Category Archives: Tues/Thurs 7:45am ride

Endless ramblings regarding the every Tuesday & Thursday-morning bike ride, leaving Olive Hill & Canada Road at 7:45am, rain or shine

Pretty nice this morning; where was everybody?

Ride home this evening, at an easy, sweat-free pace due to plumbing problems at home that meant no showers for a while. Hey, it's better than most excuses for an easy ride!
Ride home this evening, at an easy, sweat-free pace due to plumbing problems at home that meant no showers for a while. Hey, it’s better than most excuses for an easy ride!
This morning we finally saw Kevin (the kid) back on his bike, after a week off due to those pesky recurring kidney pains he’s prone to. Kinda strange that it started out only with the two of us; no older Kevin (he was flying back from Sydney), no JR, no Eric, no Karen or Scotty or Karl. We did pick up Marcus just before starting up the hill though… somebody to keep Kevin company as I rode a bit behind.

It was actually quite nice up on top; the morning fog disappeared shortly after the climb up through the park, and once again, the roads were dry! Probably the first time in ages where cleaning my bike hasn’t immediately been rewarded with damp roads that re-trashed my drivetrain.

A bit odd heading out towards West Old LaHonda with just myself and Kevin (Marcus rides only as far as his house off Skyline), but probably best there was nobody pushing Kevin too hard, after being off the bike for so long.

The photo at the top? That’s on the way home from work. Two weeks ago, we were riding home in daylight! Guess Summer is moving on.

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So what does a group of 55+ year old guys talk about on a ride?

It's not what you think. They're obviously fascinated by something down on the ground.
It’s not what you think. They’re obviously fascinated by something down on the ground.
No younger Kevin today; still having some kidney pain issues, even after having passed at least some of the kidney stone that was bothering him on Sunday. That meant myself, JR, Eric and Kevin (pilot), all over 50 with the exception of Eric, who’s a young and spritely 55+. We did hook up with Marcus for the ride up Kings, wrecking the age curve at a young… 47? I think he’s actually younger than that. Easy ride up Kings, right around 30 or so, nobody pushing it hard today. Despite what looked like a lot of low clouds and fog when I viewed the hill from home, the roads were completely dry by the time we got to the top. One of the advantages of taking your time maybe?

Up at the top, we waited while a couple of us took a moment to get rid of some coffee. Nothing unusual there; as guys get older, they’ll often find that coffee is a rental, not a purchase, and the rental time decreases with age. We headed south on Skyline, dropping Marcus off on the way… we were now pretty safely into the “older guys club.” Nobody under 55. You didn’t have to ask anybody’s age; it would have been obvious when, at the top of West Old LaHonda, it was time to deal with another rental return. That’s unusual; it’s rare that we’d ever be stopping twice on the morning ride to deal with rental returns.

From that point on we covered new territory; normally, we’d be talking about recent bike races (the Vuelta) or killer rides (JR had just done a several-hundred-mile ride down the coast over the weekend) or maybe work stuff. Things you’d likely hear in any group of serious cyclists, male, female or mixed. Not today. It was all about BPH, was anyone taking anything for it, how often do you get up in the night, that sort of thing.

Maybe I shouldn’t have burned my AARP card.

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