“Night Rider!”

WOW!  You think riding in a group in the day time takes all of your attention, try 11:30 at night!  I had my first full shift night ride last night and it was enlivening.  Seven of us speeding along sometimes at 20 mph, in the dark.  We of course have lights on our bikes and the ambulance is right behind us, but it really is a special challenge.  You really have to be at the top of your game and you senses are just at their maximum red line.  What a rush.  It was terribly cold.  How cold was it you might be asking?  The water in my water bottle froze.  That’s how cold it was.  We could barely speak to each other, our cheeks were so cold.  We get to do it again tonight from midnight to 6 am, sunrise on the bike, what could be better?  (Well, ok, I know of a couple of things.)  ;-)

Hey!  We made it through the border from Canada ok – Who da thunk it?  Team 2 and Team 3 went through the crossing at the same time.

Team 2 and Team 3 made it to, and through the border crossing at the same time.

Here is a picture of our bikes on the road.  We have to spend a lot of time in the van as we ride ahead to make it to the next transition point for shift change.

Bikes on the road. Sorry, this was taken through a dirty van window.

This next shot is of Team 1 coming in off the road for transition for Team 2, my team.  This was near Bemidji, Minnesota.

Team 1 coming in for transition to Team 2, my team.

Thank you to everyone who has been following along, and leaving comments.  Your thoughts and comments are truly motivating.

Andy Bailes

 

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An avid cyclist, writer and photographer.
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6 Responses to “Night Rider!”

  1. Thomas says:

    Andy – Maine is going to feel like Florida by the time you get here. Hang in there buddy. Take hot showers when you can. Stay warm! We’re all cheering for you and your team.
    Jay, Ken and I rode a bit yesterday and your ride was the main topic of conversation.
    We’re all very proud of you and wish we were there with you.
    Thomas

  2. Jay says:

    Exciting stuff !!! i cant wait to hear all your storys when you get back !! keep it up Bud !

  3. Edith G. Bailes says:

    I see by the map that the ride hasn’t made much progress today, Any problems? It looks as if you guys are about 3/4 of the way home. Has anybody considered quitting? I would have bailed out a long time ago, if only because of the cold. From what I can see on the Weather Channel, the weather has been uniformly foul ever since Calgary. I can’t say how much I admire you for sticking it out; when you finish you’ll have something to be really proud of. Love – Ma Don’t answer if you’re too busy or too tired — bailes_edithg@comcast.net

  4. Tim says:

    Andy, Stay Warm! You and your team are Outstanding! Best of Luck!

  5. Bob says:

    Hey Andy! What an adventure!
    Keep up the spirit you are doing awesome!
    Stay safe!

  6. Diane Bruni says:

    This ride is amazing and as cancer survivor you are inspiring so many people. My newphew Ian is part of the filming crew.

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