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!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Ups and Downs

Up and down go the roads on today’s 91.1 mile ride through Cashton and Coon Valley. I know I ended up at the same altitude I started at, but I’m sure the ride was more up than down. As the day progressed, the difference between gently rolling hills and climbs blurred. Going up the Bliss Road and County II hills was no problem. But it was all downhill, in an uphill sort of way, after that. I ended up covering the route in an average of 15.1 mph – not really so bad for me, but it was a struggle from about the 25 mile point on. Bill cruised ahead on every leg and had ample rest time as I caught up.

Last week, I was feeling good about the 7 day, 86 mile per day ride across the Pacific Northwest. This week, not as good. Ups and downs. Like the roads from La Crosse to Cashton to Coon Valley and back.

Total ~ 1788.5 miles

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