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

Bad Feng Shui caused by misplaced garbage cans wrecks ride

OK, you had to be there, but let me explain. There are certain rituals, things that you do on a regular basis, and sometimes you start doing them in a regular way, and that regular way picks up meaning that is entirely out of proportion to normalcy. Let me explain.

Wednesday is Garbage Night. After dinner, my son and I have to take out the garbage. Three bins; one for recycling, one for compost, one regular. They’re placed at the end of the driveway (naturally enough) and, since we ride Thursday mornings, need to be placed such that we can thread our way past the two cars (one dead, one active), the bins, and out into the street.  At some point, instead of placing the bins to the side, they each commanded their own special place. That special place meant approximately equidistant. And last night equidistant became debated more intensely than whether a stem is straight or not, eventually ending up with me bringing out a tape measure to make sure they were exactly right. And I was correct, Kevin was wrong. He had the right-most two bins offset 3/4 of an inch closer than the left.

All was right with the world, until we find out that my wife had to leave the house (in her car) before we’d get back from our ride, so we had to move them all off to one side, with no special attention paid to their arrangement because… because there just wasn’t much you could do with 3 bins and maybe 6 or 7 feet of space.

We should have left them where they belonged and had my wife move them to leave the house.

The result of having near-perfect Feng Shui and then deliberately destroying it was staggering. Fog moved in on our morning ride, we saw a Raven flying off with a squirrel (Seriously! Strangest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe just a couple of feet over our heads.), and Kevin had a rippin’ seizure midway through Huddart Park. Put him on the ground for several minutes, got un-needed attention from park staff, and Kevin never really got back to normal. Even hurt his shoulder a bit somehow during the seizure.

As a result, we shorted the ride, skipping the West Old LaHonda section on a day when it must have been just incredible on that side of the hill, with the tips of the hills pushing up through the fog.

Don’t take Feng Shui for granted. I sure won’t anymore!  –Mike–

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Kevin’s back, George hit a wall, and who was that woman in tennis shoes?



Things were almost back to normal this morning; Kevin’s coming back up to speed on Kings, dropping me just over halfway up the climb. As it should be. A bit worrisome that Kevin had been having some issues climbing for a bit. Of course, Marcus was on another level entirely.

Kevin well-rested at the top by the time others arrived.
Kevin well-rested at the top by the time others arrived.

George, on the other hand, had used everything he had… I mean everything… on the infamous “morning” ride. He looked OK at the start, but drifted off the back very, very quickly. In fact, the rest of us (myself, Kevin, Eric, JR) waited 5 minutes at the top before deciding it would be a good idea to head back down the hill and see if he’d run into trouble. We found him, but then had to re-ride the last half kilometer of the climb, which despite the rest, didn’t feel very good at all.

West Old LaHonda was beautiful, as always, but notable mostly for the sudden stop, shown in the photo, due to road & tree work up ahead. Just a couple minutes wait and we got through, but by this time, we were way, way, way behind schedule. In fact, we finished the ride around 9:30am, which is 8-13 minutes late! Still plenty of time to get home, showered, upload to Strava and get coffee before work.

tennis_shoesIMG_5714[1]Almost forgot about the group we saw just before we started out. Don’t know who they are or where they came from, but that woman in red in the photo? She’s wearing tennis shoes. And they were flying! They had maybe a 30 second head start on us, and were steadily increasing that gap as they went. Thankfully they turned off on Kings. Would hate to have been beaten by someone in tennis shoes.

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