Just a middle-aged man whose blood pressure and cholesterol were out of wack and needed a tuneup, bad. Then I rekindled my love for riding a bike -- just the simple act of turning the cranks. What happened next is I met a lot of neat people who are as nuts as I am.
Great ride to Deacon’s Corner today. The goal was to meet up with pastor Mel Letkeman who was riding from Saskatoon home to Steinbach, approx 1,000 km. We caught him close to Deacon’s Corner then stopped for breakfast at Chicken Chef in Lorette.
The pace was quick today as we had little wind and strong legs with 9 riders. Rod, Merle, Werner, Paul, Rob, Curt, Mel, Jac and Byron rode. Good stories and with new faces we played the Mennonite game, just so we knew were everyone fit in.
Great to be riding as we tell stories, feel the wind on our face, hear the hum of the tires on new asphalt and sharing the common bond of being on a bike.
The Woodridge Ride was again the hi-light it usually is. Joining Curt, Yvonne, Merle, Rob and Jac was Jimmy visiting his MIT buddies from Salmon Arm, BC.
The weather, wind direction, breakfast and stories all made for an outstanding ride. Was neat to see the burn out area with tree growth around 6 ft high. Finally getting in some hill riding even if it isn’t so big and hitting 60 km on the short down hill.
Breakfast is great at the Trails End Tavern in Woodridge with a bottomless coffee pot to go along with our 3 egg breakfasts.
Great to see Jim on his annual trek back to MB. Still has the engine that doesn’t quit as he pulled more than his share. And in typical Jimmy style the run into Woodridge began 5 km out…miss that.
The Richer bike route has been a staple in the MIT ride schedule. This Saturday was another classic as we pushed each other from the prairie farm fields around Steinbach leaving via Old Tom Road, thru the construction on highway 12 before turning east towards the peat bogs that sit before the slight rise to the boreal forest where Richer sits along the #1 hwy. The coffee & breakfast at Catsass was as always outstanding along with quality discussion on a variety of topics. New rider Byron joined Mark, Curtis & Jac.
NOTE: Ride change for August 19 to Woodridge as it is time to ride the longer route as we need to see how much the trees have grown in the burn area and test our legs on the one short hill.
Due to sever weather conditions on Saturday morning we will be gathering on Sunday at 1:30 pm at the water tower for a ride to Richer for fasba.
For the riders who think they are hardy or have obsessive compulsive disorder where high winds mixed with rain and the occasional thunder and lighting mix just doesn’t matter, we will be meeting at the usual time Saturday morning.