Independence Day bike riding

I spent my July 4th Independence Day holiday riding my bicycle. Not just any little spin around the neighborhood. I rode the Firecracker 100K bike ride out of Cary, NC with the Capital Bicycle Club.


Almost 65 miles of pedaling.

I’m fortunate that my father-in-law likes to ride, and went with me. It was pretty nice to spend the day riding with him. We completed the entire route in 5 hours 36 minutes and 35 seconds for an overall average speed of 11.1 MPH, including three official rest stops plus one extra rest stop. The big drops in the speed line show you where we rested. Our on-the-road time was 4 hours 55 minutes 1 second for an overall riding speed of 13.1 MPH. Not bad for my first organized bike ride in about 8 or 9 years. Also, pretty impressive on my Father-in-Law’s part given he was riding a mountain bike with dirt tires.

Best part of the ride? My really awesome ninja shower

Bike Shower

I hauled up the shower bag, stripped to my shorts, and showered off right there in the grass next to the truck. 5 plus hours in the sun and the water was nice and warm.

Then, on Saturday, I got a phone call telling me that they had drawn my raffle number and I’d won a $100 bicycle pump. SWEET! My previous pump died about 3 weeks ago, so it was just what I needed.

I’m looking forward to my next organized bike ride which will be  the Tour d’Orange. I’ll be riding the 68 mile loop. If you’re local and you can ride at least 36 miles, you should sign up and we’ll ride together. They have 36, 68, 80,  and 100 mile routes, all of which share the same first 36 mile loop. FiL is planning on getting some road tires, so we should be a bit faster this time.

And yes, I was carrying concealed.

3 responses to “Independence Day bike riding

  1. I’m envious! (sortakinda). Have begun training for an Oct. charity ride for MS. I’ll do the 50 miler, not the 100. Hauling a hybrid around. 20 mi. is a lark in good weather, 30 is a ride, 40 is a sore arse and difficulty walking for 2 days. Then again I do most of my riding on a dirt ‘n cinder trail which is a slight bit more work than pavement (that’s my story and I’m sticking too it).

    Seriously contemplating narrower tires and seat for the road ride.

  2. You might consider ditching the diamond frame bike entirely. I ride a recumbent bike and I don’t have pain in those special areas that ordinary bike seats abuse so much.

    These guys are my favorite shop.

  3. Congrats to you both! And for the pump win! Trying to get back in to form myself after a two year hiatus. Wish you both the best on the Tour D’Orange.