Well, it’s over — and our first LGRAB-organized group ride was officially a success. Despite camera malfunctions, a last-minute venue change and me running my usual five minutes late, we made it to all three restaurants right on schedule and enjoyed delicious drinks and food. Oh, and the cool and breezy weather couldn’t have been better. I’m not sure Nashville has ever seen this many bikes in one place.
Without a formal RSVP we didn’t know how many people we’d have on the ride. So imagine my surprise when I pulled into Sevier Park to find this stylish family and their beautiful bikes waiting for us.
Diane and George had invited their daughter, son-in-law and grandson Oliver, who bike commute in Chattanooga, to their house for the weekend to celebrate her birthday and go on our ride. Liz and Daniel, in turn, invited their friends from David and Laura from Memphis. Yes folks, biking is contagious . . .
More of our merry band of bicyclists, including the women of Bike Skirt:
Cars were very courteous to us the whole ride — the only honks we heard were friendly ones accompanied by waves. We turned heads as we rode by in such a large group. One car stopped next to us at a red light, and the driver asked why we were doing this. When Dottie said “for fun!” the driver gave her a knowing look. “Ah,” she said. “So are you . . . ” she leaned her head back while gesturing with her fist to mime tossing back a beer. I guess the idea of cycling for the fun of it when you’re not wearing spandex, sweating and/or intoxicated has a ways to go in Tennessee!
Thanks to the friends new and old who came out, especially those who traveled, loaned cameras and swept the back of the ride for us. We’re definitely going to have more of these.