Tandem for 1,000

Posted August 31, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
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Pam and I got out on the tandem this morning with just a couple of goals in mind.

  1. Push my monthly mileage for August over 1,000 for Strava’s Getaway challenge.
  2. Get home before it got hot.

I’m pleased to report that we were successful on both counts.


Our route was a simple loop around County Line Road and Farm Road 186.  We left around 6:30, and enjoyed seeing an abundance of deer and turkeys in the early morning light.  By the time we got home, however, it was starting to get unpleasant out there, so we congratulated ourselves for getting on the road in a timely manner.

Have a great holiday weekend.  Be safe, and God bless…


Just Sayin’

Posted August 30, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
Categories: Fitness




The other day I was walking through the break room at work on my way to the coffee and noticed this in one of the vending machines.  Yogurt!  And it’s even the brand I eat for breakfast nearly every day.  I thought, “At last!  Some reasonably healthy alternatives!”.

But then, the harsh reality of the world hit me.  I saw the price.  $1.50.  That’s right, a buck and a half for what I buy every week at the grocery store for 50 or 55 cents.  To make matters worse, in the vending machine right next to it, you can buy Snickers, Butterfingers, and several other big candy bars for $1.00 and Honeybuns and cinnamon rolls for $1.25.


God bless….


New Rack

Posted August 29, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
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I finally got around to replacing the rear rack on the tandem.   It broke back in June, and just didn’t seem like a priority to replace immediately.

I got a Tubus Cargo evo because that’s the recommended rack for Co-Motion Tandems and we intend to move it over when we replace the Burley this fall.  Besides…I kind of like the Tubus racks.  This is the third one I’ve had.  They’re typically very light for their capacity, and very flexible in terms of installation options.

I also need to give a shout out to Wayne at TheTouringStore.Com.  The guy knows everything there is to know about racks and panniers, offers exemplary service and has good prices on just about everything he sells.   Besides, he sends you a couple of pieces of candy with every shipment!  If you need a rack or a bag, check him out!


The only complaint I’ve got about this one is the “star driver” pattern on all the installation bolts instead of the usual hex pattern of allen wrenches that I carry all  the time anyway.  I probably need to dig up a compact star driver to carry in our tandem tool kit just to be safe.

Now that I’ve finally replaced the rack, I guess we can go back to carrying inordinate amounts of clothing and other accessories on every ride!

God bless…


Challenge on!

Posted August 28, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
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capture 8-28


As of yesterday (8/27) I’ve managed to ride my bike 1,442 km in August.  That translates to 896 miles.  

That sounds like a challenge to me…1,000 miles in August.  Very doable unless something knocks me off the bike for a day.  

I’m going for it!

God bless….


Moooove On!

Posted August 24, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
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We had something of a delay on the way back from Fair Grove yesterday.

Other than the “bovine interruptus of tandem” incident, the rest of the ride was pretty uneventful.

Because I’m feeling lazy, there are the highlights in bullet form:

  • We enjoyed the abundance of wildflowers. The wet and cool weather has been kind to them.
  • That wet and cool weather seems to be behind us now.  It felt hot.
  • The lady behind the counter at Subway in Fair Grove talks really loud.
  • The Three Ugly Sisters hills don’t ever get any easier.
  • It was nice to have the day off work.
  • I sure am lucky to have such a sporting wife!


You can click the map for the full GPS track.

God bless…



Posted August 22, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
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I used to tell my kids to not get their hopes up, and I guess I may have been little guilty of that myself!  That’s what happened as a result of this post (my hopes, I mean).   Then, last week I noticed they had the template marks on the street and got kinda excited to know that something was actually being done.  In my mind, I envisioned a raised island to force drivers to give a cyclist or a left-turning vehicle plenty of room.

Imagine my disappoint this week when I discovered that the city had only painted  the lane separation with about an 18-20 inch margin as shown in the picture above.

in context

You can see the whole effect in the second picture.  While I was waiting to turn left from this intersection, the two cars coming that turned in front of me both cut the corner short and drove over the yellow lines.

Oh well…at least it’s something.  I’ll presume they had a good reason for designing it like they did.  After all, I’m not a traffic engineer – just a bike commuter.

God bless….



A good morning for …..

Posted August 21, 2013 by Tracy Wilkins
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one deer


five deer

It was a marvelous morning for a run.  And for a bike ride.  And apparently, also for deer…..

God bless…






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