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

Ride to eat? This morning, you could say that.

I've said before, and it's really true, cars aren't after cyclists. They're out to kill themselves. We just have to keep out of their way. The guy driving the tow truck w/trailer had just been pulled over by a cop, then took off fast and just about ran into a car in the other lane soon after. Crazy.
I’ve said before, and it’s really true, cars aren’t after cyclists. They’re out to kill themselves. We just have to keep out of their way. The guy driving the tow truck w/trailer had just been pulled over by a cop, then took off fast and just about ran into a car in the other lane soon after. Crazy.

breakfastIMG_5466I was hoping that I’d have a strong ride on my 59th birthday, but in retrospect, that doesn’t seem terribly bright. I was, however, looking forward to something a bit different from the norm, one of our rare “breakfast rides” where, before doing the West Old LaHonda loop, we stop at Alice’s restaurant, order breakfast, ride the loop and, upon our return, breakfast is ready for us.

We’ve done this quite a few times before (although no more often than once every couple of years, but since this ride has been going on a LOT of years…), but the first guy we talked to thought it a bit odd. Fortunately one of the others remembered us doing this years past and we were good to go. I told the guy it would be 23 minutes… I was off… it took 24. Darn!

We started the ride with Kevin (not the pilot), Marcus, Eric, Karen, Karl & Jr. Karen took off down 84 before breakfast while the rest of us enjoyed healthy fare like buttermilk pancakes, bacon breakfast burritos and the one oddball, Marcus, who had a bowl of fruit. He also happens to be the fastest among us, so maybe there’s something to eating healthier. While figuring that out I’ll just try and mask any bad effects by drinking lots of coffee.

not_by_designIMG_5469Speaking of bad effects, that photo showing the water bottle? That design, the dark ring around the bottle? That’s not an external design element. That’s someone’s attempt at growing the latest anthrax cure inside a water bottle. I won’t name names, unless that water bottle shows up on the ride again. It’s OK to clean your bottle once in a while. Seriously!

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Eric on fire!

Does Kings Mtn have its own Bridge of Death? Only if you head up through Greer and Huddart Park. Kings isn't really steep enough to earn a "Bridge of Death", unless you ride it hard enough.
Does Kings Mtn have its own Bridge of Death? Only if you head up through Greer and Huddart Park. Kings isn’t really steep enough to earn a “Bridge of Death”, unless you ride it hard enough.

A bit unusual this morning, as Eric, who’s usually riding “casual” on the climbs (because he gets up super-early and has already been riding for over an hour before he meets us), was highly animated today! Fun to watch, while I could.

Kevin, Kevin, Karl, Karen, Eric & Marcus on the ride this morning, no fog, dry roads, a good day to be on a bike. Kevin (my son, not the pilot) had a rough time on Kings right at the half-way point, getting a pretty good seizure and causing some concern from a passing motorist. He’d been pushing hard to stay with Marcus, maybe too hard. After he came out of the seizure, you’d think he’d ride at a civil pace but no, he went on a tear while everyone else rode semi-casual. More evidence of the “reset” phenomenon I pointed out a post or two ago.

But it was Eric consistently going to the front, pushing the pace in quite a few sections. Nice to see him come alive like that!

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