Thursday, September 11, 2008

I (heart) Cumming...

Today Laura, Carlos and myself loaded the bikes up and headed to Des Moines to ride with Kim and Karolyn, two very fine ladies we've met through our RAGBRAI adventures. The day started out a bit over cast, but we decided nothing could keep us from Cumming. Actually, the weather turned out great...the sun even peeked through the clouds for us. After a short ride through the city streets (to stop at Gateway Market where I had SUSHI for lunch, YUM) we hit the trail heading south...straight into a LOVELY headwind. We were reassured that it's always worth the effort to get to Cumming...so we pedaled on. The Cumming Tap isn't much, but the beer was cold and went down easy after our 15 mile (give or take) push into the wind. (A few novelty koozies and t-shirts were purchased for those who couldn't be there with us. Next summer...we're all getting to Cumming!) Wouldn't you know by the time we finished our drinks and saddled back up to head back to DSM...the wind STOPPED. No tail wind to push us home, but it was a fabulous, easy ride back. (Laura was great of course, wind or no, being as she had a little tail wind in a can during our stop.) We made a last minute change to our plans and stopped at the new Jasper Winery location as we rolled through DSM for a little wine tasting. Their new digs, having moved the tasting room/bottling facility from Newton to Des Moines this summer, are beautiful. I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. The ladies there are super nice...and love having bikers stop in!

It was a fun ride (despite the wind) and a great day with friends. One I look forward to repeating again soon.

Many laughs were shared. For those of you not in attendance, but who are laughing your ass off as you read this, we missed you! We're working list of Cumming references, we'll expect you all to contribute on our next ride when you're right there beside us. Marie...you can meet us there in the 'Burbon...because baby, that Suburban looks good on you!


peace

(For those of you saying right now "Oh NO she did not just write that post." Oh YES I DID! Go ahead...you know you want to laugh. It's ok.)

3 comments:

Marie said...

Oh MAN I bet you guys had a great time. Fingers crossed that I have some Cumming flair headed my way. :)

KHopkins said...

Hope it was as good for you all as it was for me... ha! Let's "do it" again soon! OK... I'll shut up now...

Laura said...

Jen, nice references. Kim, good one! It was a great day!