Saturday, August 21, 2010

Metric Gravel Century #56

An actual conversation heard in a Dubuque household this morning.

Birgit, my honey, asks, "Are you going on a long ride today? (meaning 100 miles plus)

Dave replies, "Nope, just 62, getting too late to bang out a long one."

Birgit responds, "Late?" "It's not even 9:00 a.m. yet!!!"

My mama always would tell me, "Your fortunate Dave, Birgit never complains about your biking." I didn't want to be out all day, had things I wanted to get done so did gravel metric #56 today for 2010.

Right off the bat I realized I was holding high heart rates, fairly painlessly. That either meant I was going to have a coronary thrombosis, or I was loaded with energy and ready to fly. Fortunately, it was the 2nd of the two.

However I must admit my riding from Monday to Friday this past week had two off days in it. Seems that had all my cells ready to rumble and convert carbon into CO2 and make the bike fly. One of the days bikers live for.

Ran into bunches of other bikers today, helped me keep the pace up. It was fun.

Riding through town, saw this house getting tore down. This home was built in 1890, if walls could talk, there would a million stories, about life, family, hardships and triumphs.

Saw this guy lounging in the road, I scooted him into the woods. I didn't want him to get run over. I reckoned he would have done the same for me if he could.

31 miles from home, in a small town park I noticed my rear tire was going flat. I ride with the Slime, so my hope was the leak would seal up. I pumped air back in, and she held. So thank you Green Slime.

Hot and humid today, these cows were enjoying shade and water, and were thinking "humans, are crazy, get out of the heat man, and off the bike!!

A lot of the route is rough, I'm beating my CX non suspension bike riding here, gets a little sporting at times weaving in and out of the flood damage ruts.

Wellllllllll, some might say this is crazy but my bike is leaning against the dining room table, cleaned, tuned and lubed and ready to go in the morning.

Thanks for stopping,
Leave a comment if you feel, I enjoy your thoughts.



tainterturtles said...

Hey, that makes two of us....I almost ran over a snake today. Went back to take a pic and the snake was long gone!

I talked to a German woman today at DQ. She told me the only thing she wants to ride is a bull!!! A bull at some local bar.....ok, whatever! Has Birgit ever ridden a bull? Maybe that's a German thing?

MrDaveyGie said...

Lisa, biting lip, and saying No!! :-)

Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...
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Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...

Thanks for keeping your bike clean, and also biting your lip and keeping your reply to Lisa clean.

KungFooSausage said...

Nicely done Dave. We went out yesterday too, although nothing compared to your trip. Off out again today for a longer jaunt hopefully.

Ride safe.

Clive Chapman said...

Great pedal, great story mate! Thanks for telling it!



mrbill said...

Looks like you had a good day on the bike, Teresa doesn't mind it when I'm biking either, as a matter of fact, she likes it when I'm gone, imagine that.

welshcyclist said...

Just read your last three posts, and enjoyed them alot, keep them going, and those metric centuries! I'm sure everyone's rooting for you, just like me, but most important of all, keep on having fun.

Bill G said...

Dave you are a machine!!!

That was pretty funny what Lisa asked?

Have a great Sunday - too wet around here for a ride (plus I am tired) so I shall rest!