Just got back from dinner after an incredibly long day.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society has a charity bicycle ride from San Antonio to Corpus Christi. Every year, 3500 bicyclists ride the 150 miles over two days; 100 on the first, 50 on the second.
The MSS has a bevy of support teams in place. Breakpoints/Rest Stops, SAG Wagons to give rides to those that need transport, Police, EMS, and lastly Motorcycle Safety Marshalls.
Since DW worked at a rest stop last year, I was looking for a way to get involved. She mentioned they had moto marshalls, and that piqued my interest. So, I checked it out. Turns out the job is pretty easy. We ride between the bicycles and regular vehicular traffic. We help those that need assistance. Call for EMS or SAG Wagons. Check on the riders, etc.
So, I got up this morning at 4:30. Had to be downtown San Antonio, at the AT&T Center parking lot by 6:00AM. We were the first group out, leaving with the early riders. It was a beautiful morning. Overcast, low 70s. There were a few small accidents, but EMS was on top of everything before I rolled on the scene. Our group "leapfroged" around the cyclists, and everything went well. 60 of us came together as a team, and did our little part to help these brave souls pedal 100 miles to the overnight camping stop.
This was the first time I've done anything like this, and it was an awesome experience.
13 and a half hours later, 400 miles on the odometer, 4 tanks of fuel, 1 bag lunch, 2 bags of ice, countless bottles of water and gatorade - I'm exhausted and spent, I'll probably be sore in the morning, but inside I feel GREAT!
Next year, I'll either have invested in a different bike
or, at the very least, gone to an aftermarket seat on my current bike.
Just wanted to share my ride today with you guys. GET OUT THERE AND RIDE!!! Time's a wastin'