But when you’re 81 years old and looking for a way to test your willpower, strength and endurance, an excursion across the West Side on a road bike would appear a daunting task.
Nonetheless, that’s what Kimball has planned.
On Saturday, Oct. 30, the day of his 82nd birthday, the Patterson man will pack up his gear and pedal from the Best Western Villa Del Lago parking lot, just off Interstate 5 in Patterson. He’ll make two 40-mile-plus loops — one to the north of town, the other to the south — on an 82-mile trek.
Kimball invites other local cycling enthusiasts to head out and join him on his special journey.
Ride instructions will begin at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at the Best Western Villa Del Lago parking lot, 2959 Speno Drive. Kimball and any companions will set off at 7:30 a.m. for the first loop. He plans to rest for about 30 minutes at the end of the first loop before an estimated starting time of 10:30 a.m. for the second loop. Cyclists may ride one loop or both.
Pre-ride snacks and coffee will be served at Villa Del Lago. Rest stops along the route will have snacks and restroom facilities.
This is an unofficial ride, and there is no registration or fee. All are welcome to join.
However, many riders and their friends have made a pledge that for each mile Kimball rides, there will be a donation made to the Patterson Recognizing Individuals Determined to Excel scholarship fund, which Kimball supports.
P.R.I.D.E. is a nonprofit, community-based corporation that creates, maintains and awards scholarships to graduates of Patterson Unified School District high schools to help them continue their education.
For information: Bob Kimball, 892-8664; or Don Huston, 892-5453.