I didn't stay for lunch but high-tailed to to the hotel, showered and had lunch outside with my family at a fab place called Cafe Benelux. The best reward for the end of the ride---being with your family.
The evening wrapped it all up with a dinner for the support team and a few of us riders. I enjoyed dining with some of my favorite people, hearing the the stories and knowing I could sleep in on Sunday. Two years ago when I did my first Tour des Trees in Oregon my goal was to just finish each day. This year I was stronger and had the benefit of riding with a tremendous group of riders who made me better. Being up front isn't the reason to ride the Tour des Trees but as my friend Ben says, "flying first class has its benefits." It certainly did.
The Tour des Trees will be in Florida next year. October. Orlando to Key West with an arrival in Key West on Halloween. Likely not something that will fit into my schedule but can you imagine Key West on Halloween for a bunch of riders in spandex. Fits right in.
Thanks for reading my blog if you've made it this far. Now get on your bike a ride!
THE peleton group at our final stop in Fox Point. Me, Karen Jenkins and Ben "Flying Sirloin" Tresselt.
Warren Hosselton aka Professor Pricklethorn at the Door County Fair on some ride.
Ready for final ride in from Milwaukee Museum of Art. My Pinarello Paris carried the day. Awesome bike with Boilermaker colors, well sort of.
Chuck Kellen from Stihl, Ben, Karen, me, Phil Graham, leader of Graham-nation (one of the top riders) and colleague Jarod Faas of Bartlett Inventory Solutions.
The final walk home from dinner.... Paul Wood flanked by Ben and 6'9" Frazer of Bartlett.
AWarren and Karen selfie on the scrambler at the Door County Fair.
Lucy (Stihl public relations), Jen (photographer) from Toronto and Aaron (rider) sitting in on the final rider debriefing meeting Sunday morning. Overall, huge thumbs up for this ride.
Milwaukee Museum of Art. Cyclists getting ready for final ride in Saturday morning.
Port Washington, Wisconsin. Our final overnight before ride into Milwaukee.