SnR UGRR Tour 2011 ~ June 30 Ride Day 15
I cannot express how truly and overwhelmingly PROUD we are of YOUR children, OUR Youth Cyclists! On this day they have done something more phenomenal than accomplishing this grand and monumental Underground Railroad Tour. That’s big. By no means should you get me wrong on that but after traveling 78 miles from Corydon to Madison the Youth Cyclists had to climb the last 2.5 miles UPHILL.
Chris has been steadfast in his concern for his fellow cyclists which I appreciate to the utmost degree. He’s my occasional ride partner; tagging along with me and Itza. There’s not a day that goes by where Chris doesn’t lighten the mood with his presence or laughter. As a matter of fact, it fills the room with joyous laughter. All the women (over 40) seem to fall in love with him. He’s quite the charmer.
Ibn is our true court jester. SnR amplification personified. He has unbridled strength, composure, exuberance and introspection all balled up into one young adult. He amps up the group when needed. Tends to their needs when riding in the van and ever the supporter and enforcer. He is a welcome addition to the team and plays a very much needed role.
Jeimy is strong. I would say she’s one of our strongest riders. If not for her knee injuries she would be there right along with Itza. She’s taking it easy because of the stress on her knee. So, she has now faithfully taken over the role that Ife played in being Suepinda’s right hand person. Whatever role Jeimy plays, she plays it well. She gets along well with everyone and has the best laugh. Yes, better and less shrill than Chris’.
Kyvon is, for the most part, the life of his party. Its been an interesting two weeks to understand his personality. Now that I understand him better I like him even more. As I said before, there has not been one day where he has not fallen off his bike (while standing still). He has grown a great deal within the time he’s been on the tour; as they all have. Of them all, and this is tough to say, he stands high above the rest as he was the last to join and has gone on every ride but two. The first for cramps and the second for fatigue. He completed the 80 miles with the rest of the team and lived to tell about it. Way to go, Kyvon!
Mahlique is one of the stronger cyclists in the group but hangs back to be with his boys. He’s a natural on the bike and sets a good pace for the others. He has the ability to power ahead if he needs to and climbs the hills with a strength and speed the belies his size. He’s grown at least an inch since the tour began or is it his confidence that makes him look taller? I don’t think there’s anything Mahlique does that he’s not good at. I can’t wait to see him at 25!
Marshall is a strong cyclist, indeed. He looks natural on the seat of a bike and powers up hills and down straight-aways at lightening speed. Sometimes far ahead of the rest of the team. When he rides with no hands and his arms outstretched I see the freedom that only the open road can give you. That is the confidence that one carries on in life. Stretch out your wings, Marshall, let loose and FLY!