Thursday, July 19, 2007

GOBA photos, part 2

The first pictures I took in the morning were too dark to post. But this give you an idea of waking at GOBA. Up between 4-5:30am every morning. Best to be on the road by 6-6:30am so that the bulk of the riding is before noon. Hit the bathrooms early. By 5:45am, there is a line. Pack up what's left out from the night before, pack the tent, make sure we have sunscreen on, water filled, stretch and eat a granola bar. Then we're off.

It doesn't take long for the sun to come up for a little Sun Salutation. :) I found yoga to be invaluable to me each morning. What a great way to start the day!

(Dad's bike is in the back, mine is leaning on mom's in the front right of the photo above)

Mostly the week looked like this...

On GOBA, we ride rain or shine .... it did both!

In fact, it was so hot the first two days, my body had quite a reaction:

That's not sunburn. I had 50-70 SPF sunblock on. That is a reaction to the direct sunlight and 100-degree heat we had the first two days. It actually cleared by mid-week as I bought capris to cover my legs better and it cooled down to 80-degrees.

Once we made it into camp. We had find our luggage and set up camp. Then we usually headed into town to find some dinner and entertainment.

This was the last night of GOBA in Versailles. The annual song contest was a riot! I was laughing so hard I cried most of the night. :)

GOBA-GOBA BANANA (to the tune of Copacabana)
(You may not be able to see the bananas dangling off the end of a pole from their helmets)

A few other key taglines: 'legs on fire' (J.Cash) and 'I ride my bicycle. bicycle. everywhere I go'

More to come.


Carl said...

The bannana song was terrific, with bannanas hanging in front of all of the singing riders like a carrot dangling in front of a rabbit.

Remember the morning break that had run out of banannas and John Gwinn road BACK to the church stand we passed to buy a bannana.

majikfaerie said...

Wow! I never heard of GOBA before, but that is so cool! I'd love to take my daugter on long-distance cycling journeys.

thanks for sending me your site!