got me home this morning. Randy S and I rode with the boys to the start of the Pequaywan Lakes road, then each peeled off to take separate routes homes while Rich, Dave, and Jim continued on their epic adventure. Halfway down Howard Gnesen, I blew out my rear tire; I checked that casing but couldn't find any cuts or glass - once I put the new tube in and pumped it up a bit, I found the culprit: a 15mm split in the sidewall, with the tube now bulging out menacingly - and it's been such a fine morning up to now!
In desperation, I wrapped a dollar bill around the tube, stuffed it back in, then pumped it up gently-nothing bulging out through the cut, so I added a little more air, put things back together and made it home. Sometimes you just get lucky.......
Just Dave and I out this morning.....I've taken some abuse in this forum for my lighting (or lack therof) equipment, but Dave wins this cateogry hands down-I'm a bit surprised that no one has had any seizure acitivity when he rides by. It's time for me to do some shopping.
So we're pedaling along two-up and I'm impressed that Dave just never seems to tire or back off, so in my mind I've got him pegged as 'the engine'. That of course leads to a dedicated inquiry for apt descriptors for the rest of the crew. Here's what I've got so far:
Dave - "the engine"
Jim - "Mr. locomotive"
John - "Hatch"
Vince - "recumbent man"
Me - "single-speed guy"
Mark - "traffic cone guy"
Joe - "Moots"
Deb - "trouble"
Lisa - "more trouble"
What's missing, of course, are apt labels for some our regulars, like James and Rich.
Well there is not much I can add to this besides a small update of what I have heard around the horn... sounds like the weekend 130 mile ride that included Dave S, Russ M, and Jim B... I guess Jim was hoping for a 215 mile ride for he was attacking the last climb...
Mondays ride included some of the local ladies and from what the guys say, they did some butt whooping... as one anonymous riders said "it was like Lisa was trying to personally flog herself for not finishing the race Sunday." and in the process she was destroying the other EIGHT riders there that am.
Yesterday Rich left for who knows where(maybe somewhere further north then us) John came up with some excuse like he was leaving for the BWCA this am... I am sure he could have ridden first, but whatever...
This am when the thermometer read 50degrees... Russ, Dave and I(james) went out for another Thursday morning ride where the McQuade climb killed me, and both of them tried to keep me from winning the sprint....
I am not sure if you can see it in Russ's pockets in this picture, but his version of lights are some 5 lb yellow blinking light that he stole from a construction site, and a yellow flashlight....
come on Russ, you are obviously not spending money on your bike, buy some lights...
The BlogMaster (the fella on the right in the previous post) is out for the rest of this week, so you'll have to settle for my perfunctory update.......a new route today from the church for Dave, John (aka 'Hatch'), Jim and Russ - up Woodland, west on Calvary all the way to Rice Lake Road, then north to Emerson, east to Arnold, south to Lismore, east to Jean Duluth, then back to the church. Nice to see some new pavement, but Rice Lake is just too busy (and exposed to the wind) to be too much fun. Thanks to Jim for keeping us all on our toes coming home on Jean Duluth.
The wind seemed stronger yet by the time I left the house for work at 8:15, so I think we timed it right! Tomorrow we'll be at the corner of Lester River Road and Superior Street at 6am.
(first and foremost, an apology to those on the Continental ride last Thursday. I promise will get the photos up no later than Tuesday before I leave again. I am sorry!)
Riders began . . . Ok, I was going to use the word "amassing, congregating, gathering . . . or something like that . . . but JIM pointed out that I can use the word "CONJUGATING."This is a much cooler word, so I shall use it.
I wonder if the light went on as he had this thought?
Riders began conjugating(see above) promptly at 6:00 am this morning. Mostly the same old crew . . . even sleepy head John was there. He was in fact so tired, he left his banana at home.
Note the grin on Dan's face as he attempts to explain his enrollment at St Ben's College
Mr Single Speed looks as steady as ever
I know by now you are thinking: "heck . . . other than the unusual use of the word "conjugating," this is a pretty darn boring blog entry . . . in fact, two boring entries in a row from this guy, I think we should replace him" (I know you were thinking that). I was thinking the same, even considering the notion that our morning ride may be a bit boring . . . when suddenly . . .
THAT'S RIGHT, TROUBLE APPEARED
Deb; aka "Trouble"
Lisa: aka "More Trouble" Note how she is already
looking apologetic . . . before she hurts us
The FACE OF DETERMINATION and PAIN
These Women hurt us, hurt us again, then hurt us some more.
As we limped home, tails between our legs . . .
our sage Russ remarked:
"When just the Boys ride we talk about Feelings, Friends,
Food and Fashion,
When the Girls come out to play we have to work"
Funny how that is
TUESDAY: 6:00 am at the corner of
Superior St and Lester River Rd.
Let's show the gals what we can do . . . come on guys!
(sorry to Rachel and Dave for not getting your pics in here. ed)
The original plan of Dave, Jim and Russ for yesterday was to ride from Duluth, join the Gitche Gami trail ride, then ride home to Duluth for a total of about 125 miles. We made a few adjustments along the way.......
Upon reaching Gooseberry, we found a large group of cyclists
Nice folks all, but in slightly different mode, i.e. lots of rearview mirrors, kickstands, panniers and bags. We rode the trail north to Beaver Bay, then left the regular route and took Highway 15 north west to Sullivan Lake, then Highway 2 south to Two Harbors and a second stop at the Mocha Moose, before heading back down the shore for our planned 125 miles.
- we've got some beautiful stretches of road (Hwys 2 and 15) just outside of our normal riding range.
- if you want to cover a lot of ground fast on your bike, take Dave and Jim along with you.
- having some company for the first 30 miles was wonderful - thanks Heidi and Jeff!
Monday morning we'll be at the church for our last week of 6am starts!