'Flood and Ride'
November 11, 2004 . . .Big Mike words.... Always a first time for something. Will tell you why in a minute.
>> Sept 18th . . . I woke about 5:45am. The ground was wet and no rain in sight. Ate and dressed up in bike uniform. Mom did her thing. packed up the car and out by 6:30am. We hit the rain band half way on Route 78 west. We hit a heavy rain band while driving south on route 287 south. So bad, we could not see the signs. The rain let up for a bit when we reached the Verizon parking lot. Had time to take the bike out of the car and bring my luggage to the truck and sign in. My mother left as the rain begins again. As it hit 8am. The tour director delayed the tour till 9am. A lot of cyclist trying to stay dry under the tent. Can not fit everyone under the tent. As it hit about 9am. The MS offical came on the microphone to announce the tour is cancelled for the day. The roads are flooded out from the heavy rain. Ivan's rain that is. The Parsippany Hilton was not expecting the MS riders to come in till later in the day. But we was asked to hang out at the Hilton for the day. Lunch will be served at the hotel. I got a ride with my bike from a friend I met from the May bike tour. The rain let up as we left Verizon parking lot. I hung out at the hotel. Had lunch and chat with friends and other cyclist. Got my room about 12:30pm. Saw a few breaks of blue sky and a peak of sun after 1pm. Went swimming and in the whirl pool. Then went into the weight room. Chat on my cell with a few people. Then the fire alarm went off before dinner. Place was not evacauted. But I went out to see what was going on anyway? At the same time, I saw a double rainbow. The air outside got pretty chilly and dry. Took a long nap before dinner. Dinner and then watch a good comedy show. One of the comedian is a cyclist. His name is Eric. Oh, each room suppose to have 2 person a room. I wind up having the room to myself. Awesome!!! Bed 11pm.
>> November 19th, 2004 . . . I had set-up the alarm clock to wake me for 6:20am. But it never sounded. I woke instead at 6:45am. Then the wake-up phone call came in at 7am. Already dressed and packed. Ate and got my luggage. Then got my bike. Went out to feel how cold it was. It was chilly out for sure. Got my blue raincoat. signed out and gave them my card key. Almost lost my bike glove. Call my mother to tell her I'm leaving. Left at 8:10am on my bike. Almost went the wrong way on route 10 west.
* Anyone wishing to join the bike tour or become a volunteer in the Greater North Jersey Chapter, give a call at 201-967-8687.
** Raised a total of $580.00 for the MS Greater North Jersey Chapter. (smile)
*** To know more about riding or volunteering in the September 2005 bike tour for the MS Greater North Jersey Chapter. Then give a call to 201-967-8687 for more information.