175 Mile Point of the Climate Ride

Posted on May 16, 2011. Filed under: Climate Ride |

Today we hit the halfway point of ride and then some. It was an epic ride for sure as we experienced a little bit of everything along the 68.4 mile treck.

This morning we had an early breakfast and headed out in a light rain which persisted for a couple hours. With all the hills we kept warm so the cool drizzle wasn’t as unpleasant as I had expected. Then we wound our way through a foggy forested area which made me feel like we were in Fern Gully. Others said this is how they picture Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings. Our first water stop was a bakery in a quaint little village overlooking a rocky creek. We enjoyed fresh croissants before moving on.

I rode with a spunky, energized group who kept me motivated with their singing and chanting up hills. But alas, I fell behind and stayed on my own for the remainder of the morning. The next few hours were a tour of Amish County and endless farmlands. Passed many smelly cow pastures, some traditional horse drawn carriages, even goats and ponies! Unfortunately there were no appropriate bathroom stops for a long stretch so I ended up intruding in a church during their Sunday service because I needed to go so badly!

We had a quick picnic lunch but saved room for our ice cream break just 10 more miles down the road. It was nice to have a group to ride with again. We even pretended to race one another as a group of Amish children cheered us up a hill. Just as the sun came out nice and strong, we arrived at the creamery – which was definitely a highlight of my day 🙂 The Strawberry Climate Ride Sundae was the special of the day just for us. This sweet stop with the addition of the sun and knowing we were closing in on the end of the day did wonders for everyone’s spirits. We were all laughing and having a fine ol’ time together.

The last leg took us on steep climbs in a country setting. Kip the photographer was following my group (via car) for awhile and pepping us up with music and encouraging goofy pics. I rode part of the last mile with a local. He is a truck driver and avid cyclist (a combo I previously considered unlikely). He admired what we were doing and wished us all the best.

The greatest award after arriving at camp was riding the zip line! We all had a blast taking turns and watching one another. A few people took bunks indoors and others chose to camp. After dinner and the speakers we were all pretty beat and many have already been in bed for an hour. I’m going to hit the sack now too. Very proud of myself and the entire group for what we’ve accomplished so far. This is a truly amazing journey we’re taking together.

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3 Responses to “175 Mile Point of the Climate Ride”

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Hey girl! Your ride sounds super awesome!! Couldn’t help but comment to ask if your tour through Amish Country happened to be Lancaster, PA?! That’s my hometown haha!!!
Love it..keep it up!
xo
Jenn

We are soooo very proud of you Kristin!!! Keep up the great work, and we look forward to seeing you again in a few days!!!

Jenn – yes – we did go through Lancaster, PA! It’s so gorgeous – what a great place to grow up.


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