Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Tuesday Tidbits ~ part one of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour

Leaving Perth to ride to Kingston on our 100K Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour a couple of weekends ago, the weather was looking iffy, but we were going nonetheless. Many of us had been out on our bikes training for months in advance so we weren't going to let a little weather stop us.  The ride on Saturday was amazing and eventually the clouds gave way and the sun came out, it was fantastic!


What I hadn't anticipated was the size and number of hills we were to encounter.





When they say rolling hills, they mean rolllling HILLS!!



The four of us stayed together pretty much together whole ride and it was fun to catch up with friends along the way. We caught up with friends Donna and Treena and had a lunch break with them.  We knew that some of the Wooo Hooo's were ahead of us and we would see them upon our arrival.  It was a great feeling of comfort to know that we had our Sherpa Extraordinaire Jen with us too, THANKS JEN!



Carrying on along the route, the larger peletons who had left from Carleton University in downtown Ottawa were catching up with us and just listening to the whir of wheels coming up from behind is just too hard to describe, fantastic and almost unnerving at the same time.

I have to admit that getting close to Kingston I started to get leg cramps, not in the usual place you'd expect, like your calf or foot, no, I was getting leg cramps in my inner thigh. I actually couldn't clip out at one point because the cramping was so severe let alone pedal, luckily I did get clipped out and I'm not ashamed to say I walked one hill.  As in any long distance event, there were a few crashes, ambulances, motorcyle police spotting us, flat tires, people bonking, a few not so nice cyclists, many, many fantastic cyclists and so many GREAT memories.


Upon our arrival to Queen's University we met up with the rest of the gang and had our mandatory Adult BEvERages, swapped stories, checked in with the tour volunteers, collected our bags and headed off to our dorm rooms to freshen up.

For some reason I had been billeted in the men's dorm, so needless to say there was some initial excitement in the shower-room...I figure if you haven't seen it by the time you reach my age you're in deep trouble, but once we all got over the coed arrangements, we shared some very funny moments and even funnier stories!

Part two to follow.....

Life's fun if you dont' weaken,

Lily

10 comments:

Bert said...

I can see what you mean by rolling hills. At least you didn't have to run them, perish the thought. Looking forward to the rest of the report.

Marlene said...

Those are some serious hills, but it sounds like some serious fun too. Congrats to you and "the girls".

Wendy said...

Very good!

Jess said...

Sounds awesome! I can't fathom riding those hills!

Anne said...

Those hills look very "hilly"!!

I like the sign behind the four of you in the picture: "In order to be someone, you must first be yourself" :)

Sounds like a great experience and I sure look forward to reading the rest of it.

Wes said...

We really need to put a hold on anymore of these dang hills! We have way to many, I tell ya!!

Great ride and extra cool to share with people you love! Keep rockin it!!

Anonymous said...

aaaaaaaaaaag cooed dorms eh? How much snoring went on in there....

sounds like fun.
what's a clip out?

Carly said...

Those hills look brutal! Looks like you had lots of fun.

Anne said...

Those look like the hills where I live. I feel your cramps! And I love the saying on the marquee behind the group photo.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Great job lady!! Those are some hills!! Funny about the co-ed arrangements too, that must have been a pretty good laugh!!