Ride ‘n Slide

August 4, 2011 on 10:49 am | In Community, Life at, Sponsorship | 1 Comment

One thing about being a new club is the fact that every event we do is a new experience. Each activity comes fraught with questions and worries. Will it be successful? Fun? Worthwhile? The inaugural 5th Saturday shop ride was no exception. Designed as a fun way to end a hot July workout, Ride ‘n Slide 2011 sounded good on paper… what’s not to like about a giant slip ‘n slide, snow cones, water balloons and watermelon… but still  it was impossible not to wonder if anyone would actually show up.

Apparently, a benefit of arriving WAY early to set up is that it’s possible to be the only ones aware that rain is falling from the sky a mere 60 minutes before the ride is due to start. Luckily, it seemed that no one else noticed any raindrops, because cars loaded with bike racks started to arrive in great number shortly before 6:00 AM.

With over  100 participants the  three groups of riders successfully completed their respective routes. Things had been planned with the hope of all groups converging at the store at roughly the same time, overheated and ready to cool off. Amazingly, this is pretty much what occurred! By 9:30 AM, the party was in full swing.  The slip ‘n slide was standing room only. A long line of eager snow cone customers snaked across the parking lot. Watermelon was being consumed as quickly as it could be cut and 500 ice cold water balloons begged to be thrown. Which they soon were.

Although adults certainly outnumbered the youngsters, it soon became apparent that there were a whole lot of inner children being let loose and a good time was had by all.

We’re very sorry if you missed it, but no worries, count on the Ride ‘n Slide being an annual event!

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  1. Thanks Gail!!

    Comment by Carolyn Audilet — August 4, 2011 #

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