All the hard parts of getting married are finally behind us: planning (although we had quite a bit of help), writing and delivering vows, dancing, breaking the piggy bank, and, quite possibly the worst of all, going back to work for a few days between the wedding and the honeymoon. Throughout all of this, we had been looking forward to 10 days of adventuring and relaxing in Quito and the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador), and the day finally arrived for our honeymoon! “Luna de Miel” is the literal translation of “Honey Moon” in Spanish.
We arrived early at the track for our races; mine was first at 9am and Rachel’s was second-to-last at 1:30pm. It was chilly to start, but the sky was clear so we were thankful for a nicer day than last week at Fruitland’s. After dressing up and registering, we got on the track to warm up but less than half way through the first practice lap, Rachel got a flat tire and became a bit frazzled. It wasn’t the best start to the day, but it was all uphill from there.
For my second cyclocross race, I joined my friend Andy again, at Mansfield Hollow Cross in Mansfield, CT. Coming from Boston, I arrived a little late and had barely enough time to register, ride one practice lap, and make it to the start before the Cat 4/5 race started.
Just kidding, it’s still biking; it’s just a new form of his favorite activity. As I’ve learned over these past six years, anytime there is a new form of biking, a new type of bike must be purchased. Accordingly, Chris bought a cyclocross bicycle from his friend, Andy, a few months ago.
This is the only picture anyone took during the ride, and it was during the one section where we walked, because the road was too rough and it wasn’t worth risking flat tires. Fortunately it was only ~200yds long. Continue reading James’ Monster Ride