Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

AIDS/LifeCycle 6: Day 2 - Santa Cruz to King City

Day 2 is the longest day on the ride at 105 miles and it just seemed like we couldn’t get out quickly. We got up pretty early and there was already a long line for the port-a-potties. Breakfast was quick and then we changed into riding clothes and packed up. At bike parking there was some sort of a bottleneck that I couldn’t figure out and we were just waiting in line to get out. Lame. Once we were on the road we were moving along okay and we got to the artichoke stand. Fried artichokes are fantastic when you’re riding. As we were there we knew we had plenty of time on the route but an ALC route staffer was telling us that we were behind and would get swept soon. We still got artichokes and made it to the next rest stop with 45 minutes to spare before the stop closed. Steve and Tom stopped because Steve’s knee was bothering him. Chris and I pedaled on and got to lunch pretty quickly where Steve and Thomas caught up to us. After lunch we knew we had a long way to go so we got going again. Shortly after lunch the safety van was parked and monitoring a stop sign. I had stopped and the safety van was well down the road, but we’ll get to that tomorrow. This day is one of the hardest on the ride. It’s long, it can get hot, and it takes a while. We rode and kept hitting rest stops with a little time before they were due to close. I don’t know if it was just me, but it seemed like they were closing earlier than the year previous. Possibly it was that it took us so long to get out of Santa Cruz that made the day seem compressed. When we got into King City we were welcomed with a bit of confusion in the bike check in.  I understand that they want to know where every bike is and that all riders are in, but having to wait in line for about 45 minutes didn’t do anything to help sore muscles that needed to be stretched out.  Oh well, shower, food, and then right to sleep.