A note from Matt this morning:
“Left at 7:30 AM this morning. The hills we are riding today are huge. In fact, have only covered 25 miles in 2.5 hours. We broke up into a small riding group to attack the hills. Some hills, even the more seasoned riders need to walk their bikes for 100 yards. I just keep my head down and pushing the pedals when I’m riding and try not to fall over. We are here for a reason. A darn good one.”
Here is Chuck’s ride update for yesterday, as well as a little information on todays anticipated ride. I know things are coming along well today. Enjoy the read, and see you in Cooperstown!
Updates From Chuck:
June 2, Batavia to Auburn New York
The way I see it you have two options when Tour riding on a bicycle. One – you can ride casually at a pace your physical capabilities allow. See the sites as you travel, take your time, get to know your surroundings, take in the culture, meet people and take great pictures. Or two – you can ride like we have planned here. We have a set distance, time schedule, an agenda of cities to reach each day. No complaints here, just a clarification of priorities. I have ridden by plenty of beautiful houses, churches, museums, historic markers and oddities that I would love to investigate on this ride. It is frustrating that we fly past these places at 18mph without taking notice. I barely have time for to pull out my iPhone, swipe the dashboard, select the camera icon, compose and press the wonderful red button poorly located at the bottom of the phone with one hand. Not to mentions that I’m holding and steering my bike with the other. Not very safe or considerate for my comrades in the group. Regardless, I squeeze off a few shots and hope I can retain those memories to share later on.
The other day we we’re climbing a really big steep hill, very slowly, in great physical pain, which we seem to like. As the masochist we are. Then Tony Snyder said something that made a lot of sense. He said “Just remember we’re doing this suffering for all those people who donated money.” “They are getting their money’s worth.” So true. We are on a mission to raise money for cancer research. I can’t forget our goal. There will be plenty of time later in my life to come back and investigate these great places. For now, keep the goal in mind, stay the course and get the job done.
Please keep the donations coming. You can continue to contribute through the foundation site in honor of a rider on this page.
June 3rd Route, Auburn to Cooperstown
Yea! I’ve been waiting for this day. I really want to see the Baseball hall of fame museum. We plan to visit the museum tomorrow evening. We have hard day planned. Like today, tomorrow will be more of the same and a little more. Somewhat more hilly (I love climbing) and four miles longer. There’s also rain in the forecast but that never stops us. Its gonna be a fun day.
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