Much to my dismay I was unable to attend the Philly cheese steak hunt part 2 as I was required to work some mandatory overtime. While waiting for the green light to initiate my portion of the data migration I hopped over to my bicycle club's website to see what all was comming up this week. Somehow I had managed to over look the century ride that our club hosts. Well it was too late to register (unless you wanted to pay the high day-of rate) and my bike was in the shop anyways for a quick tune up and retentioning, so I opted to volunteer for the day.
I made a quick phone call to the club to indicate that I was interested in donating some time on Sunday afternoon and that I could bring my truck to assist in moving supplies from point A to point B. I arrived to my station in Newville Pa around 11:00 for my four hour shift and let me say...it's defiantly a different experience being on the other side of the table at a rest stop. There are lots of grubby hands reaching for everything and cyclists go through an incredible amount of bananas. In less than two hours we went through a crate and a half of bananas. But it was fun, for the most part everyone had a great sense of humor and it was fun to joke and laugh with all the cyclists who came by. I'm not sure what the point of this tread was, I guess I wanted to say that if you ever get the chance to volunteer some time at a rest stop go for it! It's not quite as fun as riding the rout but it's pretty darn close.
I'm not sure what the point of this tread was, I guess I wanted to say that if you ever get the chance to volunteer some time at a rest stop go for it! It's not quite as fun as riding the rout but it's pretty darn close.
It's definitely an experience to be had at least once, if you already haven't done it before. I got the chance to do this with a MS-150 route some time ago (about 3/4 of the way in). I wasn't handing out bananas, but it was a very similar thing. Even just overhearing some of the conversation was interesting, besides the factors you pointed out.
At this point, I'd rather get to experience riding the route, but I will definitely recommend volunteering at a rest stop to anyone.