Tuesday, July 10, 2012

tour de savage cannibals.

so my family does this thing where we all get together every two years for a bike ride. we call it the Tour de Bridge, since every tour originally featured at least one covered bridge. the first tour was back in 1994, and it's been a biennial tradition every since. (we only do it every two years because it takes us that long to talk ourselves into doing it again!)  over the years, we have toured in two different states, biked a historic battlefield, crossed countless covered bridges, and even navigated a few tunnels.

this year was the 10th tour, and i am kind of ridiculously proud to be able to say that i have ridden in every single one. this year's tour was 21 miles along the Great Allegheny Passage, the part that includes the Big Savage Tunnel.  i made sure i took my camera along with me, so here are just a few of the pictures i took.

(note: i have no pictures of the front-runners, since i stayed solidly in the middle of the pack, because this is not a race.)

a bunch of bikes - loaded up and ready to go. 

i rode most of the time with my sister. 

the first (and longest) bridge we crossed. 

me on the bridge. (viaduct?)

the pink ladies. 

i took pictures of every bridge we crossed. i love this one. 

i made mark slow down and bike a few miles with me after lunch. 

the Big Savage Tunnel.  

we made it through! no cannibalism required!

that view was spectacular. 

crossing into the deep south. 

you can't really tell, but she is going really fast. 

the only crash of the day came right at the finish line.

we already have the tshirt slogan for the next tour: "family happens." just writing it here in case we forget by then. maybe i'll even start training in advance for this one, once my butt is no longer sore... so maybe next year.

1 comment:

Brenda's Man said...

You didn't mention the big savage on top of the tunnel in your picture!