Archive for February 2012

Time for Sunglasses

February 29, 2012

morning sunshine

One good thing about coming back from vacation is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised this week about how much more daylight there is.  The weather was pretty cruddy the entire week before we left so it’s been two weeks since I rode on a pretty day.  The shot above was taken Monday morning just a few blocks from the office. 

Evening sunshine

This shot was taken on my way home that day.  It didn’t seem much darker than that by the time I pulled into the drive about 5:50, so I think it’s time to start carrying my shades! 


Phil caught up with me as I crossed the campus on my way home.  He’s got his sunglasses on!  We rode together until I had to split off at Battlefield to cross the highway and head for the house.  He nearly killed me….he’s a pretty good racer, and riding his road bike compared to my Surly.  I managed to keep pace with him, but he may have been sandbagging for my benefit!

God bless…



February 28, 2012

Registration for Ride the Rockies 2012 has now closed.  I got mine in and expect to find out sometime this week whether I was drawn in the lottery for one of 2,000 slots.   But, you know what?  I’m pretty ambivalent about it.

On one hand, that ride has been on my bucket list for several years now.  It can’t help but be an awesome ride.   On the other hand, however, I absolutely hate that drive home from Colorado.  If I get selected, I’ll have to make that trip alone.  Having just returned from a ski trip out there, my only thoughts about the possibility of going again in June are simply not very enthusiastic.

As a side note, on the way home last Saturday, we drove through a ginormous dust storm.  The above picture was taken about 3:00 in the afternoon on a day that was mostly blue bird skies.  It took us about an hour to drive through it, and while there wasn’t really a lot of dust at road level, everything had a sort of brown tinge and we could smell the dust in the air.  It was pretty interesting to experience.

God bless….



February 27, 2012

My regular lunch date had a meeting today, so I decided to walk down to Queen City Cycles to buy a new supply of “commuting lube”.  For commuting, I’ve been using Finish Line Cross Country lube and really like it.  It’s made for the sort of lube it and forget it mentality I have about my Surly.  In addition, a bottle will last me a long time because I don’t use it on my other bikes.

I wasn’t sure if Queen City carried it or not, but since it was a reasonably nice day, I figured it would be worth chancing.  What I didn’t expect was this!

Oh well.  At least I got a couple of miles of walking in today!

God bless….


Not missing it

February 20, 2012


For some reason, I’m not caring that I’ll go a week without a bike ride….

God bless….



February 16, 2012



Here in the Ozarks, there is a disturbing activity among young, foolish drivers to fly over the crest of a hill so fast that they become airborn.  It’s called hilltopping.  It’s been going on since before I was that age, and tragically, every few years somebody gets killed because of it.  It also scares me to think that those are the same roads I ride on my bicycle.     

But really, what does that have to do with cycling?  It’s this.  I’ve repurposed the term hilltopping to be a new cycling activity.  It involves climbing hills for fun!  I’m not sure if I’ve got a little billy goat in me or what, but for some reason I’m relishing riding up hills this year.  With my fairly small body size and decent strength, I’m a pretty good climber anyway, and it’s pretty impossible to ride anywhere from my house without hills.  But, I got a little more serious about going up last summer.

We had signed up to ride the LiveStrong Challeng in Austin and people kept commenting about how hilly it was down there, so we spent the biggest part of the summer riding in terrain that I thought would be similar.  Let me tell you, hauling the tandem up and down these Ozark hills all summer did the trick.  We got down to Austin, completed the ride in fine shape, and I found myself thinking, “What hills?  These aren’t any worse than at home.”   

When Mike and I started venturing out again after the first of the year and I just about killed him with hilly rides, I realized I was unconsciously taking us places that were fun for me but challenging for him.  For years, I’ve joked to Pam that “Hills are your friend.  They build character and endurance.  You can name your left leg Character, and your right one Endurance!”  At this point, I’ve decided there was more truth to that than I realized!

God bless…



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