Archive for May 2011


May 31, 2011

So, there we were this morning, about 15 miles into an early morning out and back to Logan Rogersville High School, when I reached down and pulled the water bottle off the frame of the tandem, took a long swig, then handed it back to Pam.

And immediately heard, “OH GROSS!  WHAT IS THAT?”.

Needless to say, she wasn’t about to take a drink.  In fact, it was all she could do to hand it back to me instead of dropping it on the pavement.  In case you can’t tell, that’s the tip of a decapitated worm that must have flown up off the front tire. 

In spite of the worm, we had a pretty decent ride.  I wasn’t trying to push it, but we ended up with a respectable average speed for the tandem on that course.   Here’s the GPS track.

God bless…



Evening on the beach

May 28, 2011




Bike Date

May 27, 2011

One of the benefits of riding with Pam last week for Bike to Work Week was stopping for our usual Friday evening dinner date on the way home.

The question is, what do you do with leftovers when you’re on a bike?


Tornado Relief

May 26, 2011

Photo Credit: Springfield News Leader

The blog has been running on auto-pilot this week week while I’ve been attending a software conference, but events last weekend remind me of Thanksgiving weekend, 20 years ago.  We had just built and moved into our house that spring, and were celebrating with out of town guests on a warm, stormy evening.  Over the noise of kids playing, somebody asked “What’s that noise?”.  Like a dummy, I opened the back door to look out just in time to see debris falling from the sky and the most horrible wind I’ve ever experienced.  I yelled “Take cover!  Duck!”, and we herded everyone down the hall into our laundry room where we anxiously waited for it to pass.  Had I looked out my front door instead of the back, I would have been staring at a monstor tornado, just 500 yards distant.  Luckily for us, we only received minor damage from the glancing blow, but many people living near us lost everything. 

Such is the case in Joplin this week.  With 125 confirmed dead, it’s hard to stomach such a disaster just 60 miles down the road.   My heart and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones and/or their homes.  I can’t imagine what the devastation must feel like.  I feel like I need to do something to help, but here I am, sitting in a really nice resort, hundreds of miles from home.

My friend Greg, however, is doing something.  He’s working to set up a tornado relief bike ride.  Check out his Straight 2 Joplin website for details.

Here’s the point of this post….

If you’re a regular reader, would you please go to Greg’s website and make a $10, $20, or even $100 donation.  All donations will go directly to help those in need in Joplin.

If you have a blog of your own, would you please add a link to Greg’s page and pass the word in your neighborhood of our online community.

God bless….


Tandem Hauler

May 25, 2011

When I lived in St. Louis 30 years ago, there was a guy at our church who was something of a character.  He was a nice enough guy with a delightful family, but to be honest, his elevator didn’t quite go to the top, or if it did, it took a long time to get there.

One time several folks from church were helping him with a remodeling project at his home, and they found themselves a few 2×4 studs short.  To expedite the work,  they sent him to the local home store to pick up what they needed to finish up.  The guy owned a small car, and was worried about how he was going to get several 8′ boards home, but they told him not to worry, just roll down a window and let them stick out.

Now, you and I would roll down the front passenger window, slide the 2×4′s in diagonally, and drive home.  I’ve done it several times, and you probably have also.  This guy, however, rolled both back windows down, slid the boards in crossways with several feet sticking out both sides and proceeded to drive home down the relatively narrow streets of the St. Louis suburb where they lived.  I guess he was causing quite a disruption in traffic, because he eventually got pulled over and the cops made him call somebody with a bigger vehicle to come after those studs before they would let him go.

I’ve felt like that guy every time I had to haul the tandem on the back of the Jeep.

The thing just stuck out so far that I wasn’t comfortable at all driving around town with it.  On the highway it wasn’t as bad unless you got into road construction (which we’ve had a lot of), but to be honest it was always kind of scary.

We could have bought a Draftmaster, which would have eliminated the width issue, but they are pricey, as well as big, heavy, and cumbersome to move on and off the vehicle and would have taken up a lot of garage space.

We actually came by that Jeep under rather unfortunate circumstances, and while it was fun to drive at times, in the long run, it wasn’t the kind of vehicle that was practical for our lifestyle.  To that end, we made the decision to get rid of it and buy a new tandem hauler:

The bike is too long to allow the tailgate to be raised on any of the compact sized trucks.  It was that way on the Chevrolet Colorado I owned before, but on that truck the tailgate could be raised to a 45 degree angle, and actually held the fork-mounted bike pretty darn solid.  The tailgate on this truck doesn’t come up to a 45 degree position like the last one did, so I’ll probably end up strapping the back of the bike down for any significant journeys we make with it.

Pam was pleased that I chose the red one so it would match the bike…..

God bless…



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