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In order to get Riders used to an organized ride, many of the Hill Country Riders do the Rosedale Ride, a charity ride for the Rosedale School. The Rosedale School is Austin's only school for children with multiple disabilities. Over 1500 riders participated in the event this year, so it gives you a very good feel for what it is like to do an organized ride with lots of other bikers out there with you. It also has organized pit stops and sag and sweep, so you aren't just out there doing a big ride on your own. This ride has four different route options: a two-mile fun ride for kids, plus 19, 43, and 63 mile routes options for adult riders. I did the 43 mile option for this ride.
This is the second time I have done the Rosedale Ride. This ride is infamous for strong headwinds. It is east of Austin, so you don't have all the oak trees -- in fact, not a lot of trees, so nothing out here to block the wind. It is farming country -- lots of land in farm production. It can be very pretty in the spring when its all starting to sprout and turn green with the new plantings.
The Rosedale Ride starts in East Austin at the office of Samsung Austin Semiconductor, one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing facilities in North America. The Rosedale organization committee started us out with a staggered start, so those doing the longer distances had the opportunity to start first. Many riders were very cold at the start, as it was a cloudy, overcast day -- and some areas had fog.
One of the sights along the way is the New Sweden Lutheran Church in New Sweden, Texas. It was built in 1876 by Swedish immigrants to this part of Texas, and is still in service to date.
I did most of the ride with my friend and team mate, Everett. We were blessed with a great day's ride -- not too hot, not too windy, and no flats!
Fund raising update: My total to date: $900. Team total to date: $20,000.