Archive for May 2012

Sweet Relief

May 31, 2012

Thank goodness, we seem to have broken this dry spell!  We’ve gotten absolutely no sleep after 2:00 am any day yet this week, but at least my rain gauge has registered 4 1/2 inches of rain.  I tell you, my yard needed it badly. 

As much as the noise in the night has made us grumpy, it’s been over by the time I needed to head to work.  Yesterday morning we ran outside with a little residual lightning in the eastern sky, and this morning I chose to wear a jacket because of the remaining light sprinkles, but so far the weather hasn’t interfered with the “good stuff”.

And….days like today are kind of nice to ride in!

God bless…

TW

 

 

South Haven Cycling

May 31, 2012

Pardon the finger…it’s not mine!

I haven’t mentioned it yet this year, but we’ve been running the South Haven Cycling – Beginning Cycling Rides from church for about a month now.  Last night, we had the biggest group of the year, and I think the biggest group in the three years we’ve been doing this.  We had a nice leisurely ride down part of the South Creek Trail, then turned north on city streets to ride through MSU.  The range of cycling experience varied from Pam, Mike, and I to about 1 month.

As we gathered back in the church parking lot afterward, I noticed Pam and Joyce circling the lot, and figured we must have ridden very close to 10 miles.  Pam’s kind of funny about that…she wants to see it “click over” before she calls it a day.  Sure enough, it took them about three laps before they returned with the good news.

  That was the first time Joyce had ever ridden 10 miles before!

God bless…

TW

Stuff I see–Musashi

May 30, 2012

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Well, I encountered something pretty unique yesterday on my way home.  A Musashi Limited Edition.

The odd thing about that car is that my usual quick search on the internet didn’t turn up anything for that car.  There were a few references to a Japanese car company creating hydrogen cars back in the 80’s, but that’s about it.  This thing looks pretty old, but not that antiquated.

Anyone know anything about it?

God bless…

TW

Kathy, he did it again

May 29, 2012

On our ride on Saturday, we were climbing out of the Terrell Creek Valley and Pam commented, “Wow!  This hill is worse than that monster hill at Ozark.”  Unfortunately, I didn’t recognize what hill she was talking about, so she had to describe it to me and when she did, I knew she was talking about the Smyrna Road hill just before you get to Linden.  Yesterday, we rode again, and it just so happened that the route I chose included that “monster hill”.  I didn’t mention it until we were long past it, and found that she hadn’t recognized where we were at because we came down Cottonwood Road instead of crossing the river at Riverside (the bridge is out).  I presume that hill must not be all that bad (actually, it probably is)!  Mike is just at the base of it in the picture above, and it goes on quite a ways after it curves to the right. 

We had another hot, windy ride, but it was a pretty fun one.  We left from the Evans Road c-store, looped down to Smyrna Road, back to Rogersville, and almost over to Turners for a total of nearly 35 miles

As we were coming up out of Linden, Mike did it again.  As always, he was in front of us on the hill and for the second ride in a row, missed our turn.  No amount of yelling could get his attention, so we just let him go.  We knew our routes would eventually intersect at Highway U, so we hoped he would wait for us there or figure out his mistake and catch us.  When we got to U, he wasn’t there, so we pulled over in the shade and started to try to call him.  As we did, we caught sight of him coming up behind us.   

We also had some comic relief at Hardee’s in Rogersville.  It was pretty warm in the sun, so Mike and Pam put the umbrella up for shade.  What they didn’t count on was that it wasn’t anchored at the bottom.  The wind caught it and pretty much jerked it straight up.  Mike managed to catch it with one hand, but there for a minute, we thought we were going to have a Mary Poppins moment!  He barely held on!

As we got out on the flats west of Rogersville, we noticed that the ponds are getting pretty dry looking already, and the wheat looks like it’s getting close to harvesting.  I said it in the last post, but it’s way too early for that around here.   I’m afraid it’s going to be a long, dry summer.

As we made our way back toward Evans Road, we passed what we call the “horse farm”.  We hadn’t ridden down that road in a while, and that place just keeps getting bigger and bigger!  It looks like their guest house is probably way bigger than our humble abode. 

As we finished our ride, I noted that we finished it with just a little faster average speed than Saturday’s 42 miles.  I think the wind was just as bad, and it was a little bit hotter, so I was very happy with the effort.  I think both of us benefited from taking a rest day on Sunday…and it probably didn’t help that we consumed a bunch of calories at the Sunday evening barbeque!

God bless…

TW

It was a hot one

May 27, 2012

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Boy, I sure don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, but it’s way too much like the middle of the summer around here.  We took the tandem out for a pretty decent loop Saturday morning, and by the time we got back, we were feeling pretty cooked.  It was too hot for the end of May!

Mike met us at Battlefield, and we took off not really knowing how far we would ride.  That decision would be made at Billings, but first we had to get there.  The wind was blowing pretty stiffly from the south, so our first leg from Battlefield to the west side of Republic was primarily into a cross-wind. 

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As we pedaled toward Republic, it became very obvious that we were going to be chasing Mike all day.  We usually count on the down hills to help us keep him in sight, but it wasn’t in the cards today.  We’ve just not got enough tandem miles in our legs, and fighting the wind added too much drag on the big bike for us to have any kind of fighting chance at all.

When we turned south, the wind was in our face, and it seemed like about all Pam and I could do to make it to Billings where we made a c-store stop and regrouped a bit.  After talking it over, we decided to continue southward a while before looping back toward Clever even though that meant we would be cranking into the wind even further.

The break helped a lot, and as we headed out of town on Pine Street, the wind seemed a little more tolerable.  I’m not sure if it was the calories we added, or if we relaxed a little bit and stopped trying to push into the wind so hard.  At any rate, it didn’t seem long before we turned east on Spring Creek Road. 

That road is primarily chip & seal, and gets into a few decent hills.  Luckily, most of them were rollers that are steep enough to give Pam and I on the tandem a free ride most of the way up the opposite side.

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It was definitely a pleasure to get to Metzelthin Road and turn back to the north.  That put the wind at our backs for the first time, and got us back onto smooth pavement at the same time.  Pam and I didn’t really intend to stop at Clever, but Mike was quite a ways in front of us and turned that way, so we ended up following.

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We have Mike conditioned to never pass by a c-store, so he was headed to Kum-n-Go.  When we got there, we were amazed how busy the place was.  People were hauling ice, beer, and other drinks out of there like mad.  You would think it was a holiday weekend or something….

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From Clever, we knew it was about fifteen miles back to our car, but there would be a few hills to conquer before we got there.  We probably should have used our granny gear coming up out of the Terrell Creek valley, but we were both to hard-headed to do it.  After nearly killing ourselves there, we ended up having to chase Mike down when he missed a turn again because he was too far in front of us to hear our yell.    You can see from the little “stub” on the map above that we had to chase him nearly to Highway 60 before he realized he was lost.  He keeps forgetting that one shouldn’t ride in front if one doesn’t know the way!

After retrieving him and getting back on route, we headed across to ZZ Highway, where we were treated to the killer downhill into the Battlefield.  Pam and I hit 47 mph on it with the wind at our backs!

As we made our final pass of Wilson’s Creek, the wind, miles and hills started to catch up with us.  We finally had to admit defeat and use the granny gear.  That’s also about the point where Pam’s back side started complaining.  It’s a good thing we were nearly back to the truck at the time.

We finished with 42.73 miles.  That’s a pretty good jump from our previous longest tandem ride this year, so I was very proud of how well Pam handled the conditions.  It wasn’t the best day to ride, but she rode pretty strong.

It wasn’t our day for electronic devices.  We intended to take Pam’s garmin to track her calorie burn, but when we pulled it out, it was dead.  The transmitter on our wireless computer succumbed to a dead battery just before we got to Clever, and shortly after our Clever stop we found that our camera battery had died.  Luckily, my GPS kept working! 

Here’s a link to the GPS track.  I guess I can’t complain about a 15.4 overall average speed given the conditions.  Did I mention that it was hot?

God bless…

TW


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