When do you make connections? In the shower. Under pressure. While meditating. Mile 60 of a century. I think we all have different spaces and situations where the pieces seem to fall into their seemingly predestined places. Personally, the half hour I typically spend between sleeping and waking, particularly on the waking end, is the most productive. Over the last week the thought nugget I've been churning has been the upcoming Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour. The core tour committee has formed, and we are digesting the unexpected awesomeness that appears to be coming together on the weekend of September 20th through 22nd.
The Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour is partnered with the Hartford Envisionfest. Envisionfest is in its second year, and last year set the bar high. After the tour, there are oodles of FREE things to do within easy walking and biking distance. It's the whole package! The burbites will be seething with jealousy, once they get done enjoying themselves of course.
And if you need a speed fix, either riding or spectating, Sunday, September 22nd is the inaugural Connecticut Cycling Festival. Featuring an "electrifying nine turn course" and a sizable purse for winners, purported to be $15,000. The official USA Cycling event will include races fit for novices, experts, and pros. There will be a cycling expo that is sure to have vendors supplying the next best thing for your bike, diet, or saddle sores. I haven't raced for ages, but I'll enjoy sitting in a shady spot along the course watching the spandex heroes riding in circles - some on bikes that cost as much as a good used car.
I'm not kidding folks. This weekend in September is overwhelming. How do we connect these events? How should we connect the most riders to the registration? Do you ever feel disconnected, when everything around you seems to be connected?
The following photos were captured while I was testing out a potential 40 mile route this past weekend. (1) There was a big flood and humankind suffered. (2) Humans triumphed over nature using machinery and technology. (3) Man spends the rest of forever holding back the waters in Sisyphean fashion. These curiously detailed panels were on an otherwise nondescript pumping station just a little ways off the route.