Hwy 1 all the way BABY
BEST BUDIES 100 Mile Bike Challange
There were times during the day when I felt.....
EXHILARATED... Flying down Hwy 1 with the blue sky, ocean, dolphins playing in the sea, fog, mist, cool breeze
EXHAUSTED....Climbing a 7 mile HILL in the sun
INSPIRED..By the AMAZINGLY strong man with a perfect triangle back, HUGE quads and Bulging Calves.....He was my INSPIRATION to NOT hang out at the rest stops for verry long.. I wanted to follow him....stay close to his back....He was like a turtle.. kept on going at his own pace... I would FLY by him on the down hills and flats, he would pass me on the hills.. Just before the BIGGEST< LONGEST< HARDEST climb..... he said...”Is this your first ride?’ I wonder what gave me away??? I stayed right behind him all the way up the 7 mile hill. I would have passed him going down but my toes went KNUB??? PAIN?? CRAMP??? I pulled over ripped off my overly tight shoe, stretched.... ATE yet another caffeine shot... then enjoyed the down hill.. I was not going to be miserable for the down hill after doing all the hard work to get up it. HE (don't know his name?? MY INSPIRATION worked for Safeway??) was like a DAD to me... on a long road trip... “HOW Much Longer until we get there?? How long to the top of this?, I was told it was easy after 80 miles... my odometer says 82 miles??” He said, It’s deceiving..
I never found him at the “After Party” everyone looks different without their helmets and cycling gear on... I wanted to THANK HIM for being MY INSPIRATION...and apologize for my squeaky shoes and annoying questions.....
HEART BROKEN... There was a couple who did the whole ride together.. They got to the finish line at the same time I did, They kissed each other in congratulations.... Happy and Thrilled for their Love and Joy for enjoying each other AND... I miss that not being in my life. I look FORWARD to having a life partner to have ADVENTURES WITH, LOVE, play with along the path of life.
MEMORIES....Renata and I cycling Point Lobos....
MEMORIES.... Living at Esalen for a month learning Non Violent Communication.
MEMORIES..... Singing Christmas Carols at the Fernwood Inn
MEMORIES.....Hiking the Redwoods hand and hand with Roger
MEMORIES... Walking hand and hand with Roger at Pirates Cove
MEMORIES... Watching the Elephant Seals with Catherine
MEMORIES.... Finding my abalone shell at Jade Cove with Jane
MEMORIES....Birthday weekend with sister Alice
MEMORIES.... Sister Alices Birthday dinner at Rocky Point
MEMORIES....Sunsets and Christmas shopping at Nepenthes
MEMORIES...Cocktails at Post Ranch
MEMORIES.. Fireside Dinners at Deejins
MEMORIES... Sunset between the cave rock at Big Sur beach
PAIN... I took two Advil for the pain in my neck from being hunched over for 7 hours..
PAIN....In my CROTCH from sitting on a bike seat for 7 hours
ELATION....FLYING down the road PASSING big hunky men....
EXHILARATION.... FLYING down the road attempting to keep up with big hunky men...
CONFIDENT... Keeping up with big hunky men.
SCARRED.... A Car swerved right into my lane, SLAMED on his breaks to stop from slamming into the cars that were coming to an abrupt halt.... Could have EASILY been taken out had I NOT swerved right and slammed on my brakes.
EXCITEMENT... At the start of the ride..... Listening to the National Anthem sung by one of the “Buddies”, Anticipating the day??? Could I do it????
EXCITEMENT....At the end of the ride, coming into the finish line... I DID IT..
FEAR..At flying FAST down a steep hill...... Looking over the cliff and feeling REAL sure I wanted to stay on the road.....
GREAT Awww and APPRECIATION......When a STAG with GIANT Antlers crossed Hwy 1 RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME...
COCKY... Passing the “Audi” guys early on in the day....We played cat and mouse...They flew by me, I flew by them... I asked them, “If I keep up with you all day can I have the Audi shirt off your back?” he said..... “AND....If we can keep up with you?” Latter, I said,,,, “IF I keep up with you all day can I have your Audi SOXS?.. Latter he offered me his Audi GLOVES, Audi jacket and Audi pants....At the after party I did not know who he was?? NO camera on his helmet? NO Audi outfit??? Total Bummer... It was like being at the Venetian Ball in Venice... Flirting with WHO KNOWS WHO??? only these guys were hot, sweaty, cyclists instead of masked 18 century, lace covered, pointy shoed, hanky carrying men.
HOME SICK FOR MY HOME IN NEW ZEALAND... When a dozen doves circled a house I was cycling by..
EXHAUSTION.....On and off ALL DAY...it came and went, climbing a long hill, the heat..Thank goodness for the CAFFEINE SHOTS, hydration and SUGAR filled cycling snacks.. They all kept me going.
HOT...SUN, BLUE SKYS, HEAT BEATING DOWN
COLD... FOG, DRIPS OF WATER, GOOSE BUMPS
SORE Muscles.... Back, Neck....arms, hands, QUADS..CALVES...
CRAMPS.....Left Sartorius/ Inner thigh.. new one for me???getting older I guess?
FATIGUE.....Yep.. down right tiered of it all, ready to be done kind of exhaustion.
ENERGY.... YEA Caffeine, YEA sugar....
BLESSED by Dellalou.. when the butterfly flew along with me for awhile.
LOANLY.... At the after party... NO one to dance with... There NEEDS to be a table for SINGLES..............
POOR SAD LOANLY LONESOME ALL BY MYSELF ME... amongst 1700 people
TIERED.... ON the 2 1/2 hour buss ride back to where we started 18 hours earlier at 12:30 at night
ENERGIZED.....REFRESHED, RESTED, rearing to go this morning.......
Life is like a good long hard ride.... there are ups and downs.. times when I feel like I’m on top of the world.. moments when I wish I were no longer alive... low downs, great highs, boredom in between... Challenge's...Smooth Sailing.. Support from Others...Feeling abandoned....SOOO GRATEFUL that I am ALIVE, enjoying this AMAZING life....
All of life's emotions wrapped up in one day of cycling 100 miles down Hwy 1 from Carmel to Hearst Castle.