Saturday, November 22, 2014

You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching. (William W. Purkey)

It was a gray windy Saturday morning. The weatherman said there was a chance of rain. Even coffee didn't make the day seem better.

We pushed our bikes to the elevator. Saturday is our day to ride with the Everglades Bicycle Club. We pedaled to city hall. Once we reached city hall, the smiles and greetings of friends made the day brighten a bit.

While we were standing around talking before the start, someone suggested we combine the ride groups into one peloton, just for the day. That sounded great to us. They took a vote. Every rider agreed to do one speed group. (Do we trust our ride leaders or what?)

We pedaled off to Black Point Marina. The riders from the slower groups put their hearts into the ride. They looked good. The ride leaders and one or two other strong riders did the pulling. (Very much appreciated when we were heading into the wind on the ride back.) One of the ride leaders slipped around offering suggestions about which gear to use and cadence and such. Nice. It was like having a personal coach.

When we arrived at city hall it got better. There was music. There was laughter. There was dancing.

Smiles all around. A bit of magic on a windy gray day.

7 comments:

  1. Seems a fun ride on a wet windy day with all riders getting together.
    As for New Brunswick 3 riders were very cold on a sunny Saturday morning. Time for indoor spin class and some skate Tuesday.

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    1. Places with snow and ice seem very beautiful and exotic to us here in Miami. We don't really stop to think about what it would feel like, even in bright sunshine, to be riding a bike on a cold day!

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    2. NB is special as on Tuesday a warm 14 C and today 30 cm snow. Do you plan to go on 2014 ESCAPE TO THE KEYS RIDE
      Dec 5-7? My friend from NB spends winter in Coca Beach and plans to do the ride. He is anxious to meet some riders and hope it okay to mention your name. He is on face book as well.
      Advise Ruth Baird

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    3. We wouldn't miss the Escape to the Keys Ride for the world. The EBC people are a friendly bunch. We rode EBC event rides long before we moved to Miami and joined the club. We always had a great time on the rides, and we always met interesting and friendly people to ride with. Your friend will have a great time. And feel free to mention us. We look forward to meeting your friend!

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  2. Re above message his name is Gordon Smith. We both plan to do the TOUR DE FORCE RIDE in April. My husband Chuck and I are driving down in March and spending a week with family near Tampa and then on to other areas touring before ride.

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    1. Al and I have the Tour de Force ride on our calendar. Some friends are also organizing something in Georgia that same week, so we may be changing our plans and heading to Georgia that week.

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    2. Thanks for reply. Escape to Keys ride sound very special and I do like that area. Hope to do next year and maybe will retire this year. Georgia sounds great as fun to bike most anywhere. Time to visit New Brunswick in winter of course.

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