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Day 3 of the 1,000 mile challenge

Sunday, April 03, 2011

142.1 miles down, 857.9 to go!

Today, I rode from my house to Apison, TN to meet some friends. They were doing a club ride and I decided to tag along for a while.

It was a beautiful morning to ride. There were blue skies and flowers blooming. We had a ton of rain last week and now with the sunshine, spring is taking off.

When I left the house, I was bundled up. It was only in the 40's. By the end of the ride, I was down to just shorts and a jersey. It must have been 70 degrees! It's funny how much easier it is to ride in warmer weather.

When I got back to my house, I had 49 miles on my odometer. Well, that was too close to 50 to stop, so I continued a little farther to top it off. Ended up with 50.3 miles.

Here are a few pictures from today's ride:

You know you're in trouble when your ride leader is the Energizer Bunny! (Sorry it's blurry. I was climbing a hill.)

Can you tell that Tennessee Volunteer fans live here? (This house was actually in Georgia, though!)

Here's a nice view of the mountains. This is the southern part of the Appalachian Mountain Chain.

Hope you all have a Sparking good day!!

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DDOORN 4/18/2011 11:50PM

    Great idea...the bunny that is, 50 miles too...! I'm finally starting to rack up some miles since early April here...sheesh!


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HERE2PERSEVERE 4/4/2011 10:47AM

    Wowza...sounds like you are an emoticontoo! emoticon

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    Wow, how beautiful! So cool you went for the extra mile! Congratulations on biking 50!

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BRTRAINS 4/3/2011 5:31PM

    WOW ! another set of great pictures..... You are doing great getting the mileage in...

I love the Energizer Bunny! lol

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Day 2 of the 1,000 mile challenge

Saturday, April 02, 2011

91.8 miles down, 908.2 to go!

Today, I participated in a charity ride for Habitat for Humanity. A group of us rode 61.3 miles. It was the first year doing this ride. The scenery was fabulous, but it's always fabulous around here! We were not very impressed with how they supported us. They did have volunteers at every turn (though we still made a wrong one and almost ended up riding 100 miles instead!) However, on a ride that long, you really need proper fuel to keep you going. They had one rest stop in the middle of the ride, providing us with apples, bananas and lunch cakes. I opted for an apple, but a little protein and salt would have been nice.

At the end of the ride, they were already tearing down the tables and putting things away. Now, we weren't the last ones in, by far! Our after ride meal offered was cold, shriveled hot dogs and hamburgers, but the condements were already packed up! We opted to skip this and go out for lunch. We were famished and that wasn't going to do it for us.

This route was close to where I live, so I can ride these roads anytime. I discovered some new roads that I didn't know about. I'll have to think of some new routes that incorporate some of these roads.

Here are some pictures of the highlights:

Here's our gang today

This is typical of the terraine we rode today. I think we climbed that ridge a few times!

Self portrait while riding

After riding over 60 miles, this just won't do!!

This is what we opted for and I still ended up with a calorie deficit!

Have a great day everyone!!

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DAISEYDUCK 4/5/2011 8:03AM

    What? No peanut butter sandwiches? Trail mix? Not even oranges? What were they thinking? emoticon

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CARRIGANSJOY 4/3/2011 8:35AM

    Way to go on your ride!

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Day one of the 1,000 mile challenge

Friday, April 01, 2011

30.5 miles down, 969.5 to go!

I started the challenge off by riding from my house in the country. I did a loop down into northern Georgia, passing through the town/intersection called Cohutta, then heading north toward, but not into, Cleveland, TN. From there, I circled back home.

Do you think my "horse" can pull this wagon?

I know they're weeds, but I thought this field was beautiful. It reminded me of the poppy field in the Wizard of Oz.

Most of my ride was solo, but I did ride for about a mile with another lady. She had a mountain bike with a lot of baskets on it. She said she didn't drive and the bike was her only transportation.

I saw a male turkey on the left side of the road, strutting his stuff, with his tail spread. I was so busy watching him that I didn't notice his girlfrien on the right side of the road. She scared the bejeezers out of me when I flushed her!

I stopped at Red Clay State Park for a potty break. Red Clay was the final councel grounds for the Cherokee indians in this area. It became a staging place where the Trail of Tears began. The Cherokees were forced out of here and had to travel all the way to Oklahoma in the 1800's. It's a beautiful, serene park now.

Well, that was it for today's ride. Have a great day!!

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HERE2PERSEVERE 4/2/2011 6:14PM

    Really enjoyed the pics! Looks like an
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BRTRAINS 4/1/2011 7:39PM

    Real nice pictures... I so long to see some green up here . Good luck with your challenge.. I'm so jealous you are able to ride outside..
We had snow this morning and it's very cold and raw out..

I'll have to take some pictures when i finally get out riding of this area so you can see what it looks like up here in the warm weather ...


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Ok, This is it....My Big Challenge!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I love to bicycle. Every year I put more miles on than in the previous year. Last year, I logged over 5,000 miles. So needless to say, my goals get bigger and bigger every year.

Well, in January, when I was setting my goal for 2011, I decided instead of setting a yearly goal I would pick one month and kick butt.

April is the month. I'm challenging myself to log 1,000 miles this month. I start tomorrow, rain or shine. (And it looks like it will be rain...)

What will help is that I have a week tour planned riding the entire Natchez Trace this month. The rest will all be local riding.

I'll keep you all posted on my progress.

Here I go.......!

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WHEEZELO 4/1/2011 2:57AM

    Way to go!!! Tonight was our first warm night ride in many months, it felt so good. Even during the winter we kept at it, but tonight it was enjoyable all the more.

I am glad you have you goal for the month and I know you will reach it, rain or shine. My buddies and I are going to do the 2nd 12 Hours of Temecula for 2011 in June. We have our countdown, and from here on out training increases. My last time, in January, I got 7 laps in 12 hours. My goal this time will be 8 or 9 laps. If there are no mechanical issues with the bike, I think it is doable.

Keep posting your progress as it is encouraging to hear what others are achieving. Most of all, have fun reaching the goal you set for yourself.

Brent emoticon

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Monday, March 21, 2011

It doesn't happen very often, but a cold finally caught me.

I felt a scratchy throat coming on last Wednesday night. Here's how my mind works: When I worked full-time, I never missed matter how sick I was. So, now that I don't work full-time, I decided I wouldn't cancel any of my 'playing.'

I biked Thursday-Sunday, putting on 150 miles. The weather was beautiful, so I couldn't pass it up biking in the sunshine everyday! Next bike ride is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Well, my throat is better, but I can't breath now. Part is a cold, part is allergies.

Today, I have a million things to do, but they're all indoor things, so it should be a good rest day.

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BRTRAINS 3/25/2011 3:09PM

    Hope the cold didn't get too much a hold on you.... emoticon here's some medicine to make you feel better

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/21/2011 2:28PM

    suckola feel better soon!

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