The route I recorded included our rides (Laura's and mine) to and from the ride. It was a total of 100km, even though I didn't record quite that much; I turned the computer on and off a little distance from her house.
Here are some of the ways you know it was a real Hill Slugs ride:
- Almost all of the fifteen riders who started already knew one another, and had been on Slug rides before. There were one or two newcomers.
- Despite the fact that Laura included the "we don't drop anybody" clause in her introductory speech, one rider rolled off before the halfway point. Three others took a shorter route home from the break (in Laura's defense, she had announced that she would have cue sheets for that route available).
- One of the newbies was one of the riders who took the shorter route.
- There was one point at which we had not one, but two U-turns to stay on the route.
- We had riders with a range if different abilities...
- Nonetheless, we caught up at intersections, and mostly stayed together. Those of us with competitive tendencies were mostly able to keep them under wraps. amicitia quam celeritate.
It's called the Chocolate Bunny Ride because Laura gives chocolate bunnies to all the riders who finish. On her site, she had this picture of the bunnies for the extra-milers:
... but I assure you, none of the bunnies were large enough to need a scaffold to manage. I have the sweet-tooth of a four-year-old, and I was just that little bit disappointed. (OTOH, I've got about three or four pounds that I just haven't been able to lose, so perhaps Laura was doing me a favor.)