Valerie and I had wanted a tandem bicycle for quite a while, and I finally found a bike shop which would order one in for us. We ended up with a Burley Rock and Roll, with flat bars and 26" wheels. Basically, it was a mountain bike tandem, which came out of the box with slick tires for cruising on the pavement.
Out friends, Ron and Reva, decided that they needed a tandem. as well. Ron and I rode the back road routes outlined in "Life In the Slow Lane" together, and the wives were wanting to join in. So, R & R ended up with a TREK tandem.
The first time we all rode together, we followed the guide book for a 60 mile loop in mid-Ohio. The day started out beautiful, but the clouds rolled in as the morning went by. Eventually, we stopped at a transportation museum to look at the train cars, and it started raining as we toured the grounds.
The four of us huddled under a porch roof on one of the buildings for about an hour, until we realized that the rain had set in for the long term. It was decided that Ron and I should take his tandem back to his van, then come pick up the girls.
So, we took off, with Ron as Captain and me in the Stoker position. Even though it was raining, we enjoyed the ride. With the two of us on the tandem, we averaged just under 30 mph on the way back to the car.
I have to say, I enjoyed that part of the ride much more than the normal part. Even though we were soaking wet by the time we got to the van, both of us were stoked by the quick pace we had maintained.
We picked up the girls, still happy from the wet sprint, only to find that neither of them planned on ever riding more 10 miles from the house, again.
I often think that that ride might well have been the first step toward divorce for Val and me.