|Tempe mayor Hugh Hallman announcing the start of the ride|
|Great art by Casebeer on the free T-shirts they handed out at the ride|
|Uh, Mom? I mean, Dad? I can't see around, your, um...Hello? This is not a nice view.|
|"Fat Sally" is riding a Batavus Personal Bike--sweet ride!|
Sunday morning, I rode in the Tour de Tempe 2010 community ride. Free t-shirt, free coffee, free snacks, free energy drinks, perfect weather, lots of cool cyclists, I'm in! It was not a fast ride, just a casual 12 mile toodle around Tempe, part of the way on a newly paved canal path.
Although I had some misgivings about riding in a crowd like that, it turned out to be no problem, since everyone seemed careful, and after the start, we spread out, and cruising along at a comfortable pace sorted us out into groups of similar speed.
This was the 15th annual TDT, but the first one that I have done. Lots of people were wearing TDT t-shirts from several years back. I'd do it again. Particularly if they continue to have free coffee, and give away t-shirts with excellent bicycle-related art on them.
Thanks for the ride, Tempe! It brought a smile to my face. It was great to see so many other people out there riding together. Get up. Go ride.