Tuesday, April 19, 2011
No riding today. I had a million things to catch up on both at work and around the house.
There are 2 things, however, that I want to share:
While on the ride Sunday, we were chased by those nasty pit bulls on my road. About 5 miles from my house, we were passed by a firetruck and I made the comment that I hoped it wasn't going to my house. When we got home, my husband said there were a bunch of emergency vehicles that went past our house and stopped nearby. Well, apparently one of the pit bulls ran out in front of a motorcyclist. From what I heard from a neighbor, the cyclist was okay, but the pit bull didn't make it. Here's the kicker....these dogs were running loose and the owners weren't even home!
Now, I hate to see any animal lose it's life....even a pit bull...because of stupid owners. I can only hope that they keep the other one chained or fenced to protect it and anyone passing by!
Now, on a lighter note:
I got to meet another Sparkfriend tonight. MCDOWN75 came to her first club bike ride with the Chattanooga Bike Club. I had a board meeting, so I couldn't ride with her, but I did stop before the ride to meet her. I wish I would have had more time to get to know her, even though I already know her from SP. Next time maybe we'll get to ride and chat!
That's 3 sparkfriends that I've met up with this month! Awesome!!
Tomorrow, it's back on the bike. I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 262.7 more miles!!!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
737.8 miles down, 262.2 to go!!
I contemplated taking a day off today, but it was a beautiful, sunny day that was calling to me. So, I called a friend to join me on a ride. She met me at my house and we left from here.
Our first challenge was to get past the pit bulls that are on my road. It really bothers me that they let them run loose. A lot of cyclists use this road and it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. As we approached them, they took off after my friend. They were nipping at her heals and she hit them with a couple good kicks to their faces. Luckily, they retreated after that. I am an animal lover and hate to see one get hurt, but sometimes there's only one option. The dogs are just being dogs. It's the owners who need to be trained! Maybe a kick to their faces or something.....I'm just saying....
There were a lot of dogs out today, but the rest weren't as aggressive.
After that incident, we had a really nice 40 mile ride. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming and the birds were chirping. It doesn't get much better than that.
I didn't take any pictures while we were riding today. Too busy talking. Since I brought up the dogs, here are mine:
(And these two would definitely chase a bicycle if I let them!!)
Tomorrow, I have a million things to do to get caught up with work, after being away for a week, and around the house. I also have a meeting in Chattanooga in the evening. It will be interesting trying to fit a 2 hour ride in there.
Friday, April 15, 2011
638.3 miles down, 361.7 to go!!
Well! Today was interesting!
We woke up to thunderstorms, so riding wasn't looking too good. We hung around the hotel waiting for it to pass.
It didn't pass. So, we hopped into the van and went to our next hotel.
After checking into our new hotel and hitting Subway for lunch, some of us decided to take a chance on a ride. It looked like it was clearing up. We hopped back into the van and were dropped off 50 back on the Natchez Trace, where we left off yesterday. It started to rain just before we were dropped off. Within 3 miles, we were soaked!
I've had better ideas.....
Here's a very wet picture from the state line.
As I continued on, it actually did clear up. I was really enjoying the ride. When the sun came out, I was so excited to see my shadow!
By the time we finished up the 50 miles, we were struck with another storm. Here are the guys loading the trailer in the rain:
Lil Elvis had a rough day....
Tomorrow is the last day of our tour. We will be riding from Hohenwald, TN to Nashville. It's kind of sad that it's nearing it's end. This has been so much fun!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Yeah!! Back on my bike today!!
588.3 miles down, 411.7 to go!!
Today I felt MUCH better when I woke up. Unfortunately, I'm hearing a lot of coughing from my friends and I've had to share my medicine. I hope they survive a couple more days before the sickness kicks in completely.
We had a beautiful day of riding. We started in Tupelo, MS and rode to Tuscumbia, AL. A trip to Elvis's birthplace was our first stop of the morning.
Pretty small house!
I bought a mascot for my bike in the gift shop.
We were having a discussion while riding about how, other than historical markers, there isn't anything along the Natchez Trace. That being said, we have been having an awesome time. Who would think that wildflowers, butterflies and listening to the birds would be so much fun.
Here are some of today's sites:
The Pharr Mounds (Indian Mounds) are in the background of this picture. They date back to the time of Christ.
The Tombigbee Waterway.
Lunch break along the road.
Yeah! We made it to Alabama!!
Today's riding was getting hillier as we went north. I guess the bigger hills are to come. I also noticed more rocky bluffs along the side of the road.
Tomorrow, there are violent storms headed our way. Every weather forecast says something different. We're going to try to leave early to beat the storm. Today, we rode an extra 17 miles to make tomorrow a shorter day. Let's hope we stay somewhat dry!
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