Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tour Du Port 2011

Today was the Tour Du Port again here in Baltimore, so Kathleen and I signed up to do the 63 mile (metric century) route, it's fun and for a good cause. As with all of these things, it started at 7:00AM so it was up early and out the door to get down to the Korean War Memorial Park. We got checked in, didn't see anybody we knew, so we rolled out as the sun was rising.
We passed by a couple of freighters that have been sitting motionless since we moved here, but looked good in the morning sun.
And then over the bridge on Keith Avenue where the city was also looking good in the morning light.
We wound our way through Dundalk, past the closed factory there.
A little further along, the ballfields were being prepped for the day's games plus you can see my in motion camera technique in the shadow.
Just before mile 11 disaster struck, Kathleen flatted. Luckily this gave her a chance to use the skills that she learned at the She Does Tri camp to change her tube.
While she was changing her tube she spotted Heather & Kim who she met at camp, so they stopped and waited for us.
Once Kathleen was all re-inflated we took off to continue the ride. Here we are rolling along in the morning sun.
We made it out to North Point park for the first snack break, the day was truly shaping up to be gorgeous.
After snacking on PB&J's we headed rolled out to continue on the ride. Here is Kim following me, Kathleen & Heather are just behind her via one of my no-look over the shoulder action shots.
And another after Kim figured out what I was doing.
Passing over the one of the many fingers of the Chesapeake, it was stunning how calm the water was.
Rolling along towards Rocky Point State Park for the second food stop the second disaster of the day struck, Kim said "my front wheel feels funny." I looked down and told her "that's because it's flat." So Kim got to also put her camp skills to use changing the tube while Heather took her picture.
We continued on to the park, snarfed down some more PB&J's and snacks, then headed back towards town. Here we are passing through one of the many neighborhoods we went through today.
On our way back through Dundalk we passed a couple of cemeteries, both with little chapels in the middle, so in my continuing photo-expose of Baltimore churches here they are.
Eventually we made it back to the park, where lunch was being served, and a band was playing. Here are our bikes piled up against a tree while we ate.
We sat on the sea wall at the bottom of the park overlooking the harbor, that is Fort McHenry across the way, and the two motionless freighters from earlier on the left edge of the picture.
All in all it was a great day, we had lots of laughs and good conversation on the ride, and the weather couldn't have been any nicer, certainly the nicest day of the three times I have done the ride now. We enjoyed our lunch and more laughs, then Kathleen and I headed for home to get cleaned up.

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