Cycling Up a Storm

My wife and I completed a three day-tour recently, the Cycle North Carolina Spring Ride in Edenton, NC. We put up our tent in 20 mph winds. I had to tie her bike to our canopy to keep it grounded. Then the rain began. We went to sleep to the sound of snapping nylon and awoke to a roar at 4:00 AM. Then the bike fell on top of the tent. Then people started yelling. I extricated myself to see a very large pine tree lying in the middle of the extremely crowded campground.

Everyone was awake and very scared. We went ahead and stayed awake. Later that morning after weathering the storm in our car we made our way a couple of blocks uptown. A large oak tree was overturned in the street. Incredible tough crepe myrtle branches were snapped off. A chimney was blown off the Barker House, a pre-Revolutionary War historical site. The century old Masonic Lodge was blown off its foundation.

So, we ate breakfast and went for a ride. So did almost all of the other 1100 cyclists who showed up for the tour. The wind wasn’t blowing anymore and the rain seemed to be abating. Riding our bikes. That’s why we were there. In the end, it was a great weekend, albeit one with a rough start. The weather, although a little windy near the waterfront, was great. We got to see a lot of really cool bikes including my favorite, a tandem that was a recumbent for the captain and a conventionally framed bike for the stroker.