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Ah, two-a-days June 13, 2009

Posted by goirishgorebels in General.
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Last night was some storm, huh?  Lots of trees down, branches all over the place and power outages.  Me being the novice rider, I sent an email to the group of riders who normally ride on Saturday to see if we would go out and ride.  Got a couple emails which sounded like we were on.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to drive downtown (about 25 mile from where we live), but I had never taken the route and it was better than riding by myself.

I was somewhat surprised when I got downtown.  Beautiful skies, a few branches on the ground and only one other rider.  One more showed up so we were a legitimate group.  One of the guys, Chris, had taken this ride before so he knew where to go, so we followed.  It turned out to be a great ride.  We went from downtown Memphis to Shelby Forest and back.  While in Shelby Forest, I had to do one of the big hills, and we did.  I did ok going up it, but it was only about a 1/2 mile hill.  While we were riding down the hill, we heard this crackling sound, then some branches and a thud.  Yep, a tree must have fallen in the forest, and we heard it.  I tried to lead part of the way back to give Chris a break.  I got us lost twice.  Good thing they both had GPS’ with them.

The ride was just over 40 miles.  Good, but I wanted to do some more.  I drove home, took a little break and got back on the bike.  I have to say, when you are riding, it’s better not to stop for a long period of time.  It was much more difficult the second time.  I ended up adding about 18.5 miles, so it was still a pretty good day.

Take a look at some of the pictures along the route.  Thanks Chris and Jeff.  You saved the day.

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