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I Make a Poor Wily Coyote!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I set out yesterday on my bike to enjoy some of the Big Splash Music Festival:
www.pressconnects.com/article/201106
05/NEWS01/106050350/Binghamton-Big-Spl
ash-blends-music-message


It was a picture-perfect day for cycling (sunny, upper 70's) and I knew I wanted to get more cycling than just heading out to the festival, which would be around 20 miles.

After listening for about an hour to some nice bluegrass/country/rock crossover and another local group of country-folk women singing (The Burns Sisters) I got restless to hit the road again and decided I would head "south of the border" across the NY / PA state line toward Hallstead/Great Bend, PA.

I thought it would be nice to have some company so on a whim I called my biking buddy (who joined forces with me last Sept. for our 175 mile NJ ride!) to see if she might be free. However she was with company...but she really wanted to get out on her bike! A few minutes after hanging up she rang through again: shook loose her company and was getting ready to hit the road too! YES! :-)

Knowing that this upcoming weekend was the Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour (not too late to join in the fun...! www.southerntierbicycleclub.org/fing
erlakestour.html
) I wanted to rack up some more miles and feel better prepared for cycling 'round Watkins Glen, Seneca & Keuka Lakes.

We enjoyed some bike talk along the way, kicking around ideas for future rides, bike gear we wanted but couldn't afford...lol and the upcoming GFLBT and Heritage Tour the weekend after. I was debating whether or not to consider tackling the century ride around Seneca Lake on Sat. June 11th as it was so early in the cycling season, the route is much hillier than what we had last Sept. in NJ and I wasn't sure if I was ready. She did a good job of nudging me: "You KNOW you can do it. Maybe not as well as you might at the end of the season, but just think how well getting a century under your belt NOW will help you later!"

Sometimes I just gotta get out of my own way...lol!

Dealt with a pretty strong headwind on our way northbound after a stretching water break in Great Bend, good to build our skills, right? :-) Practiced a few standing climbs here and there. It was good to find our mutual cycling pace quickly became very complimentary just as it had been last year.

She went back to the Big Splash festival as we returned to Binghamton and I headed home as it was heading for 7 and I didn't want it getting too dark.

Less than 5 miles from home. Isn't that what they say about auto accidents...most of 'em happen right near one's home?

The lane striping for cyclists on upper Front St. northbound where it T's off with Route 12A is very frustrating as the cycling lane is of course on the far right-hand side. But then there's the right turn lane for cars. What's a cyclist to do when one wants to go straight and not turn? Well, they simply stop the far right cycling lane striping back before the intersection and voila! Paint a bike lane at the traffic light IN BETWEEN the straight and right-turn lanes.

So how does one get there? While turning to my left to eye-ball oncoming traffic to see if anyone was coming up the right turn lane so I could cross into the bike lane I inadvertently zigged my bike into the curb.

Yikes! Seeing a fall in the making I saw a sign on the side of the road and grabbed one of the posts holding up the sign and sorta just slammed into THAT instead of the ground. Saved my knee from major road rash, but twisted my thumb and still scraped up my shoulder, etc. Bike was okay other than the handlebars getting knocked a bit off "true." Hobbled on home for those final 5 miles. Hello Bacitracin, my old buddy! Unlike Wily Coyote who bounces back good as new in the next frame, I'm going to need some mending this week.

Passing on cycling today. Going to the fitness center to work out the kinks. Hated to do this as I may get rained out the rest of the week and I want to keep cycling to be at my best for this upcoming weekend!

Guess I'm just going to have to revert to STOPPING at this intersection, getting OFF the bike and walking across and then getting on. At least until I get a mirror of some sort which can improve my visibility.

What us cyclists will put ourselves through...! But yep: every lump, bump & scrape: the joys of cycling is still worth it!

Have a SPARKED week everyone!

Don

ps...keeping track of my totals: Today's 52 mile ride puts me right up to 398 miles so far for the season!

  
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JOYATLAST 7/11/2011 11:04AM

    Great save! I'm glad a dose of Bacitracin and a break was all you needed.

Having a buddy to ride with is not to be taken lightly!

NOW, to go read the end of the story.

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ZELLAZM 6/10/2011 5:09AM

    Just seeing this today, Friday, and hoping that you've bounced back and healed up in time for a great weekend!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/7/2011 2:25PM

    Ouch.

I suppose what kayakers say about rapids could also apply to cyclists at intersections:

"It's better to walk the (drop) and wish you hadn't than the other way around."

Feel better soon.

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JCORYCMA 6/7/2011 2:01PM

    398 miles!! Awesome! You may not be quite WC but still great for a gentlemen "our age" lol! emoticon

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JLITT62 6/7/2011 11:18AM

    Glad it wasn't any worse than that!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/7/2011 8:26AM

    Ouch, sorry to hear about your boo boo and glad you weren't hurt too badly, nice save by grabbing the pole - great, quick thinking. I love reading your bike adventures. You totally exude enthusiasm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LUCYSUNFLOWER 6/6/2011 8:08PM

    Ow!! I love reading about your biking adventures, but the ending to this one was not so great... I guess smacking into a sign is better than smacking into the ground?? I hope you heal rapidly - I have no doubt you'll be back on both wheels in no time!

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LADYGWEN25 6/6/2011 6:46PM

    glad you're ok! that is a major OUCH!

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KINSBAILE 6/6/2011 3:28PM

    I'm glad you're okay! Sorry you ran into a sign!

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IMSMILEY88 6/6/2011 2:50PM

    Sorry to hear about your fall! But, the rest of the day sounds beautiful!

Here in TX, it seems biking season is more from Jan-Apr. Not much going on right now! I am getting out at least once a week for 10-13 miles. I can't wait to train starting in January, though. That's when I feel I'll become a 'real' cyclist! There is a century in August, but probably 100 degrees & no local long rides. Oh, well!

Enjoy your rides! And, rest up from that fall!

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MARTY728 6/6/2011 2:40PM

    Interesting blog to read. Sorry about your mishap! Hope you heal painlessly and quickly. emoticon

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KLASSIE 6/6/2011 2:18PM

    I began reading your blog because your title intrigued me, but I kept reading because I was truly in awe. I don't ride and I'm always aware when sharing the road with cyclists since you seem so vulnerable, yet so daring. Sorry you got hurt and will have to hang up your saddle for a minute, but I know you'll be back on soon. Good luck with the race.

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TREVUG 6/6/2011 2:10PM

    That's the scariest part of cycling. Having to deal with cars ans bad layouts. Glad you're okay. As an expert klutz I recommend you get the kinks out. emoticon

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CANBDONE 6/6/2011 1:58PM

    So glad you're ok! My friend has lost 67 pounds and was on a 30 mile bike excursion. She went off the road and fell after 25 miles...a badly sprained ankle but not broken. She now says she will only use her stationary bike. I hope she is just joking...I'll have to direct her to your blogs so that the bike bug will bite her again!

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RSILVERSEA 6/6/2011 1:36PM

    I've often thought about riding while wrapped in bubble wrap.

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GIRANIMAL 6/6/2011 1:26PM

    Oh no! You seem to be in good spirits despite your mishap, so at least that's a good sign. emoticon The last time I mangles my ankles (stupid pedals) in a fall, I was not as chipper. In fact, I called my BF to come get me and the bike, and I was only four blocks from home! LOL Of course, I had also jammed the handlebars right into my chest and felt like I could barely breathe, but hey, like you said, I sure got right back on that sucker in a couple of days though. emoticon

I'm so glad the rest of your day and riding were perfectly lovely. Sounds idyllic, actually.

I hope you iced those bruises!

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VARMINT3 6/6/2011 12:34PM

    OUCH! Hope you're feeling better!

That sounds like a really bad intersection, but for a horrid cycling road, the road we take to my ILs house in PA is a 2 lane paved road about as narrow as you can make 2 lanes, with unpaved shoulders, no white lines, etc. Passing a large truck even in a small car is no treat, and people drive crazy on this little twisty road. And there are "Share the Road" signs all over the place - I'm sorry, but if I were a cyclist I'd stay off that road (I'd haul my bike somewhere more reasonable to ride if I had to take that road) because I sure don't want to literally "become the road"!

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TOOTHFUL99 6/6/2011 12:32PM

    Sorry to hear about your fall. Hope the fun from the rest of the day outweighed the pain! lol



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FRECKS96 6/6/2011 12:14PM

    Sounds like a great ride until the end. Sorry you got a little banged up and I hope you recover quickly.

I'm quickly learning how poorly many of our roads are designed for cyclists. Good luck this weekend!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 6/6/2011 11:56AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your injury, I'm glad you are ok in the long run. I'm very impressed with the mileage you have, wow!

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CRAVINGLIFE 6/6/2011 11:39AM

    Well, I'm sorry for the mishap but glad you lived to tell about it and were able to make it home. And that it happened at the end of your day and didn't ruin the whole trip!

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L*I*T*A* 6/6/2011 11:04AM

    what a wonderful way to spend part of your weekend....
blessings and hugs.............lita

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DAISYBELL6 6/6/2011 10:46AM

    Ouch! But it sounds like you had a great time cycling!

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REDSHOES2011 6/6/2011 10:44AM

    Signs make a person say ouch, just as much as kissing pavement..
emoticonHope you feel better soon..
xx
Red
(I just got given a 21 gear bike and I swear I can't find all the gears as yet, I am dreading accidents lol)

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MRDPOLING 6/6/2011 10:27AM

    I would strongly advise you to avoid falling, smashing into and otherwise impacting hard objects with your body.

hehehehe!

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VEEJAY3 6/6/2011 10:10AM

    Gosh, what a great DAY you had!!!
And I'm soooo glad there was a sign there to save your knee ... mine is still kinda mangled from a wreck over two years ago. But I know thumbs don't heal very fast, either. I just try to stay off roads whenever i can; Denver has over 800 miles of bike paths, so I let the 2000-pound behemoths have their pavement, bike lanes or no.

There are a really awkward and dangerous underpasses even on my trail system, though. How about we print up t-shirts and run for King and Queen of the Universe, and we can declare the earth bike-friendly and off-limits to motorized vehicles!!??? Do you have any idea how many problems that would solve? Energy crisis: over. Obesity problem: over. Global warming: on the downslide. Road rage: outta here. Community apathy: nope -- everyone's out biking alongside their neighbors.

Gosh -- this is SUCH a great idea!
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Got My Granny Back!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

After a weekend of woefully late spring cleaning (sans cycling...!) and a week full of RAIN last week it was WONDERFUL to get out on my bike for my commute today! A cool, foggy upper 60's ride this morning with plans of getting to my local bike shop after work to see if they could tweak the front derailler so that I could shift and get my "Granny" back!

I knew it would be a hot one...and it was! 90 degrees on the bank thermometer!

The trick to minimizing sweating when cycling?

Don't STOP!

I turn into a human water sprinkler then...lol!

The bike shop tweaked the front derailler...cable was slack. Managed to pick up a flat, unbeknownst to me, just before arriving at the shop...a tack of all things! Also I finally remembered to bring along a gift I received some time ago: A Schwinn 17 function Bike Computer:

www.amazon.com/Schwinn-SW654-6PK-17-
Function-Computer/dp/B000DZD3FQ


I didn't trust myself to be able to install it properly so I had them take care of that at the shop. Grand total service bill: $10. Worth it to have things done properly. From the Amazon reviews it looks like I made a wise choice!

Now I can pay more attention to my speed while cycling! I've already found out that I go faster than I think I do on the open flats...often topping 20 mph. Plus, I've ALWAYS wanted to know how fast I go down this hill I have to travel each time I go to / from work. It's a manageable climb, but not exactly a breeze! And the SWOOP of joy down the other side is always a sweet pay-off!

So how fast is this downhill...? 38 mph...twice a day every time I commute! Been faster (near 50 mph), but to have this at my doorstep is kinda cool.

We'll see how this bike computer thingy goes...who knows maybe I'll get into the numbers enough to be lured into the world of GPS...? (Doubt it...lol!)

Took the long way home...UP the River Road hill AND the hill to my home...climb baby climb!

Did I mention SWEAT?!?! EVERYTHING I was wearing was drenched! DW thought I'd had an "accident" on the way home...lol!

No riding tomorrow, long day, but Thurs. / Fri. look good for commutes...no precip and chilling to a frosty 70 some degrees! :-)

Today's ride racked up 26 miles bringing my 2 month totals for April and May up to 313 miles. Not too shabby...considering all the rainy day washouts!

Make it a SPARKED week everyone!

Don

  
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IMSMILEY88 6/6/2011 2:53PM

    I love my little bike computer. And, I bought a GPS watch for running, so I use that while riding, too! I live seeing how far/fast I'm going!

Enjoy your new toy! And, wish we'd get some rain down here! So, so dry!

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DAD2GETFIT 6/4/2011 9:28PM

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VARMINT3 6/3/2011 12:16PM

    I had a little gadget that clipped on my handlebars on the last bike I had that showed speed & distance & thought that was the bomb! And that little doohickey was probably about 3x as much as the Amozon price on yours, Don. Bike computers have come a long way since then!


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NIKANN7493 6/2/2011 7:39PM

    Awesome job on the ride and the Computer! I have one as well, wireless though. I love it so far! It's a Bell computer... can have my avg speed, top speed, temp, time, all sorts of info. I just love riding around town... easy calorie burner!

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LADYGWEN25 6/2/2011 1:22PM

    awesome job Don! I"m catching up to you on Mileage! to bad we couldn't make it a monthly "goal" in the group... I've gotten Nicole back into bikeing.. we did 20 miles yesterday..WHOOT! and we're going to do a duatholon this fall... I think you could do it with us easy peasy! :)


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ZELLAZM 6/1/2011 5:20PM

    Great workouts you're getting! WTG! Don't forget to hydrate!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/1/2011 9:39AM

    Fastest I've ever gone is 44 mph down a hill, loaded with camping gear, in my 20s.

Not only can you get bike computers that do GPS, but you can also get ones that listen to a heart rate monitor strap too!

Looking forward to the day my surgeon and PT give me the "all clear" for cycling outdoors again...

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JLITT62 6/1/2011 8:05AM

    I'd say that's awesome considering all the rain we've had. Numbers can be motivating!

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BAM-MA 6/1/2011 7:55AM

    Glad to hear about your Granny!!

I am SO jealous, reading about all you guys that can bike to work!

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BILL60 6/1/2011 7:29AM

    Don:
Sounds super!! Talk about the ride you're doing in a week or so. Sounds like you're really looking forward to it.

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FRECKS96 6/1/2011 6:59AM

    Great job! It was brutal yesterday afternoon but I know how much you've been wanting to ride. I'll have to stop over to the shop and have my ride tweaked. I love local business.

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MOMAAGAINX2 6/1/2011 6:21AM

    Human water sprinkler???? Too funny I think I am one of those Rainbird spriklers on the treadmill or elliptical beast-spitting and sputtering with sweat pouring so great analogy!! Keep up with that biking 50 mph would scare me to death on a bike. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/31/2011 11:17PM

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XENA1956 5/31/2011 11:03PM

    Great numbers. Sounds like you are having fun too!

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MEGA_MILES 5/31/2011 10:29PM

    Awesome!! I can't believe the speeds your reaching. I certainly don't have the courage/experience for that yet. I tend to ride the brakes. Call me a wuss. emoticon

Ride on brother, the weather is finally with us.

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MRDPOLING 5/31/2011 10:27PM

    Yeah I went for a walk late tonight after it cooled down some and I still ended up totally soaked.

Love the idea of a speedometer on a bike. I know on stationary bikes I use it to push myself to go a little faster.

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ACIMPEGGY 5/31/2011 10:11PM

    Don, YOU are a winner! emoticon

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JCORYCMA 5/31/2011 9:56PM

    Wow! You just continue to be so inspiring! emoticon

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R.I.P.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Just learned that one of my favorite recording artists died today. Only loosely related to health and wellness, I know, but still have to take five to make mention of Gil Scott-Heron...what a contribution he has made throughout his troubled life!

www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2011/05/
27/136731274/gil-scott-heron-poet-and-
musician-has-died


I am generally not a hip-hop sorta guy but his signature song: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" speaks to my anti-corporate, anti-establishment soul:

www.gilscottheron.com/lyrevol.html

Here's a few lines:

"The revolution will not be right back after a message
about a white tornado, white lightning, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the giant in your toilet bowl.
The revolution will not go better with Coke.
The revolution will not fight the germs that may cause bad breath.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be televised"

youtu.be/rGaRtqrlGy8

Cheers to you Gil and to the day when "The revolution will be live!" Your message transcends race and all that divides us!

www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/28
/gil-scott-heron-dies-rap


Another of my favorites of his: When You Are Who You Are

Great upbeat jazzy tune and SUPER lyrics about being REAL:

youtu.be/2qbYU7T4lyQ

lyrics.wikia.com/Gil_Scott-Heron:Whe
n_You_Are_Who_You_Are


"People never seem to want to be themselves
So they end up running in circles confused
Yeah, confused
Just like everyone else

Every morning when you wake up you put on a new disguise
Just how long did you think it would take me to realize
That the things you wore ain't real
You never tell me just how you feel

When you could be so very beautiful
When you are who you are"

Although Gil Scott-Heron may no longer be with us, I just wanted to do my part to keep his message alive and pay it forward.

Night all!

Don

  
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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/30/2011 8:21AM

    emoticon Oh boy, him and actor Jeff Conway. Will be missed

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VALERIEMAHA 5/29/2011 1:57PM

    Yeah, I've always been a Gil Scott Heron fan as well. And yes, a troubled soul.

RIP.

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MARTY728 5/28/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticonhe will be missed.

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2BMYOWN 5/28/2011 3:17PM

    Wow, I didn't know this, I'll have to check out those links because I'm sorry to admit that I'm not familiar with his work, or him. How could I possibly have missed that, being the radical that I am.....thanx for posting these, and for spreading the word of those great lyrics....

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2011 10:58AM

    Thanks once again for introducing me to music I like . . .

Condolences on your loss!! You've helped create some immortality . . .

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L*I*T*A* 5/28/2011 10:53AM

    awesome message.......
thanks for making us aware of this great man...
sorry to hear of his passing.........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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LADYGWEN25 5/28/2011 7:51AM

    Sorry to hear that... Love the message he sent out in his songs.

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FRECKS96 5/28/2011 7:31AM

    Always sad when a great artist passes.

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O Granny Where Art Thou?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today made this whole week of rainy weather MORE than worthwhile!

Weds. I joined with 21 others on our Ride of Silence, and what a SOAKER it was...! Thankfully only 8 miles. Other than that? NO cycling until TODAY! Rain was still sort of in the forecast, but nary a drop came our way as we traveled 'round Skaneateles Lake. (btw, Skaneateles is pronounced something like Skinny Atlas...brings to mind a waif-like scarecrow holding the globe on its back...lol!) Some folks were kidding about having to hurry up and get our ride in quickly before the Rapture arrived! www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f
=/c/a/2011/05/18/MN1N1JFUB4.DTL
Rapture Ride, someone else quipped: Hey, if I'm gonna go, I couldn't pick a better time for it to happen: while I'm out on the open road on two wheels!

Here's a couple of pics as we're preparing for our launch:





It was a foggy, cloudy and grey start to the ride and looked like it might yet rain after all. I quickly joined with a fellow in the lead with his recumbent bike...we were pretty similarly paced. Felt good to cut loose and RIDE!

These are pics from our noontime stop downtown Skaneateles:









A few took off early to start heading down the west side of the lake. One fellow said "I'm feeling SLOW today. Even though I'm getting a head start I KNOW Don will come whizzing by me soon enough! Lol! I really am not TOO competitive when cycling, although I'll admit to some streaks of this. Mostly, I'll tell ya, after a childhood of being picked last when forming sports teams during Phys Ed or being splattered against the wall during Dodge ball it feels SO FINE to have something athletic in which I actually EXCEL! I just love to PUSH myself when out on my bike! Today, however, there was a down side to being so fast, I later learned.

Here are some of the snazzy and / or unique homes around the lake. There were so many, I just couldn't stop for ALL of them!

Near downtown Skaneateles:



Overlooking the lake:



Although this pic doesn't do it justice, I deliberately took a shot that was less than ideal as there were folks outside sitting in chairs, enjoying the afternoon...wanted to respect their privacy:



This was an old railroad car converted into a home! How cool is that?

On our way down the west side of the lake the clouds blew away and opened up some blue skies with the puffiest of clouds behind!



You know, being out on wide open roads under skies like these...?
Life rarely gets better than this!



I had the pleasure of meeting a young college-aged fellow wearing a Greenpeace bike jersey while riding down the west side of the lake. He wasn't a member of our club, but was kind enough to notice when I inadvertently hit a pot-hole one of my water bottles popped out onto the road. He scooped it up, caught up with me while I was snapping some pics and gave it to me along with a compliment: "I've been following along with your group around the lake and gotta say, you are one strong rider! The rest of the group is way back there!" I thanked him for the compliment and shared with him how far I've come in being Alive in the World. He said he was looking forward to having a beer at the bar in New Hope, a little further down the road. I said "Have one for me!" And he took off! Except, we ended up hop-scotching each other right along on back to Scott, which is where we began.

Although some members mentioned that the west side of the lake had some more serious climbs than the east side, little did I know what EIGERS we were going to face! OOF! And what was worse? My bike got cranky and decided it wouldn't shift on the left side down into first.

O Granny Where Art Thou?!?!

Did I ever need those granny gears BIGTIME! I managed to climb most of these hills in the bottom of second gear, but the last one? It was walkin' time...! Ol' Greenpeace sailed by me and I shared my tale of woe. Finally near the top I thought I might try to finish the rest in the bottom of second. Wouldn't you know: It shifted into first! Grr!

Here's Greenpeace riding off ahead of me:



After the ride was finished and the others with whom I car-pooled (only a couple bucks to help with gas...!) had arrived I found out that one of the things that held them up was changing a flat tire but THE OTHER thing that held them up? The ride leader remembered hearing from another club member that there was a really cool waterfall off the beaten path of the bike ride. So the three of them managed to find it. Had I stayed back with them instead of buzzing on ahead I would have been able to enjoy seeing this waterfall also! Grrr! Ah well, I'll remember that this fall when we most likely make this trek again to enjoy the fall colors!

I later found out that we climbed over 2300 feet during today's ride! All within 40 miles! That brings my new total miles for the season up to 287 miles.

Got home and spent over two hours FINALLY catching up with my lawn-mowing...combined with my ride this REALLY knocked my socks off...! Mowing was so tedious as the grass was so tall I had to go over and over it before the grass got cut decently.

Ready for a KING-SIZED NIGHT'S SLEEP!

Night all!

Don

PS: Guess they called off the Rapture:
youtu.be/aZQ5zC9mG5Q Have to save it for some other cycling outing...lol!

  
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2BMYOWN 5/28/2011 3:14PM

    Gee, I'm glad to find that I'm not the only ****heathen**** that didn't make that 'rapture'! LMAO I was joking that it probably came and went, we all just got left, along with those other fine church people! hahahahahaha Looks like you got 'left behind', too....by Greenpeace! LOL Awesome job on that ride and totally awesome pics, Don, thanx for posting this!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/26/2011 6:55AM

    How fitting your 'ride of silence' was in the rain. Take it as tears shed for fellow cyclists.

Read the rest of the blog. I think I need to come over and ride with you guys. Looks really pretty with all the lakes.

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DAVEINSEOUL 5/26/2011 1:07AM

    Great ride and great pictures! It would be so, so nice if we had a day that blue here - looks like you had a blast!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 5/25/2011 9:30PM

    Sounds like you had a good time, even though you missed the falls. You have lots of miles.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/25/2011 12:30PM

    Got that front derailleur fixed yet? :-)

Did a spin class last night. I'm amazingly out of shape. It's kind of depressing. I'm looking forward to the time when my shoulder is well enough to allow me to bike outside again.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/24/2011 9:28AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, and the pics are fantastic. Thanks for sharing. You are amazing.

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CANBDONE 5/23/2011 5:47PM

    I had a vision of Jesus riding on that white horse and you riding up to meet him!

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LADYGWEN25 5/23/2011 11:05AM

    cool pics!

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INTOTHEJAM2 5/23/2011 8:59AM

    You're so inspirational! Very nice pics!!

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MRDPOLING 5/22/2011 6:14PM

    Inspirational pics! Makes me want to get out of the house and into the sun!

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ZELLAZM 5/22/2011 3:17PM

    Yep. We're still here.

What a great day and great photo blog!

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BAM-MA 5/22/2011 12:17PM

    Awesome day!
I'll bet your body really enjoyed the "King sized night's sleep"!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/22/2011 12:15PM

    These pics are breath-taking! No wonder you love riding around your area! Hmmm, seems like we all got left behind from yesterday, the end of the world LOL!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/22/2011 11:19AM

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DINGALLSTOO 5/22/2011 9:22AM

    beautiful pictures

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FRECKS96 5/22/2011 8:35AM

    Sounds like a great ride!! I love that area and I'm glad you were able to enjoy it so much.

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JLITT62 5/22/2011 5:33AM

    Glad the rain held off for you. Looks like a great ride - sorry you missed the waterfall, but now you have something to look forward to!

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MEGA_MILES 5/22/2011 4:21AM

    Sounds like a great day. Thanks for sharing the story and pictures. I really enjoyed them.

Ride on!! emoticon

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KESTREL500 5/22/2011 1:28AM

    Sounds like you had a great day!

No shame in walking a hill. I always say "there is no hill so steep that I can't walk my bike up it!". I also say " I paid for the granny gear, I am going to use it". And sometimes, when there is a real nasty steep hill I say, " I wish I had a great granny gear!"

And you mowed the lawn...whew! You must be tired!

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Yet One More Perk From My 1st 5K...!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This really felt good:

Yesterday while showering & dressing after my workout at RiverWalk Athletic Center I hung my sweat-soaked t-shirt from the Binghamton Bridge Run on my locker door. A well-built, college-aged fellow pleasantly said:

"Thanks so much for volunteering, man! We all had a great time on our runs yesterday!"
"Volunteering?" I said.
"Yeah, I noticed the t-shirt."
"Oh, I didn't volunteer. I RAN the 5K!" Smiled.
"Wow!" he quickly back-pedaled, "That's Awesome! How'd you do?"
"Well I beat my practice times. I'm pretty happy with that."

Kept chuckling to myself afterward over the surprise I gave him...lol!

Don

  
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ANNIEMAC_98 5/26/2011 8:30PM

    Good for you Don!

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FLOWINGWATER 5/21/2011 11:36AM

    Nice! Way to show him that you don't have to be 20-something to be fit and active! emoticon emoticon

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DAD2GETFIT 5/19/2011 8:58PM

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KINSBAILE 5/19/2011 8:41PM

    That SO KICKS BUTT! I am glad you surprised him! Ah, you just made my day with that!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/19/2011 11:28AM

    Love it !!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I could have seen the look on his face. Good job with the 5K, you always inspire. emoticon

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WOLFKITTY 5/19/2011 10:13AM

    REdefining the perceptions of young guys... Isn't that how we're helping the youth of today?!

I think that's fantastic!
Jocelyn

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/18/2011 4:45PM

    Aah well, we all learn sometime, some later than others...
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ZELLAZM 5/18/2011 3:20PM

    Young guy: emoticon emoticon
Don: emoticon emoticon

Love it! emoticon emoticon

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NIKANN7493 5/18/2011 7:38AM

    Too funny... That is awesome!

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IRONGRANNIE 5/18/2011 5:24AM

    Greypower!!!!!!!


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2BMYOWN 5/17/2011 11:26PM

    That's awesome! You GO, Don, I gotta stop by your page whenever I need some inspiration!

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MNCYCLIST 5/17/2011 10:29PM

    That's awesome! Great story, thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 5/17/2011 10:26PM

    So so cool!! Congrats to you!! Still life in us good ol' dogs, right??

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MRDPOLING 5/17/2011 10:09PM

    You can't see it, but I am jumping up and down right now! Congradulations on the 5K! you totaly rawk!

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L*I*T*A* 5/17/2011 7:57PM

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JLITT62 5/17/2011 6:09PM

    Love it! Take that, young whippersnapper!

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VARMINT3 5/17/2011 5:18PM

    Nice!

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CANBDONE 5/17/2011 4:13PM

    One for the Oldies!

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LADYGWEN25 5/17/2011 3:31PM

    LOL..that is AWESOME! Wish i could've been there to see the look on the guys face :) Just goes to show... Fitness knows know limit to age.. Look at Jack Lalaine.. He's my hero :)

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FRECKS96 5/17/2011 3:17PM

    emoticon That's great!

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NEURONERD 5/17/2011 2:04PM

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ILUVTOTAT 5/17/2011 1:27PM

    Sweet!

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BOBBYD31 5/17/2011 1:17PM

    LOL nice!

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ZIRCADIA 5/17/2011 12:49PM

    BWAHAHA that's what he gets for assuming. :)

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