One couldn't have asked for a better day to ride than Saturday when I participated in the St. Louis Randonneuring 200K brevet in Edwardsville, IL. The ride, like others across the country, was held to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Randonneurs USA. John Jost, the RBA, sent the nine riders off at 7:00. The route out of Edwardsville is along a paved trail, but we quickly broke out into the cornfields of Illinois. I have never ridden in this area this late in the summer, and the corn was quite high. Although, there is not much to see at other times of the year except endless fields.
I did not match up well with any of the other riders, so I rode most of the time on my own. We would usually connect at the checkpoints and visit for a while. On the way out of Okawville, my right knee began to bother me and I began spinning more so as not to aggravate it too much. I am not sure what the problem was, but I had spent the prior two days sitting in very uncomfortable chairs at a workshop. I finished the ride at 16:31, loaded my bike in the car and headed home to Springfield.
The New York City Department of Transportation held its first Summer Streets event on Saturday, August 9, 2008, by opening 7 miles of city streets to pedestrians and bike traffic only. From 7 AM to 1 PM, roads were car-free from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge with Park Avenue serving as the backbone of the route.
I have not been posting lately because I have been putting my time into developing a website, Southwest Missouri Randonneuring. I am applying to Randonneurs USA to bring brevets to the Springfield area, hopefully starting this November. Until then, you can ride one of my three Permanents if you are a RUSA member. Stay tuned.