Today was the first of my five official bike rides of 2017: the MEC Spring Century Ride. It went from the Bar U Ranch south of Calgary, south on Highway 22 and back again. There were two distances: 100 km and 60 km. I did the 100 km distance.
There were a number of Bow Cyclist members there: Mark (el presidente), Phil, James, Derek, Courtney, Francois and myself. I ended up riding with Francois for the day, and we set a pretty relaxed pace and took our time at the aid stations. It took about four hours to complete and I was feeling great at the end. Normally I want to hit my bike with a hammer after a long ride.
The day was nice, but there were rain showers that we could see all around, and Francois and I finally got hit by one north of the last aid station. It was a pretty grisly 15 minutes or so, but the sun came out right away again and we got dry and warm as we rode.
Back at the Bar U Ranch, the horses were having fun.
And on the drive back to Calgary, I spotted a dog out for a motorcycle ride.
The main event of the day was a dinner party at Sepideh and Ali’s house. They moved into a condo not too far from us last year, and they have been up to their neck renovating it. So it was a combination housewarming party and a belated birthday party for me. Tammy got them a vase and flowers as a housewarming gift (you can see them in the picture).
Sepideh cooked a number of Iranian dishes and they were all delicious. Tammy made a decadent birthday cake with crumbled Skor bar on the top and the edges ringed with Kit Kats. I’ll post a picture later. I hope she took one of the cake.
All in all, it was a lovely day. Tomorrow is my usual Bow Cyclist Club ride, and unlike most other Sundays following a long ride, I’m looking forward to it. I have to remember to ride at that pace and fuel along the way like I did, because I did it right.
Updated with cake picture!