So i completed the Zoo de Mackinac tour on saturday with my girlfriend on Big Blue, my early 90's new-to-me burley duet.This was alot of fun! the ride was in Emmett county, northern lower peninsula of michigan, and i had ridden that area a lot on single bikes. for our state, it's quite hilly. the ride was 51 miles, and included great parties on mackinac island. my girlfriend was pretty nervous, but enjoyed herself.
These things are fast! it seemed pretty easy to cruise over 20mph, and lots of other riders asked "what'll that thing do" like i was revving at a stoplight on woodward avenue!
i was unprepared for my stoker's fear of descents. she kept hollering at me to slow down, and i don't think we went more than 38 mph. to me, the downhill is the dessert for the broccoli of climbing hills!
i hope she'll get used to that sensation. my 9 yr old loves the speed on the back of that bike.
this was my girlfriend's 2nd cycling experience, and debut on the tandem. i think the key was leaving her options. my parents offered to pick her up at the halfway point, and i assured her that i would continue on my single bike, and enjoy myself. i was proud when she said it was fun and didn't want to quit after lunch!
next ride for big blue: GOBA in Ohio with my daughter on the back!