Today is my 60th birthday. Yesterday, 7 members of our bike club joined me for a 60 mile ride to commemorate.
We started at 10:00 am downtown, in 42 degree weather. The plan was to ride up toward Bucks Lake, here in Plumas County, CA, until we hit the snow line. The ride was at a nice, moderate pace, with lots of socializing.
Here's the group chugging along. We hadn't seen a car for miles.
We hit the snow at mile 14, after a 4 mile climb, that had been preceded by several small hills. A breeze had come up, and it was darn cold.
We started back down the hill. Now, usually, one can cruise at 30 to even 40 miles an hour on this road. The headwind was so bad, we had to keep it closer to 20. There a few "whoas" as the gusts hit us, making balance a challenge.
We detoured for another little 2 1/2 climb, then back to the starting point, where, at 35 miles, the Beautiful Mrs. Slim waited with birthday cake for all.
After cake, we proceed for the remainder of the ride, mostly flat, with three short, steep hills to keep us honest. The wind died and the sun tried to come out. All-in-all, it was a great ride. I felt like I could have done another 60 miles. Not every one knew everyone at the beginning of the ride, but I saw lots of conversations, hand shaking and laughing as we rode. I like rides like that. For me, the day was near perfect. And a great way to spend one's 60th birthday.