I rode 15K in the Tour de Paris ...  

PillsburyCodeBoy 61M
479 posts
7/18/2005 3:31 am

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I rode 15K in the Tour de Paris ...

... and I got this really cool T-shirt and a lot more!

I got up at six a.m. Saturday morning for the hour-long drive to Paris, Texas. As usual, I got lost once I got to Paris and ended up at the Paris Junior College campus in front of the statue of Pyro the Dragon. Remind me to show you my picture of the Pyro statue and tell you more about it someday.

This was my first bike rally. (I'm not sure how a rally differs from a race, but apparently there is a difference, as I was reminded once not to call this a race. There was no rush to the finish line, I know that.) I didn’t know what to expect. I could tell right away that I looked less like an “animal” (i.e., a serious cyclist) than probably 90% of the people there. Except for a helmet and gloves, I don’t wear cycling clothing. (After seeing some of the guys there, I will not wear cycling shorts!) I tried not to be intimidated. In fact, as I see it, not wearing cycling clothing helps my image. Unlike everyone else, I look like I think nothing of popping out 15K every morning for milk and a newspaper.

After I got to the turnaround point for the 15K leg, my main thought was: “This is too easy.” The terrain was much smoother and flatter than what I ride every morning, and the weather was gorgeous. I knew that by the time I got back, I still wouldn’t be tired.

So I kept riding. I rode on about 2.5 or 3K more and turned around when I started to feel tired. In all my 15K ride was probably more like 20K. That’s half the next leg up, which was 40K. I didn't think I was up for that this year, but I'm sure it won't be long now. I don't think I'll have to wait a whole year to do 40K.

After I finished riding, I volunteered to help however I was needed. I ended up doing all kinds of things, from selling T-shirts to loading food into cars to mopping up water from leaky coolers. I got to hear a lot of very positive comments about the event from other riders. I met some very nice and interesting people, including a couple from my town who run a bike club here. They invited me to join them sometime, and I will.

There was a drawing for prizes, and I won a $60.00 pair of sports sunglasses with three pairs of interchangeable lenses!

When it was all over, I went out for a drink with some of the organizers and volunteers, and after that we went to dinner. I capped off the evening by spending some quiet time with a very good friend who I don’t get to see nearly often enough. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.

Good health, good friends, good fun. Life doesn’t get much better.

rm_beaujelais 60F

7/18/2005 12:21 pm

Sounds to me like they benefitted greatly by having you at their event. Lucky people ...

duststormdiva 52F
6854 posts
7/18/2005 6:25 pm

It sounds like a very good time. I think it's awesome that you have come as far as you have. Thanks for being such a support on my adventure of healthy eating habits.


rm_jayR63 60F
1884 posts
7/18/2005 6:31 pm

I know that feeling.

Now lets see you in those cool shades

berrigal2 62F

7/18/2005 8:54 pm

YES!! I want to see those cool shades on that handsome face too!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us PCB...means a lot. Helps some of us realize that we CAN become healthier and enjoy life like you are doing!!

(I think you would look awesome in biker shorts..lol..*whistles at your butt*!) GRIN

rm_pootle47 59F

7/19/2005 4:55 am

I think biker shorts are hysterical things and obviously just for the posers. If they were essential you couldn't have done your 20k. Congratulations on that by the way.

I have this image of Paris, Texas from the film. Vast, achingly empty spaces and Ry Cooder. What's it really like, without the soundtrack??

PillsburyCodeBoy 61M

7/19/2005 8:03 am

Thank you all for the encouraging words.

Pootle, I'm at something of a disadvantage, as I've only been to the town; I haven't seen the movie. The land I saw around Paris was flat but green like pasture. The really "vast, achingly empty spaces" are farther into West Texas, where your description fits the landscape to a T. Paris has some delightfully nice surprises, like a very good Thai restaurant and a charming and romantic fountain on the downtown square. I find the people to be very approachable. As for soundtracks, for some reason, I associate my visits with Jimmy Buffett. Don't ask me to explain that!

Regarding the biker shorts, they do have extra padding in the crotch area. But I'd still rather just buy a more comfortable seat.

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