Year 4 of the Lemhi Valley Century
Saturday’s Lemhi Valley Century Ride served as a good reminder for a lot of things.
1. If given two options: a) ride 100 miles on Highway 28 with 35 of those miles being a long grind up a 7200 foot summit, or b) ride 65 miles on the supposedly downhill stretch and pretend you know that roughly calculates to 100 kilometers (Canadian for “mile”) — always choose option B.
2. Riding a bike 65 American miles on a highway is hard. We should conserve fossil fuels.
3. Bike rides with a BBQ and a keg of Bertram’s beer at the end are better than those without.
4. You can so get a flat tire riding on the highway, and your sidekick Lucy is so smart for bringing a spare tube and her fancy new bike tools even though there was no cactus in sight.
5. June and Whit McKinney should get the Nobel Peace Prize for offering free wine tastings, bratwurst bites, and smoked cheese at the Lemhi Store. If they do not get the Peace Prize, nobody should.
6. If you stay too long at the Lemhi Store with the McKinneys, old people and little kids will pass you.
7. If you believe Iron Chef that Maker’s Mark is an electrolyte replacement beverage, old people and little kids will pass you.
8. Next year, we truly need sponsors.