Yesterday's fundraising ride was the most difficult one that we've done. But "easy" hasn't been a frequently-used word in our vocabulary for quite some time. In fact "easy" might be contrary to the whole spirit of BORP. There's sometimes quite a distance between "fun" and "easy."
Learning to ride tandem, when one of the team is blind (as is the case in these photos) can't be easy, but it must be a hell of a lot of fun!
Handcycling isn't particularly easy, and from what I heard, the proximity to the broiling asphalt was rough.
It got up to 99 degrees yesterday.
Half of our team suffered from Heat Exhaustion. Let me just say that that's a GRIM experience, and one that I don't hope to repeat. We were all drinking water, as if it were our job, but that wasn't enough. I actually didn't finish the ride, and I still feel really conflicted about this. My body and brain were completely shutting down, and I know that stopping before things got worse was the right thing to do. But I still feel like a quitter.
I don't think anyone was prepared for the heat. I heard that the final rest stop for the 50, 60 and 100 mile rides ran out of water and ice. That must have been BRUTAL.
This wasn't the pumped-up "WHOO HOO" event of the past two year, but we're still really glad that we did it. Thanks again to everyone who supported us.
And if you had good intentions, but didn't get around to making a donation, you still can! Just click the photo on the right.