Rain, Rain, go away! Come again....NEVER! Another successful Brewcyclers ride in the books. The past few days, we've had quite the wet weather with no dryness in sight. After having test rode our Stone Brewery Co loop ride on a beautiful sunny afternoon a couple weeks earlier, we were extremely excited for this event, so canceling it due to Mother Nature's horrible timing would have been a huge disappointment. But this time, Mother Nature was on our side! On the morning of our ride, we were excited to see that the weather forecast predicted sunny with few clouds and 1 to 20% chance of precipitation, depending on which “weather guesser” site you looked at. Although, with the rain falling throughout the evening, we had to double check a short dirt path along the route to make sure it wasn't affected by the wetness prior to the ride, luckily it wasn't, otherwise we would have had to plan a re-route.
This event was especially exciting for us because we were introducing our first ever event sponsor, O.N.E. Coconut Water. They were kind enough to provide delicious pre and post-ride hydration coconut waters for all our riders! We've always been a big fan of coconut water for its wonderful flavors and the benefits it provides especially for those living an active lifestyle. So naturally, O.N.E. Coconut Waters was the perfect fit for our events and our riders.
We had a great turn out bringing out even the not so typical Elliptigo and tandem riders, despite the rain scare. The planned route was mostly on bike friendly paths including a short stop at Queen Califa's Magical Circle Garden in Kit Carson Park, the only American sculpture garden created by artist Niki de Saint Phalle. It is absolutely an amazing sculpture garden that we have never seen before. Many of the riders were truly fascinated by it, even those who are San Diego natives. The 20 mile ride was fairly simple with mostly flat terrain and a small little climb towards the last 5 miles back to Stone Brewery.
After the ride, most of us stayed to enjoy some thirst quenching beer at the Stone Brewery Bistro. Although the brewery tours were open, by the time we arrived back from the ride, tours were already booked until 3PM so we opted to forego the tour this time. The beer selections vary day to day here depending on the brewmasters, so it's always an adventure trying different beers here. Naturally, we left with our own little growler filled with our favorite beer of the day, Cali-Belgique, to add to our collection.
To view photos from our ride, please check out the Gallery.
Frank & Sara.