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I am way overdue on a writeup of last month's Tour de Cure. It was a good ride! I sort of met my goal of finishing faster than last year--my average speed and moving time was about the same, but my elapsed time was shorter--and I felt great afterward.

I'd been really worried about the heat, but it turned out to be a blissfully overcast day, with a few light rainshowers, even. The hills that had so surprised me last year were much more manageable, and while there were plenty of headwinds, there was nothing like last year's home-stretch slog. I rode most of the way with [livejournal.com profile] gayathri, and we met up with [livejournal.com profile] byronium where the final rest stop for his route and ours overlapped, so we all got to cross the finish line together.

The one thing that went wrong: I managed to forget my sports bra, and there was nowhere around that sold bras of any sort in my size, so I did the ride in the one bra I did have with me--a very pretty but not very supportive molded half-cup. It wasn't pleasant, but I survived. The bra did not. RIP, Curvy Kate Daily Boost! "Sports bra" is now at the top of every packing list ever.

Since I joined a team this year, I got to go chill in the team tent for awhile afterward. Team tents are awesome. [livejournal.com profile] llamaeyes, [livejournal.com profile] gayathri, and all the other Team Red volunteers did an excellent job making it a fun, comfortable, and welcoming place to recover. There was massage! And recovery beverages! And tasty things to nibble on so I didn't have to go wait in the food line! Thanks, Team Red.

And huge thanks to everyone who supported me through donations and encouraging words. My friends, family, and community are amazing! If you donated to me, keep an eye out for something in the mail in the next couple weeks (if I don't have your address, I'll be contacting you soon to get it).

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Paul came up to Napa with me so we could spend the rest of the weekend winin' and dinin'. It started off poorly, with a dinner at Morimoto so comically bad I had to write a Yelp review, but the rest of it was great. A fantastic dinner at Bouchon Bistro, coffee and ridiculously decadent pastries at Bouchon Bakery, and (of course) a lovely meal at Ad Hoc. Clearly Thomas Keller holds the keys to our hearts. Or stomachs.

on 2013-06-27 06:35 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] plantgirl.livejournal.com
I am glad your ride went well!

And I am glad that while one meal was absurdly bad, the rest of the weekend treated you kindly. :)

on 2013-06-29 05:26 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rhiannonstone.livejournal.com
Thank you! It really was an absurdly bad experience. And I kept trying to be so optimistic about it!

on 2013-06-29 12:03 am (UTC)
ivy: (canada goose flying)
Posted by [personal profile] ivy
Woohoo, victory! Glad you had a good ride!

on 2013-06-29 05:26 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rhiannonstone.livejournal.com
Thanks! It does indeed feel like a victory, every single time.

on 2013-10-04 08:11 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ext-2124499.livejournal.com (from livejournal.com)
I'm planning a trip out to Napa Valley and I was wondering if you knew of any good hotels out there? Thanks for any help.
http://www.ivyhotelnapa.com/

on 2014-01-04 05:37 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] aswirlymatrix.livejournal.com
Noooo! Morimoto was that bad? That's so sad because... Morimoto! I did see them on a Groupon-type site recently, and was wondering wtf. Guess you're not the only one with the awful experience. :(

(Hi, it's Amy.)

on 2014-01-04 06:07 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rhiannonstone.livejournal.com
Yeah, we were super disappointed. I've heard other branches are better, no idea if that's true. But there are enough other bad reviews for this one that I'm confident it wasn't just a bad night when we were there.

(Hi!)

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