The bike ride "Assault on the Carolinas" will occur tomorrow, rain or no rain. Limited to 1,000 bicycles, there are two rides, a 50K and a 100K. Neither is for the faint of heart. The 100K is 66 miles over hills and dales with an ascent of 3,700 feet. It goes up the mountain, then down to South Carolina and then up the mountain again. The 50K has a 1.1-mile hill climb with as much as a 15% grade. Traditionally, fans will line the highway in certain areas, ringing cowbells to cheer on the riders. Both routes go past the gate to our community and both routes begin and end downtown. Needless to say, we do not plan to be on the highway during that time if we can possibly avoid it. Sharing the road with bicycles in the mountains is difficult enough. Sharing with 1,000 bicycles is near impossible. Even with rain in the forecast, lots of fans will stand by to cheer and welcome the riders at the various drink/rest spots.
Lucy is really looking rugged in spite of being groomed often. She has become a rather shaggy dog and as she sheds her winter coat, we have lots of dog hair around. But she doesn't seem to mind so neither will we.
Curled up and waiting for her maximum sunbeam.
Meanwhile...someone gave Violet an Easter Duck outfit. And yes, it does remind one of Ralphie's bunny suit and she seems rather overwhelmed by it. Yes, it quickly came off and was worn only briefly for the photograph.
I don't get it, Daddy.
This bright sunny day started out as bubble-chasing fun. Then Violet discovered the shadow that copied every thing she did so it became more of a shadow game for a while.
Lift up your foot, shadow. Just like me.
Because she celebrated a birthday this week, it is appropriate that the quote comes from one of the people I most admire, Jane Goodall.
"I think my message to the politicians who have within their power the ability to make change is this: 'Do you really not care about the future of your great-grandchildren? Because if we let the world continue to be destroyed the way we are now, what's the world going to be like for your great-grandchildren?'"
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, EVERYONE!
DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE PLANET
IT'S ONE EARTH, ONE PEOPLE