A two days ride for a fellow +50 yrs old, not too bad, like I said 'Still rolling' or "càng dzà càng càng dzai (nhưng phải còn gân thì nó mới dzai)". Thanks for all your support, specially the ones who pledge for me on this ride, I'm still collecting your humble donation (still short of the target until May 18 2005). So I did my share but I still need your pledge (Canadian, Euro, Vietnamese currencies we take them all)
On day 1, I started with a group of 14 riders working for Aker Kvaerner, an engineering firm in Houston at 6:45 am, arriving at BelleVille for lunch at 9:35. Lunch break is about 1/2 hour, then we get back on our bike and headed for La Grange, the whole group broke up due to a too good lunch consisting of turkey sandwich, boiled potatoes, fruit cocktail, yogurt and last is the vanilla ice cream bar. I arrived at LaGrange at 14:35 pm so I can releive my pain with an 1/2 hour relaxing massage after taking a clean bath and enjoy the rest of the afternoon where the last rider came in at 7:00pm among the +13,000 riders.During my first day ride I took 2 stops along the way even the tour offered break points every 10-12 miles.
Days 2 started at 7:00 am, more critical due hills where I did not go thru the Bastrop park but along the route we still have to climb thru 8-9 hills, it's not too steep but enough to kill or hurt some knees if you don't have enough trainings. I skipped the first stop hoping to get to the lunch break early to beat the crownd until I found out that the sandwich truck broke down so instead of having Subway sandwiches we only have peanut butter or jelly sandwiches. So I have to fill up my back pocket with 2 bananas and 2 bags of figs cookies and plenty of gatorade. On this day the weather was little chilly in early morning but cloudy all the day, temperature was around mid 60 F, too beautiful for a bike day. I finally arrived at Austin, capital of Texas, around 12:05pm, cleaned myself with a nice warm bath then enjoy the rest of the day by watching riders slowling coming in at the finished line.
And a big big thanks again for all the ones who pledge and support for me, I probably will ride again next year to keep the tradition going. Will see you in .....Sept. 2005......