I went out to horse country, Middleburg, Virginia, for a Labor Day Potomac Pedalers ride called Horse Hills. Although listed as a class CC ride, I didn't mind this slower-than-normal pace as my legs could take a day off after a 80-mile mountainous route on Saturday.
The first hills sorted out the riding groups and I found myself in a group of four guys who would hang together until the end and not stop at any of the planned rest stops either. A couple of the riders were new. One had just moved here from California. Another had moved to Purcellville and was to begin his teaching the next day at Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg.
As we rolled through Hillsboro we passed a family on bikes -- a dad without his helmet, and little girl with hers on. As John Kilmartin passed, he looked and saw that it was his new principal so he stopped to say hello. And he did not remind him to wear his helmet.
Of course I was not privy to their conversation and only found out later that John was hired at Harper Park Middle School, in Leesburg. Tomorrow would be his first day. Harper Park is also where my son-in-law, Andy Olejer, works in administration. I didn't say a word about Andy, instead talking about another assistant principal, Don Keener. Andy can have some fun with John later since I dropped my group about three miles from the finish to solo on home. King of the CC ride. So what?
When I reached the school where we had parked my odometer was at 9,999 miles. So I had to go for another mile to get it to turn to 10,000. I headed back out in the country, turned it over, and then came back. Anti-climatic. No one cheered me on.
While 10,000 miles on a bike seems like a lot to most people, to many cyclists it's just another number. It certainly pales in comparison to Danny Chew, who calls himself the 1,000,000 man. Although he may be slowing down, and don't we all? The last number listed on his website is 621,371.
I have other miles on other bikes, but this is the first time I've had an odometer that worked most of the time, and was able to see it turn over 10,000 miles. It was sort of neat.
Garmin Map and Stats
In the end I averaged 16.0 mph on what I would rate as a "Hilly" route. We climbed 3,500' over 42 miles. That would still qualify at the top of the BB or bottom of the A pace on the Potomac Pedalers Chart. On a day I took it easy.
Came home, cleaned the bike and got it ready for the next 10,000 miles.