Ow, that hurts. I am pleased to say that I completed the MS 150 "City to Shore Bike Tour" this weekend, but I would be even more pleased if I could say it without grimacing in pain. Despite the tenderness of nearly my entire body, it was a great ride. Especially compared to last year where it rained all day Sunday and I was cold and soaked and miserable.
I started on Saturday morning around 7:00 from the Woodcrest PATCO station in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and cycled all the way to Ocean City - approximately 83 miles away. It took me six hours total, about 5 1/2 hours of riding time and the pace was pretty quick thanks to a lovely tailwind for most of the ride.
I slept until about 6:30, then packed up and rode (painfully) back to the start line to drop off my backpack. They had a big breakfast set up in the music hall along the pier, so I had something to eat, watched the dolphins playing in the surf and got back on my bike.
[Did I mention, "Ouch?"]
Definitely not as quick going home, although I didn't spend as much time at the rest stops, so my overall time was about the same as Saturday. Made it back home and took a little nap with the kitty until 5:30 or so.
I had dinner with my friend Keith from London last night. We went to Panorama, an Italian place a couple of blocks away. One of the former bartenders, Lynne, is working as the assistant manager now, and she welcomed us and made sure that we had a fun evening. She even treated us to tasting of after-dinner dessert wines - 2 from Italy and one that she referred to as "the nectar of the gods": a French Sauternes. Yummy!
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Quote du jour:
"Drink wine, and have the gout; drink no wine, and have the gout too."
-- Thomas Cogan
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