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!

Monday, June 11, 2007


Winding down for sure. So I can wind it up starting this Sunday. Today, a quick 17.6 mile ride up Bliss Road, out to the highway and back. I plan only one more ride before the trip, probably Wednesday at noon. Another 17 mile warm up.

Today I attended my first writing class at WTC. I know, you are wondering why I’ve waited until now, 56 posts into the Blog, to learn to write. Just because the class started tonight. There are 18 students. Two guys. Sixteen of the other kind. Add Sue, our teacher, and we are outnumbered 17 to 2. I will miss next week’s class, but I will be writing in my journal each day so I suppose that counts. The assignment for next week is to write about a time we got into trouble as very young children. So, having no material, I guess it is just as well that this be the class I miss.

It remains to be seen how the riding I’ve done will get me through the tour. And how the class will get me through the telling of the experience. The tour and the story. How will they wind up?

Total ~ 2032.9 miles

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How cool! I didn't know you were going to take a writing class! Bravo!!