I woke up bright and early at 5 AM to get ready for the event. Shaggy kept me company while I made my breakfast of a grand Green Protein Shake.
The drive to Sanger took use close to an hour. There was even signage for this year's ramble.
When we rolled into Chris's yard, there were already a bunch of folks, fixin' to ramble. I saw some familiar faces from Fort Worth and Dallas.
I rode my Thorn Nomad MK2 on this ride, unlike last year when I rode my Co-Motion Americano. I wanted a good opportunity to test the bike on gravel and also show it to my friends. I carried my Arkel Bug pannier, in which I carried my lunch, Coconut Juice and snacks (2 small apples, 2 bananas, raw almonds and cashews). One of the bananas got a bit mushed. Oh well...
There were a bunch of fast riders. As usual, I took my own time and enjoyed the ride. Paul was nice enough to ride at my pace all through the ride.
Pentax Optio W90 to something other than my belt loop on my shorts. A short while later, I was gonna take a photo, reached for my camera and it wasn't there. But, luckily I remember taking my last photo during the "spokes incident". So, we figured it must have fell off my shorts a short while ago. Paul was kind enough to ride back and fetch it for me. I am thankful to my Higher Powers. The camera worked like a charm, though it took a little beating. I bet it fell at least 4 feet to the ground. It is shock-proof, as claimed by Pentax.
A combination of Green and Gray!
During this stop, I ate my lunch and adjusted my front brake cable, which had developed some slack during the rather bumpy ride. I also repositioned my handlebar and tightened them. They also had gotten loose during the ride. I took a picture of the beautiful Blue Co-Motion Americano.
And, there she was, looking as pretty and fit as she did last year!
Overall, it was a great ride, somewhat demanding because of the gravel and the few steep grades. It was a great day to ride and hang with friends. I had a blast!
Here are the statistics and route! For some reason, I can't get RideWithGPS to give me the same grade info as my GPS. My GPS showed a max. grade of 17%, which I believe is true!
Hope your weekend was a great one also!