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I Make a Poor Wily Coyote!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I set out yesterday on my bike to enjoy some of the Big Splash Music Festival:

It was a picture-perfect day for cycling (sunny, upper 70's) and I knew I wanted to get more cycling than just heading out to the festival, which would be around 20 miles.

After listening for about an hour to some nice bluegrass/country/rock crossover and another local group of country-folk women singing (The Burns Sisters) I got restless to hit the road again and decided I would head "south of the border" across the NY / PA state line toward Hallstead/Great Bend, PA.

I thought it would be nice to have some company so on a whim I called my biking buddy (who joined forces with me last Sept. for our 175 mile NJ ride!) to see if she might be free. However she was with company...but she really wanted to get out on her bike! A few minutes after hanging up she rang through again: shook loose her company and was getting ready to hit the road too! YES! :-)

Knowing that this upcoming weekend was the Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour (not too late to join in the fun...! www.southerntierbicyclec
) I wanted to rack up some more miles and feel better prepared for cycling 'round Watkins Glen, Seneca & Keuka Lakes.

We enjoyed some bike talk along the way, kicking around ideas for future rides, bike gear we wanted but couldn't afford...lol and the upcoming GFLBT and Heritage Tour the weekend after. I was debating whether or not to consider tackling the century ride around Seneca Lake on Sat. June 11th as it was so early in the cycling season, the route is much hillier than what we had last Sept. in NJ and I wasn't sure if I was ready. She did a good job of nudging me: "You KNOW you can do it. Maybe not as well as you might at the end of the season, but just think how well getting a century under your belt NOW will help you later!"

Sometimes I just gotta get out of my own way...lol!

Dealt with a pretty strong headwind on our way northbound after a stretching water break in Great Bend, good to build our skills, right? :-) Practiced a few standing climbs here and there. It was good to find our mutual cycling pace quickly became very complimentary just as it had been last year.

She went back to the Big Splash festival as we returned to Binghamton and I headed home as it was heading for 7 and I didn't want it getting too dark.

Less than 5 miles from home. Isn't that what they say about auto accidents...most of 'em happen right near one's home?

The lane striping for cyclists on upper Front St. northbound where it T's off with Route 12A is very frustrating as the cycling lane is of course on the far right-hand side. But then there's the right turn lane for cars. What's a cyclist to do when one wants to go straight and not turn? Well, they simply stop the far right cycling lane striping back before the intersection and voila! Paint a bike lane at the traffic light IN BETWEEN the straight and right-turn lanes.

So how does one get there? While turning to my left to eye-ball oncoming traffic to see if anyone was coming up the right turn lane so I could cross into the bike lane I inadvertently zigged my bike into the curb.

Yikes! Seeing a fall in the making I saw a sign on the side of the road and grabbed one of the posts holding up the sign and sorta just slammed into THAT instead of the ground. Saved my knee from major road rash, but twisted my thumb and still scraped up my shoulder, etc. Bike was okay other than the handlebars getting knocked a bit off "true." Hobbled on home for those final 5 miles. Hello Bacitracin, my old buddy! Unlike Wily Coyote who bounces back good as new in the next frame, I'm going to need some mending this week.

Passing on cycling today. Going to the fitness center to work out the kinks. Hated to do this as I may get rained out the rest of the week and I want to keep cycling to be at my best for this upcoming weekend!

Guess I'm just going to have to revert to STOPPING at this intersection, getting OFF the bike and walking across and then getting on. At least until I get a mirror of some sort which can improve my visibility.

What us cyclists will put ourselves through...! But yep: every lump, bump & scrape: the joys of cycling is still worth it!

Have a SPARKED week everyone!


ps...keeping track of my totals: Today's 52 mile ride puts me right up to 398 miles so far for the season!
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    Great save! I'm glad a dose of Bacitracin and a break was all you needed.

    Having a buddy to ride with is not to be taken lightly!

    NOW, to go read the end of the story.
    2539 days ago
    Just seeing this today, Friday, and hoping that you've bounced back and healed up in time for a great weekend!
    2571 days ago

    I suppose what kayakers say about rapids could also apply to cyclists at intersections:

    "It's better to walk the (drop) and wish you hadn't than the other way around."

    Feel better soon.
    2573 days ago
    398 miles!! Awesome! You may not be quite WC but still great for a gentlemen "our age" lol! emoticon
    2573 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Glad it wasn't any worse than that!
    2573 days ago
    Ouch, sorry to hear about your boo boo and glad you weren't hurt too badly, nice save by grabbing the pole - great, quick thinking. I love reading your bike adventures. You totally exude enthusiasm !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2573 days ago
    Ow!! I love reading about your biking adventures, but the ending to this one was not so great... I guess smacking into a sign is better than smacking into the ground?? I hope you heal rapidly - I have no doubt you'll be back on both wheels in no time!
    2574 days ago
    glad you're ok! that is a major OUCH!
    2574 days ago
    I'm glad you're okay! Sorry you ran into a sign!
    2574 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your fall! But, the rest of the day sounds beautiful!

    Here in TX, it seems biking season is more from Jan-Apr. Not much going on right now! I am getting out at least once a week for 10-13 miles. I can't wait to train starting in January, though. That's when I feel I'll become a 'real' cyclist! There is a century in August, but probably 100 degrees & no local long rides. Oh, well!

    Enjoy your rides! And, rest up from that fall!
    2574 days ago
  • MARTY728
    Interesting blog to read. Sorry about your mishap! Hope you heal painlessly and quickly. emoticon
    2574 days ago
    I began reading your blog because your title intrigued me, but I kept reading because I was truly in awe. I don't ride and I'm always aware when sharing the road with cyclists since you seem so vulnerable, yet so daring. Sorry you got hurt and will have to hang up your saddle for a minute, but I know you'll be back on soon. Good luck with the race.
    2574 days ago
    That's the scariest part of cycling. Having to deal with cars ans bad layouts. Glad you're okay. As an expert klutz I recommend you get the kinks out. emoticon
    2574 days ago
    So glad you're ok! My friend has lost 67 pounds and was on a 30 mile bike excursion. She went off the road and fell after 25 miles...a badly sprained ankle but not broken. She now says she will only use her stationary bike. I hope she is just joking...I'll have to direct her to your blogs so that the bike bug will bite her again!
    2574 days ago
    I've often thought about riding while wrapped in bubble wrap.
    2574 days ago
    Oh no! You seem to be in good spirits despite your mishap, so at least that's a good sign. emoticon The last time I mangles my ankles (stupid pedals) in a fall, I was not as chipper. In fact, I called my BF to come get me and the bike, and I was only four blocks from home! LOL Of course, I had also jammed the handlebars right into my chest and felt like I could barely breathe, but hey, like you said, I sure got right back on that sucker in a couple of days though. emoticon

    I'm so glad the rest of your day and riding were perfectly lovely. Sounds idyllic, actually.

    I hope you iced those bruises!

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    2574 days ago
    OUCH! Hope you're feeling better!

    That sounds like a really bad intersection, but for a horrid cycling road, the road we take to my ILs house in PA is a 2 lane paved road about as narrow as you can make 2 lanes, with unpaved shoulders, no white lines, etc. Passing a large truck even in a small car is no treat, and people drive crazy on this little twisty road. And there are "Share the Road" signs all over the place - I'm sorry, but if I were a cyclist I'd stay off that road (I'd haul my bike somewhere more reasonable to ride if I had to take that road) because I sure don't want to literally "become the road"!
    2574 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your fall. Hope the fun from the rest of the day outweighed the pain! lol

    2574 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Sounds like a great ride until the end. Sorry you got a little banged up and I hope you recover quickly.

    I'm quickly learning how poorly many of our roads are designed for cyclists. Good luck this weekend!
    2574 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about your injury, I'm glad you are ok in the long run. I'm very impressed with the mileage you have, wow!
    2574 days ago
    Well, I'm sorry for the mishap but glad you lived to tell about it and were able to make it home. And that it happened at the end of your day and didn't ruin the whole trip!
    2574 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    what a wonderful way to spend part of your weekend....
    blessings and hugs.............lita
    2574 days ago
    Ouch! But it sounds like you had a great time cycling!
    2574 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    Signs make a person say ouch, just as much as kissing pavement..
    emoticon Hope you feel better soon..
    (I just got given a 21 gear bike and I swear I can't find all the gears as yet, I am dreading accidents lol)
    2574 days ago
    I would strongly advise you to avoid falling, smashing into and otherwise impacting hard objects with your body.

    2574 days ago
    Gosh, what a great DAY you had!!!
    And I'm soooo glad there was a sign there to save your knee ... mine is still kinda mangled from a wreck over two years ago. But I know thumbs don't heal very fast, either. I just try to stay off roads whenever i can; Denver has over 800 miles of bike paths, so I let the 2000-pound behemoths have their pavement, bike lanes or no.

    There are a really awkward and dangerous underpasses even on my trail system, though. How about we print up t-shirts and run for King and Queen of the Universe, and we can declare the earth bike-friendly and off-limits to motorized vehicles!!??? Do you have any idea how many problems that would solve? Energy crisis: over. Obesity problem: over. Global warming: on the downslide. Road rage: outta here. Community apathy: nope -- everyone's out biking alongside their neighbors.

    Gosh -- this is SUCH a great idea!
    2574 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2011 10:11:30 AM
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