When our son and his family visited Springfield last week, we were able to do some riding together. Sam had brought his bike, a Giant Defy, and let our LBS check it over. He got some shoes, clips, and padded shorts for the longer distances that he wants to start doing. And he finally got a Cateye to quantify his experiences.
Ride No. Two
Tuesday, the 21st, was his 30th birthday and we helped celebrate by doing a 31 mile ride out of James River Assembly of God in Ozark and over to Rogersville and back.
As the trip odometer hit 30 miles, we stopped and sang Happy Birthday. We were relieved that we did not need to stop on a hill….
Ride No. Three
The next day, Wednesday, June 22, Sam joined us on our usual Wed. night ride with our friends from Cox Health Care Center. We left from Fellowship Bible Church. Our route that night was different than usual; the road south out of Rogersville, VV, had recently been newly chip and sealed. We had discovered this fact the previous day.
We had a little over a dozen people riding. This was a new experience for Sam since before this time, Sam had just done road riding with his parents. I love riding in a group and was glad for Sam to be able to join us.
Our ride leader took us on a loop up north before heading on south to Rogersville. This plan was frustrated by a train that blocked the RR crossing at FR 253. This eastbound train was waiting for a westbound one to pass by. This stationary train could easily have stopped more to the east and not blocked the road, but as it was, we could have easily walked around the trailing engine, and continued to R-ville, but the prevailing consensus was to just turn back and return to the church parking lot by a different route.
As we neared the RR crossing on FR 170, we heard the horn of the coming westbound train. At this point, I dropped my chain, but was able to coast up to the crossing and then hoof it across with a large margin of safety.
After the ride, we made plans to meet Katie, the grandchildren and Katie’s family at Andy’s for a post-ride frozen yogurt.
Sam rides well and easily beat me on a couple of sprints and any climb that presented itself. But that is the way it should be, the younger son does better than the older father.
We had two more rides before Sam and Katie left for home in Colorado. Those pictures and comments will come in a later post.