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

Catching up on Tuesday & Thursday’s rides

There is a chance I’ll be typing this with nobody reading it (which hopefully isn’t typically the case!) due to continuing overloads on the server hosting this blog. But I’m hopefully that we’re getting closer to finding a semi-permanent solution for keeping things on-line.

Tuesday, Feb 25th- Felt better than expected, after having missed the opportunity to ride Sunday, when I was returning from “Frostbike”, a supplier’s trade show, in Minneapolis. Hung with the faster guys longer than expected and ended up 27:30 at the top of Kings, not bad for this time of year (for me, anyway). Kevin (my son, not the pilot) was lagging behind a bit, suffering from having missed far too many rides lately, some due to being sick, and a few because I wasn’t around to get him going (like Sunday, when he was home and “had to clean up his room”, which I figure he spent about 2 hours on, but somehow kept him from riding at any time during the day).

Thursday (today!), Feb 27th- My first “real time” entry since the troubles with our web host began.  As expected, time for the rain bikes to come out. Wet out there, but nothing close to epic, only light rain and a bit of wind here & there. Kevin, Kevin & JR joined me for the ride up Kings through the park. Slow? You bet it was slow! Almost 35 minutes slow! Several stops for taking jackets off, putting them back on, and Kevin (the pilot) needing to get rid of his Diet Coke rental. Yes, even in the morning, he’s into Diet Coke.

Interesting clouds across the coast, which I could show you except that I can’t, since images still aren’t coming across here. One of the coolest encounters was hearing, and then seeing, two large hawks circling overhead, in extremely-close proximity to each other. It was like watching very skilled cyclists maneuvering and drafting at high speed.

Running a bit behind schedule we encountered different traffic than usual, surprisingly much heavier than the norm. Not just more traffic, but also “peskier” in terms of willingness to stay behind and wait until straight sections of the road to pass. As nearly everyone on the road knows it well, commuting it on a regular (likely daily) basis, it’s always seemed odd that they don’t know better than to wait a quarter mile to pass where it’s safer. The risk isn’t to us; we don’t need all that much road. Rather, it’s to those in the cars, passing on blind corners, playing percentage games that there won’t be oncoming traffic.

Hopefully the weather report is accurate and I can leave the rain bike at home on Sunday and get out on a nice ride on a fast bike! Really need to, because I’m off to DC for bicycle lobbying efforts Monday-Thursday, meaning that I miss two rides. Hopefully my son won’t be sitting at home Tuesday & Thursday morning; he certainly won’t be able to use the excuse that he’d been cleaning his room. :-)  –Mike–

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I’m going to miss this on Sunday

We needed George Kennedy to get our plane to the gate tonight. Oh. Wait. How many people reading this have seen the movie "Airport?" Or even know who George Kennedy is?

We needed George Kennedy to get our plane to the gate tonight. Oh. Wait. How many people reading this have seen the movie “Airport?” Or even know who George Kennedy is?

I write this from a too-warm hotel room in a too-cold place… Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I’ve come for Frostbike, an event put on by one of our distributors. Thankfully, I did get in the regular Thursday-morning ride before heading to the airport. Not-so-thankfully I’ll be flying back on Sunday, when it’s supposed to be 70 degrees and my son will hopefully not have come up with an excuse for not riding.

Nothing spectacularly-fast this morning, but not terribly slow either. Eric, JR, Kevin (my son, not the pilot) and Chris, who might become a more regular regular now that he’s got a faster bike than the heavy-duty ‘cross machine he was riding before. Eric and Kevin did get away from me on Kings, but not too far ahead, at least not so far ahead that Kevin’s brief seizure near the top didn’t allow me to catch up to them.

There’s much more to the ride than two brief paragraphs, but my mind’s a bit scrambled from the day’s travel and the icky stuff outside. I have a very tough time figuring out how people, well not really people, but cyclists, can survive winters in places like Minnesota. Yeah, I know, cross-country skiing, Fat bikes, and somebody’s got to keep Budweiser in business. But I’ll stick to Northern California. –Mike–

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