Heather's Ride is always an enjoyable ride and one that I look forward to each year. For starters, the ride is on a Sunday so the traffic out in the country is lighter. As a cyclist that rides over 1000 miles per year, that is important to me. The ride benefits Heather's Camp, a summer camp for children with visual impairments. This organization is a great one, and as the husband and father of Delta Gamma women, one that is meaningful to me.
Secondly, that part of the county is very scenic. Being a Kansan, I enjoy wide-open spaces. Passing the many open fields and cropland with other cyclists is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Also, I get to visit with my riding partner in a setting that is not an everyday conversation. Many different memories come back to you when you are out on your bike, so this helps to make this experience a unique one. We all tend to get busy in our lives and can many times let the obvious pleasures of life pass us by, so I try to soak in my surroundings as I am rolling by the farmland and countryside.
The volunteers at check in and SAG stops are always helpful and they assist in getting you where you need to be and on to enjoy your day. There is always plenty to eat and drink at the SAG stops, so it's worth stopping to see what is offered.
It is my hope that you can get your bike out in July and join me to help support Heather's Camp by riding in Heather's Ride. There are several rides to choose from based on your level of fitness.
See you on July 10th at Lake Afton!