I just love that there are so many healthy community activities springing up in the area. I’ve previously mentioned the Monument Marathon, which has gotten a lot of people out on the roads around here. Another new-within-the-past-couple-of-years event is the Y Not Ride, organized through the Scottsbluff YMCA, which took place May 4.
The Y Not Ride has five distance options and is friendly to riders at all levels:
- 3 miles to the Trails West camp
- 9 miles to Scotts Bluff National Monument
- 28 miles to Melbeta
- 54 miles to Bayard
- 80 miles to Bridgeport
Bugman and I chose the 54-mile option, since we need to get some miles out on the road, and it would be nice to do so with sag wagon support.
This would be our longest ride to date – surpassing the 46 miles we completed on Easter Sunday.
Let me tell you – when you are on a bike saddle for 4 1/2 hours, you had better be sure your butt’s in proper gear. I am still learning. I wound up with sores at my sit bones and could not ride my bike to work for a week. When we took a break during the ride, it was extremely uncomfortable to get back onto the saddle again.
Bugman and I also need to remember is to stand up on the bike more often, such as when we are coasting downhill. We also need to learn to pedal while standing up on the tandem. If you are on a single bike, you can stand up on your pedals whenever you want to relieve pressure on your bum. On a tandem, everything has to be coordinated.
We did try standing while pedaling for a short distance, but the gear wasn’t high enough and we sat down after just a few cranks. I laughed. It was humorously awkward. Alas, I have no photo of this, as I was working too hard on staying upright and on the bike.
On to the photos I did take!
The photos ended here, with about 8 miles left in the ride, because I got warm and took off my jacket.
To explain: while on the tandem, I have been wearing my camera on a lanyard hung from my neck, so the camera is accessible but not at risk of being dropped. When I have my jacket on, the fabric keeps my camera contained. With no jacket, the camera swings wildly and annoys me.
I need to come up with a better method of camera containment before warm weather sets in.
Suggestions …. ???
Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw