Here is my mama and papa and my fat head.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Here is my mama and papa and my fat head.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I saw more riders today then I have in a long time. Some were rabbits and some were turtles, I had the silent/secret race with one rider we flew wide open for 15 miles on gravel, he passed me first, I followed for aways, and passed him when he fiddled with his water bottle, kept the lead, I couldn't even grab water. Then we went different ways. That was well with me because I was close to blowing up, is that crazy or what? EGO.
Perhaps a lot of those riders were getting some miles in for RAGBRAI training.
I wanted to get a good ride in today because I am not sure how much my schedule is going to let me ride the rest of the week. Tomorrow I take ma and pa to the Memorial Day parade and then it's my watch, to help ma and pa out for the rest of the day.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
As Jimmy Buffett would sing, "I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise"
Today was a warm one. I drank 200 oz's of fluids, Still felt woozy towards the end. Rode 65 miles of gravel travel. I hope I can fully recover and do her again tomorrow. It is supposed to be 90 tomorrow. Seems I am still getting used to the heat and am effected by it more then I would like to be. Had good energy,
Open letter to Mr. Floyd Landis.
I have decided to come clean today. After 30 miles saddle time in today, 100 oz's of water, and lots of gravel dust, I spiked my Mountain Dew with a 5 hour energy boost, and I doubt if I am peeing clean right now, with my caffeine levels being so high. Thank you for giving me the courage to come out of the "closet"
Your biking brotha,
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Gonna go down and see the Love Monkeys tomorrow night. They are rocking outside under the town clock. These guys put on a great show.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Glad you visited.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I was riding along the river front and came upon two ladies standing over this turtle that was in the road. So I stopped. They said the poor thing was wounded and they wanted to get Mr Turtle out of the road. So one of em reached down to pick him up and the turtle hissed and swung around to take one of her fingers off. I told her you better be careful that is a snapper. So I grabbed him from the rear and pulled him out of the road and up on the grass. Seemed now he had a sense of where the river was and started to head that way. So I was the turtle savor.
Barge traffic on the river. Probably coal on it's way up to Lansing Iowa for the power plant.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
So almost had to force myself to get on a bike tonight, but bike I did. I knew I needed too, I didn't ride yesterday and needed to test the legs out, and not let how I felt at the moment make the decision. It was 90 out and humid, but riding around town was fun, just didn't have full throttle available. That's all right you gotta accept the low energy days too. Tomorrow is a vacation day, so tomorrow is a "ride day" and want to put in some high gravel miles. So we will see how it goes with the 92 degrees and humid forecast. Heat and humidity in the past didn't hinder me for riding, but the old grey mare ain't what she used to be either. I find the older I get, the better I used to be.
Oh and I saw this bike on Ebay, I didn't need another full suspension but the price was right. The only problem it's just so tiny I can't adjust the seat high enough.
So the weekend is over, hope you had fun,
Over and out.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
My daughter's FaceBook comment. Warms a father's heart.
"Melissa Hunter is excited to see her dad this weekend!! It's been way too long!"
So I took a half day off of work so I could ride a bike. I won't ride this weekend due to driving up to Lakeville Mn. for chill'n with the baby Cole.
Grabbed the skinnie tired bike and was headed for a some pavement riding. Before I got to the curb I realized my rear tire was flat. Ahhhhhhhggggggg!!!!! I did not say a bad word, replaced both the tire and tube, the tire had seen better miles. Down the street I went again, realizing that a storm is cooking so I hurried. Guess what? My tire went flat again, I must have pinched the tube when I replaced it. %$#@! $%^&%*. Yes I said that!!! Sorry. I replaced that tube again and away I went. Was a good ride. Pushed myself hard for 1.5 hours, felt good. Traffic was crazy, Friday midday madness. I had to crank as hard as I could and ride with the traffic because there was no room for me on the side. After a few miles I was able to find lesser traveled roads.
Now time to chill and catch some outdoor music. My lady and I went downtown where several bands were going to play outside this weekend. The music is great in this town just about every weekend there is bands playing outside, with almost always no cover.
Who is that guy with my girl? Oh that's is my friend Fred. I told him I was going to put him in my blog and he said "What is a blog?" Duh!!!! Fred is a Arteeest. Paints some neat stuff
So I explained an he said ok let em know I am single, and looking for a German girl. So I honored his request. Wallla.
Ok time to go home, she's waiting.
Hope you had as much today as I did.
Over and out. Dave
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Well, I think it's time to put away the winter Sidi's. Had to cool the feet a bit. These shoes just fit so well and transfer the pedaling energy well. Heck they oughtta, for 3 BEN$ and then some. I have a couple of summer biking shoes but I am thinking of getting a low cut Sidi, it's a good shoe.
Even my bike was tired and had trouble getting up and get er going after stopping. She felt like I did.
This is a film clip I took this morning of how much street I need to ride to get on trails that take me out of town. Parked cars, cars at intersections, cars passing, all make caution a good thing to heed.
So thanks for stopping, hope all is well in your home.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
This train got in my way, and then stoped I said get out of my way buddy or I will knock your block off. Train called my bluff and didn't budge. So I cruised another route.
Well Monday has just about come and gone, hope your day went well
Over and out.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Bob was an amazing man, and an amazing bicyclist.
Now back to "paradise" today's ride was a beauty. Rode 65 miles of trail and gravel country side.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Made my usual stop at the "Cement Slab Cafe" Their menu was sparse again. They had "health food" this time. I had a Kashi bar and mineral water. However when you've been pedaling for several hours and feeling a "bonk" you want something like the largest Snicker Bar manufactured on earth and a high octane Mountain Dew. Oh well you gotta suck it up when your rough'n it, right?
There was plenty of bugs to sample. Several made their way into my mouth. Nothing like your mouth wide open sucking air, and a bug goes in. Sometimes you can catch them before they go past the point of no return and spit them out. Otherwise you try to work them back out, and when that fails try to swallow them into a stomach acid death. Ewwwwwwwwwww!!!! Well it's part of the outdoor riding thing.
My camera's battery stopped working, shame too because of what I saw, and couldn't take a picture. I had a 10 foot alligator chase me for several miles and a alien space ship land in front of me and try to take me back to their planet, Zeon, for a full examination. Good thing I could out pedal them, and not be captured.
Oh don't worry I'm not nuts, it's just the voices in my head that are. :-)
Well back on the bicycling road tomorrow.
I'm watching the DVD "Bicycling Dreams" again, if you have not seen it, I highly recommend. It is a film of the RAAM race across America. The riders are incredible, and an inspiration to me.