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A Memorable Weekend. 3 days, 3 bikes, 3 Centuries.(25 posts)

A Memorable Weekend. 3 days, 3 bikes, 3 Centuries.MB1
May 28, 2002 3:03 AM
It is always a bit of a bargaining session late in the week with us trying to decide what we'll do for the weekend. Our plans for a short trip fell through so we had to decide what to do for the long Memorial Day weekend. The forecast was for pretty good weather lets do three centuries.

Saturday morning bright and early we met the "Boys" for the usual Saturday group Century. They may or may not look it but these are some tough bike riders. Weather, distance, climbing, road conditions, nothing much bothers them when they plan to ride. This Saturday we had a nice fairly easy ride past Gettysburg to Biglersville and back.
Picnic.MB1
May 28, 2002 3:05 AM
Of course as soon as we got home we cleaned up, loaded up the picnic backpack hopped back on the tandem and headed to the Capital Grounds for the dress rehearsal NSO Memorial day concert. (Don't worry; the rather nice Merlot wasn't harmed in transit.)

Miss M liked riding the tandem to the picnic-she wouldn't have to worry about navigating home after consuming perhaps a bit more wine than is wise.
We visited the Wall.MB1
May 28, 2002 3:07 AM
Sunday we were off to our famous "Inside the Beltway" Century. We started out with a quick visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial-a very special place.
Recovery Ride.MB1
May 28, 2002 3:09 AM
About 60 miles into the ride we were feeling great but we both had the same thought, "We are going pretty fast if we plan to ride a century tomorrow too." So we backed off a little. Our real quandary was how to fit in the Sunday Social Dance at Glen Echo Park into our weekend plans. Don't want to miss the dance.

For those who are not familiar with Washington, D.C. Glen Echo is an old amusement park fallen on hard times but now being restored by the National Park Service. It is a great place for families with lots of wholesome activities and about a 5 mile bike ride from home.

We got there a little early for the dance so we first recovered a bit on the carousel.
SS Monday.MB1
May 28, 2002 3:12 AM
We both love to ride our track bikes and had been looking forward to Mondays SS Century. Of course you have to ride the hills with a lot of energy when you can't shift. We had a great time. Just beat the thunderstorms in.

Whoa, look...an actual picture of us riding!
Third time is the charm.MB1
May 28, 2002 3:14 AM
Third time we saw 100 this weekend.

317 miles and just a whole lot of fun. I hope you are planning to meet us for the RBR Tour De DC in three weeks. I'm looking forward to a nice casual weekend.
color me greenDougSloan
May 28, 2002 5:17 AM
Looks like you are having lots of fun. Cool.

I just did a 36 mile "quicky" and a 10 mile time trial. Spent the rest of the time nesting (had a false alarm/trial run for labor on Thursday).

Doug
I was a little green after the carousel.MB1
May 28, 2002 5:24 AM
How is the wife? How is she doing, I thought she wasn't due for a month or so.

Tell all...
I was a little green after the carousel.DougSloan
May 28, 2002 5:29 AM
Official due date is June 18, but this kid is coming early. Had contractions, some blood ("show"), dropping, dilation, and pain on Thursday. Spent the day at the hospital on monitors. They sent us home, as the contractions did not get stronger. She's back on bed rest pretty much.

I've been frantically getting everything ready, as I thought I'd have another few weeks. Any time now. Everything's ok, though. I'm not allowed to get more than 30 minutes from the house.

If I disappear for several days straight, you can probably guess what's going on. :-)

Doug
Lots more questions...MB1
May 28, 2002 5:39 AM
Have you talked her into Celeste yet?
When is the baby luau?
Are you shopping for a trailer, tricycle, BMX bike and racing team for Jr. yet?

Are you terrified?
Lots more questions...DougSloan
May 28, 2002 5:44 AM
It's a boy, so Celeste won't work. She's not going for Thor, either. She likes Luke. That's sort of the default at this point.

No plans for luau. Maybe a 4th of July party outside. Hard to plan at this point with so many variables up on the air.

No shopping, yet. I'll have to sneak those things in later. I am looking into one of these, though: http://www.rhoadescarshowroom.com/jumpshow.htm Maybe get one with a car seat?

No, not terrified. I think it will be fun. We are pretty eager.

Doug
Watch out for that early stuff.dzrider
May 28, 2002 7:04 AM
My wife, a mid-wife, was early with our first. She was doing errands on her mountain bike when she realized she was going into labor. Rode it home, called me off the golf course, and had an uncomplicated delivery and a healthy boy. We're not sure what causes what, but our son, now 14 learned to ride w/o ever using training wheels 2 weeks after his fourth birthday and easily did a 60 mile ride without training for it this weekend.
online at the hospital...JS Haiku Shop
May 28, 2002 7:38 AM
I had a digital camera and laptop at the hospital when my son was born--had pics of him on the 'net that evening for family to share. you could consider this...as an excuse to post on the forum. :-)
You are my hero!Len J
May 28, 2002 4:33 PM
Great job & thanks for sharing it.

I did 55 on Friday, Daughter graduated from College on Sat, 60 on Sunday & 104 solo on Monday, & I was feeling pretty good, I should have know I'd pale in comparison. (Just kidding) Really looks like fun.

See you in 3 weeks

Len
so you were the designated captain? nmDougSloan
May 28, 2002 6:14 AM
Pretty much. Never drink much...MB1
May 28, 2002 6:24 AM
Doesn't take much after a long ride though.

Miss M does so much it isn't a big sacrifice on my part to get her home safely.
re: A Memorable Weekend. 3 days, 3 bikes, 3 Centuries.netso
May 28, 2002 5:42 AM
WOW! Wish I could do 300 miles in 3 days. You are remarkable.
You've got my permission.MB1
May 28, 2002 9:19 AM
Didn't you do back to back 100Ks a while back. You are not that far from doing back to back 100 miles. Just slow down, don't stop much, eat and drink enough (too much is just as bad as too little) and you are there.

Be sure to take a camera along....
You've got my permission.netso
May 28, 2002 9:22 AM
I thought I was dead after the double, three and I would have been dead. My wife likes to tote the camera.
re: A Memorable Weekend. 3 days, 3 bikes, 3 Centuries.Wannabe
May 28, 2002 6:13 AM
I am so envious! :)

I love your trip reports! They are great!

Andy
Not hard to do. Try it sometime.MB1
May 28, 2002 6:37 AM
Digital cameras are cheap and easy to use. We would love to see where you ride.

Doesn't have to be an epic, just keep it amusing or at least entertaining.
Not hard to do. Try it sometime.Wannabe
May 28, 2002 6:54 AM
Well, I'll just have to do that then! Promise not to laugh! :)

Andy
Inspirational Post!garhead
May 28, 2002 7:40 AM
A very inspirational thread for us newbies, not the kid stuff, I don't need any more of them THANK YOU VERY MUCH!. LOL I just completed my 1st century in Santa Fe many many hills. The DC ride looks charming to say the least. Maybe a route from Philly to DC would be nice.
What are you trying to do, kill us?MB1
May 28, 2002 11:42 AM
That is a long hard nasty ride through too many cities.

Unless we take the long way around. Hmmm.....
Inspirational Post!garhead
May 28, 2002 9:26 AM
A very inspirational thread for us newbies, not the kid stuff, I don't need any more of them THANK YOU VERY MUCH!. LOL I just completed my 1st century in Santa Fe many many hills. The DC ride looks charming to say the least. Maybe a route from Philly to DC would be nice.