Sunday June 25, 2006 we did a nice
simple ride to Hamlin Pub for lunch. We hadn’t ridden for two weeks since
the Tour de Cure on June 11. Pete had been in Germany the previous week
on business and I was recovering from a nasty cold, so there wasn’t any
bike riding the past couple weeks.
I did go out for a jog with Bob out
at Bloomer the previous weekend which is a nice alternate way to get some
exercise outside. Bob drove his new car, which is actually a used car in
very nice condition that he recently bought at a garage sale. Our
neighborhood had a subdivision wide garage sale and Bob happened to notice
this white Ford Crown Vic, I think. Apparently it was owned by a little
old lady in Florida and she only drove it once a week to church. It has
very low mileage and is in really nice shape, almost perfect. Anyhow, we
parked in the lot behind the stores on main street and planned to walk
over to Bloomer for our jog. The farmers market was happening at the time
and we walked right through and spent a few minutes checking out the
stuff. All the fresh vegetables looked good. Bob and I ended up doing a
nice jog through Bloomer.
Back to the bike ride. Bob was out
running some errands so he couldn’t join us on this ride, but he did plan
to meet us at the Pub for lunch. Germany is the host country for the
football (soccer) World Cup taking place in June and July this year.
Since Pete was in Germany with the World Cup in progress he really got
into the spirit of the World Cup. During the week I had forgotten that
Pete was in Germany and I called his cell phone one evening after work to
see if he wanted to do an evening bike ride. The ringer on the phone
sounded a little different, but it only rang twice so I didn’t think twice
about the slightly abnormal ring. Pete answered and it sounded like it
always does, matter of fact the reception was better than normal. I asked
Pete if he was busy and if he wanted to do a ride. Pete told me he was in
Germany and at that very moment standing in a beer garden having a
beverage. I asked him how his trip was going and he told me he was having
a great time. With the World Cup going on Germany was just packed with
people everywhere. It sounded like one big party. He told me he was
getting home on Saturday so we could plan a ride for Sunday.
England was scheduled to play
Ecuador this Sunday at 11:00 am so Pete and I planned to arrive at the
Hamlin Pub in time to watch this game with all the transplanted Brits.
Bob and I had lunch the previous day at the Pub and we caught the second
half of the Germany game with all the Germans. It was a weird feeling,
but still interesting, being one of only a few Americans with all the
Germans and English on these two days.
When I met Pete for the ride he was
decked out in a bunch of Germany World Cup stuff. He was wearing a dew
rag the color of the German flag with
written across the front. He also had on a German World Cup jersey and a
pair of sun glasses. The sun glasses were the best part, each of the
lenses had stripes of the colors of the German flag. Pete was going to
fit in well today with the Brits. Pete told me, “When I was in the men's
room taking a whiz, one of the English guys told me that 'you guys are
doing very well’. I had to admit that I was not a real German.”
The ride to the pub was at a fast
pace. I think Pete was excited and wanted to make sure we got there
before the game started. It wasn’t a bad idea to get there a couple
minutes early because the place was quite full the day before with all the
Germans, so I figured there would maybe even be more English this day.
The Europeans really get into their soccer.
The weather was perfect for a bike
ride this day. We had a really nice ride on our way to the Pub. Pete
told me a bunch of stories about his trip to Germany. I find stories
about trips to other countries interesting. It sounds like Pete and his
fellow American travelers had a good time on this trip.
We got to the Pub before the game
started and it was already fairly crowded. We got a table and Bob showed
up after a few minutes. We all ordered lunch and ate as we watched the
game. While we were sitting at our table drinking our diet cokes the
manager walked up like he normally does to chat for a few minutes. He
took one look at Pete’s new dew rag and said, ”That is the ugliest hat I
have ever seen.” Pete responded by telling him it wasn’t a hat it was a
dew rag. The manager then said, “I don’t care what you call it, it’s
still ugly.” This made us all laugh. England ended up winning one nil
if I remember correctly. This was a lot of fun. We planned to come back
and watch as many World Cup games as we could at the Pub. The Germany
Argentina game was scheduled for this coming Friday June 30. Pete and I
both agreed to try and get Friday off as a vacation day and come back to
the Pub to watch this game. We figured this could possibly be the best
game of the tournament.
After the game was over Bob got back
in his car and Pete and I suited up for our ride home. It was nice and
sunny when we came out of the Pub, just perfect for the ride home. We
still maintained a good pace for the ride home. We ended up with a faster
than normal average speed for the entire ride.
Following are the statistics from this ride, 15.1 miles
total, 27.0 max mph, 1 hour and 11 minutes time on bikes and 12.7 average