A wisely made up Brethren meet up for the annual birthday ride. A ride that is meant to match my age on my birthday through Kilometres ridden or other silly things like hill repeats.
Sadly I had failed each year and surly would have this year as the start of the ride I was a bit irate at the condition of my dirty camelback. An odd thing to be mindful of for ones who know me as overall I am a bit of a slob. Luckily I had Gord and Kent to push me through and get me through my grumpiness.
Kent showed up with his grocery go getter commuter singlespeed. I say again.. Grocery go getter singlespeed.. Gord was the best prepared with his Vertex armed with Schwalbe Ice Spiker's. I had the spring time shit bike sans studded tires.
We rode from Saddleback road near the LRT into Terwillegar. Ice and more ice made the journey sketchy and it was only going to get worse.
A crossing on Terwillegars footbridge took us into Flat Pete. Me and Gord led the charge as Kent bravely sauntered through on his weird contraption of a trail bike. Yet in true Kent fashion. He made the trails look easy. Is it that hair?
We rode up into Mullett territory through boring houses and were soon back in the valley. That sadly didn't last long and we were back in the houses. Thankfully the end came as we dropped into Laurier and were soon swarmed with Family day folks out getting their River Valley time in. I needed out badly.
We rode up to Saskatchewan Drive and descended back into the valley. The ice attacked and bad crashes happened on my end. Gord just smirked and rode through everything on his wonder Winter wheels. kent made it through cause Kent.
Before we knew it the forty one kilometer limit was reached. Weirdly enough it happened right when we arrived back at our vehicles. How does one plan that to a tenth of a kilometer?
Gord had to console me as the Snowbirds did not fly over, neither did the Edmonton Fire Department roll by with all their cool trucks light up with sirens in celebration of the moment.
Nope, we fist bumped a great ride and were on our way.
Previous Birthday kilometre age matching failings below: