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!

Friday, June 1, 2007


There was the promise of rain today, so I took off for a noon ride. The now-standard Bliss Road-to-Highway 33 and back trek. With a reprise of the run up Bliss Road before returning home. A 23.4 mile mini-tour with two climbs. Out on County F, I saw two really large turkeys strutting along in a field on my right. A bit later, a single deer bounded across the road in front of me. There is a lot of wildlife around here.

The promise of rain was fulfilled this afternoon, spoiling my plan to ride up the hill again, this time to drop in at the Alpine Inn where we were welcoming some new engineers to our department at work. So I drove up, depriving the group of a promised show of colorful jersey, tight biking shorts and gaudy socks. Oh, the disappointment!

A covey of engineers, welcoming additions to the ranks, celebrating -- now that's wildlife!

Total ~ 1697.4 miles

No comments: