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Krause Springs Swimming Hole

After the Ride is over people usually head first for a shower, and then to one of two places:  either the massage tent where masseurs and masseuses are waiting to help rub those sore muscles and help make the aches go away; or to the pool created by Krause Springs.  The Springs are especially nice -- the water is clean and cool.  The pool is surrounded by huge cypress trees, so is well shaded.  There is a big waterfall into the pool, as well as rope swings from some of the trees.  It's a great way to cool off and relax after the Ride.

At 5:00, there is a Remembrance Ceremony to remember friends, family, co-workers and colleagues who are no longer with us, having succumbed to AIDS.  It is a very moving ceremony with an invocation by a local minister, a talk by someone who's life has been affected by HIV, and music.

Closing Ceremony and the reading of the names of those no longer with us
  A group of people associated with the Ride then reads off the names of those we ride for, those who are no longer with us.  It is very solemn, very moving.  I always have goose bumps through all of this portion of the Ceremony, and never fail to lose a few tears as my friends' names are called out.  The silence after the roll is called, is deafening.

Following the Remembrance Ceremony, we have the Closing Dinner.  This year's dinner was put together by chefs from Eastside Cafe in Austin.  It was a Mexican dinner with enchiladas, rice, beans, chips, salsa and guacamole.  There is also a huge cake made by our friend Carol, one of the Riders.

Chris and Kevin at the Closing Dinner
 

After the Closing Dinner, there is a short awards ceremony -- awards are given for the individual Rider who raised the most money, the crew member who raised the most money, the best helmet (the Gladiators won that one!), most money raised per capita by a team, and the award for the top fund-raising team.  Team Full On, Full On took top honors again this year -- we ended up raising over $50,000 this year!  I am so grateful for all of those who made a contribution for us -- as it is such needy cause.  Overall, the Ride raised $600,000 so far, exceeding last year's take.  We had to have another Team photo to celebrate our win!

After the dinner, a lot of the Riders headed home.  Many of our team stayed over in the campground.

Accepting the Top Fund Raising Team Award from Ride Director
  We had a great night celebrating our win and our Ride experiences.  We stayed up until about 1am and then finally all crashed in our respective tents.  A huge rain and thunderstorm hit about 4am -- and turned in to an absolute deluge.  My tent got flooded -- I was ok, as I was on an air mattress; however, Andy, my tent mate, did not have an air mattress and was totally soaked when the river decided to run through our tent!

Tearing down camp the next day was absolutely miserable.  The rain continued as we took the tents down -- but the tents were too wet to fold or clean up.  Guess we will have to get that done one night this week!

As I loaded up my bike and headed back to Austin, I had a sense of accomplishment.  Our team did great, and the overall Ride did amazing.  I was also drained and a bit sad.  The Ride is a big part of my life each year from January to the end of April when it is held.  I will miss the weekly training rides and brunches with friends after.  I will miss the team activities.  I will miss the camaraderie.  Going to have to see what I can do to keep us riding together through the rest of the year!

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Krause Springs Swimming Hole
Krause Springs Swimming Hole
Closing Ceremony and the reading o…
Closing Ceremony and the reading …
Chris and Kevin at the Closing Din…
Chris and Kevin at the Closing Di…
Accepting the Top Fund Raising Tea…
Accepting the Top Fund Raising Te…
Team Full On Named Top Fund Raisin…
Team Full On Named Top Fund Raisi…
Happy to have ridden!
Happy to have ridden!
Steven, Robert and Carolyn cooling…
Steven, Robert and Carolyn coolin…
Robert and Carolyn in the cold wat…
Robert and Carolyn in the cold wa…
Waterfall into the swimming hole a…
Waterfall into the swimming hole …
Spillway out of swimming hole
Spillway out of swimming hole
Scottie and Scott at the campsite
Scottie and Scott at the campsite
Steven and Robert at the campsite
Steven and Robert at the campsite
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