Lack of moderation: We rode 60 miles to celebrate his 60th birthday. I'm glad I didn't know ahead of time about the two monster bridges.
Mayhem: (1) It's just not a Shelley vacation without a last minute change of plans. About two days before the trip we decided to meet a day early. (2) John very graciously brought a road bike for me. Aaron called me on their way to joke around and say they brought me a unicycle. Then, a few minutes later, they realized that was exactly what they'd done. They had left one wheel behind. There were no open bike shops around. John found a place further on down the road willing to take his credit card over the phone and leave the wheel outside in a trash bag.
|This is right after we surprised him.|
A lot of love: We surprised Dad on a bike trail Friday morning. He and Mom were riding toward us. John, Aaron and I rode 3 abreast and said hello. Dad said, "Good morning," and then told Mom what nice young people those were. John: "Wow, Dad really is getting old." When he realized it was us, he was overwhelmed. That may be the happiest I've seen my Dad.
|It was HOT!|
Mile 45 - 55 nearly ended me, but then I got my groove back and avoided shaming myself by not keeping up with my 55 and 60 year old parents on a bike ride.
|In front of Oak Alley Plantation at the end of our ride.|
It was a perfect weekend. Here's hoping I'm young enough at 60 to do that ride again.