27 September 2015
26.09.2015 85 °F
The Chili Pepper Challenge is a century bike ride that the El Paso Bicycle Group puts on in September every year. We were lucky enough to have Chris and Christina visit us in El Paso for the race. They drove in from Arizona and by the time they got to Franklin Mountain State Park must have been pretty tired of being in the truck. The carb loading pasta party moved to the park. Curt's lasagna was awesome with the backdrop of the beautiful mountain as we watched a full moon come up.
The chili pepper challenge itself did not really live up to the pasta party. Curt, Christina and I did the 64 mile ride. Unfortunately Chris is in need of a hip replacement and was in too much pain to do the race. On the positive side the course was flat and well marked with pretty views of the mountains and small towns in New Mexico. On the poor side was the rest stops who had the same food at each stop. The most disappointing was the cowbell we got for finishing. I just wonder why a cowbell??? But this is from a girl who signs up for races based on the medal By the time we finished there was a rumor that the food was gone. I think the original pasta was and so what was left were chicken sandwiches and chips.
The group hit the pool to stretch our overused muscles and even Mr. Finnegan enjoyed the cool water. A wonderful weekend was topped off with dinner at Kiki's MexicanRestaurant.