For the second year in a row, Kathy and Sarah participated in the Half Way to St. Patty’s Day Ride, hosted by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (Des Moines). The short, leisurely and scenic route takes you a quick 18 miles from south Des Moines to Cumming and back. Along the way you bike through two tunnels, a golf course, and some gorgeous foliage. Just be sure to watch out for chipmunks! And, the Cumming Tap always serves the finest in dill pickle chips and diet sodas.
This year’s ride was great, again. And of course the free t-shirts these Irishmen give out are always classy. However, the weather on the way back to Des Moines was somewhat reminiscent of Day 6 of RAGBRAI: 50 degrees and raining. The wet and damp weather forced us to compromise our gear a bit, in some cases pinch rolling was involved to avoid “chain” accidents.
Nonetheless, even the cold, damp ride was a good one, and once we were loaded up and on our way to Scheels, talk was already turned towards next weekend’s University of Okoboji ride. And, once we arrived at Scheels, Kathy didn’t miss a beat in finding her next adventure to take on… kayaking! The very helpful salesman explained all of the features of the several kayaks in stock, and even let Kathy try one out!