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Thursday, May 31, 2012

I Confess

Mother forgive me
It's been days since my last ride
I've been real busy

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Talking To Myself Before And During Yesterday's Ride

Self:  Hey, don't you want to grab a jacket and a poly-pro shirt and  take it with you?

Self:  Shut up.  It's not that cold and the sun is shining.

Self:  It's starting to graupel.  And it really hurts.  You are getting really cold.  Why did you wear a cotton tshirt and cutoff 501s when it's only in the 60s? 

Self:  Shut up.

Self:  Now it is hailing, there's two inches of ice on the trail, and your hands are so cold you can hardly ride your bicycle.  Why are you on a greasy trail way up in the canyon on bald 34c tires?  I bet you really wish you had your jacket.

Self:  Shut up.  Just keep pedaling and get the hell out of here.

Self:  How many times does this have to happen before you learn your lesson?  Don't you remember all the times this has happened before and you could have easily died?  If anything goes wrong, you are dead.  Really.  If you die, does Patty know where you've hidden that roll of hundred dollar bills in your ____ next to the _____ under your _____?

Self:  Shut up!  Shut up!  I'll be home in less than a half hour.  Any adventure you live to tell about is worth doing.  Oh my god am I cold.  I wish I had my jacket.

Monday, May 21, 2012


We did a quick trip to Jackson this past weekend.  We all rode on the new bike path between Moose and Jenny Lake.  I pedaled a big loop on the path and the unimproved River Road on the fixed gear cyclocross bike.  The road was river gravel and larger cobbles.  My hands and bottom are paying the price for giving up the 29er and riding only on skinny tires.  Ouch.  The views of the Snake River, however, were easy on the eyes.  As usual, we mostly drove.  Some day we are going to find a nice spot in a National Park and just stay put for a week or more.  Here are some pictures and a bison video:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finally, A Real Tuesday Ride

Nope, I did not do the Tuesday road ride.  Paul and Ben took me to the mountains.  We did Right Hand Fork up Cowley to the top of Richards Hollow.  Richards is a fantastic trail, easy and smooth to start then a little technical at the end.  We turned left and climbed up Herd Hollow and back down Cowley.  The ride time was around 3 hours, the distance 24 miles, and the elevation 3,800 feet.  I rode the fixed gear cross bike with rock hard tires.  My hands hurt.

Tour de Gainesville 2012

I missed this one too.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another long week
Without a bicycle ride
Way too much shop time

BMI rising
My hands now rough and calloused
Fitness diminished

So I'll roll out now
Into the cold morning air

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ape Hangers

It's not everyday you get to turn an old mountain bike into an ape hanger with shiny fenders.  If you do, your going to need quite a bit of cable housing and a tandem length rear derailleur cable.  Enjoy it, Jeff.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Big Plans For A Big Ride

I'm going on a Robert Ride today.  Mama forgive me, it's been five days since my last ride.  I'm going to ride the fixed gear Pake C'Mute cross bike from home up the River Trail and the highway to the top of the Jardine Juniper Trail then back home.  Ride to the ride.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Not Poetry

Tonsil stones make your voice gravelly.
Shop life is getting busy.
I rode on Tuesday.
I want to do a night ride tonight.

The ideas expressed above are not in the form of a baiku.  Sorry, but I'm way too busy for that.

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