After a couple of weeks of racing things I really had no business trying to race, I am truly looking forward to just rolling through Grand River country on a bike with my sweetheart and 2,000-ish other happy people on bikes.
As opposed to other years, we're keeping things a bit shorter for 2014 - only doing the 72km route, as neither Tanker nor myself has the saddle time this spring to enjoy anything much longer. When a fun, catered tour around some beautiful country becomes a slog, you're probably not doing it right.
|Our expected journey.|
See a larger version and cue sheet here.
The weather looks to be partly cloudy and 25c/77f with low humidity - perfect riding weather, as long as we remember sunblock. We've already got our stores of dork-friendly cookies and energy bars to go in my jersey pockets (since I can't eat the amazing assortment of Voortman cookies provided at the rest stops), so all I have left to do is install Tanker's new tires on his bike and away we'll ride!
Not to mention, of course, the delightful experience of joining like-minded people for a ride through the scenic Grand River watershed.
What more could you ask for?
If you see me in my Vanderkitten jersey, come on over and say hi!