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Ride Interrupted

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I headed out at 7:30 this morning for a 40-mile ride on some of my favorite back roads. It was going to be an easy ride, stopping along the way to take pictures. Every time I've ridden this route I've seen deer in the fields and often there are turkeys, too. I was not disappointed today. I stopped to take a picture of a deer, but when I un-clipped my shoes, it startled the turkeys (that I didn't see) that were in the field, too. When the turkeys flew off, they startled the deer and it bounded into the woods.

There is a buffalo farm at the top of the mountain. They are such majestic animals. Imagine what it must have looked like to see thousands of these animals roaming the plains.

About 5 minutes after stopping to take this picture, I heard a huge "bang." My tire and tube were blown. For a minute, I thought one of the CO2 cartridges had exploded, but then remembered that I only brought my hand pump. So I got off the bike and started to get my tools out. And that's when I realized it was going to be a long walk home. I forgot to transfer all the repair gear from the hybrid to the road bike--I had a tube patch kit and a pump, but no tire levers or tire patches. I was 9 miles from home on a road where there is rarely a car, and I have never seen another cyclist. I was hoping I wouldn't have to walk the entire 9 miles--if I got down to the main road, about 3.5 miles, I might be able to catch a ride home. (I had my cell, but DH wasn't home.)

I could not believe my eyes when 2 minutes later 2 cyclists crested the hill. (I've ridden this route many times and have never seen other cyclists.) They stopped and asked if I wanted help. Another surprise--they were employees of a local bike shop! In just a few minutes they had a new tube inserted and a temporary fix on the tire--enough to get me back home.

I will never leave home again without checking to see if I have ALL of my emergency gear. Tomorrow I'll stop at the bike shop to pick up a new tire and deliver home made cookies to the 2 cycling angels.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NIKNAKPATTYMAC 9/10/2012 12:06PM

    Love the story and the pic. My thought was.."well, she IS a marathon runner. Nine miles will be a piece of cake." Ha Ha! I admire you so much.

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/19/2012 1:50AM

    Ride only temporarily interrupted! It was great that your fellow cyclists helped out.

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ANGELARUTHIE 7/23/2012 8:23PM

    WOW!!! So glad you didn't have to hitch a ride with a stranger.....or worse, have to brave all those miles on foot. I think I'll be making a trip to the bike shop to stock up on some things I've been meaning to put in my bike bag. :)

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    GREAT STORY! I only go on the backroads when I'm with Hubby. I am not brave like you! So glad it worked out for you. Forty miles was my goal for this summer, but I haven't achieved it. I typically go about 34. Maybe next summer or this fall. Enjoyed your blog.

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BOBBYD31 7/22/2012 8:40PM

    man you had luck on your shoulder on that ride, that is awesome and one reason i always stop and ask if someone needs help. going to work is going to be a rough one for you tomorrow....... that just sucks

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/22/2012 7:50PM

    Nothing is a coincidence!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 7/22/2012 7:29PM

    It sounds like God sent his angels to help you!

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MARATHONDAD 7/22/2012 12:08PM

    thats a great blog!!!!

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JUNEAU2010 7/22/2012 12:07PM

    Thanks for sharing the buffalo picture! What a lucky thing to have the cyclists come on to help you!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/22/2012 12:05PM

  the good lord was watching out for you

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