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Day One done – 79.8 miles! Wooden Shoe Award!

Had a great ride today. Good weather and a little windy but temps only high 70s. I didn’t update from the road as we were focused on eating and hydrating at rest stops with some urgency to get to the 100 mile leg before it closed timewise. I was riding with teammates and at mile 68 or so, we started on the 100 mile route extra leg…. But I was worried about the tough headwind on the way back… and turned back after a few miles to finish just shy of 80 miles. The 100 this year will wait for another day. Tomorrow we are getting rain but we’ll be out there!

Thanks in part to you all, our team won the wooden shoe award from this Dutch influenced area of the state. Another team was neck and neck with us yesterday before the counting deadline this morning…. But Tanya gets to take home these shoes again this year! Also Tanya and our team got an award for raising nearly $700k since 2002. A good day for our captains inspiration Tanya! Here are some pics!!

Wooden Shoe Award and Team Recognition
Team Circle of Friends

After dinner I stopped at some stores downtown and bought more raffle gifts to go along with the three bottles of wine I got at the winery rest stop today! Some blueberry themed treats as that is big product here, and a couple of pint glasses from New Holland Brewery! We actually went to New Holland for a beer after dinner too!

Raffle goodies

I’ll leave it off tonight with a few more photos!

Teammate Adam is handy with the camera
On the road again
Lake Michigan shore
Finish Day 1
Thank you for making me #5 last year
Carbo loading at New Holland
Yum pretzel
Beer at New Holland

Catch up with you tomorrow for Day 2! And THANK YOU for the great support! — Ashby

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