This morning we participated in the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozark’s Cycle for Life Ride. A hearty Thanks! to BCFO for putting on this 10th Anniversary ride. Jan and I plan on adding this outing to our list of annual events. The three distance options were 10, 25, and 50 miles. Up until this morning, twenty-eight miles was the farthest ride that we had done this year. We decided on the 50 mile option and suspected that today’s ride might be a bit tough and we were right.
The ride started at James River A/G and we left a half an hour prior to the official starting time (7 am) to avoid the congestion of a mass start. Things went well early on. The descent down into and the climb out of the Finley River valley was without incident. This was the first time that I had made to trip down to the northern reaches of Ozark, Mo. The road on to Rogersville (State Road U and VV) for the first of two rest stops and the path north and west out of that town were familiar enough. The harder parts showed up when we turned south on FR 219 and 193. If it had been up to me, I would have had the ride (after FR 219) go south on FR 205 and then make our way to Temple Israel (Rest Stop #2-and btw, Thanks to TI for allowing use of their parking lot!). There would have been no change in overall mileage. But maybe that is just me. Following this last rest stop, we headed east on FR186, south on Elm Grove Road, and made our way back to County Line Road (FR194) and the final run on Southernview Rd. to James River A/G.
Let me insert the observation that both rest stops were Well Stocked with energy drinks, water, bananas, peanut-butter, cookies, etc. All a rider could ask for.
A tough ride overall, but we came through in one piece. Jan had the observation that of all the people who passed us (and there were many!), they all still ended up at the same place in the end!