If you haven't heard -- I am retelling the teeny-tiny-circle ride over the course of an eon. Join me :) You should probably start at the beginning.
My alarm went off at 5 and I slowly started moving. I put on my base layers -- shorts, sports bra, arm warmers, knee warmers, and socks. I threw on my zip up for warmth and headed out into the cold and crisp October air to load some things in the car. Normie ambled upstairs and did the same thing. My mom was up and trying to figure out her coffee maker to try to make Normie a cup of coffee. Caffeinated Normie is a happy Normie -- a fact that I respect and recognize as a very important part of riding with Normie in the morning.
For some reason I grabbed my toothbrush for the road (?) and we hit the highway. We made a quick stop at the QuikTrip on the way out of town so Normie could get more coffee and I could grab some Diet Coke and some granola bars for Breakfast #1.
We got to Ames around 6:30 and parked outside what we were **pretty** sure was H-Bomb's house. H-Bomb said she would be up early, but I don't think she expected us to start that early. Hell, Normie didn't even expect us to be ready that early.
We unloaded our bikes and threw all of our gear on Heather's Lawn. Normie moved her car off the route and we started riding. It was cold! I don't do much cold weather riding, so this was new for me. I took the "inside" line and Normie took the outside. Our goal was to get in at least 20 miles before a big stop.
|Wait. First. I gotta take a Selfie.|
The route wasn't too bad. We only had to blow through 2 stop signs and go through one stop-signless corner -- but that one was 1 block west of construction, so there wasn't much traffic. The crappy part of the route was the gravel/leaves on the corners. There was lots of slowing down and accelerating and it didn't take long for my hips to start aching a bit since I was riding the inside line.
We quickly realized a few things -- first, any wardrobe changes have a 5 lap grace period. Meaning, if you remove or add any clothing, you gotta give it 5 laps to adjust before you change your mind. Second, there was some tall grass on one corner that was fun to try to graze on the way past -- well, maybe I just realized that since I was running the inside line.
Pokey arrived by Mile 5 or 6. She started taking pics and organizing things...in true Pokey fashion. At this point we were still counting laps.
|I have no idea what I am going for here.|
Soon, my mom and cousin showed up and the miles started ticking by a lot faster. There were jersey changes, helmet donning, yee-hawing, and Coors-drinking.
|Ian and one of the girls on one of their MANY lists.|
|She brought us treats. I don't remember her name...but I DO remember that the treats were amazing.|
|Let the Coors begin.|
|Sometimes you have so many Coors to drink that you take em on the road.|
|Normie's chin stuck out the bottom of the helmet. I giggled the entire way around the loop.|
Unfortunately, around Mile 40...things started getting a bit darker for me. Next time.