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!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Catching Up

I started riding this year on March 10, but that didn't take. Now, I've ridden 11 of the last 19 days and the pace is increasing. It has been cool and windy in early April. There have been rides up Bliss road, returning to the County FO climb. South along the river to Stoddard, back to Chaseburg and over the hill on County K. Riding through places like Barre Mills with its Hayfield gas station / mini-store / restaurant, Coon Valley, Chaseburg and Stoddard. Later, I'll expand to Portland, and Cashton. Then, for the centuries, Tomah or Prarie du Chien.

Today was pleasant as I left home at 4 p.m. Windy as usual here. On the way up the first hill, my chain parted company with the chain ring and become TIGHTLY wedged between the inner ring and frame. I had to take the rear wheel off before I got everything back in order. Hills, wind and now even my bike joined in on the grief-giving. Part of the training, I guess.

A 32 mile late afternoon round-trip. Uphill all the way. Every one of my rides was apparently designed by Escher.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Love the Escher reference. So, your new posts will always be below older posts? That will get cumbersome for the readers as time goes on...just a thought. I like reading your posts!