No Kevin quite yet

Kevin made his first, brief appearance on a bike, two weeks after the car knocked him off the road, on Wednesday, riding to work. It wasn’t much fun for him riding home; standing on a climb does a number on his right hand. The hope was that Wednesday we’d see that he was ready to resume the regular Tuesday/Thursday-morning ride, but not quite yet. Close, but not there.

So this morning it was just me, Eric, Karl, Karen… and Todd. I was keeping an eye on the rear, from the rear. Nobody was going to slip (backward) past me! This I am good at. About 3/4 of the way up the hill I had an excuse to stop for a bit, helping a woman who’d gotten a flat from a carpet tack. Just like Eric had half an hour before (Eric often climbs Kings before our ride, and then again with us… as if once up Kings isn’t enough?). It appears these carpet tacks are deliberately thrown onto the road for the “benefit” of cyclists, making me a bit reluctant to want to descend Kings anytime soon. Climbing, no biggie, a flat tire climbing isn’t going to be too dangerous.

Despite not feeling fast and the delay to help with someone’s flat tire we still ended the ride just a couple minutes behind schedule, but I suspect we’ll see a bit slower pace as Kevin returns, finally, next week.

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Feeling better about France

I’m not climbing as fast as I’d like to be, not yet, not on Kings anyway, but my weight is back down to within a pound of its lightest last year, and, more importantly, Kevin, who had the car run into him three weeks ago, got a clean bill of health on the hand that might have had a scaphoid fracture. That means I can scuttle “Plan B” for the trip to France, that being a way to do the Tour de France trip without actually riding bikes.

That might be interesting, but I don’t think it would have been much fun!

This trip will be the first, I think, where we’ve only stayed in two places, this time 9 days in Grenoble and one final night in Paris. It’s really nice not having to move around so much and getting to settle in to a place, and in this case, it looks like a pretty nice place in Grenoble that we’ll be settling into! Dishwasher, washing machine, lots of space, 200 feet from the train station and car rental. Probably just two stages that we’ll have to use a rental car to access, Alpe d’Huez and Pra Loup.

As for today’s ride, let’s see, we had Eric, Karl, Kevin (Pilot), JR and Keith. Second time this week for Keith. At lest this time he was handicapping himself with a backpack as he flew up Kings! I was doing OK, nothing great, but held back at the clearing for JR to catch up.

I doubt that Kevin (my son) will be out on Thursday-morning’s ride, but hopefully he’ll be riding to work on Thursday and feeling like something “real” on Sunday. Just 15 days before we leave so can’t waste much more time!

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