Recently my wife, son and I participated in a fund raising ride to benefit San Mar Childrens Home. It was a beautiful 184.5 mile ride on the C&O Canal towpath. The weather was hot and the trail was muddy from several days of rain prior to the ride.
My wife's bike at a rest stop on the first day. Of course once you get muddy it's like being a kid again. In the beginning you avoid the puddles when you can. By day four it's more like "yeah mud!" It's a great time with some beautiful scenery. Of course there are little surprises.
Here we are just after going through the tunnel at Paw Paw. Note to self, change flashlight batteries BEFORE going through the tunnel. Of course I gave Sandi the new flashlight. Second note to self. Make sure the new flashlight really works BEFORE going through the tunnel.
So it's day four. Everything hurts but I've come 182 of the 184.5 miles without taking a spill. I start thinking how many people did go down and that some of them go hurt and had to drop out. Of course I haven't fallen and will now transition from the gravel tow path to the paved surface for my triumphant ride into Georgetown. Did I mention I hadn't fallen? Missed the first transition but second one was not really a big hill. About a 6' - 8' drop. Steep hill but not terrible. My wife walked her bike down but, what the heck, I can take this hill. Third note to self, don't use front brake when going down a steep grade. Got a little road rash but nothing serious. My watch took the impact when my wrist hit. No damage there. My helmet took the impact at the finish of my graceful decent. Only bruising was to my ego because, of course there were a bunch of people around to witness the event.
Final lesson learned. Next year I will NOT think about the fact that I didn't crash until AFTER the ride!
Now off to visualize multiple listing presentations!!!