Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bike Week 2008: Day 2

What a great ride in this morning. The wind was calm and the temperatures were very nice, especially since I under dressed yesterday and froze during the morning ride. My legs felt great and I was in a good mood.

I rode up Green Hills Road expecting Dave to come flying down at any moment. No site of Dave so after a few miles I headed back to 68th street thinking that he took another route. No such luck. After about 15 min I decided to head into work without him. It was already 5:30 am and I needed to be at work by 7:00 am. Before I clipped in to take off, an older guy comes by on a motorcycle and stops and asks me what I was doing. Apparently a bicyclist standing on the side of the road in the early morning hours in the Northland is an uncommon site. I assured him I was up to no harm and was just waiting on Dave.

As I got to AA Highway I got a funny feeling that I was being followed. I turn around and sure enough it is Dave pedalling for all his worth trying to catch up. We took it easy going through Riverside, but then picked up the pace as we worked our way to North Kansas City....

....As I waited for Dave (Do you see a theme here?) at the entrance to Harrah's Casino. He was still having some ill effects from his effort to bridge up to me earlier in the ride and my attack on Hwy 210 did not help this at all :-). I thought to myself who goes to these gambling places to risk all their hard earned money. Then it struck me that us riders gamble everyday. Not with our money, but with our lives when we ride on these crazy Kansas City streets. Some of the drivers out there just don't care.

I just had to stop and take a picture of CowTown T-Shirts.

Another good ride home this evening. We hit Cliff Drive and this time I rode some of the dirt mounds which only added to my mileage :-). Still don't know what they plan to use all the dirt for, but they are fun to ride none the less. ..started to rain a little once we got near The Wheel Cyclery. It was nice having some fenders to prevent the water spray.

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