|Part of our LIVESTRONG contingent at the start - note the smiles and energy!|
It was great to roll in and be greeted by the sea of yellow - t-shirts, banners and wristbands - as well as a terrific group of volunteers (who our local LIVESTRONG volunteer Stefan managed to organize, and Scott who ran the show) with an awesome level of energy and excitement!
|Rest Stop #1: the LIVESTRONG stop! Busy preparing food, handing out wristbands and ... yes ... hugs.|
|LIVESTRONG Rest Stop Volunteers and Riders! A great bunch.|
The weather was perfect - cool morning, blue skies, high in the low 80's - and our group had a good time on the road, regrouping at the rest stops.
|Beautiful ride through the Portland countryside. We had many roads to ourselves!|
At this time, I would like to mention my one regret: I did not take a photo of the rest stop where an Elvis impersonator served me a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich. Life did not get much better than that moment ... if only I could have captured it on film.
|Two rest stops to the end: build-your-own sandwiches. Ahhh ...|
Of note is also Stefan's son, Paul, who rode his first century ride with us! A quiet, determined rider, Paul (pictured behind me in the first photo of this post) impressed us all with his cool cycling prowess.
|Our fearless Portland-area LIVESTRONG supporter, Stefan. What a great guy - I don't know what we would have done without him!|
|The Finish! (You think this was about cycling?) Always a good spread put on by the ride organizers.|