Archive for October, 2011

October 25, 2011

I did a race. I finished the race. I had a flat. I had fun. What else is there to say? Well too much for you to read dad, I know you fall asleep just sitting there in front of the computer. But I will type a bit today and add a few pictures then see what I do tomorrow. No internet would be a blessing.

I awoke at 0545, too early for most days, but then I had a place to go and race to do and redemption for my dismal performance last year. I was off to the Berryman Epic. Epic in so far as it was long(ish) Berryman as that is the name of the largest part of the trail we ride. I also believe it makes people like me with, who have found memories of the Berryman trail want to come out and race it. Last year I had the worst day ever, this year, I hoped would be different.

After a bit of coffee and driving to the start and finally getting my race number we gathered as a group of really goofy looking cyclists to prepare for the off.

My only picture

And after a few words away we went. Everyone around mw, I was literally again nearly the last guy off the line were making jokes about how long the day was going to be and other such nonsense. I knew what I had in store for myself, and knew that each and everyone of these folks making stupid jokes had absolutely no idea of what was to make them all want to quit riding in a short hour or two.

What made me want to stop riding, or actually what made me stop was a FLAT. I don’t flat often, but when I do it at the least opportune moment. On the way out of the campground I put in a huge effort to catch up to those single speeders that had line upped much farther up in the starting grid and just as I catch back on to the big train of four or five guys working together and did a really good pass on a slight climb and pop! All of a sudden I was getting sprayed with Stans goo! So I slowed a bit hoping to get the tire to seal, but no luck. Stan’s goo kept spraying all over me and the hole just wouldn’t seal. So what to do other than stop. As I stopped all of the guys I had worked over to get up front in my category passed me without a word…. It wasn’t cool. So I changed to tire, put in a tube and then took off chasing a bunch of goof balls who left me in the dust with my bad luck.

As the race unfolds for me, after the flat, went very well. The single track was sweet the trails were nice and passing people was done with care.

Gads… More in a bit.

Berryman at its' best


October 21, 2011

What is Missouri in my mind best known for? Gravel and dogs, and yesterday I did see and experienced both. Dogs chasing me, and gravel roads on my road bike…. Ack, tiny 23s on a gravelly death road! It was not that bad. I had a bunch of fun and got a bit of exercise!

This is what I saw and it was COLD!

A ride in Mid-MO

October 18, 2011

We rode a bunch of single track, we rode it pretty quickly, and I believe we had fun.

I have always really liked the Berryman trail, but after being designated an IMBA epic, it had become way too popular for its’ own good. Every Tom, Dick and Harry would ride there instead of riding local St. Louis trails and that was bad because they groomed the trail to point of being a smooth fast single trackish super highway. So, even though it was fun and fast it wasn’t the Berryman. Well with the price of gas high, for the USA, not so many folks are riding it and that is good. The roots are exposed again, the rocks are all kinds of loose and crunchy, and the trails are perfect. And now dinner is served. I will put up these pictures and eat. Sorry.

A little trip around town and FALL! No, please, no!

October 11, 2011

Today was a good ride because the weather was pleasant and almost no wind whatsoever along the route which proved that I am very, very slow on a bike, but still I had a good day.

What I did and still do find interesting is that I only saw two other riders in over three hours of riding. Both where in the Bike Lane kit, both must know me, and both didn’t even bother to recognize my existence, which while not unusual, most people don’t acknowledge that I am alive, but people I have ridden with normally at least nod in my direction. Now you might think I am so skinny (fat chance) and I blended into the surroundings too well, but that isn’t the case. I am still big (skinny latte, please) and said, “hey” and waved at both riders. Maybe they didn’t recognize me because I shaved… oh wait, no I didn’t. Whatever, if they want to pretend that they are faster than me (they might be) that’s fine. I am going to be riding some of the mid-wests sweetest single track and they won’t. I win.

Alright, what was this about fall? THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING!!!!!!! That means cold temperatures, rain and bothersome people driving all over the place looking at leaves on trees. These people just stop in the middle of many roads to be awestruck by nature, which while I get that the leaves are pretty, they shouldn’t just stop to take pictures out of the window of the car. Get out and walk around. Trust me most of the folks could use the exercise.

Okay, off my high horse. Today was a great ride, the leaves are getting pretty and soon the days will be short and I will be riding in long sleeves and knickers. Life goes on everyday, and it will keep going on. Next season is winter, then spring and not long after some nice summer days.

Riding a bit but otherwise unengaged

October 10, 2011

Not much here to report, so I haven’t been typing anything because I haven’t anything to report.

Yes, that is about all that has happened. Aside from the realization that the new SUV is too tall for a roof rack or I just shrunk so that it is too tall is making for a slightly stressful day today. I need to find, today, a hitch mount for the SUV. Oh yeah, and buy gas. It does take a bit more than the Audi, but it won’t need nearly as much work to repair, stupid Audis. Still just a bit bitter about the A3 and repair costs here, I mean they are unfreakingreal.

Riding today is nearly a must as yesterday I went “off the farm” and grazed all day. I was full for the first time in over a week. Today I am back on the farm eating normal for you portions, not normal for me portions, because my portions could feed a family of four for a year in some sub-saharan countries.

Well all for now, I need to make phone calls to see if the three places I found that carry and install trailer hitches actually have the hitch I need! Fingers crossed.

one hour! One stinking hour

October 4, 2011

That was all I rode yesterday, yes the weather was less than ideal, but I would have liked to have ridden a few more hours. Today the weather is better but I have some things to do for the HOUSE! That big thing I live in and sometimes tries to take every penny we own just because we hang out here. HOUSE isn’t my favorite thing right now!

Today I should manage at least two hours. Well, honestly, only if I am lucky. The sun and warmer temps that were to have arrived three freaking days ago still haven’t arrived. We are stuck with a low pressure front over us and until something comes along and moves the front out of the way we are stuck with 50’s and rain. I just got back from a place like that, Seattle, and I didn’t like that weather either.

Off to my day of phone calls spending money I would rather not spend and getting a new leash. Willie needs one, not me!

Coffee is excellent!

Coffee is great and pictures of coffee are cool. What does that have to do with the post? Nothing!