Meander Medford

DateJune 11, 2005
HostsJudy Allison and Malcolm Boyd
WhereAllison/Boyd house, Medford
Who (else) Debbie and Alan Cudworth, Paul and Nora Meixner, Cheryl Prudhomme and Mark Cook

[Paul Meixner report]

As expected, we had an outstanding time. We always do! Two DOGS rides in two years of membership.

Only four teams? Yes, well, but there were a couple of last minute cancellations. No complaining about who didn't show, let's focus on those who did participate.

Just before the designated 9:30 AM start time, we finished filling up water bottles and Camelbaks, made any needed last minute rest stops, and posed for the obligatory group photo. Having completed that task, we were off at a speedy (for us) pace.

The first 13 miles were the same for all the routes. Two routes, a 27 miler and a 50 miler, had been planned. These first 13 miles were relatively uneventful. Nora and I did our best not to hold up this speedy group. As nice as our "just us" rides are, and the weekly rides we do with the kids on our Triplet pulling a Piccolo, we do very much enjoy riding with other like-minded adults. The weather was not nearly as hot and humid as it could have been, and we were thankful for that. The terrain was very tandem friendly (flat), and there was a fair amount of shade. We nonetheless perspired at least our fair share.

As we approached the deli at the 13 mile point, team Cudworth stopped to replace a slowly leaking rear tube. A shady spot was found with a view of some chickens, and a new tube was installed without undue incident.

Malcolm and Judy led Nora and me for the modified route back to their lovely home. Along the way, we stopped to view the destruction resulting from the multiple dam failures the previous year. Litigation among the interested parties could tie up the replacements for some time. Lakefront property for many is no more.

Upon our return, Judy prepared a tasty multi-course Mexican feast. The fresh guacamole was to die for. When the 50 mile crew returned, the Cudworths also prepared an excellent appetizer, a favorite from an old NYC bar. It consisted of crackers topped with cheddar cheese, raw onion, and very spicy mustard. Apparently, it helped spur beer sales, and we experienced the reason why. Pie, strawberries, and homemade whipped cream completed the meal.

Hot (for a few) and cold (for most) showers allowed us to freshen up a bit. A new recirculation pump should put affairs back in order.

Much wildlife was also observed. Woodpeckers, squirrels, chipmunks, etc.

Thanks, Judy, for bringing out the old Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side books. Lots of funny stuff there. We look forward to growing our own collection, as our kids are starting to appreciate fine humor.

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