So, I know it’s VERY short notice, but I just found out about this myself. Tonight is the Tour de Jeff City Moonlight Ride. I guess technically the ride is tomorrow morning at 2:00 AM, but you know what I mean. I’m not sure why this ride isn’t publicized more, because we had an absolute blast last year.
Adam and his girlfriend Michelle, Bob and his then-girlfriend-now-FIANCE!!!! Cara, and my wife, Becca, and I were all supposed to do the 15-ish mile ride together. However, when it was time to roll out, there was no sign of Bob or Cara. I tried sending Bob a telepathic wake-up-call, but he’s a pretty deep-sleeper.
Michelle and Becca were both very new to cycling, so they were pretty nervous about riding in front of so many other people. They did a great job, though, and we had a really great time.
About a third of the way through the ride we saw this Tool Bag pull up in front of us:
Apparently, someone (Cara) turned the alarm off before it really woke either of them up. I guess my telepathic message must have actually worked! Yes, we are that close. Cara, unfortunately, just couldn’t make herself get out of bed.
So now we were riding 5-strong: Two couples and Bob on his Kona Joe.
We took our time and enjoyed the ride together. It was a beautiful evening spent on our bikes with great company, so what more could you ask for? At about the halfway point, we stopped for some refreshments at the aid station, and we took a few “couples” shots:
We then rolled past the capitol building which is always really cool at night, and then we stopped for a photo-op by the fountains. Look at this photo, and you’ll see why Becca is the perfect match for me:
We all had a lot of fun, and Becca and Michelle did great on their first big group ride. There were no crashes at all… Until the VERY end. We made it back to the parking lot at Hyvee, and as Michelle rolled off the street and into the parking lot, she got a little cocky. She was pretty excited to have ridden her bike so far with no crashes, and as she entered the parking lot, she raised one hand in triumph and let out a victorious, “Woo Hoo!” And then BAM! She crashed right there in front of us. It was amazing.
It was fantastic, and we all had a good laugh (once we knew she was okay, of course). My kids heard this story and to this day whenever they see Michelle, they say, “Woo Hoo! Bam!” And that cracks me up every time.
After loading the bikes back up, we headed over to Country Kitchen for some grub. This was probably my favorite part of the event. We sat around talking, laughing, telling stories, and making fun of Michelle. We even found out some disturbing info from Bob’s childhood, but you had to be there. We were sworn to secrecy.
As you can see, this ride is really great. With this crazy heat we’ve had for the last couple of weeks, there is no better time to ride than 2:00 AM, right? And we all have the day off tomorrow to catch up on sleep, so there is no excuse for missing this ride. Let us know if you’ll be there so we can all ride together or at least meet up after the ride for breakfast.
And be sure to go here for the map and other info. We are starting and ending at St. Peter’s Church on Broadway by the Capitol this year instead of at Hyvee. You don’t want to be like Cara and miss all the fun do you? We might even have another “Woo Hoo! BAM!” moment. You don’t want to miss that, do you? Anyway, we really hope to see you there.