Post Ride Activities
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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.
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.
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.
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!