Today was my last long ride before Augusta 70.3 next weekend. It is still hard to believe how quickly time went by. It seems like just yesterday I was perched on a stool in my friend's kitchen filling out the online registration. One week to go!
I rode 85 miles today on my favorite route of all time. The route is nothing but hills without a flat road in sight but I still love it. There is almost no traffic at all and the scenery can't be beat. If you like an out in the country relaxing ride, this route is for you. The crazy part is that it is just 30 minutes or so outside of metro Atlanta. Good to know there are still pockets of undeveloped land out there that haven't been taken over by shopping centers and fast food restaurants.
We see all kinds of animals out there - rabbits, llamas, deer, cows, horses, mules, goats, chickens, assorted road kill & vultures... ick. I have also had a celebrity sighting - not once but TWICE I have seen Santa Claus running in the neighborhood (he was wearing an Atlanta Track Club singlet no less). The second time I saw him he said "ho, ho, ho" as I shouted out his name. I would not lie about these things - there is that whole naughty/nice list.
Hope you enjoy... :)