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The Horse Farm Hundred is this Sunday

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by  
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Horse Farm Hundred

There’s a 100 mile ride coming up on Sunday that I’d really like to do. It’s called the Horse Farm Hundred, and I’ve heard that it’s a very scenic and beautiful ride. The ride is up in Gainesville, Florida, which is a little over two hours from where I live:

A tour through the picturesque horse farms of northern Marion county.

The century will start at 8:30 am at the Loften High School at 3000 East University Avenue. The Gainesville Police Department will lead out the pace vehicle, followed by hundreds of charging cyclists. Expect cohesive packs for the first 20 miles before the first of the hills take their toll.

The rides proceed through the north Marion County horse farms, past miles of wooden fences surrounding manicured pastures, many with prancing thoroughbreds who will occasionally race you along the fence. Early riders may catch a jockey working out the next triple crown winner on one of the practice race tracks along the route.”

Sounds awesome! Some of my friends will be riding, too.

I would prefer to go up the night before and crash at a motel, but I’m probably not going to be able to get away on Saturday. So that means I’m going to have to leave my house about 5:30 AM on Sunday, drive 120 miles to Gainesville, ride 100 miles on my bike and then drive another 120 miles back to Orlando. I am probably going to be up late on Saturday night (my Birthday is Saturday), so I’m not sure I’m going to be up for it. I don’t do well without a good 7.5-8 hours of of sleep (I’m ooooooold). Still, I’m leaning towards going. I’ll decide tomorrow sometime.

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