My first ride on vacation at Rehoboth Beach started out with a Solo Ride down to Ocean City, Maryland. What is total irony is that while I was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD not once did I ever make it to Ocean City. So, today, 25 years later I rode down there to see what it's like.
It had rained the night before and the roads were wet making it a really cool morning. As I road south I was really moving and didn't encounter any wind as I was expecting.
In fact, I rode 25 miles at an average speed of 19 miles an hour! The one upsetting thing was that the Cannondale wouldn't shift out of the outer ring unless I used my foot to tap the derailleur so I stayed in the big ring the whole time. Once I turned around is when everything went to hell ...
I hit this head wind that practically stopped me in my tracks. The best I could manage was around 14 miles an hour and after an hour I started to get nervous that my kids would start worrying about me if it was going to take me much longer than the three hours I told them I would be gone.
But I just got into a groove and powered my way back. It was tough but I persevered. I caught up to this female rider and we chatted a bit until I offered to take the lead and she drafted me until Route 1 split off from 1A and I headed back into Rehoboth Beach.
Afterwards I hit the beach with my boys
We didn't go in the water because the surf was way too strong
Then it was off to the Dogfish Head Restaurant for Beers
And pick up a few bottles for the vacation house!
We were grilling Sunday night and we also got a 12 pack of Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
Which went great with a bag of Old Bay Popcorn and grilled burgers
In the evening, Elliot and went on a little tandem ride around Rehoboth Beach!
Great start to a fantastic week of vacation.