Sunday Morning February 29th, a quadrennial opportunity presented itself, a ride so good that we aren't even going to attempt it for another four years! Well, actually we can't repeat this ride, for four more years. It was held on Leap Year's Day!
Our motley crew began to assemble about 8:30am, Sunday February 29th, 2004. Dan drove down from Nyack and arrived as Gary returned from walking the dog/doing climatic checks. Shortly thereafter Jim, Chrissy and the youngest PPO member Olivia, arrived ready to roll! Cori rolled out of bed to join us just as Fred, our newest member zipped up regaled in full roadie gear. He Looked Great! Leona readied herself to yell "Mush" at Gary from the back seat of the tandem. Gary biked out to meet up with Kim and Rachel at the train station and escort them back to the starting point directly coinciding with Orville's dead-on-time arrival. Seconds later, Deb and Art cruised in from Queens. Our group had assembled!
We asked Fred how it was that he had found out about Pedal Pushers, and he related the story that he had been browsing the internet, and found this biking site, called Pedal Pushers Online, but then when it said something about Baldwin, well that piqued his interest as he lived there! The when he read Harvard Avenue, he realized that this ride was heading out two blocks away from where he lived! Small World that World Wide Web, aint it? Welcome aboard Fred!
All appeared to be ready to roll out, after some tire pumping and fit adjustments. We finally took off down the back streets heading towards South Baldwin. We rode roughly parallel to Grand Ave down to the Baldwin Park. After a few twists and turns and we were rolling along a "Secret" paved path that provides for a straight shot down through Baldwin, without the rushing cars. When we did get back on the road down in the harbor, Fred noticed that his rear tire was running soft. Orville and Dan pulled over to assist. We'd meet back up with the group at the baseball field in the park. In no time "Flat" Fred had switched the tube and we were back online. Fred, Orville and Dan hammered it out a bit to catch up to the group. We caught them finishing a lap of the ball field so, not to be out done, we sprinted around for a lap also. After the lap, Fred decided that his rear tire was too soft to enjoy riding and he peeled off to head home.
The rest of us zig-zagged our way back up through Baldwin to head back to 616 Harvard Ave. Along the way we took a scenic tour of all the picturesque spots hidden around South Baldwin. The group skirted the harbor, cruised inlets, went over a few bridges and even passed by Dan's old apartment. Upon our arrival at Harvard Ave, we persuaded everyone except Orville to join us for brunch at Houdek's and of course Fred who had left earlier.Everyone agreed, we had fun!. Nice way to end/begin the wait for next Leap Year's Day! Hey why not join us before the next one?