Riding the Rockies
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
— George Patton
The challenge of climbing 22,000 ft. of mountainous terrain on a bike is not something many Rotarians would consider "fun". But fun it was for Betty Bennett and Valerie Harris, who along with 2,000 bikers from forty-nine states and eleven foreign countries, participated in the 2013 Ride the Rockies. With their husbands, Dennis and Michael respectively, and Betty's brother, Jim Bob, the Razorback team (Betty's brother lives in Arkansas), averaged approximately 75 miles per day, biking approximately 550 miles in seven days. Why would anyone in their right mind, or otherwise, consider such an undertaking? When asked this very question, Betty, Auburn Rotary's Club's eternal optimist, responded, "Because it was fun and I had never been to Colorado." Not only was the satisfaction of finishing the arduous trek reason for such an undertaking, but there were the majestic mountain views from wooded forests to mountain tundra, and the "morning flapjacks." "What a great way to see the countryside," Valerie said, during her informative powerpoint presentation last week. This is not to say that everything went as planned. There were two emergency room visits and "loud snoring" snoring from tent A9.
Valerie Harris and Betty Bennett Describing the 2013 Bike Ride through the Colorado Rockies
2013 Ride the Rockies