Brisas Biking Practice

Wednesday, May 24, Pastor Joe took a 95 mile ‘practice’ ride. He started at his home in Batavia and went to Hillsboro and then to Wilmington. After a brief lunch break he completed the circuit by riding back home. I followed in my truck. The object was an attempt to simulate, as closely as possible, the actual conditions we will experience on Joe’s ride from Casper, Wyoming, to Batavia, Oh, a distance of 1430 miles.

We both learned a lot, I think. I know for sure I did! Right off the bat, I learned that Joe and his bike are a perfectly matched set. Joe headed for Owensville while I stopped to put a few dollars gas in my truck. I caught up with him about half way up the hill to Owensville on route 132.  I would have struggled to PUSH my bike up that hill, Joe was sitting down and easily pedaling. It was more than an hour later that he stopped for the first time. He explained that he would stop for a few minutes every hour and a half. He refilled his water bottle, ate a handful of peanuts for a protein boost, and was, once again, ready to go.

My biggest challenge is staying a safe distance behind him, protecting him from careless drivers, while not obstructing the flow of traffic. Some people seem to be oblivious to the presence of a vulnerable bike rider, while others seem to be reluctant to pass us regardless of how far off the road onto the berm I get.

At the end of the day, back in Pastor Joe’s drive, he seemed to be relaxed and showed no sign of being tired! He pointed out that all we had to do was repeat that type of day 14 out of 15 days in a row! The next day he felt fine. I, on the other hand, was very tired!

I didn’t do as well taking pictures and videos as I hoped to. I should be much better by the time the trip is finished!

Wednesday, May 24, Pastor Joe took a 95 mile ‘practice’ ride. He started at his home in Batavia and went to Hillsboro and then to Wilmington. After a brief lunch break he completed the circuit by riding back home. I followed in my truck. The object was an attempt to simulate, as closely as possible, the actual conditions we will experience on Joe’s ride from Casper, Wyoming, to Batavia, Oh, a distance of 1430 miles. We both learned a lot, I think. I know for sure I did! Right off the bat, I learned that Joe and his bike are a perfectly matched set. Joe headed for Owensville while I stopped to put a few dollars gas in my truck. I caught up with him about half way up the hill to Owensville on route 132. I would have struggled to PUSH my bike up that hill, Joe was sitting down and easily pedaling. It was more than an hour later that he stopped for the first time. He explained that he would stop for a few minutes every hour and a half. He refilled his water bottle, ate a handful of peanuts for a protein boost, and was, once again, ready to go.My biggest challenge is staying a safe distance behind him, protecting him from careless drivers, while not obstructing the flow of traffic. Some people seem to be oblivious to the presence of a vulnerable bike rider, while others seem to be reluctant to pass us regardless of how far off the road onto the berm I get.At the end of the day, back in Pastor Joe’s drive, he seemed to be relaxed and showed no sign of being tired! He pointed out that all we had to do was repeat that type of day 14 out of 15 days in a row! The next day he felt fine. I, on the other hand, was very tired!I didn’t do as well taking pictures and videos as I hoped to. I should be much better by the time the trip is finished!

Posted by Emmanuel UMC on Sunday, May 28, 2017

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