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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Riding away....



Stayed up later then I should have last night, not doing anything but Blog surfing, and channel surfing and wasting time. I knew I could sleep in late this morning, because I was taking the day off work, and would have plenty of time to ride a gravel Metric. However, shortly after 5 a.m. this morning I am tossing and turning in bed, knowing, I am free to bicycle today. I roll out of bed, stand there for a minute and say no, this is nutz, I need sleep, I am always running short of Zs. I crawl back in bed, lay awake for 30 minutes, and decide if I can't sleep, I might as well get on a bike.

I see it is going to be 80 degrees and I try to pack enough fluids for 62 miles of gravel. I don't like spending $3.00 on vending machine fluids, but yet I don't bat an eye and paying $300.00 to switch my HardTail over to Shimano STI shifters because I like the feel of them, and that didn't include the cost of handle bars, cables, and mechanical brakes, even though my thumb shifters were in perfect condition. Such is the mind set of a cyclist.

The first 20 miles were rip roaring, I didn't know where all the energy came from but I liked it. Then I think there must have been a hole in my gas tank because all that initial energy seemed to have leaked out and it started to become a grind just to maintain a decent pace. Such would be the rest of the ride. I stopped at mile 40 to eat my half of a PBJ sandwich. I was almost falling asleep sitting here, and thought about finding a place to take a power nap but the bugs were out in the billions, and stopping left me swatting em away the whole time.
Finished my ride, came home and fell asleep on the couch. 

Started thinking, I want to plan a night gravel century, would be fun, and spooky, maybe pack some blackberry brandy along in my flask to make it sporting. :-)

Saw this bad boy on the way back home. Wasn't paying attention and all most ran over him. I served as fast as I could. Don't want to hurt him. He was huge. 

So, one more day of work tomorrow, then the weekend. Looking forward to a day of exploring Saturday, seems it just never gets old, and every ride is always thoroughly enjoyed.

12 comments:

dawn marie giegerich said...

What kind of jelly?

MrDaveyGie said...

RazzleBerry, with seeds included.

Joboo said...

Exploring rides can sometimes turn into the most enjoyable type rides for me!!! :)
I'm looking at one of those on Sunday!
Pedal on Sir!!

Peace

tainterturtles said...

Yikes, you need to get your sleep Dave! The bike will always be there waiting for you. Glad you had a good ride.

That snake is BIG!

Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...

Snakes make a friend of mine ride faster.
Thanks for the shout out a post or two ago.

Craig said...

Did a nighttime 100 mile gravel race last year and it was a blast. You just sparked a fire under me. I want to do it again.

Dan O said...

Man - that's a big snake.

I'm envious of early birds. Getting up early ain't in my DNA...

Bill G said...

I hear you on the need for sleep but not being able to you made the right choice!

Naps are always good!

Steph said...

I love the ride re-caps!

That snake is freaky.
Whenever I'm beer-buzzed and roaming around the fields for a pee-spot off the trail... I never think about there being creatures like that under the thick grass. *shuddddder!!!*

gnarlees said...

Ick, snakes! I go my way, they go theirs:)

welshcyclist said...

What sort of snake is that?

MrDaveyGie said...

W.S. I think it's a bull snake, I had a little fun with him and blocked his path with my bike tires, and he tried to climb up the bike tire. :-)