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, June 12, 2007


No tuneup ride, but there was some tuning up of the machinery. I took my bike in to have the shifting looked at. Since all the cables were replaced during the overhaul a few weeks ago, it seemed a good idea to have them checked before the ride. However, I was having an issue or two with the running gear and wanted the mechanic to look at the shifting from front to back. When I went in to retrieve the bike this afternoon, it had a new chain and rear cassette. One of the gears on the cassette had worn quite a bit and the others were on there way to a need-to-be-replaced state. Ditto for the chain. And now they are new. Just in time. But that's not all. One of my water bottles failed. I guess I've been riding too hard. And what does the failed water bottle say about my drinking while riding?

Bill had made a comment about "sparing no expense" in preparing for the ride. I thought it was a suggestion. Turns out, it was a prediction.

Total ~ 2032.9 miles

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