Hey guys! I’ve been out for the past few days since David and I took a brief road trip to the Austin / Hill Country area for a fun bike ride. We’d heard about the Real Ale Ride from some family members, and I was immediately game for a hilly bike ride starting/finishing from a brewery! There were ride routes of (20, 30?), 50, 65, and 85 miles. We started with the longer group and decided we’d see how we felt at the 65/85 turn off.
Who doesn’t like a ride with a free meal, 2 beers and an Italian ice cream?
Before we left Houston I made a batch of sweet & savory rice cakes while I was packing. I set 1 cup of rice in the rice cooker and once the rice was done, I created one sweet (Roasted almond butter + Blueberry jam + Shredded Coconut) + one savory (Bacon + Egg + Parmesan) set of rice cakes, so David and I could each have one for the ride. Using the large pan and a rice paddle to form the cakes worked perfectly, and these were great during the ride. I posted this picture on twitter even got a retweet from @Skratchlabs – I’m officially obsessed with their recipes!
As for the ride itself, we started out with a friend, but he took off way too fast for us. I’m a negative split type of gal, and I like to warm up! I was really frustrated with my (road) bike most of the ride though, because I had a creaking noise. I think it’s the seat post; I’m looking for a new one, just haven’t purchased it yet. Anyway, the first 25-30 miles were fairly hilly, then we hit a nice rest stop and turned off, deciding to do the 65 mile route. On the 65 mile route, there was one memorable never-ending hill where I kept looking down to double check I was in my easiest gear.
We stopped again around mile 50; it was getting really hot at that point and we’d turned into some fairly gusty cross- and headwinds (15-20mph with gusts). I had a rice cake and some refreshing orange slices. For the last 15 miles, I got a second wind and felt really strong. I have no idea why it takes me 50 miles to feel so great?! So I pulled the rest of the way back, with David asking me to back off the speed occasionally. Maybe it was the rice cakes I was eating at the rest stops? They were magic.
The ride itself was fun and scenic, but the route was not one that I would return to without being on an organized ride, since some of the roads had fairly high speed limits. They had nice charcoal t-shirts (some of the better ones I’ve seen), that said “Up the hills, down the beers”, and we each enjoyed a beer post-ride – there were plenty of great beers on tap to choose from. Cheers to fun bike rides!!