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Death Valley!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Strike up the music, Cassandra Wilson with an upbeat ode to life, which is SO FINE on this gorgeous autumn day! The colors are coming so FAST all of a sudden!

"A Little Warm Death"... www.youtube.com/watch?v=
hh_r6NwqIvs




I should have known that with his quiet smile, our ride leader would have at least one challenge during this ride. He didn't disappoint! There is a REASON the road he led us through is called Death Valley Road! I couldn't believe I made that climb without walking. I think if a fly had landed on my shoulder I would've crumpled into a walk...but it didn't and I was able to make the entire climb sucking wind with every turn of the pedal...lol!



We had the special pleasure of welcoming five guests from Spain on our ride, making a nice total of 15 riders strong. The ride leader promised a round of ice cream for all near the end of the ride. However we had many "boo's" when we discovered the ice cream stand was closed. I was cheering for the lack of temptation...lol! We later came across some enterprising girls selling lemonade at their stand on the lawn in front of their home. A much better investment of our quarters seeing their faces light up!



A rider remarked that "Did you hear that chocolate milk is so *last year* for a recovery drink? The new recovery drink at the end of a long ride is BEER!" which brought round of applause and chuckles.

I cracked, "okay, guess we're now in search of an ice cream stand that serves beer!" :-)

Here I am with fellow bike club members and a few of our guests from Spain who I hope will join us tomorrow for our big day of fun and rides out of Marvin Park, Owego:



Had a lovely time tonight at the Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter Paul & Mary) concert...such a wonderful humanitarian, minstrel and quite an accomplished guitarist as well!

Late night...off to bed and solid sleep for a big day of cycling tomorrow!

But not before sharing a good reminder from ThoughtCatalog.com, a website which has been catching my eye and tweaking my brain now & then with interesting editorials & blogs. I thought of Don Miguel Ruiz's Four Agreements, namely the first in which he speaks to the power of our word and the importance of being impeccable with our word. Here are related thoughts shared:

You Are / Whatever You Say / You Are
thoughtcatalog.com/2013/
you-are-whatever-you-say-y
ou-are/


Let's do our best to be kind and loving toward ourselves and each other:
www.huffingtonpost.com/k
ate-bartolotta/happiness-t
ips_b_3956114.html


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XENA1956 10/23/2013 6:59PM

    When I first spotted this blog. I thought Don was here in CA riding Death Valley and I didn't know about it. Then I read and had to laugh. Keep on getting up those high hills. Sound pretty tough. If you ever get out this way you will find plenty of mountains rides both street and dirt. lol Nice reading what you have been up too. xo Teri

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SMITTY4RL 10/4/2013 7:29PM

    The title caught my eye...super job on the great hill. It's almost time to put up the road bikes here (although we might squeak out another ride or two). Looks like you had a ton of fun--even thought the ice cream stand was closed emoticon . Wow, love the song, too (wonder if I can download on iTunes?)

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 10/4/2013 9:49AM

    I always LOVE the stories of your rides!

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SASSYCHRIS1952 9/30/2013 2:56PM

    As always, I enjoyed your post and your pictures!

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MYLADY4 9/30/2013 1:19PM

    Way to go and how freeking fun. Oh and I am so jealous, just say'n.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/29/2013 5:54PM

    Such great weather this weekend for your bike rides. It sure looks like you are having a great time.

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_VALEO_ 9/29/2013 4:03PM

    I was expecting another Death Valley emoticon but I am not disappointed! Good job on climbing this hill!

Great links to music and articles!



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SLIMMERJESSE 9/29/2013 10:12AM

    Wonderful pics! Thanks for sharing them.

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L*I*T*A* 9/29/2013 9:42AM

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 9/29/2013 9:24AM

    fantastic blog thankyou!

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CHANGE4FIT 9/29/2013 9:03AM

    Great blog, Don. When I clicked the link I half way expected you to write about an upcoming bike trip through Death Valley with your tent in tow!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/29/2013 8:53AM

    Sounds like a great ride and a great day!

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FERRETLOVER1 9/29/2013 8:42AM

    emoticon on making it up that huge hill! I'll bet the ride back down was really great.

Sorry that emoticon stand was closed, but you really made those little girls day. emoticon

Sounds to me like you earned that "recovery drink" - emoticon

I have always been a huge fan of not only Peter, Paul and Mary as a group, but of each of them as individuals, too. You were so lucky to get to go to a Paul Stookey concert! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/29/2013 7:05AM

    Lovely day - Would have loved to have heard Paul Stookey of P,P&M. I learned to play the guitar along with their albums way back when! And beer has long been the preferred drink (last year, this year and I don't expect there will be much change) of German athletes. Not this one...the lemonade would have been more to my taste!

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PMRUNNER 9/29/2013 6:09AM

    Thanks, Don! Enjoyed your entry and the links too.

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ROXYCARIN 9/29/2013 12:48AM

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