If you haven't seen it yet you almost certainly have been not paying attention or living under a rock. The shop has a cutout where you can get your picture taken wearing the maillot jaune from the Tour de France but more than a cute photo op it's also to promote Trek's current promotion, what promotion you ask? Well here are the deets:
Visit a participating Trek location between July 5 and July 27, save your receipt, and watch the Tour de France, La Course, and Giro Rosa. If a Trek-Segafredo rider podiums the day after your purchase, you have until store close on July 31 to bring back your receipt and collect your prize.
$100 in-store credit for a stage win
$50 in-store credit for second place
$25 in-store credit for third place
Pictures of you wearing the yellow jersey however are totally free so everyone is a winner really.
So back to the SMNDFBR and our regularly scheduled programming. Gary is down for the count currently due to an ill timed step on a very pointy nail but he did bring donuts for the ride, which were much appreciated and very tasty.
Saturday was pretty sweltering so it was nice to have a pretty decent sized group come out for the ride, truth be told sweltering looks like it's going to be in the forecast for at least the foreseeable future. If you're an outdoors person in Nebraska though, you just kind of learn to roll with the hots and the colds, the winds and the rains because if you wait for "nice weather" you'll only get out about 4 days a year because that is about our quota for good weather days in the Cornhusker State.
The plan for Saturday was to head out west and north of Lincoln to the tiny village of Kramer Nebraska and a stop at the Kramer Bar & Grill. We've been there once before but not since March of last year so we were due.
One of the things I loved about the Kramer ride in March was a sweet section of MMR that we passed through to get there, so of course it was on the route again for Saturday.
Unfortunately it looks like the minimum maintenance has turned into no maintenance and the road is being allowed to turn back into prairie land so we will have to find an alternate route when we head out there next time.
The huddled masses enjoying the AC while waiting for food, I think we tripled their occupancy but the food was good and it was quick, not much more you can ask for.
Leaving out of Kramer it seemed like it was going to be smooth sailing, complete with fresh blacktop.
Unfortunately Doug hit something and caused a bit of a blowout, no amount of Orange Seal was going to fix that one. We did try a tube and a boot and it worked for a little bit but eventually it suffered the same fate.
We found a nice shady spot for Todd to adjust his saddle and hatched a plan for most of us to head to Doug's house that wasn't too far and get a vehicle to come back and get him.
We flew to the house and then waited for Doug to be rescued so he could pick up another bike and we could finish out the ride. And some people ask why you need more than one bike, well for this reason for one.
A few miles down the Homestead, a stop at the CVO bench and another SMNDFBR was in the books. No ride this Saturday because of the Bohemian Sto Mil but fear not we will be back soon.