Aurora and I went
on the Kitsap
Color Classic for the second time on October 12, 2003.
The first time we did the ride was just after we had bought
the triple bike. The 14 mile loop seemed endless with
such a heavy bike and three of us that were out of shape.
year was different. We had been invited to go by my Mother
and Aurora had heard about it before I had heard of the
invitation. The first I heard was a shout of "canwegoplease,
Mom!?". I was surprised at her reaction because of
the negativity I saw after the STP attempt this past summer.
Since she WANTED to do this ride, how could I dissappoint
her and say "NO". The deal was that we would
NOT do this ride on the tandem. We would do it on single
bikes so she would be propelling her own weight and not
me. (It turned out to be a rather easy ride for me.) It
was with that mindset that we agreed to do the ride. We
remembered the last time we had gone that it was cold
and drizzling out, so we brought the raingear we had purchased
for STP and not needed.
preparation began only the day before and we had not ridden
since STP because of a terrible re-surfacing job on our
gravel road. Aurora was extremely excited as she gathered
the supplies and gear for the trip. The next day began
very early, leaving the house at 5:30 am. We arrived at
the Edmonds registratioin area early and were able to
enjoy a wonderful breakfast before the ride. The ferry
we boarded was the 8:35 ferry.
arrived in Kingston around 9 am and started heading out
for Indianola Loop. It took a bit of getting used to as
I had forgotten how to pay attention to the "Dan
Henry's" making our route on the road. After a few
short wrong turns we were on our way. The weather started
out cool, but dry and it was foggy but you could still
see ahead of you. As the ride progressed the weather deteriorated.
We had heavy drizzle and were able to test out our raingear.
Thankfully, it did its job quite well. Aurora was quite
happy even in her gear. Dry and warm is better by far
than cold and soggy!
though we walked up most of the big hills, it was pleasant,
partly due to another family riding at about the same
pace as we were. The man's daughter was 11, just a little
older than Aurora. The girls had a good time talking together.
Since it was the other girl's first ride, Aurora knew
she had the advantage and seemed to enjoy that fact. The
conversation passed the time well and fun was had by all.
are looking forward to getting out there on a few other
rides next year, so look for us! We are thinking about
Mile, Northwest Tandem
Rally this year. There may be others but those are
what we are looking towards at this point.
you on the road!