really newsletter submission - just one of Stephen's brief, amusing
e mails which often accompany the Island ride results. [Eric
2005 - Victoria, Duncan Route
by Stephen Hinde
3 volunteers: Carol Hinde, Ray Parker, Amanda Jones.
Weather: warm and sunny to noon. Overcast and muggy in
the afternoon. Cold wind, and some rain towards midnight.
Flowers: wild, cultivated, all in bloom. Sooke has the
most wonderful cherry trees, tall, laden with balls of pink blossoms,
whipping in frenzy in the approaching storm front.
Mechanical award to: Melissa, for 3 flats and a launched
Mechanic award to: Scott, for fixing the above.
I-can't-believe-he-started award to: Robert, who had 3
flats and other wheel troubles in the starting lot, began 35
minutes behind, rode alone to 165km, where he caught Scott and
Melissa (fixing flats). He then rode ahead, and decided he'd
had enough at the top of Humpback Rd (of Assassins fame).
Photographer's award to: Ray, who set up where Prospect
Lake makes a turn on to Munns, thereby causing the organizer
to narrowly miss the bank on the low side of the road because
he was busy preening.
"Look Ma, no hands" award to: Don, who rode
his recumbent up hill and dale until dark, when he suddenly developed
a bad case of lying down on the road when going slow.
The route has been measured in the past with varying elevation
from 11,000 to 13,000 feet climbing. I measured it at 10,500,
which is less than the Mt. Fuji 200.
Stephen & Carol
April 25, 2005