I’ve really been looking forward to this ride for sometime. It’s the first ride, my friend, Rick Whitter has put together for iOrphan Support. Excellent job…and excellent ministry!…over $13,000 raised to serve orphans in Haiti! Awesome!
I’ve been looking forward to this ride also as preparation for WillRideforHope.com. The 6 day-in-a-row 90-mile days on various terrain across Cambodia is going to be a challenge..will probably have the same kind of challenging terrain. Today, I got my first real taste for how it’s going to feel. It’s a big bite to chew no doubt!
Here’s the skinny on today:
- The ride was roughly 25 miles on pavement. We averaged around 14-16 mph (on mountain bikes) on this ground…easy ground to cover on a mountain bike at that pace. On my cyclocross, I should be able to maintain a higher speed in Cambodia.
- The ride was roughly 35 miles on dirt, rock, and grass. <- that was no joke…jarring! And, it led to some mechanical troubles on my bike….largely because the bike is fairly new and hasn’t been completely tweaked. I think I’m back on my bike tomorrow…and off the spare mountain bike.
- The 7 people I’m riding with and the folks in the support vehicles are amazing!…really salt-of-the-earth type of people…glad to call them friends (including the ones I’ve just met)