My dad is 80 years old and he's still riding. Granted, he mostly rides in doors on a trainer but when I suggested we ride this year's Bloomin' Metric he started riding every day for the last two months just to get ready. Back in 2010 was the first time I rode the Bloomin' with my daughter, Katie, on a Burley Tandem Bike that I borrowed from a friend and eventually ended up buying from him. I also rode the tandem with my son, Elliot, too.
The last time I rode the Bloomin' Metric with my father was in 2019 and on that ride, I rode 131 KM, starting from Newtown at 5:45 AM, meeting my dad and riding the 40K route, having lunch with him and then riding home. This time, however, I brought my singlespeed that I built for the 5 Boro Tour that never happened.
On the first climb, on Bronson Road, this guy on a Tall Bike passed us so I caught up with him to take some video and pictures.
While my dad walked the hill I would ride up to the top, turn around and descend to bottom and ride back up again. I did this for just about every hill we walked up.
We hit the rest stop at Bayberry Lane and selection was awesome. There were cookies, PB&Js, trail mix, crackers, Kind and Cliff bars, pickles, pickle juice, Gatorade, and of course water. After a little chit chat we headed out to finish the last 16K of the ride.