Thursday, August 8, 2013

Let's Hear It for Nice Little Details

There are group rides other than the Saturday Everglades Bicycle Club rides. All you need to join them is to check Twitter or Facebook.

This week we told a group that we'd join up with them at the Rickenbacker's toll booth. We just wanted to see how it would work with our schedule. The ride started about ten miles south of the Rickenbacker. They got to the toll booth around 6:30 a.m., then headed out the Rickenbacker just to a coffee stop on Key Biscayne's main drag before heading back to the start point. We hopped into the stream of riders as they headed down to the Rickenbacker. There were about 20 people in the group, many of whom we knew. Our options were

  • To ride back to their start point, then ride any additional miles we felt like, and then ride home; or
  • Chat, then say our goodbyes after coffee and split off on our own. (Which is what we decided to do.)

Without needing to talk it through much Al and I agreed. One group ride a week is enough. It reminded us of ice cream. One big ice cream cone is wonderful. More than one? A little excessive.

That settled we headed off on our own. An hour later I smiled as we rolled into one of my favorite break spots, the Key Biscayne tennis courts. The water fountains here are why we stop. The spouts rotate so you can fill water bottles with ease. On a hot and humid Miami summer day, it is a little thing like this that makes the ride just a little bit nicer.
Regular Position
Rotated for Filling Water Bottles