Drinking and riding

 

Our group as it prepares to head out on Shamrock Ride. Ten riders, nine bicycles!

Our group as it prepares to head out on Shamrock Ride. Ten riders, nine bicycles!

 This past weekend I got to take part in the Shamrock Ride in Dyersville. It’s basically an out-and-back 22-mile roundtrip ride from Dyersville to Petersburg, Iowa.

With it being a St. Patrick’s Day-themed ride, there’s a lot of alcohol consumption going on during the ride, but organizers did offer a shuttle bus for each end of the route.

Personally, I was more interested in the riding than the drinking, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t going to enjoy a beer or two, or three. Don’t worry, I know my limits. And each place that we stopped at, we spent more than enough time to let our bodies process the booze!

I drove to Dyersville on my own, where I met up with fellow RAGBRAI Whiskey Rider teammates Michelle and Emily. We then headed to a house where Michelle’s friend Peter and his friends were getting ready, and waited until the last members of our group showed up. In the end, there were 10 of us, using nine bicycles. In the end, a ride that would have taken about an hour and a half lasted nearly seven hours–all of it lots of fun!

The ride unofficially started at the grogeous Basilica of St. Francis Xavier church.

The ride unofficially started at the grogeous Basilica of St. Francis Xavier church.

Emily and Michelle are finally ready to go! Their bikes are prepped, mine's on the ground.

Emily and Michelle are finally ready to go! Their bikes are prepped, mine's on the ground.

Stop No. 1: Recker's Oasis for refreshments. Must refuel after 5 miles!

Stop No. 1: Recker's Oasis for refreshments. Must refuel after 5 miles!

At the halfway point, the group relaxes and enjoys beer, hot dogs, sandwiches and jello shots.

At the halfway point, the group relaxes and enjoys beer, hot dogs, sandwiches and jello shots.

Emily and Peter tear up the dance floor. Cry me a Riverdance!

Emily and Peter tear up the dance floor. Cry me a Riverdance!

Time for watering hole No. 2 at our halfway point. It's so nice outside, why hang out in the bar?

Time for watering hole No. 2 at our halfway point. It's so nice outside, why hang out in the bar?

Michelle and Peter try out the paddle-bike. (Or is it pedal-bike?)

Michelle and Peter try out the paddle-bike. (Or is it pedal-bike?)

By now, the day was getting late, so we booked it back home (and finally got somewhat of a workout!) to end a nice day out on the bike.

UPDATE: Here’s some video I shot of the ride too. This is at an intersection where we took a break to refuel.

This is me trying to catch up and pass the group, only to be taken to task by Michelle.

Tandems always go faster, since they have twice the pedaling power.

…But it takes practice!

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~ by davidllee on March 20, 2009.

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