Back when I was a racer we used to try to draft anything that moved. My teem would meet at a truck stop and draft heavily loaded semi's that couldn't accelerate quickly when they left. When we were able we'd even follow the truck onto the expressway and try to draft them until the next exit a few miles away and then ride back. Some farm tractors can go a pretty decent clip on the road but I never could figure out how to draft a tractor since bein g so high they didn't seem to block any air when a teammate clued me in to draft the tire instead of the tractor itself. Commercial trucks like UPS vans block a lot of air but unfortunately they make a lot of stops so the fun usually doesn't last. In the winter we'd motorpace driving hatch back cars with the hatch open and the heater on full blast to give drafting cyclists a little warmth. We weren't aware how dangerous this was since the vacuum created by the open hatch can draw exhaust gases like carbon monoxide into the car. I like to think I'm older and wiser now but in reality I'm mostly just slower.
Since animals seem to permeate the stories on this blog, had to stop on the way up Col de Aspin during the 2003 TDF to let a herd of sheep finish crossing the road. I think it was about 2/3 of the way up, cold, overcast, just one of those surreal moments.
Okay, yes it was dangerous but one of the coolest things I've ever done is draft the US Postal Bus away from a stage town during the 2002 TDF. I was trying to catch some friends who left the finish town before me and was sort of rolling with traffic when the bus came by just as traffic started breaking up so I tucked in behind and cruised at between 30-40 mph for a few minutes while inhaling some nice diesel fumes. There may not have even been any riders on the bus but it was still cool as hell!
Coolest was on an early morning commute along the C&O Canal in Washington DC when I had to stop for deer in my path... They skittered pretty quickly down to the Potomac River, but it was quite a view on a beautiful and peaceful morning.
2009 Cycling Goal: 2,750 miles (3,500 miles 8/15) Year to 10/2: 3,255 miles Previous Goals/Miles: 2008 2,500 mi/2,419.1 logged (80.9 miles short) 2007 (1/2 Year): 1,000 mi/ 1,002 logged!!
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Riding in the country a lot the most common thing I find are tools. I assume they fall off of tractors and such. I found a number of 12" adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, crowbars, etc. The other thing I see is pornography. I guess people must throw it out the window when they fear it being discovered at their destination.
The coolest thing I've ever seen would have probably been after one of our ''little'' floods. The waters has finally receded and I went for a ride. As I passed through an area, I could see where the waters had been so high that I would have been underwater if I'd have ridden just a few days earlier. And, considering that I sit at about 6' off the ground when in my saddle, and that this area is rather large, that's really something.
The strangest thing I've ever seen is motorists repeatedly driving the wrong way on a 2 mile section of one way road. I guess all those DO NOT ENTER signs must have left them too dazed to logically process thought...if they were actually thinking. I keep waiting for natural selection to weed out the inept but they just keep breeding!!
So far I have seen nothing on my rides. Maybe I am riding in the wrong part of the world, maybe I am just not riding enough. :-)
My next ride (if ever the sun can shine again) will be on a bike with an engine. Not quite the cycling all of you are doing. I am a very excited brand new licensed biker chick. Still haven't take my bike on the road.
"Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start."
Prairie dogs in New Mexico! Amazing sight for the this Texan!
Dana, Half Fanatic #1693
Completed 2013 Events: Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles
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A turtle wearing a diaper. A friend from out if town & I were heading up A1A in FL & I saw what looked like a sculpted turtle hanging out of a bag. As we passed, the turtle moved & I yelled to stop. I thought we had found some exotic turtle that fell off a truck or something. We enlisted the assistance of a lady outside with her dog. Turns out, she knew who it belonged to & the "bag" covering the rear end was its diaper. The owners were out, sadly at a funeral, and she got it in the back porch safely. Really beautiful turtle - no idea what type, though I've been thinking of stopping back by that house to ask.
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