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!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Did I ride twice today? I know everyone is wondering :-) And the answer is....yes. Just over 11 miles at noon; a ride up to the top of the bluffs and back. Then an evening ride out to Antony Road. I nixed the idea of going on to Bangor and West Salem due to the lateness of the hour so I rode about a mile out on Antony then turned around and came back. A beautiful evening and cool enough that I was glad I had stuffed my light jacket into my jersey pocket. It was on for the ride back.

So, how long does it take to get used to riding in the aero bars? I'll let you know when I find out. There are some rough stretches of road out past Barre Mills and on one bump I just about lifted out of the elbow rests. I'm not all that comfortable using them yet and weave too much for my comfort. I tend to get out of them and onto the handlebars when cars are coming up behind me.

Total ~ 756.4 miles

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