This weekend, we participated in the MS 150 ride, the Tour de Farms in Dekalb, IL. We woke up mighty early on Saturday morning, drove to the NIU Convocation Center to meet the team, and were greeted by hundreds of cyclists milling around in the building, trying to avoid the rain. The weather was so bad that they ended up delaying the start several times, and we ultimately gave up and left at 11am. It turns out, the course opened later and Sam, Eric, and Chris rode the 35 mile route.
We returned on Sunday and the weather today was absolutely beautiful. The roads in DeKalb are amazing: lightly rolling hills, very little traffic, and pavement as smooth as a baby’s bottom! I may not be a country girl, but I certainly wouldn’t mind riding country roads every day.
The MS Society of Greater Illinois did a great job with this event: the rest stops were well-stocked; the volunteers were extremely helpful and friendly; and the roads were monitored for safety. Maybe the planners of these MS ride folks should be planning Superweek races!
I rode with the little point and shoot, rather than the big camera, so the pictures aren’t great. But, take a look anyways and think about doing this ride next year. You won’t regret it!