Tuesday, October 4, 2011

gilbert our two wheeled bullet

happy wednesday! thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on our anniversary post. tom and i had a really really great evening together not even the rain could damper our spirits. so far october has been a great month and it started off great albeit we both didn't think things would turn out so great the first day of october.
saturday started off rough. we had gone out with friends the night before and stayed out a bit too late and we both got NO sleep! it was horrible. while getting ready we both were a little unsure how it was gonna pan out but got dressed and headed out. it was crazy to see the city so silent at 5:30 in the morning. it was really nice to ride through the city without all the crazy cars, wish it could be like that all the time.
we had to stop and get coffee, thank goodness peets coffee is open so early otherwise it would have been painful.
the ride started off at 7 and went all the way to point reyes station and then back to sf. this type of ride is called a brevet which is a timed recreational ride, with no support. if our tire went flat it would have been our responsibility to get back on the road and finish the ride. we had check points we needed to get to, the first was at bovine bakery at point reyes where i ate a huge chocolate croissant, it was the best thing i had ever eaten! we both felt really good at that point and took our time resting and stretching. we had done this leg of the ride before so it wasn't bad.
please excuse how terribly horrible i look in this picture but it is so rare to get a picture of us on the bike together!
the second leg was tough and really hilly. i had never gone this route so i had no idea what to expect. there was a point when we got to the top of a very steep hill that i thought i wasn't gonna make it, i actually wanted to cry i was soooo exhausted. but being a tough little lady i pushed pass it and i munched on a snack, drank a bit of water and i was totally fine and the rest of the ride was great. although both of our knees felt like at any moment they would shatter, is that possible?

 the ride was so beautiful. we saw two bucks, a fox and a gaggle of turkeys! it was hard to take pictures as i just wanted to concentrate on pedaling but i will always remember seeing them, the fox was a high point and pretty much every time tom and i ride we see turkey's which i take as a good omen.
 we finished the 80 mile ride in time, 7,5 hours and at the end they had a little feast for us. gilbert was such a champ and people loved seeing him. people took pictures of us on him, it felt like we were famous, it was kinda weird. tom & i stuck around a bit and then headed home and passed out. our knees & butts were totally spent but it was worth it. we had a great time together and we make a pretty awesome team! we went, we rode, we conquered; ***high five us***

xo,
cb

26 comments:

  1. 7.5 HOURS??? jesus christ. i really don't understand how no one died.

    also, son of a bitch you two are adorable. ADORABLE!!! <3 <3 <3

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  2. cb, what an amazing trip! you two are so cute on your tandem bike.

    and happy belated anniversary!!! so happy for you two :)

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  3. Beautiful! I've been wanting a bike to ride everywhere for so so long! xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  4. Yay, congrats on your awesome ride! I would love to see a fox doing it's foxy thing. You guys are badass doing 80 miles together. Also, you don't ever look "horrible" in any picture, so you're crazy. You have the prettiest smile which makes all of the pictures of you look so nice.

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  5. What a great ride that must have been! And to get to see a fox, two bucks, and turkeys...awesome!

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  6. 7.5 hour bike ride? You two are amazing & also too cute!

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  7. Oh, you two make such a perfect team!

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  8. wow double high five that's amazing...and gilbert is awesome

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  9. You guys are AMAZING! I can't believe you finished that much biking in that little of time! Wow, you go!!! ^_^ Congrats on such a great accomplishment.

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  10. You are so cute with your sweet red cheeks in the morning. :) Huge high fives to you both for your 80 mile ride!

    -Sara-

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  11. Wow! Congrats...a million high fives to both of you! You look so cute in all your biking attire too! :) -Lo

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  12. Way to go! You are a tough cookie.

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  13. You do not look horrible in that picture silly goose!!
    Thats awesome to ride 80 miles!! I cant imagine how sore yall were.

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  14. the only thing I've ever done for 7.5 hours is sleep. So yeah high five for me too? :)

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  15. how bad does your butt hurt after 7.5 hours? do you two give each other romantic butt rubs when you get home? I bet you do.

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  16. woo hoo! I can't believe you did that after no sleep!!! That's pretty damn impressive. You two look great on Gilbert together :) That scenic picture you took towards the top looks gorgeous...I bet it was such a pretty ride.

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  17. @kelly-anne: your damn right we give each other romantical butt massages... scented oil, candles...the whole kit and caboodle :D sorry for the visual everyone....kelly-anne started it!!!!
    xo,
    cb

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  18. Holy moly, woman! You are my role model! 80 miles?!?! That is insanity! And you did it on no sleep too! You must be some kind of superhero! I am so proud of you!

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  19. oh my gaaaa, that is the BEST pose EVER!!!! total concerted at large and in charge move right there. awesome! um, way to commit to a 5:30 roll call and hit the streets on le grande Gilbert after a night out and up late. sheesh, you give me shocks of delight with this trek about town. conquer on team TCB!!!!! ♥

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  20. Well done to both of you!!! You're such troopers! I love your photos, it looks really beautiful that early, and I love your pose on the first one, hi hi!

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  21. that was such an inspiring post!!! :) congrats on the ride!!! :Dhope you can check out my blog for some +vibes and inspiration!xo

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  22. You guys are so awesome, seriously, you never cease to amaze me honey. Pleased you enjoyed the ride & saw such great nature too. It's always cool to see the city before it awakens - I love (very occasionally) getting up really early. xox

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  23. I have been to Point Reyes, it is a rad, rad place!! I can't believe it, 7.5 hours, that's crazy!! But good job to you both! And to Gilbert too, of course!
    ~ab

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  24. Wow, this is so amazing that you guys did this! I cannot imagine attempting it. I don't think I could last. I am glad it was a good day besides being so sleep deprived!

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  25. hahahaha! OMG this looks like so much FUN! :D

    xo!
    Des.

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thanks for commenting! it fills me with joy that you have taken the time to stop by!
xo,
cb