This Saturday, weather permitting, I’ll be riding in the Cinderella Century–a women-only metric century (66 miles) put on by the Valley Spokesmen.
Cinderella started out as a way for the (mostly male) cycling club to get their wives and girlfriends interested in riding, but it’s turned into a real celebration of women in cycling. It’s not really a hard ride–only 66 miles and virtually completely flat–and it’s open to women at all levels. A lot of people dress up for the ride, and I’ll be no exception–I’m thinking of wearing the Little Red Dress I made for AIDS Lifecycle 3, test-riding it to see if it will be suitable for Red Dress Day on Day 5 of AIDS Lifecycle 5. I’ve already loaned a pair of tutus to my boss’s boss, who will also be riding Cinderella.
I loved Cinderella the one time I rode it because it really did have women at all levels of ability, and on all sorts of bikes–some women who were walking their bikes up even small hills (but determined to finish anyway), some women who were clearly pumped-up racers. (I didn’t see too many of those, since I started relatively late, but wow! they were impressive as they raced by me.) I’m of the slow-and-steady crowd myself, so I settle for simply being fabulous.
By the way, do you remember my friends who moved to India/Nepal? Well, one of them has started keeping a blog. I’ve bookmarked it myself; it makes fascinating reading.
Unpacking-wise, they’re putting in the kitchen cabinets this week (dust everywhere, and freaked-out cats). Soon, soon I will be able to put my dishes away, and use the brand-new dishwasher…also, I am going shopping for shelving today. Still haven’t managed to sell the couch, if it doesn’t move within the next week or two I’ll donate it down at the Salvation Army. I did manage to get rid of the terrariums, though.
I think I will have one final dump run (with a smaller group of boxes), and then I’ll finally be done. I have a pile of clothes and books that need to be donated, too.