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Monday, July 14, 2008

Congratulations Old Bikers

He had a goal: To ride the STP (Seattle to Portland) in one day after he turned 60. He did just that last Saturday.

There were 9 riders in his group. One was a 5 foot short woman - she's behind him in the photo above. The youngest was age forty something and the four oldest were 60.

They were on their bicycles by 5 a.m, and all but one had crossed the finish line by 9:30 pm.
Our daughter Amanda and our friend Kim (whose husband also rode) drove the sag vehicles and kept the riders fed and hydrated.

This is the 7th time my husband has completed the 200 mile classic. He and his group added another 3 or 4 miles when they chose to take their lunch break at a park off the route.


He said he's never felt better.

I thought his entry number was poignant. He does look like a 30 - 60. Don't you agree?

(Photo credits to Amanda)

37 comments:

WT said...

Well done Wally!! That is truly inspirational.

ChrisB said...

That is a brilliant achievement~ congratulations to him and all the other riders.

kitten said...

That is just awesome!!!

the planet of janet said...

fantastic!

heather said...

Wow. Congrats!
I drove that once--does that count? (And when I say drove, I mean I sat on a tour bus while someone else drove...)

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Congratulations to him — I'm impressed! Don't believe I've ever ridden more than 50 miles in a day.

wendster said...

That man is an ANIMAL!!!! Whoa.

Good job.

Susie said...

What a terrific achievement!
Great photo with the 3060!!
xo

Karmyn R said...

I can only hope to be in that great of shape at 60! YEAH DAD!!!

M@ said...

Bike pants + 60 years old?

Heather said...

Very cool!

lisaschaos said...

Way to go! That is awesome! I remember you saying that he rode long distances but wow!

karisma said...

Way to Go! I can honestly say that I would probably not make it! Lazy Me!

Tiggerlane said...

I'm impressed!!

Even though I actually came over here looking for photos of your birthday male stripper.

The Ramblin Irishman said...

I am sorry but I must cast a negative vote on the feat. It is only considered riding if you have at least 1300 cc's under your butt. THEN I would consider taking the trip. Actually it is quite an accomplishment and congrats are in order.

Betty said...

Your husband looks healthy and in good shape. I probably would be, too, if I rode a bicycle as many miles as he has. Congratulations to him.

Kila said...

Ooh, that sounds like a wonderful ride! I'm impressed!

Gattina said...

Wonderful ! but I am already tired reading this !

jennifer said...

Pamela, that is SO impressive. He sounds like he makes great strides to remain healthy. And when I look at that photo, I DON'T think 60.

You lucky woman!

Jennifer

Susie Q said...

This is fantastic! What a guy...: )

I LOVE the picture of you with Hoss. You know you are a beauty right??
And that Hoss...my friend has 2 bull mastiffs grand dogs. Oh they are so huge and so wonderful!!

I LOVE The bat butt biting post! How seet is that Curlymop!?

I am still playing catch up and will be for years I think! But know I was here and have been thinking about you! I hope to be a better blog friend in the weeks to come!

Love,
Sue

kailani said...

Wow! That's so awesome!

DesLily said...

holey moley! that's outstanding!

storyteller said...

How cool is this!!! Congratulations ;--)
Reminds me of a few lengthy (and/or exciting) bicycle rides of my own … one I shared recently at Small Reflections as Slice of Life (from Orange County to San Diego, about 100 miles) and a few I’ve not written of (one in Alaska and the other down Haleakala on Maui) that I’ll add to my topic list for some day.
Hugs and blessings,

swampy said...

My lysdexia read it this way:
This was my 7th husband to ride...

Ha!
Congrats to the old biker.

Debbie said...

WOW! So awesome. Way to go to your husband. I'd have a hard time doing that now.

Randall said...

I'd like to think that I could do that after I turn 60.

Marsha said...

I think I need a nap!

Join me here if you can!

Just Some Thoughts

Happy WW!

C said...

He looks great!!! What a handsome hubby you have. :)

Jan said...

What a tremendous accomplishment, from one biker's wife to another. The most Bob has done is a 'century', that was 9 years ago, when he was 59.

Robocop said...

I hope I can perform such feats many years from now.

dawn said...

Well, that is a great goal to attain. Now I have to hone up my skills to do such a trip. And I was feeling good about going 30 km a few times a week. The most I have done in a day is 136 km which is about half the distance those people went. I don't know if I could do it with a lot more training even. Wowsa.

judypatooote said...

WOW----I'm out of breath just thinking of riding that far....but good for him.... judy

Robocop said...

I am out of breath just walking 50 meters**LOL**

Kelly @ Pass the torch said...

Congratulations! That is a really awesome achievement. Good for him!

Jettie said...

Wow Awesome!!! I have always wanted to do that..iam no runner but love to go bikeing!!

Sabrina said...

Way to go! What an amazing achievement! I can't imagine doing 200 miles in one day! (I've done several individual "centuries" and that was plenty!!!)Whoo-hoo!

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a great accomplishment!