Moving On

The original purpose behind The Fourteen Percent Ride has long since been fulfilled. So, I've decided that Mighty Proud will be the last posting. It just seems right.

But, don't worry. Or maybe you should. In any event, I plan to continue. I'll keep riding. And writing. Click here to come along in my new blog ~ The Long White Line. <-- check it out!


As I've ridden for the last two years, I've picked up on the fact that Shirley, my darling wife, has been more worried about my safety than impressed with my "accomplishments." How do I know this? Well, when I'd come back and tell her, for example, that I'd hit 53.6 mph going down FO, she'd reply, "I don't want to hear it." Being the sensitive sort I figured out, after many such comments, that just maybe we were not on the same page here. But last week, she told me that she would "greatly reduce her focus on the 'fear for my safety' issue." We talked about the tour, looked at some maps, researched nutrition suggestions on the internet, and so on, just enjoying the idea of the ride. How nice is that? Thank you, Shirley!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Not intentionally. Rained out. OK, so it will rain in Washington, I know. This would have been a good chance to "feel the rain." Oh well, there will be other chances, I'm sure. Total stays at 460.3 miles.

Not actually riding gives me the chance to ponder riding a bit. First thought: I've about ridden enough now that the seat is starting to fit. If you take a look at the picture in the first post of this blog, you'll see that this is just one more of the scary aspects of riding!

Another thought on having ridden enough (too much?) -- as I walk to work in the mornings I find myself glancing up and to the left to see the traffic coming up behind me. Problem is, I only have the mirror when I'm on the bike. I haven't, however, tried to clip my feet onto the accelerator and brake pedals in the car. Yet.

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