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Dorky Shorts Unveiled!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Okay, I've made up my mind...despite that I STILL believe that for me being out in public wearing lycra is something I should spare the world, it is just TOO DANGED HOT to wear regular shorts over my dorky biking shorts! So I decided before heading out on my work commute this morning that a loose T-shirt on top of the dorky shorts was enough of a compromise to go public with them without feeling TOO self-conscious...lol!

This upcoming Sunday our local biking club has organized a 64 mile trip from Deposit to Downsville & back:


This route runs along the Cannonsville Reservoir which stores water for NYC and is just a BEAUTIFUL sight to behold...although with the drought we're having perhaps the view will be dampened. The mighty challenge of this route will be climbing Bear Spring Mountain. Another bike club member (also a member of SP: TEAMAEGIS) has forewarned me that this will be a guaranteed "walk" at some point while climbing.

The OTHER thing she told me was that in her recumbent she has clocked speeds near 60 mph...! Gulp! Guess I'll be wearing out my brakes...lol!

Lunch will be at a restaurant which I've heard is memorable: www.oldschoolhouseinn.com/

A disheartening piece of news is that today I took my first tumble on my bike...ARGH! Such a STUPID tumble at that! Coming up out of North Otsiningo Park I turned right to take a small downhill gravel / dirt slope into Northgate Plaza. Have only done this like a ZILLION times! But for some reason I didn't turn sharply enough and was going down the grassy slope beside the gravel / dirt, thinking hey, this bike IS billed as a cyclocross, should be no problem!

Wrong! There was a hole hidden by the grass...bounced me right into the gravel on my knee and bent the handlebars. Able to ride the bike home okay, going to bring 'er into the shop tomorrow to straighten it out for my upcoming ride. Nothing really hurt beyond my pride and my BIKE! I feel so badly to be messing around with it already!

Belatedly, I'm sharing a photo I took of some of us at yesterday's SparkRally:

And here are a few from my Michigan Trip:

Here are a couple shots of the Lake Michigan of my childhood...the same steps I'd hurtle down every day I could during the summers and venture out into those waters for as long as I could just swimming and letting my imagination roam.

I got a kick out of this sign in a local ice cream shop...and the appendices when they must have thought better of leaving as it was first worded...lol!

Couldn't believe they have a store ENTIRELY devoted to THIS!

Here's a pretty nifty idea for a hot summer's day (St. Joseph's beach area):

Here's a shot of me with a metal sculpture on the lakeshore at St. Joseph's:

Next? Some shots of the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County...coming right up! :-)

Night all!


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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/17/2010 6:59AM

    Beautiful pics! It looks like you had a great time!

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L*I*T*A* 7/13/2010 8:03PM

    great pictures.........
good luck on sunday!!!
blessings and hugs.........lita

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_VALEO_ 7/13/2010 4:56PM

    Good luck for your 64-mile trip on Sunday. Seems like an awesome--long-- ride! I hope it won't be too hot
And wear your lycra when biking, that's why they are made for.

Ouch for the bump! Thankfully you're okay.

Thanks for sharing your trip in Michigan and your meeting with Sparkers. Great photos!

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GRACEFULIFE 7/13/2010 10:57AM

    Sounds like good times other than the tumble. At least you're OK though. And you didn't get to fall onto concrete like I did decades ago a number of times on my bike! Ouch!

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BEARDMUSIC 7/13/2010 9:34AM

    Glad to hear you and your bike are ok.

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LADYGWEN25 7/13/2010 9:28AM

    OUCH on the bike fall Don... i hear you about the pride...i think it's one of the things that has kept me from hopping back on..falling in public... but they do say pride goeth before the fall right??? guess i'm going to have to fall a few time's...And hey i hear you on the bike shorts.... Personally i like it when men where the biking. emoticon looks like they're all serious buisness! LOVE the pics! Especially of all of us, aka Don's Harem, at the spark rally.. Can't wait for another one!

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FRECKS96 7/13/2010 7:25AM

    Great pics, thanks so much for sharing! Now I definitely want to make it up there some time. Sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you and your bike are both 100% again soon.

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FERRETLOVER1 7/13/2010 7:05AM

    Fun pictures - thanks for sharing.

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ZELLAZM 7/13/2010 4:21AM

    Great to read your update, Don...looks like you and your fellow Sparkers had a nice healthy meal - look at that veggie tray! I'm glad to hear that you and the bike are ok after your tumble. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!


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MIZZSB 7/13/2010 1:19AM

    wow... i feel so full of energy when ever i read your blogs :)

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A Mighty Fine SPARKIN' Day!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I was a regular Energizer Bunny today...! Got up and biked to the Binghamton Historic Bridge Pedal www.gobroomecounty.com/binghamton-br
, networked with a person from DOT about the greenways project and upcoming developments www.ptny.org/greenways/index.shtml . Enhancing the walk-ability, bike-ability of our community is SUCH an important thing and tax dollars SO well spent enhancing the health and quality of life of the residents of our community!

So on my way home I'm thinking....hmmm...10 miles to Binghamton, 10 miles for the Bridge Pedal, 10 miles back home. 30 mile total so far. But! If I'm going to be working up to a century bike ride in September...I've taken the plunge to do the City to Shore ride for Multiple Sclerosis biking from Philadelphia to Ocean City and back again the next day. 175 miles of biking in two days...whew!

So in getting to this afternoon's SparkRally at Dorchester Park I decided I would bike there and back...adding yet ANOTHER 20+ miles to my total today which put me over 50 miles...woo HOO! PLUS I kayaked with my fellow local SparkPeople members at the park this afternoon! What fun on a *picture perfect* weather day!

Just tallied up my calorie burn for everything...only 4,476 cals! :-)

BUT: I was one whupped puppy by the time I got home! I even took a nap! That is something that happens only a handful of times a year! Now I'm blowing the advantages of the nap by catching up with everyone and being up too late...lol!

It was wonderful to meet some of the newer members of our local Team and to scheme & dream of fun stuff to do together in the future!

Night all...have a GREAT WEEK!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/12/2010 11:16AM

    You are one super-energized dude with all that bike riding. Good luck on your 175 mile, that is really something to look forward to. You rock !!!

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KMATIS 7/12/2010 10:47AM

    That's an amazing accomplishment and your goal for the fall is astounding!

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FRECKS96 7/12/2010 10:25AM

    Great Calorie burn Don and glad to see that you're back on your bike this morning. Truly a picture perfect day!

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LUREAH21 7/12/2010 10:23AM

    That's amazing Don! It was great to meet you yesterday!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/12/2010 10:11AM

    Wow, you burned more estimated calories yesterday than I did, in my aquabike triathlon (4194).

My HR monitor says it was more like 2456. I suspect the levels on SP are inflated - they definitely are compared with what my HR monitor says about kayaking! LOL

It *was* a beautiful day weather-wise. Here's to being in shape for us to get out there and enjoy it!

P.S. I have a 100-miles-in-one-day charity ride scheduled for September, circumnavigating Cayuga Lake. I guess I'll start riding my bike to work on a regular basis to prepare for that...

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LADYGWEN25 7/12/2010 9:51AM

    WOW don you truely amaze me.... emoticon A definate inspiration to us younger newbies that fitness is not just for "kids".... it's something that reaches across all age brackets....And if you can do it.. What excuse do i have to NOT do... Seems to make my fear of falling off a bike rather silly... Keep up the good work! you motivate and inspire me every day!

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BEARDMUSIC 7/12/2010 9:27AM

    Wow!!! emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 7/12/2010 9:12AM

    your arms were just resting on the handles of the bike, right? so they needed that workout in the kayak ;^D Seriously, the fact that you did all that is an inspiration and great example to us newbies, who NEED to get of our collective buns more. Great to meet you.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/12/2010 8:57AM

    I had such a good time kayaking and I'm sure hubby and I will be venturing out soon to do it. I really enjoyed the day.

Great job on your calorie burn!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/12/2010 8:12AM

    What a great way to stay in shape! emoticon emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 7/12/2010 7:11AM

    Whew!! Quite an achievement-50 miles! Man, you keep that up and you'll be doing 100 miles in your sleep. I'm very proud of you - great job!!!!

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CARRIE1948 7/12/2010 7:10AM

    Sounds like you had fun

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GRACEFULIFE 7/12/2010 12:28AM

    Sounds excellent, Don! That calorie burn rivals my brutal day of wood cutting a while back. And I went kayaking also today! Awesome!!!

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Healing Fun!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Feet are coming right along...got out for another great bike ride today with a friend of the family. Last night we had a rousing time around ye olde campfire playing guitars and singing along. Set off some fireworks later...it's been wonderful catching up with family I haven't seen in over 20 years!

Pics to follow...taking some here & there...no time to upload now...have to shower for the BIG re-union @ 1 pm...this is like a 3 day party! Woo hoo! :-)


ps...oh, feets are healing up enough to not slow me down TOO much today...!

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JESPAH 7/10/2010 12:04PM

    You ain't kiddin' that the economy stinks. Thanks for your support. :)

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2010 7:27AM

    Look forward to hearing more about your trip! I want to say WTG on getting the exercise in even while traveling sometimes, but I know sometimes it's even easier when traveling because you get to change up your routine! You're a good demonstration of that. Hope your tootsies are healing up well!


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FERRETLOVER1 7/5/2010 9:29AM

    Glad to hear you are "heeling" well!

Sounds like you had a great 4th of July with family!!

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SVELTINGTON 7/4/2010 1:01PM

    can't wait to see the pics
glad your dogs are healing

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GETTO140 7/4/2010 11:59AM

    Oh..here you are. For some reason, I could not click on your sparkpage from a message board. Maybe something is wrong on the tech side?

I hope you continue to heal well. Have a great day.

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Lobster Claws...yeouch!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Just a quickie...had a blast kayaking with sister and her kids yesterday. However when I slathered up with sunscreen I was wearing sneaks / socks...guess what got toasted! Turned my feet into lobster claws...! Although I managed a short bike ride to my aunt's this morning I'm giving my feet and ankles a break now...slathering them with aloe, hoping to be more active tomorrow.

It's been great catching up with family I haven't seen in a long, long time!

Hope everyone's doing well out there! :-)


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SASSYCHRIS1952 7/12/2010 8:15AM

    Oooh you have my sympathy! I'm glad I read this, it's a reminder for ME to put sunscreen on my feet also since I go to the beach

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/7/2010 9:36AM

    Lobster claws, that's a funny way to described it, made me laugh. Hope your claws get better fast. emoticon

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SVELTINGTON 7/3/2010 10:43PM

    You bring new meaning to "hot dogs."

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FERRETLOVER1 7/3/2010 7:55PM

    Ouch - you poor thing! Hope the pain goes away ASAP!

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JEAN_W 7/3/2010 5:51PM

    Ouch. Oh, well, live and learn, eh? It sounds like a lot of fun, otherwise. #:^ )

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MIZZSB 7/3/2010 3:47PM

    oh thats gotta hurt.
I burned my feet once and that hurted i couldnt wear shoes or socks for days ...

Good luck with the Aloe Vera!

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SUNNY238 7/3/2010 3:06PM

    OUCH!! I've burned my feet before so I feel for you!!! Stay healthy and remember to slather those tootsies too!!! The sun reaches to the most surprising places sometimes, lol. Aside from the burned toes, kayaking sounds like so much fun!! I'm not a water person, but I bet that's something I could get into. I might have to look into lessons sometime.

Thanks for the spark!

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    That's a body part that you don't normally think about in terms of sun exposure! Yeow! Hope the aloe escalates the healing...

Ummm... you going to post photos??!!

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1st Flat! & 360 A/C

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I had the GRANDEST PLANS for Friday afternoon!

One of the perks to my job is that once or twice a month I get to spend an evening out with a group of my clients doing something fun: bowling, picnic @ the park, movies, etc. It's enjoyable to have some "down" time with them PLUS I get to take those hours off some other time at my convenience.

So Friday afternoon I was going to play hookie and after riding my bike to work for the morning I was going to scoot @ lunchtime and have the afternoon to hit the wide open roads of my choosing!

Woo Hoo!

Until I went down a street which was under lots of repair and hit one of those big flat slabs of metal which they use to cover holes, etc.

Thought I was in the clear, but a couple blocks later...my first flat struck!

I phoned home for a rescue and while waiting continued to walk my bike while waiting for a pick up and trip to the bike shop. My DW reminded ever-green conscious-me later on: hey, you know you could have just walked to the bike shop and not had to use the car at all... DOH! Moment #4,984,507! :-)

I am the world's LEAST handiest fellow...so I parlayed this into a lesson in fixing flats...the bike shop (Chenango Point...great fellows there!) was VERY patient in slowly going through the steps involved. It dawned on me that in all my travels thus far I have been ABSOLUTELY unprepared for this...! So I bought a spare tube, pump to hook on my bike and tire change tools. Doubt I can do this in a pain-free manner but at least I'm not TOTALLY clueless...!

Had a SUPER ride today up through Whitney Point into a little town to the north, Lisle...hot, muggy mid-80's but you know I really don't feel the heat too much until I stop. When I took a water break in Lisle I was sweating BUCKETS! Kinda takes the enjoyment out of a rest stop! So I got back on my bike, taking advantage of 360 A/C and stopped sweating almost immediately!

Anybody who knows me knows I am no fan of air conditioning. In the car I always use 460 A/C: four windows down going 60 mph! :-) On my BIKE I call it 360 A/C as I've got wind coming at me from all directions: 360 degrees...lol!

On the way home I took a gorgeous detour through Dorchester Park (our own little piece of paradise!)...all the hills, banks and homes a-blazin' in the summer sun with swaths of firey tiger lilies almost everywhere you look. It always does my heart a happy, happy dance when I see people walking, biking along the paths. The beach had some families wading & swimming in the water. And the canoe / kayak building was all set up and open for rental business! Can't wait to get out on a kayak this summer...sheesh...gotta do that SOON before this summer wastes away!

Here's a few pics of Dorchester...from another time:

A few boats out on the water:

Walking / biking path:

The open lake:

One of my SparkFriends (ACIMPEGGY) shared this lovely thought which I wanted to pass along to others...be sure to watch this a little bit...as it gets SO much better as it plays along. And be sure to PAY IT FORWARD! :-)


Hoping everyone had a special weekend and is prepared to have an even BETTER WEEK AHEAD! :-)


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FRECKS96 7/5/2010 9:15PM

    Sounds like a great ride and some good info to have. Next time you ride up to Lisle, don't forget to fill your water bottle at the natural spring. Always cold and delicious water!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/28/2010 2:59PM

    See your mishap of a flat tire has just helped you to prepare for the future. I count that as a blessing in disguise. That area is so lovely, I wish I was walking there now. Thank you!

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ZELLAZM 6/28/2010 11:19AM

    Don, glad to see you're more road-ready as a result of your experience. Thanks for sharing the great photos and your ENERGY! Yes, it's going to be a good week!

..back to Sparking as of today. :)

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LADYGWEN25 6/28/2010 9:53AM

    i watched the video.. awesome! thanks for posting it!

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LADYGWEN25 6/28/2010 9:48AM

    a lesson in tire changing is always good.. Now you have be on the fence for what i want for my anniversary.. a new bike(as i don't HAVE one) or a canoe... OY! glad your ride had a happy ending :)

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/28/2010 7:35AM

    Wow, that is a long haul. I like bike riding, but not to the extent that you do. I do love the lakes and parks we have around here and have been hoping to get out in a boat soon. I on the other hand need the air conditioning for brething reasons and some of these humid days are spent exercising on my indoor recumbent bike.

Keep up the great job you do!

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GRACEFULIFE 6/27/2010 9:22PM

    Very nice. You are gaining the skills and equipment to be self-sufficient on the road! Out of a PITA In the situation, you are now a better cyclist. Congratulations!

And the video... very cool. Thanks!

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GR8CATSBY 6/27/2010 7:07PM

    Congratulations on your flat tire initiation - you've now joined the club. :-) I ALWAYS carry supplies with me when I ride, and more than once I've used them along the side of the road... Why can't there be a AAA for cyclists?
I'm glad your ride today was so pleasant. I love riding when it's hot - today was perfect!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 6/27/2010 6:23PM

    Thanks for sharing some of the beauty with the rest of us!

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LUREAH21 6/27/2010 6:08PM

    What a weekend!! Glad you weren't far from home/help when your tire went.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 6/27/2010 4:34PM

    You are so lucky to live in beautiful upstate NY! Thanks for posting the pics. Glad you're ok from that mishap

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