Sunday, April 11, 2010
Yesterday was our bike club's 3rd annual century ride. My days have started off better. I woke up at 4 with a nose bleed, got it stopped just in time to have breakfast and pack the last of the things in the truck to get to the start in time to set up before riders arrived. We were hoping for 100 riders, but ended up with 44. Most of them were returnees who enjoyed the previous metric centuries and wanted to try the full century we offered this year. The day started cool 43, but quickly warmed and ended up being a perfect 73. There was 1 flat, no problems, and everyone had a great ride. They LOVED our hills, 100.1 miles 6559 feet of climbing and they were happy. We got the after ride meal cleaned up and everything packed into 2 trucks by 4. Then had to unload, sort, wash, and repack everything for storage till next year.
Now that brings us to Adventures with Tim and Bev. We decided to take the mountain bike tandem out for a spin this afternoon and see the lovely wild flowers and trees in the woods. Another perfect weather day, blue sky, and soft breeze. Park the car, get the bike out and head down the road. See a road closed barrier, so of course we take it to see why. Came to an impassable mud bog and turn around and head down another road. Find a nice fire break, cross the berm and take off again. Tree down, climb over, off again. Tree down, climb over, off again. Long up hill, shift, pedal, pedal, pedal, goes nicely, till suddenly the pedals are turning, but the wheel isn't. Hmmm. Seems the rear wheel is stripped, and to cap it off, the free wheel is frozen, rear wheel won't turn. Hmm So now we invent a new past time, mountain bike portage. Don't think it will make it into the Olympics. DH carried the back by my seat post, I steered the front, for a mile or so till we could get to the highway. Then he ran another mile to the car and came back for me. So, we have another hub, no problem....40 spoke hub, 48 spoke rim. Ok, change wheels with the black tandem, they are the same size, order new rim.
Life is an adventure!