All posts by Mike

Yesterday-morning’s dream

I don’t dream that often, or maybe I do, but I don’t remember them. Yesterday morning was different. I was lubing a customer’s chain in a workstand, got about halfway through with it and the 6:55am alarm went off. That’s when I get up for the Tuesday & Thursday-morning rides.

The chain in my dreams wasn't quite this bad
The chain in my dreams wasn’t quite this bad
And I’m thinking, as I emerge from the dream, that I’m not done yet, I have to go back to sleep and finish lubing the chain. Seriously, that’s what I was thinking. I was debating, in an intellectual level, the merits of the choice I had to make.

In the end I decided to get up and ride. As if there was any other choice, yet it seemed like there was some real thought and time involved. It’s like that it all happened in a fraction of a second.

Analysis? One might interpret the dream to mean I have unfinished business to attend to. Whatever, people are going to wonder when I see a bike with a half-rusted chain and start to laugh.

Both Kevins fast up Kings; George goes boom on 84 descent

Time to take a break and enjoy the view on West Old LaHonda while Kevin has a mild seizure
Time to take a break and enjoy the view on West Old LaHonda while Kevin has a mild seizure
It was a pretty nice ride up until the end; the two Kevins going at it on Kings (I was in no position to witness a 25-minute time), nice ride up on Skyline with the sun’s rays beaming through the trees accented by a light fog. Things were going very well indeed, despite a small seizure Kevin (not the pilot) (it’s probably a good thing people with seizures aren’t pilots) had on West Old LaHonda. He did pick a beautiful spot for it.

I wasn’t really looking forward to the 84 descent, since the roads are in a bit of a mess and I don’t like variable road conditions (wet, dry, wet, dry, dry, wet, dry, rinse & repeat) but George throws a bit more caution to the wind under such situations. I was falling a bit behind him on the tighter corners, but catching back up to him pretty easily where the road straightened out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too close to him when he crashed in the final S-curves towards the end of the descent, so the video isn’t too great, but then again, if I was going his speed through those curves, the camera’s perspective might have been too impressive for my own health.

George hit a spot of damp pavement near the center of the road at the same time he was tightening his line, pulling across the corner, and down he went. Displaced mid-clavicle break, with surgery scheduled for Friday. I think I’ll stay conservative when it’s potentially damp like today.