We capped off a gorgeous weekend in the Bay Area with a bike ride through the idyllic Napa Valley wine country...
We arrived at our destination, The Veterans Home in Napa, around 9am
My brother told us to look for the Blue & White Getaway van where we picked up our bikes.
Most people brought their own but it was so nice to have them there waiting for us!
My sister in law Wendy took us to the registration tent where we got our numbers and pinned them on each others backs.
We assembled our team at the starting line and off we went!
Let's just say it doesn't get much better than a leisurely bike ride through the wine country...
No wonder it's the Tour de Cour's biggest event across the country!
Here is my brother's daughter, Sarah who is 18 and about to graduate from High School and has been riding with her father since she was a baby on the back of his bike!
The young man next to her is one of my brother's friends, also named Steve, who has been riding with him for the last 17 years!
My brother stayed by my mom's side the whole time, looking after her and making sure she was OK.
I had to stop and take a photo when I saw this!
I think it's a barn.
I'm not sure, but it is amazing!
The rest stop!
Time to fuel up and hydrate.
Hearing some commotion, my sister in law sees my mom and brother and wonders what's up?
Just as my mom was approaching the rest stop with my brother and his friend right behind her, a squirrel fell out of a tree missing her by a few inches landing in front of them on the pavement!
The last time she rode in The Tour de Cure another rider hit her wheel and caused her to fall, this time around a squirrel commits hari kari and almost hits her in the head!
We are all still debating whether he had a heart attack or a branch broke and propelled him to the ground.
Definitely the beginning of an urban legend from The Tour de Cure.
My mom and my brother, her baby.
Stephen was born 5 years after her last child which in a way was like an only child for her as she got to spend lots of one on one time with him while the rest of us were in school. They have a very special relationship and are very close!
I digress... back to the ride!
We rode by some cool houses...
This one looked like it was newly built.
Love the garage/guest house?
My sweet niece, Sarah, leading the way.
Sarah and I stopped a couple of times for photo ops...
A charming cottage...
Crossing the finish line!
My husband, the joker!
I texted this photo to my son who called immediately to see if his Dad was OK :)
So proud of my mom!
My brother's team, Team HIS, ended up raising a total of $6,655!!
Thank you to everyone who sent positive thoughts & donations our way!!!
The Napa Valley Tour de Cure was a great success and a lot of fun!
Please join us next year
Please join us next year