Sunday, September 27, 2009

Slogging Through the Night

Last night, as I climbed the stairs to nestle in a warm bed, my thoughts turned toward Columbia Gateway and the bike riders participating in the 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It was cold outside and the rain continued relentlessly. I couldn’t imagine how miserable they must be. I briefly awoke around 4 AM and it was still raining. The very thought chilled me. I pulled the covers up tight.

I dropped by yesterday around 5:30 PM and snapped these photos. As a harbinger of things to come, the rain and the race started at the same time, around 4:00 PM.

The riders I saw seemed undaunted though. Most appeared ready to make the most of it.

I wonder how they fared later.

This morning the weather gods finally came through as the rain stopped and the sun came out. At least they be able to finish in the sun.


Carole said...

This was my first ever biking event.... wow what a rush. The rain was crazy and cold.... I didn't make my goal of 100 miles but did ride 81.9 miles. The rain slowed us down and we had to stop shortly after dark because we got too cold. However the 4 hours of riding in the pelting rain gave us memories that will last a life time... I figured our discomfort was far from those being treated for Cancer... and was thankful to be a part of such a wonderful event... I plan to ride again in 2010.

wordbones said...


Way to go!

Did they shut the ride down after dark or did some cyclists keep going?