Illustration by Mike
Well, what can I say??? Saturday was epic in more ways than one! First off, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! With your help & your legs, on a windy day with impending rain, on a holiday weekend filled with egg hunts, church services, and men dressed up as bunnies, we were able to raise…
$610 for breast cancer research!!!!
Personally, I think that’s fantastic! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time, took their bikes, and showed up to my super SUPER no-frills charity ride (seriously, pink poster board & a boom box playing a mixtape on the hood of the car, an almond jar to hold money, maps held down by windshield wipers, and my sorry ass jibber-jabbering with everyone)! And what a ride it was, eh? We had families (and a couple cuties on cruisers) doing the 10 mile ride, Baby & quite a few others rocking the 20, tackling the rather annoying hill to the “Clubview Loop”, and then about 8 of us attacking the 50 mile route!
Here’s some of us before kick off in the parking lot (me in the knickers and white hat running around nervously while Baby deftly handled the money).
The biggest surprise? The wind. It was rather mild and pushing north making for a rather fast and rather furious first half a ride for everyone. Speaking from the 50 milers point of view, we cruised at 25-30mph for a good portion of the northern ride! As the day moved on, the winds started getting nuttier and nuttier. By the time we headed west, oh, we started to feel it. Cross winds whipping us around on a busy street, giving us that feeling of impending doom as we knew the southern part of the route was approaching.
And then we turned left.
All you could do was alternate between gritting your teeth to fight the wind & laugh your ass off at the nuttiness of what turned out to be 50 mph gust hitting us in our faces as we pushed south, basically acting as a brick wall! One by one our little re-grouped peloton broke off. All it would take was for someone would lose the wheel in front of them and then *POOF* they were gone.
At one point, we stopped at a CVS to try to regroup, finding only 4 of us were left! We did see #5, but he missed his turn, didn’t see us, and kept on trucking (don’t worry, we found him later).
We barreled on, trying to stick together, losing people for moments, but finding a little relief on bits of westward travel for our small group of four to stick together. We got some protection when we got back to the bike path, then it was every man for himself back to the finish line where one by one we all completed our rides! Tuck & I had a sprint finish, where he completely owned me. LOL.
I know I say it alot, and often I kinda have fun with the word, but that wind, oh my…. yeah, our ride was EPIC! Epic in every sense of the word. And fun. My favourite combination!
In my nervousness in organizing the ride, I took no pictures. ha! Nor foursquared nor tumblred nor tweeted during the ride! lol…. Oh well. I think our next new writer (post TBD) adventurerneil, who made his way up to Columbus from freaking Colorado to ride, took pictures, so as soon as he’s back, rested, and photo-uploading inclined, we will hopefully have a few pics of the ride.
It really was great. Thank you again everyone. I can’t wait for Part II: The Wrath Of The Riders!!! And I’m not waiting until next year! WOOOT!
But first, it’s time to celebrate! Honestly, when thinking about what would make a proper celebration and get TSURURADIO back on track for musical libations, I could only think of one thing…
Mixtapes. Lots & lots of mixtapes!
Fortunately for me, and therefore, for you, I’ve got mixtapes up the wazoo at my disposal thanks to the amazing mixologists down in Our Society! So I thunked to myself, how about we celebrate with the inundation of mixtape musical celebration and harmonic coagulation ALL WEEK LONG! What do you say to that?
First up? nobleybones and his spring time mixtape full of McCartney, Surfer Blood, & Coconut Records Donde Esta La Playa?!!! Just what we needed as the temps continue their warm trend, as the trees start blossoming, so what say you to starting up the celebrations????? Let’s do it as…
TSURURADIO Presents…. MIXTAPES WEEK!
1 Floating Vibes – Surfer Blood
2 Heroes And Villains – The Beach Boys
3 Me And My Arrow – Harry Nilsson
4 don’t let him waste your time – Jarvis Cocker
5 Laura – Girls
6 Sound And Vision – David Bowie
7 back to you – coconut records
8 Eat At Home – Paul & Linda McCartney
9 Tell Me, What Will It Be? (Take 2) – Javelin
10 Charlie don’t surf – The Clash
11 Take it Easy – Surfer Blood
12 The Summer – Coconut Records
13 Hot As Sun – Glasses – Paul McCartney
14 Pictures In The Sand – The Kinks
15 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – Paul & Linda McCartney
16 You Can’t Do That – Harry Nilsson
17 A Postcard To Nina – Jens Lekman
18 Summertime – Girls
19 Catholic Pagans – Surfer Blood
20 Excuses – The Morning Benders
21 These Days – Alex Bleeke
Thanks nobleybones, fantastic mixtape (as always)!!! And cheers everyone &, last time I promise, THANK YOU!
Aaron (aka Tsuru)