The 3rd annual ride of the Homer’s Odyssey By The Sea was filled with good friends, good food (pizza!) and beautiful bikes!
Riders started their morning with yummy food and beverages from Two Sisters Bakery.
With 20 starting, the ride had a great turnout. We saw both new riders and familiar faces. We were once again honored to have Pat Irwin, local Homerite, lead the ceremonial parade loop around Homer.
Though the weather was a challenge with cool temps, a bit of rain and gray skies, riders’ spirits were not dampened. Kevin T. met riders at the Skyline control with Finn’s Pizza to re-nourish riders. Kudos to all the riders who braved the weather and hill climbs!
A ride in Alaska wouldn’t be complete without reports of wildlife. Buzz saw a bear and there were lots of moose (on the loose). Jolie encountered a tap-dancing moose in the middle of East End Road. It came out of no where and appeared to lose its footing right in front of Jolie, nearly causing a moose/cyclist collision. Luckily the moose was able to regain it’s footing just before Jolie locked up her wheels. Elisa reported lots of eagles on the beach and dive-bombing ravens. Apparently, ravens like cupcakes, who knew?
For many, the End-of the-Road 200K is a ride to conquer. The hills around Homer are relentless, requiring a fair amount of strategy in nutrition, training, and equipment. This, in combination with the maritime weather coming off the water, can be like a dragon to those who attempt it. Dan C. finally conquered the Homer dragon, after two previous attempts at this course. A true example of how a Randonneur’s determination pays off! Congratulations Dan!
A special thanks to our volunteer, Elisa, who came down a few days early to mark the course and showed up on ride day w/ her signature cupcakes!
Though we weren’t there, we also heard there was a wonderful post ride celebration at Pat and Kathy’s by the Sea. Thank you!
Lastly, thanks to all who made the drive both in car and by bicycle (special mention to Vince) to support the Alaska Randonneurs!