Kansas City Meet Up, Day 3: Fountain Tour by Bicycle
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When I decided to go to the KC Meet Up, I contacted James and Mark to see if they were aware of any biking activities in the area that might be available to us. I love to bike and have found that it is a great way to really see a place. You get a feel for the neighborhoods, the people and really see a lot more of the area. Not being biking types, James and Mark had no ideas for me. I turned to trusty old Google, and found an organized ride complete with sag and sweep support (that is, someone in a vehicle that follows along at the end of the riders group to be sure no one is left behind, helps to fix flats, gives a ride to those who are worn out or injured, etc.) and food. It was to occur on Sunday and was perfect as there were no TB activities set up for that day.
My posting for other riders got me a lot of humorous responses, particularly since the ride out Sunday morning was at 7:30 am! I did get two intrepid souls that signed up to ride with me -- Shawn (geerbox) and Eric (yekoh). Shawn was pretty funny about it -- he said that he had not ridden a bike in several years, and had never gone farther than 7 miles. The ride I found was a 20 miler.
Shawn and I met up at 7am for a quick light breakfast at our hotel, and then rode our bikes over to Third and Grand where we had to register and start the ride. The ride over to the starting point was about a mile from our hotel and was a nice warm up for us. I pulled my camera out to get some pictures of us at the start up, and then remembered I had left my battery in the charger back at the hotel! So, all the pictures here are courtesy of Shawn and his camera. Thanks Shawn!
The ride was billed as the Great Kansas City Fountain Tour, and was led by the former KC Bike Club President, Cheryl.
Shawn did very well for not being a regular cyclist. I can say that we must have passed the test of being true TravBuddies, as Shawn did not have a water bottle and we had to share mine for the ride. Given some of the hills we had and the heat, there was no way one could last without water on a 20 mile ride! The only real trouble we had was when we were getting ready to leave the area of the JC Nichols Fountain near the Plaza.
I rode some with Cheryl -- she was elated to find out that she had out of towners on the trip, and referred to me as "Texas" for the rest of our ride.
I would highly recommend this ride to anyone who is interested in seeing KC from a different perspective. It's not a strenuous ride, although there are a couple of long steady climbs on the route. I loved it and was really glad that Shawn came along and enjoyed it too.
We got dropped back at our hotel a little after noon, and I rushed to shower and pack up so I could check out by the 1pm deadline.
We met up with Sal, Eric and Yadi at the Westin. Shawn had on his Inca Kola shirt from Peru, and Yadi put hers on as well and pulled out a huge bottle of Inca Kola she had brought Shawn from Lima. I thought Shawn was going to take it back to Nebraska with him -- but he surprised us and cracked it open for us all to try. Eric ran to the bar to get 5 glasses of ice, and we were in business. Eric described the taste the best to me -- kind of like cream soda with starfruit! I think it would be great with vodka.
We did our last farewells to the group, and then Shawn kindly took me to the KC Airport. It was a fine ride out in the Lincoln -- oh, and I forgot, I had a special request from Sal to do the royal wave from the Lincoln as we departed as a special salute to one of our TBer's who had left earlier. Hope he sees the photo!