We had also already gotten in our monthly P-ride,
Which also qualified as our NC-P-12-Explorer-Challenge ride.
That Explorer ride was the brevet-populaire put on by the Raleigh Region
On August 19th as part of our annual rides and picnic to celebrate the birth of RUSA.
I plan to write, er, type something about that picnic-populaire
In conjunction with another ride that we did in October.
You might be wondering why we did the HopeSpringsEternal ride.
- Bob might have been trying to drag me into shape,
- Bob might have been trying to edge closer to K-Hound status again this year,
- Bob might have been trying to put an edge on his in-shapeness prior to joining the last week of the PacTour Southern Trans-continental,
- We might have been trying to generate some camaraderie in the NC rando peleton by advertising our ride -- advertising being something that seems to have gone out style in NC -- advertising being something I'm trying to re-invigorate,
- I might have been trying to get into shape, even without Bob's help,
- I might have been trying to edge closer to 5000 RUSA kms this year, and
- Perhaps highest on our thoughts was that no one had ridden the route since MickH, #6109, had retired and I had adopted the route -- and a route owner is tasked with maintaining familiarity with their routes to ensure suitability for the general rando public use.
We advertised our ride.
We got one taker, DaveM, #10234.
Dave is generally faster than Bob and me,
But he tolerated our slow pace, and
On our homeward bound leg, we stopped for lunch in Bunn.
At least I think we did -- being four months since the ride, I might be mis-remembering.
Anyway, all three of us had an enjoyable ride
On a pleasant course,
With pleasant company.
One photo on the day: Perry's Pond.