won’t be constrained by vacation time… only by our retirement budget! So, we hope to become frugal travelers… whatever that means. We’ve never tried it before, but we have good role models in our friends Linda & Eric who have mastered the art of frugality. I tried it, but didn’t like it. Of course, I lacked the proper motivation. NOW we have the proper motivation: early retirement. Wish us luck!