I’m back home. It has been a busy time trying to get everything settled — getting the children from their grandparent’s home and various other odds and ends. One thing on the list was to type out a blog entry for LowCadence.com. No lie – I dozed off twice while typing it! However, I do want to put a word here and a link to the video of our final ride before hitting the sack.
I am often asked, “Did you enjoy this year more than last?” Many times this was concerning the route. In answer to that specific question I answer, “Yes!” The route this year was much more varied and enjoyable. Sure, the climbing was a little tough in the beginning, but – at least for me – it wasn’t any worse than last year. This year, more teams got to experience the joy of climbing!
The Natchez Trace was great. The walking horse country of Tennessee was some of the nicest riding I’ve experienced. It wasn’t until we entered Texas that the 2009 ride began to seem like the 2008 one. I vote they do this one next year.
Now, as far as the other aspects of the ride… I can’t say that I liked one year more than the other. For me, they were so different, they just don’t compare. They were both wonderful experiences for completely different reasons. I enjoyed my teammates from both years. 2008 was a bunch of guys out to hammer the miles. 2009 was a mixed group that was just as serious about getting the job done, but not quite as strong as the previous team.
So, as I said in my blog post at LowCadence.com – in 2008 we gloried in our strength – and I loved it. In 2009 we gloried in each new accomplishment – and I loved it. I would not trade either experience for the other. The two together complete a memory that will be with me always.