Before July ends I need to post this anniversary notice. Of all the possible subjects, it’s the 10th anniversary of my grey goatee. Ten years ago this month I was in the French Pyrenees village of Ainhoa with a group of like-minded cyclists on a 2-week velo promenade through the mountains. At dinner on the first day I got a wild hare (hair) idea and announced a goatee growing contest for the gentlemen among us. The ladies could get involved by judging the results after dinner on our last day in la France.
Hank Meier, Patrick Brady, Blake Christian and Mike Gomes (the tour operator) joined me in the contest. Blake eventually took top honors decided by the ladies, but he had an unfair advantage being that his wife Vicki, also on the tour, is a professional hair stylist and had brought along some trade tools which she used to spruce up his growth for the judging. C’est la vie! At least mine is still going strong.