Following the race course turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. Some of the streets were one way going the wrong way for me to ride on. There were left turns where no left turns were allowed. And, especially, in the Downtown section of the course I had trouble remembering all the turns and found myself stopping to look at the map again and again. It was rather slow going. I suppose if I had a GPS I could have programed in the course and had a voice telling me where to go, but I don't have a GPS and I already seem to have enough people willing to tell me where to go.
I'm sad to report that Billie failed to finish her first marathon. I didn't allow enough time to figure out the course, and we ran out of time.
|This was the only photo I took on yesterday's failed attempt. I was too busy figuring out where to go.|
But today we were back at it. Being more familiar with the course and having figured out ways around the wrong way streets and no left turns we managed a nice 27 mile urban ride. The course took me by a number of my favorite parks, by one park I'm not so familiar with, and down a couple of streets I'd not been on before. Overall the experience was positive albeit frustrating at times. Truthfully, it was enjoyable enough that I'm hoping they change the course for next year. The website says the map is coming soon.
Today I had more time to take some pictures.
|Carondolet Park is one park I've not spent much time with. It is the third largest park in the City and has a boathouse and lake as does Forest Park.|
|I suspect in the summer there are folks fishing off this dock.|
|I didn't know there were two lakes in Corandolet Park, but there is.|
I even got to ride by one of the historic water towers and the old reservoir.
|There are three old water towers in the City. Another time I will get a picture of the other two.|
It was dark by the time I pulled up to the garage door.
|This is the view from my alley. I'll be glad when it is January.|