100 Day Ride
Sometime in the not too distant future, my wife and I, along with our kids, will be locking the house door, hopping on bicycles and taking off for 100 days. Ok, there will be someone looking after the place and tending to the yard, but we’re ditching our stuff for awhile and striking out for adventure to prove that one can be happy and fulfilled with what fits in a B.O.B trailer.
We originally planned this ride as a “reunion” trip after my return from a year long overseas deployment. That fizzled as the mission got adjusted and my unit only ended up taking half of the number of Soldiers originally planned. I didn’t get to go, and that news rocked our proverbial boat. The idea is just too good to pass up, however, and so we are still going to do it whether the stars align or not.
During the build up to the Big Event, all of us and the dogs (yes, we’re taking the dogs) will be posting things that we find out about family bike touring in anticipation of the ride.
Once we set to pedaling, the posts will be fast and furious. I’m sure some of them will be furious, because not every day is a good day, and not every day is a cool, sunny day. But we will make it through and we will have a blast. Check back here semi-often for updates.
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October 20, 2012. Hilly Hundred. Need I say more?
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September 28, 2012. Tawnya and I loaded our bikes into the Caravan and drove to Muncie, Indiana for a day on the Cardinal Greenway. We ended up riding 50 miles on a beautiful morning and afternoon. On the way, Tawnya spotted a cell phone in the gravel. It had been there for weeks and had survived a big rain storm. I plugged it in at home and was able to get the owner’s personal information off of it, and mailed it back to him. He’d already replaced the smartphone, but it never hurts to have a back up.
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April 29th, 2012. Richard Vonnegut and I started out sometime shortly after 8 a.m. on a quest to get in a century ride, or as close as we could come. We were checking out a route from Shelbyville to Columbus, to Greensburg, back to Shelbyville.
We spent a bit too much time at Camp Atterbury as I showed him where I work, and stopped at the Post Exchange to get some drinks and snacks for the ride. Then we spent a bit too much time in Columbus trying to figure out the leg of the ride from there to Greensburg. We finally got it figured out, but turned north on SR 9 back to Shelbyville to end up shy of of the goal, instead of continuing on to Greensburg and overshooting 100. We did, as Richard said, get a “metric century” in, and ended up with a grand total of 80 miles. Not bad. We still had the energy to go another 20 miles, but opted for dinner instead. Century ride, I’m on the hunt I’m after you. Hungry like the wolf.
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April 26, 2012. Tawnya and I went for a ride this afternoon as our “date night” outing. Why go to a movie when you can hit the open highway and pedal into 40 mile per hour winds? We rode a tailwind all the way south from Shelbyville to Flat Rock on Columbus Road, but the, uh, ride back was a bit breezy.
It was good practice for the 100 day ride next year, because we will be pedaling at all elevations and atmospheric conditions, to be sure.
Don’t tell me it isn’t okay to boast about a new achievement, as Tawnya broke her personal best today and bragged about it for a bit over a handful of pecans. Enjoy the video.
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My first resolution in support of a successful 100 day bike ride was to start biking to work. I started today, April 24, 2012, by biking back home after work. It was about 24 miles, but no fear, I’m biking back to work in the morning. Read more about it here.