The Ride Mickey Ride began in downtown Charlotte NC at 9:30 am saturday November 16th. I was a fun raiser for a bicyclist name Mickey that had been injured and was just beginning to be able to ride again. It was for a good cause and since it was only about 45 miles from home I decided to do it.
When I got there and saw some of the cyclist I knew I had brought the wrong bike. I had brought my 1994 converted Cannodale touring bike and should have brought my Cannodale road bike. The road bikes is faster but in this case I guess it would not have made much difference. I would not have been able to stay with those powerhouse cyclist anyway. I just would not have been as far behind them.
The ride I chose to do was 30 miles long which is not that long of a ride but I wanted to be back home at least around 2:00 PM to go out for dinner. In hind sight I guess it was good that I brought my touring bike as I met some very nice cyclist that I may not have met otherwise. However I did not get to chat with them much at the finish because I was in a state of panic.
You see when I arrived back to the car I thought I had lost my wallet. My keys was in the car locked up but fortunately the I did write down the code that I needed to get in the car and had it in my cycling pants. I spent so much time searching for my wallet that I miss some of the cyclist I wanted to meet and get to know. Meeting new people that loves cycling like I do is one of the joys of cycling.
I did meet a couple of cyclist and as I was talking with them I felt a lump in my pants leg. That lump was my wallet. I somehow miss putting in my pants pocket and instead must have put it inside my pants. It eventually worked it way down to just below my knee before I felt it. I was tremendously relieved in finding it. However by that time I was running late and had to leave to get back home. So some of the cyclist I had hope to chat with I miss and do not have away now to contact them. Maybe we will meet again on another bike ride.
Otherwise I had a great time and rode harder than I would have done riding by myself but that always makes me feel good to push myself. HadI taken my road bike I probably would have done the 50 mile route. Not because it would have made it easier just faster but the big boys still would have left me in their dust.
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