Why Fourteen Percent? Because this is about a bicycle ride One of 9 legs of a coast-to-coast tour of 4,286 miles A ride of 605 miles or 14% of the total
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, October 16, 2007
Let's go back to London for a look at something totally unrelated to riding. Except that I found another Mystery Spot. You might recall the May 31 posting entitled Mystery, discussing the fascinating subject of Mystery Spots in the U.S. and, in particular, a few encountered during rides around the Coulee Region. Unlike the highway anomalies cited in the aforementioned post, I have video evidence of this English mystery...
Looking for the posts about the actual ride? Scroll down to the June 26 posting calledWhat am I Doing Here?to start. Then read UP until July 10 where you'll find the last entry relating to the ride itself, Home Again.
I've been riding a road bike for a number of years and have now taken 7 supported and 2 “self guided” (semi-supported) tours. Perhaps I will keep on pedaling... My blogs provide me a place to document the experiences of training for and riding in the tours.
I have also been on 21 mission trips: Dominican Republic (10), Uganda (7) and Kenya (4). From time to time, I divert into writing about these experiences as well.