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Metric Century
A "century" bicycle ride is 100 miles. A metric century is 100 kilometers. I haven't done a regular century yet, but on sunday I completed my second metric one, at the Blue Water Ramble. It was particularly cool this time, because not only did I ride with my sister (who flew all the way from Milwaukee to join me), but a few friends rode too!

Here is what we (minus Jer, the photographer extraordinare) looked like at the beginning of the ride. See how fresh and invigorated we look? That will change.





It has been scientifically proven that bicycling with me attracts alpacas. So along with our search for 100 km, we also searched for alpacas.

This yellow slidey thing Brendan and I rode on? Not an alpaca.



This rocking watery thing that took us to Canada? Also not an alpaca.



And this? Probably the most closely alpaca-shaped thing so far, but still....



...DEFINITELY not an alpaca. Alpacas are too small to accommodate this many bicyclists.



Still not an alpaca.



It is essential that whenever Jer and I ride together we photograph ourselves in front of water, with Detroit (well, Michigan), on the other side of the river. However, clearly not an alpaca.



Finally, we have alpaca evidence! Proof that all my bicycle rides include alpacas. I just wish I had known enough to look for them on earlier rides. I wonder how many alpacas I rode past in Europe?



At this point I dubbed us "Team Alpaca". I'm proud of be part of our pack of alpacas, and next year we will definitely have jerseys, or at least t-shirts. I have decided that anybody who rides with me or has ever ridden with me is a part of Team Alpaca (not just sunday's Team Metric Century Alpaca), which means that several friends have been "grand-alpacaed" in.

Now I just need to find a good logo, and I will put together the Team Alpaca uniform.

At the end of the ride, we were all looking a little more blurry and disheveled. And tired. And sweaty, and thirsty. But we did it -- 100 kilometers!



GO TEAM ALPACA!

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hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 11th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
i just sorted through pics from the summer, and came across a few that made me think of you:

renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 11th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome! Where'd you meet him?
fachless From: fachless Date: October 11th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, Karen. That's a picture of Kate with her new hair color.

Sorry. I couldn't resist...
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 11th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
just wait 'til i do the makeup!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 11th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
the Funny Face Alpacas are at many events in/around Lapeer. they were at Family Fun Day back in July, and they'll be at Fantasy Forest this weekend (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 11th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my gosh... if I weren't going to Chicago this weekend, I'd totally have to head over with my bike!!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 11th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'll be sure to get lots of pictures! they're so soft and gentle and beautiful (:
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 11th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 12th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. :D
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 15th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
glad you liked it!
Photoshop is such a fun thing to play with sometimes... :-)
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