March 22nd Well today couldn’t have been a better day for riding. I did my first ALC ride. I started with some mild trepidation. Still trying to get over my bit of “Social Phobia”. ALC rides are always huge, with so many people. I’ve found over time that I tend to gravitate towards the prettiest flowers. Pretty woman completely distract me from my ridiculous fears for some reason. Then there was Grace.
Then there was Tracy.
.................. Man, I’m such a sucker for these sirens!
The ALC leaders were great and super friendly. It was such and easy going event. Some group stretch’s and the rules of the road and we we’re off. Strict adherence to proper cycling is a must with these people. They don’t fool around. I respect that and tried very hard to honor that. I tried…
My other phobia is the bridge and I was determined to break that one today, and I did, out and back. Yeah me! I told Tracy before I crossed about my situation and she really got me across with no panic attack…success! Thanks Tracy I owe you one.
I ran back into Grace in Fairfax. Everyone was drinking coffee and waiting for to use the one bathroom. I told Grace I wanted to go, I was getting antsy… she was game and we split. We talked and I was completely blown away at how nice she was, and so driven for adventure. She’s was really adept with her bike handling skills hasn’t really been riding that long. I hit the first hill and told her I’d meet her at the top. Ha! She pulled the Alberto Contador and just dared me to drop her. Amazing on the hills! I’m in the process of recruiting her in the bike forum fold. We need more babes. Curtis just aint that hot to me anymore : ( Sorry bro but you lost some of that cuteness when you took your shirt of the other day…Hit a tanning booth for crying out loud! You look like a chubbier Rasmussen. : )…
We ended up breaking with the course and decided to side trip to Pt. Reyes Station where we shared a bucket of guacamole and a bag of chips. On the way out we had picked up Chris on his stealth green Mt. bike.
He had gotten off course. Down to the epicenter and Sam P. Taylor Park. We hung out a little in Lagunitas.
I split cause I decided to throw Mt. Tam in that package for myself. Stopped and got my self some Moca and 2 shots of Joe (caffiene) Met a ton of different characters.
including a one John Riddler who I chatted up a storm with. Nice to meet you John.
I headed up and took more picts till my battery ran out on my camera. So beautiful.
I felt great and didn’t bonk all day even after 98 miles. Found a real cowboy to lead me out on the bridge. Never caught his name. Cathy had the usual awesome dinner waiting for me and now she’s making brownies…hmm I hang out with girls all day and come home and she still loves me?…What does she do all day anyway? I did find a strange pair of bowling shoe’s at the foot of the bed and a cigar in the sink… Oh well, these brownies are sure good… : ) Hope you all had great rides and met nice people. I missed riding with you all. You’re all kind of family and I don’t like being away. Gracie was a real bright spot in my day and kept from getting home sick for the BF crowd. If I could just get Grace to be my Tent mate for the ALC ride… I told her I’m safe, Cathy’s got me tied to her apron strings! We’re both spoken for, but she sure is a nice lady. Thanks Grace. Can’t wait to introduce you to my BF family.