|Posted by TheRhino on February 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM|
Oct. 13th, 2010 (6:52 AM)
Yesterday was great weather, and had an excellent ride starting in downtown Atlanta near Engine 11 (where we are all meeting for food and drinks on Oct 22nd and 23rd).
I parked my motorcycle, and before I could even unstrap the 36er, a homeless guy saw the energy bar in my cupholder and started growling, "I'm hungry man! I'm Huuuunnnnggry!" He was nice about it, he didn't try to take it or anything, just stood there, about ten feet away and stared at the Clif Bar with a crazed look in his eyes. Needless to say, I believe he was hungry, so of course I gave him the Clif Bar. If I had more, I would have given him those too, because holy cow did that guy enjoy it. He chowed it down as he walked down the sidewalk in front of the MARTA building, then turned around and gave me the biggest smile. I think I got more out of it than he did for sure. I wish nobody was homeless...but I digress.
It was about 7:30 am, and after a chilly 45 mile trip to get there on my motorcycle, I was ready to get moving. I jumped onto my 36er (I really need to name it!), and headed off down Peachtree Street SW. I soon discovered that you really have to watch the condition of the sidewalk you're on in downtown Atlanta. There were some areas where wheel swallowing holes appeared out of nowhere, but luckily I didn't fall into any of them. It's fortunate the 100 mile ride will be on the road.
Met some really nice people throughout the ride, and covered a lot of ground that I had never seen before. I like midtown Atlanta.
Met one of the owners of Engine 11, and we worked out the details to have them as a sponsor and to be on the shirt. Sent the logos to the artist last night, and should have shirts in a week. I'm psyched about this whole deal. Gary's firefighter friends are keeping things rolling in SW Florida, and are also getting a banner for the back of the firetruck for the ride.
Thanks for everyone's support of this endeavor.