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, May 22, 2007

The Plans They are A-Changin'

Leaving the 3 1/2 hour meeting, I headed to my desk to pack up, head home and get in a short ride. Glistening walkways outside the window provided the first hint that maybe it wouldn't happen. But, it wasn't raining as I walked into the parking lot and it seemed as if the skies were going to accomodate. A dark gray high haze was settled to the north, but blue skies were pushing through broken clouds overhead. I got home and found the new shorts I ordered had arrived. Adding a yellow, gray and black jersey and my Pearl Izumi socks that have a design reminiscent of the London Tube map (tube socks?), I was ready to go. Except that the sky had turned dark and threatening again. Recalling the line from the Bob Dylan song alluded to in the post title, "And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone," I made my decision: I changed out of my riding clothes, got something to eat and waited for the Braves' game to come on. Did I mention that my legs are tired and that I am not terribly disappointed to be sitting here at the moment?

Click the image for a larger view. This should be especially exciting considering the dirty sock.

Well, since we have some time to spare and since I mentioned the Tube, here are 3 little known things about the London Underground:

  • There is only one tube station name which does not have any letters of the word "mackerel" in it - St John's Wood.

  • There are only two tube stations which have all five vowels in them - Mansion House and South Ealing.

  • Considering there are 287 tube stations, things 1 and 2 are quite surprising.

  • Get your fill of Tube info at There are 47 more Little Known Things in a list at this site.

    Total ~ 1398.9 miles


    Anonymous said...

    Hahaha! Go Braves!!!


    Anonymous said...

    You couldn't brave the biking so you "tubed" it in favor of the Braves?