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, June 6, 2007

Preparation per Instruction

"Remember, it's not a race; make it fun, not a chore." So it says in the official General Information brochure. Tonight I did some not-race training. After the long day at work yesterday, I'd thought about taking off in the early afternoon for a longer ride. But right at noon a line of weather began moving through the area and I stayed put. A 4:30 appointment out past Coon Valley meant no late afternoon start either. So, at 6:15 p.m. I was finally on the road. I decided to go through Stoddard and up County O again. Due to the lateness of the hour, I went out about 15 miles and turned around and came back. A reward for this decision was a spectacular light display as the sun, setting over the bluffs on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi, laid a shimmering, nearly white gold reflection on the river's surface.

Total ~ 1849.1

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