Epic....very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale); "an epic voyage"; "of heroic proportions";
This past weekend Bob & Amy Rodriguez, Mark and Jane Tettambel, Connie and I undertook the latest of our ongoing epic bike training rides to prepare for an assault on the KATY Trail sometime over the next year or so.
To properly prepare, we made sure we all had:
-Fully inflated tires
-and nutrition/hydrational supplies
Since I have a touring bike with a rack and panniers that can carry stuff, I carefully packed the following load:
1 Bottle of Proseco (Italian Sparkling Wine)
6 Bottles of Schlitz
2 Bottles of Bud Light
2 cans of Guiness
6 water bottles
1 SingleWhite Wine
1 brick of Peccrino
1 brick of Havarti
1 brick of Jalepeno
1 jar Jalepeno Jelly
1 box strawberries
1 bag of grapes
In the Panniers I carried
-6 wine glasses wrapped in a towel so they wouldn't break
-4 pint glasses for the Guiness and other libations
-1 box of crackers
-1 loaf of Foccia Bread
-1 loaf of french baguette.
-Wine Bottle Opener
All in all, the load was 42lbs...approximately just less than twice as heavy as my trusty 1982 Trek 613.
We rode on the Overland Park Indian Creek Trail from the Tettambels house, approximately 6 miles to the picnic spot and hunkered down for a refreshment session. Approximately 1 hour later we went another mile or two then turned around to head back. Covering 14 miles in 3 hours isn't really epic in sheer physicality, but boy was it fun.
The best news:
-No clip in pedals--tenny-runners were the fashion
-No carbon road-rockets
-The 'newest' bike was Connie's circa 1992 Giant Mountian Bike along with an old Motobecane Mark restored, Jane rode a Trek400 with downtube shifters, Bob has a Accordio Centurion from the 80s, and Amy rode her old Schwinn MTB.
We rode. We ate. We drank. We talked. We laughed. We rode some more. It was a blast.
Epic is what you make it.
As my brother Ferris/Brady would say, If you have the means, I highly recommend it... meaning riding with friends for fun.