Lots of nervous excitement. Lots of spandex, bicycles, and Clif bars!
They have a bulletin board up with Polaroids of all the riders to help us get to know each other. We got a thorough safety talk and a route walk-through. I feel nervous, but as ready as I'm going to be!
There was a brewery stop about two miles from camp that most people got caught up at, but since I'm not a beer drinker -- and I was a little worried about setting up my tent -- I went ahead to the campsite and was in the first quarter of people to arrive.
It was easier than expected, even only having set up the tent once before! I made one mistake that I recognized and fixed immediately, and I had a nice spot by the fence that would be quiet.
The showers had hot water, fortunately, so I washed off the day and hung around waiting for dinner. They served lemon grilled chicken and a quinoa salad. They also had a small vegetarian / gluten-free table set up, so I picked a few things off there, too, and found a seat at the picnic tables.
The evening program tonight was a big welcome and staff introduction, as well as short, three-minute presentations from people who work at a lot of the beneficiaries we raised money for. I made it about 3/4 of the way through these talks before stumbling off to my tent to sleep. What a tiring day!