And, like many of my JDRF Ride to Cure teammates, I'm finding myself going through desert withdrawal symptoms. We're rapidly descending into the 6 months that I loathe in Michigan -- those months of gray and cold. The stark contrast between here and Death Valley/Las Vegas is more than a little depressing. If anything could plunge one into Seasonal Affective Disorder, this return to "real life" could do it.
|Are we there, yet...?|
|I have plenty of leg room...not sure |
what they're complaining about...
|Michigan Great Lakes West|
Our first day at the ranch started with buffet breakfast (biscuits and gravy AND bacon...oh my!), followed by a West MI (aka Michigan Great Lakes West) team photo and our "tune-up" ride of 6.5 miles.
After the ride much of the team went hiking in the desert, while the rest of us floated around in the pool for hours. Since I wasn't sure how well I'd tolerate the heat and arid air and didn't want to risk feeling less than awesome on the real ride day, I opted for the lazy pool route. It was awesome. It will be many moons before we're able to again be outdoors and under the warm sun in our bathing suits here in MI.