Sunday, April 12, 2009

Whine and Dine

Me: I'm going to do an ACTC ride with the Whine and Dine group!
The BF: You mean to say that there are more like you out there?
Me: Isn't it wonderful!
The BF: Heaven help us.
Me: You might want to stay indoors today.

Saturday, I joined 9 others to do a metric century that covered parts of the ICare Classic and the Tierra Bella routes in reverse. This group knows how to party, I mean ride. My kinda of people. The day began with breakfast at S's place. I skipped out on that because I would have just gone back to bed afterwards. The ride was scheduled for 10am, again, my kind of people but we didn't get going until 10:30am or so. Can we say mellow, laid back, fun!

We were supposed to bike along Almaden Expressway but that part of the route was changed to accomodate us whiners. Super! We watched a duck flap its wings and fly off before we started. Along the way to Morgan Hill, we saw fellow ACTC members preparing the roads for the Tierra Bella ride next weekend. We stopped at the Jason Stephens winery to say hello to the winemakers. I love the shot I took of our bikes lined up against the winery's tasting room. My bike's on the end.
Eventually we got somewhat serious and actually cycled until of course we had to stop for lunch at Erik's deli. What a fun and silly time we had until we hit the afternoon headwinds. Three of us rode together, taking turns drafting, for over 25 miles to battle the wind. We ended up doing 55 miles. My average speed dropped from 13.9 to 12.9 mph by the time we finished. We plan to do another metric in three weeks. Oh goody, more whining and dining to come!
Next up, if the weather holds, the Tierra Bella.

1 comment:

Maui Zoom said...

What was the actual riding time? It's fun to have some casual riding buddies sometimes to chat over coffee/snacks, but it's also good to have more serious riders to power train too. I just did a metric century yesterday, took me 4.5 hours. I'm pretty new to cycling but am totally addicted. Aloha