The first rest stop at mile 12 offered the awesome Ally's Bar, a sweet potato based bar that you have to try. We stopped briefly and continued on our relaxed journey. Chatting and cracking jokes. At mile 24, we stopped at the local fire department for lunch.
Macaroni salad and a choice of turkey, ham or veggie sub on a fresh roll hit the spot.
I added some nuun to the water and sipped on it.
Down towards Lake Lure, right on hwy 64, the another right to take us up through Edneyville and back to the ranch. At the last rest stop, around mile 48, I decided to continue on solo and finish the ride. I wanted to get home to get a shower and spend some time with the family before we headed back to dinner. A cat nap on the couch was a bonus!
Delicious smoked pork right out of the smoker with some rice and Pisgah Pale hit the spot. We enjoyed the meal and I sat back and relaxed.
I wondered at the beginning how it would pan out. By the time I got home after dinner, I had a warm glow in my soul, knowing that I had shared a very special day with a lot of people.
It was definitely a great change of pace from the typical life of a cyclist who is trying to get fit and stay fast.