The York 38 Special is my favorite ride of the year. It's laid back, great scenery, awesome volunteer crew, delicious cookies, and ends at York Bar with a burger & beer! I haven't missed a year yet, and hope that I never do.
This year I got to ride the 38 mile loop with a pack of mules and some mule-friends! I wasn't quite sure what the competitive, snarling mules would think of such a relaxed ride? Turns out that I'm not the only mule that likes cookies! And a bonus, if you feed a mule enough cookies, it is easier to keep up with them!!
In our group, I was secretly hoping to "win" in a few areas. Unfortunately, I didn't win anything within my little group. When we hit the big hill and started to climb up to the Indian Flats, Bill just took off and didn't look back. He finished first out of our group. That was ok, on this ride the real compitition is who can eat the most cookies! I thought after eating 9 cookies, I was surely going to win that prize. Nope, Rob lost count at 11 cookies, but thinks he might have had a baker's dozen. Watchout next year Rob... my cookie training is starting now!
After getting home and looking at my photos, I have to say, this next one really made me laugh. What is going on here? Rob and Ray look like they've just been arrested and are getting ready to get a pat-down by an officer. "Put your hands on the bicycle, sir." Ha!
The single track was a blast. As Jinx and I were flying through it, I heard Jinx say, "Wait, stop just a minute!" When I asked what the problem was, Jinx replied, "Oh, no problem, I just need to take in the view. It's amazing, isn't it?!" Yes, it was!
Every ride has a pretty good story at the end. The winner of the great story for the York 38 Special goes to Hal. During the decent he lost his chain, completely. By the time he realized he didn't have a chain, he didn't know how long ago he lost it and just kept proceeding onward. Amy and Lisa saw the chain on the trail, but didn't stop and pick it up. So when they caught up to Hal, they were able to tell him they'd seen the chain... but they didn't pick it up. Luckily for Hal, Ray also saw the chain on the trail and DID stop to pick it up. So when Ray met up with Hal, boy was he happy to see Ray!
We all had a great time and I hope we can do it again next year!!