It was Wednesday, December 10, 2014 when my riding partner Patty Dougherty, RUSA #4060 and I set out on our 6th Populaire since October 23rd. We chose John Guzic's Baylands 101 - a nice easy meandering ride along the San Francisco South Bay Wetlands. About 2/3rds of the way into the ride, as we made our way through Fremont and the last 33k of the course, it occurred to me that my kilometer odometer for 2014 just turned 5 numbers and I was about to earn my first K-Hound Award!
Confession: I did not set a 2014 goal for K-Hound. I was focused on other goals (Can-Am Challenge and American Randonneur Challenge). However, thanks to Dan Driscoll for noticing that I was in the running for K-Hound and challenging me to "get 'er done!"
When I talked it over with Patty one day as we were riding, she did some quick math in her head and by the end of the day, we had a plan to ride one Populaire a week to help reach the new goal. With the Davis Dart in November and Uvas Gold 200 in December already on my calendar, and our new Populaire plan, I was refocused.
What makes this journey special to me? Knowing that countless numbers of volunteers sacrificed their time and effort to put on the many brevets, grande randonnuers, darts, and fleches throughout the year that allowed me to reach the goal. I am grateful for all of them and the permanent owners that provided nearby routes.
Last but not least, I am grateful to Patty for her planning and commitment to ride the Populaires with me. Patty was on a 4-year hiatus from randonneuring but riding the pops got her back into it; making this K-Hound Award that much more special to me!
"Do everything you were meant to do [in life] and do it in a timely manner.” – H. Douglas Butt, R.I.P.
First-Time K-Hound: Clyde Butt (RUSA #4479)
Date: December 10, 2014Where: Baylands 101 perm-pop
Ride Partner: Patty Dougherty
|Patty, Clyde. [Photo permission of Clyde.]|
Congratulations, Clyde! Welcome to the Klub.
Also welcome back to rando and congratulations to Patty.