Probably already apparent should you be a follower on Twitter, but, figured I'd post a quick note for good measure. Finished with plenty of time left on the meter, but, still one of my longer 400km times... Certainly not a complaint. A lot of that time was spent at controls, sorta chillin' and having a good time. Sometimes I'd ride slow, sometimes fast - but, sometimes the wind decided for me. In fact, that was the case for everyone there this last weekend - more of the usual windfest, this time supercharging the outbound leg, to the tune of 8~ hours for the first 200km, and then 15 and a bit for the return. Great day, though... Always is. I love this route, and - as usual - the company was great. I'll post pics later this week, perhaps. Stay tuned
Perfect weather for a bike ride . . .
April 18, 2014
Del, Steven, Gary D., Jack, Rod, Spencer, Joe, Kier, David M., Josh, Mark, Paul.... It was a great day, but, I think everyone would agree, it was tough. The section from Fayette back to Slater on the return was just as rough as before. I only remember ONE year
April 11, 2014
It's another finish, another March, another one in the books!
April 10, 2014
One critical photo I'd indvertantly excluded from the 100km Ride Report.... my choice of jersey for the ride that day: As the layers came off with the rising temperature, nothing could have prepared my riding counterparts for the sheer terror which awaited their retinas. Pure, unadulterated, unfettered 1980's Italian glory, in original Spandex. Size, XL... you know, for the Italians that are in the clydesdale-class of 120lbs. LOL. Euro-sizing makes me sick.
Behold. Best $10 I ever spent.
|Diggity-dank threads... is that your wife's jersey, Nancy?|
...the 300k cometh.... stay thirsty.
April 4, 2014
April 2, 2014
I'm so excited for the 300k next week. Yeah, I miss the old Albany route, but this Oak Grove ride is an instant classic; I think this is the third year for it now. So...new goal is to make it back to the McD's at Higginsville, MO before sundown...or at least before they close! Need shake! Need fries!
I wanted to invite all our new riders off the fence and out to our 300km on the 12th. There is something about this route... A classic, somehow. Hills, but not too many. Long, uninterrupted stretches to extend your thoughts and enjoyment. A major river crossing of the muddy Missouri at Glasgow. A chance to see the sunrise AND the sunset from the saddle ... Or, a chance to try and beat the sunset, for the spirited.
You've got the 200 licked... What's another 100k, right? It's a great milestone, a full day of adventure, and a great test. Hope to see you there!
The Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds taste awful good on the trip back west, by the way...
Oooo, you're all in, now, aren't ya??
"...but with the blast-shield down I can't see! How am I supposed to ride?"
Reach out with your feelings, Luke...
Team 'Ride-to-Eat', mount up!
April 1, 2014
While I do indeed have two ride reports in the hopper at the moment, one each for the recent 100 and 200k KCUC events, therein lay the problem: I'm getting backed up. Life is nuts, and I have finally figured out how to relax a little.... Which, in large part, involves not camping out in front of the computer until all hours. Photos take care of themselves, and the ride reports will continue - but, they may involve captions and quick hits. I've mentioned this in the past, and then immediately drop a 7,000 epic post on everyone... So, yeah; some rides will garner more than others. I've also developed two rides for the RUSA catalog needing pre-riding.... And I can't do that if I'm sitting and typing.
After last year, however, well ... How do I say this without it sounding like finality: I have sorted out more, mentally, in the last 18 months than in years otherwise. A lot of that unfolded in the saddle. The last year in particular threw challenges at all of us, weather alone. It changed me a little. Even the recent high winds typical of spring are met with "hmm, that's not so bad." My personal journey toward just being able to shut-up and ride feels largely complete...at least, very close to something resembling a complete transformation back to a place where I love riding more, and want to do more. Maybe burnout lasts longer than I thought, but it's gone now. I suppose I finally grew tired of hearing the constant string of beefin' from myself, so, there you have it.
So, I'll knock out these next two photo-posts, and get back to riding. I suggest you do the same, because it's great out there!
Thanks for reading