With the first RUCT recreational ride of the summer completed, most of
us who attended can say that the 5 a.m.-ish pestering of the alarm wasn’t so
rude after all. I met most of the
riders over by the Rice bike track at 6 a.m. where Amanda, Christine, and I car
pooled in Justin’s truck while David followed in his own car. The forty five minute Sunday drive to
Waller, TX was naturally free of traffic.
After arriving at the designated parking lot, Peter and Willie found us. The ride was supported by Bike Barn which
means that they had a group of people providing necessary bike parts, services,
and refreshments to the 50 or so riders that showed up. Justin took advantage of that and quickly
replaced one of his tire tubes before the start of the ride and then replaced
it again after it had exploded 3 seconds later (LOL).
After everyone was set, we began the
ride that winded through the rural area.
Peter, Willie, David, Justin, and Christine stuck together while I rode
with Amanda. The road was smooth and
had some very mild gains which made the ride pretty relaxing. The heat wasn’t too bad because it was a
cloudy and slightly breezy. Even though
a couple of us made wrong turns throughout, it was easy enough to get back on
track with the maps that Bike Barn had provided. After 25 miles, all of us took a ten minute break at the tent
that Bike Barn had loaded with all sorts of chocolaty, salty, nutty, fruity,
liquidy, and not to mention FREE goodness.
Once rested, I took the rest of the 30 mile route with Amanda while the
others rode out the 50 miler. This was
the best part as far as scenery goes.
We saw sandy tan and brown horses snacking along wooden fences, cute
black and white kittens laying out by the side of the road, and lush green
pasturelands with large watering holes.
Amanda and I got back to the truck early
and waited about half an hour for everyone else to come back. We said see you later to David, Peter, and
Willie who left after the ride. I had
to mention something about smoothies to Amanda which launched us into an after
ride crave-quest to Jack in the Box to get some of their delicious new
summertime treats with Christine and Justin who bought lunch there. We hung out for a while and then drove back
to Rice. Everyone is excited for the
next Bike Barn sponsored ride in July, and I already have my alarm set.