The organizers of US Pro graciously gave us a day off in between the two events, so today we had the opportunity for a leisurely morning, followed by a nice little ride. We planned on riding a loop of the road race course, including a trip up Paris Mountain (the very difficult climb we shall go up four times tomorrow). We all packed our bags, loaded our bikes and piled in the van. I grabbed what I thought were my bike shoes, but upon arrival, I discovered these instead:
Oh you've got to be kidding me. Yes, those would be my freshly polished Nike sneakers. I'd left my Bonts at home.
This meant I drove sag instead of riding the course.
I got to see the (very hard looking) climb.
And the circuit down in town....from the driver's seat of the van.
Once everyone was done riding, I parked the van to let everyone change. I was very upset.
So I bought a coffee.
And felt better.
Then I wandered off and took artistic photos of Falls Park on the Reedy.
And the splendid suspension bridge that offers an unobstructed view of those falls.
Then I saw a sign that made it all make sense (click to enlarge):
Finally we returned to the house, and I went for a ride of my own, and encountered a snake. He was alive, but I feared he wouldn't stay that way for long. I wanted to get him off the road, but since he was also very large and black, I feared he would ATTACK ME IN THE THROAT! I'm no honey badger (what with their immunity to cobra venom), so I tried to get him to move by throwing gravel and yelling.
And eventually, I successfully convinced the snake to slither off into the bushes.