Everyone on Twitter was totes jelly of our Double Donkey adventures. So we put together a tweet up for what was sure to be a great time. It was also sure to be cold! Checking the weather when I arrived at the high school it wasn't even yet 40. Laugh all you want, most of us don't have appropriate cooler weather cycling gear. We're all just a bunch of runners posing as cyclists anyway!
So I pulled on my running tights over my shorts and layered up. We were determined to have fun, even if the ride started off with some mechanical difficulties. Fortunately, Heidi's husband was there to save the day each and every time!
We hadn't gone far when we spotted what we came for; the wild life! The donkeys were apparently in warmer quarters but the llamas, alpacas and DOGS ran out to greet us. Notice in this photo, all the girls are fawning over the animals and Robert stands there, probably thinking, "Haven't y'all ever seen a dog before? Silly girls." But do you see how BIG those dogs are that I'm lovin' on? Those dogs have got to weigh more than me - and they are nearly as tall as me! (of course Mama C pointed out that's not that tall, ha!)
Thx for the photo Mama C!
Of course, my old friend the alpaca came to to give me some kisses. Merry Christmas to me!
And I'm pretty sure this "ferocious guard dog" wanted me to take him home. Oh, they were so incredibly cute and sweet! Notice I have my cheapo Target gloves OVER my cycling gloves. So thankful I remembered to pack those!
Somehow, we managed to tear ourselves away from the cuteness and continue on with our ride. This Double Donkey adventure was fraught with mechanical difficulties. Not one, not two but THREE different flat tires and one chain issue. Thank goodness for Heidi's husband who acted as team mechanic! Lots of stops on this ride.
Of course, all that stopping meant plenty of time for pictures! Here I am with Gretchen...who I am furiously working on convincing to race with me in April. We had a good time coming up with training plans...talks of 60 mile rides were thrown around. Love this kind of talk!
Oh, and I think I managed to talk just about everyone in to signing up for Hotter N Hell for next year. Maybe not everyone is interested in the 100 miler, but there are shorter distances and what a fun group camp out that will be!
We finally made it back in one piece. It was so much fun to ride with some new people - I had a great time! What a difference 60 degrees makes though. Greg had some sweet shoe covers and now that is high on my list of must haves. My toes were frozen for a few hours after the ride! That and knee warmers. My tights kept my legs from completely freezing, but some toasty knee warmers would be even better because it's only going to get cooler. Yes, I know, I'm Wimpy McWimperson when it comes to cycling in cooler temps. Hey, I'm new. Forgive me for not wanting to freeze!
Photo thanks to Mama C!
Since we were out that way, we decided to try In and Out to refuel. I had yet to take part in the In and Out craze since the stores arrived in Dallas a few months ago. You know what? It was okay. I don't think I'd crave it, but it was a fairly decent meal for pretty cheap. And now I know how to order. I ordered grilled cheese and they put some nasty dressing with pickle chunks on my sam. Eeeewwww.
I always crave a good coke post long ride. Mmm. All that sugary goodness really hits the spot. Even when it is cold! French fries just sweeten the deal. Being crazy crowded like In and Out always is, we had to sit outside. And no, it hadn't really warmed up any. Yes, we froze. Here are Greg and Gretch post meal on the patio. Love these two!
It was a fun day of cycling, animals and friends! Felt so good to be back on my bike after a few weeks off. (you know, since the great fall) I hope we can find a group to get together most weekends. I'm going to need all the time I can get on my bike - and so are YOU Gretchen! ;o)
What is your favorite post ride/post run meal?