Friday, October 7, 2016

167: Tour de Fort Worth

Our tour leader, Jim
Since our bike was back in the city, we had to be transported there by car in order to pick it up and get it back up to Azle, where we were staying.  My brother-in-law Jim had arranged for a get-together at lunch with some of his friends and colleagues who have been following our trip, so he came with us to the bike shop and then gave us a great riding tour of Fort Worth.
Josh worked wonders on the bike

But first - the bike!  Oh, the bike!  It hasn't been this clean since the day we got it.  Josh of Velo Gold did a fine job of adding the disk brake onto the new wheel assembly that we received.  In addition, he replaced bits and pieces that needed attention, cleaned it up and - finally - got the shifters lined up properly. Roger was thrilled. Everything worked great and we particularly enjoyed a chance to ride the bike without the packs.
Museum of Modern Art - KAWS

Jim took us along the river path, through the museum district, and into Fort Worth's Water Gardens. Walking down into the big pool on bike cleats was a bit of a trick, but worth it for the amazing sensation of being inside the fountain.

Pete couldn't join us for the ride, but came out to the bike shop to see us off.
You can walk down into the fountain
Alix from Mayor Price's office, with Urbin

When we arrived at our lunch rendezvous spot, one of his friends was waiting with a representative from the Mayor's office.  She had gifts for us from Mayor Betsy Price - bicycle jerseys and other active wear!  Mayor Price is a cyclist and friend of Jim's friend Urbin, and it turns out that my niece Rachel had designed the jersey.  Unbelievable!  You can read about Mayor Price in Bicycling magazine - she was just named America's most bike-crazy mayor in their recent article.

Read article

Pete came to see us off

Rachel, and Jim and friends who joined us for lunch

Modeling our new jerseys
Me and Becky on the SeaDoo

After our lunch, Jim led us through the old Stockyards and then out to the house where we had another chance to play on the lake. It had gotten hot by the time we arrived, so we were happy to cool off in the water. This time, Roger and Jim took the sailing kayak out.

And there can be no better way to end a great Texas day than with margaritas and Mexican food.  So that's what we did.

The day's report:  Fort Worth to Azle, part two:  36.4 miles/7738 to date

Our Tour of Fort Worth

Cooling off by the lake

Jim and Roger on the kayak
A Texas favorite

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