Well, it looks like this year’s Tour de Cure was another success. I haven’t gotten the official head counts or pledges yet, but I understand we had about 250 riders and we raised about $60,000. I’m very happy with the results.
I didn’t get to take nearly as many pictures as I wanted to. One reason was that I was never on the actual route of the ride. My crew (William and Frank) and I loaded the riders’ luggage into a moving van each morning, drove to the finish line for that day, and then unloaded and helped the other crews with their set-up. So my schedule was basically: move stuff, drive, move stuff, nap, move stuff, knit, repeat.
I was really not looking forward to the event beforehand. I didn’t get to ride in it this year, which gave me a really odd feeling. I’ve been at scores of organized bike rides, always as a participant. Seeing the pack take off in the morning was just. . .
I’ll be back next year, but this time on my bike.
Some notable participants included Team Mapei, a pro team from Florida that’s associated with the local Team Diabetic. They combined and rode at a blistering 21 mph average both days. These guys are fast, and they had a lot of fun energy about them.
Then there was the team from Warm Springs Rehabilitation. Most of their riders had only one leg. They used hand-cranked tricycles and they did the exact same course as everyone else. I hung out with them on Saturday night, and Scott, their leader, invited me to come train with them. I’m definitely going to take you up on it, Scott.
Whenever I had a free moment where I wasn’t eating or taking a nap, I broke out the Aran and worked on it. I really need to transcribe the cable blocks into a more portable chart; lugging the book around is a pain. I did not make my goal of another repeat of the Saxon Braid, but I’m only a half row off. I’m happy with that.
I’ll get a pic of the sweater this evening. For now, here are a couple of shots that I think sum up the exhaustion we are all feeling just now: