Jen told me about the local rides and I met her on a Saturday at the club ride. I was introduced to a couple other cyclists and for the first season we lived in Fayetteville I drove to the Linden Ride on Saturday mornings. Jen has completed every single Ironman Triathlon in the United States and someone I consider to be a very good friend!
|Hal O'Berry, Andrew Carpenter, Santa Look Alike,|
Me, Mark Hawley, Mark Taylor, Kenny Green,
Sandy Hawley, Jen Doyle
There is another ride in Fayetteville and it's called the Rockfish Ride. It is on Sundays, which worked out better for me since I worked on Saturdays.
Furman Hammonds. Furman is one of those amazing cycling success stories. Several years ago, he was out of shape and overweight and decided to start riding. He's since lost over 100 pounds and is one of the best and nicest riders around. This ride and the people on it quickly became my friends. I still drive up occasionally to ride with these awesome people. If you're in need of some positive energy, ride with Furman.
"The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go."
And then there are the Florians, Mary and Tom. Mary and Tom ride long, long, long distances. They are randonneurs - In cycling, it means a hard-riding enthusiast who is trying to complete a long randonnée inside a certain time allotment. Randonneuring stresses self-sufficiency, once riders have successfully completed a 200-kilometer "brevet", they are entitled to be called a "randonneur". A "brevet" is typically a challenging 200-, 300-, 400-, 600-, 1000- or 1200- kilometer ride, each with a specific time limit. These two are amazing, they'll ride like a postman, through rain, sleet or snow!
|Me, Carol, Mary, Furman and Tom|
You hear some people talk about cyclists and their bad attitudes, I've never found anything farther from the truth!!