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You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close
Every turn of the wheel is a revolution
“When the spirit is low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are thaking.” ~ Sir Conan Doyle
Don’t avoid the hills! In running, in cycling, and in life, strength is found when you tackle the seemingly impossible.
“It never gets easier, you just get faster.” ~ Lemond
“Shut-up legs!” ~ Voigt
Less politics. More pedaling.
If you see me on the ground, could you please brush me off and put me back on my bike? Thanks!
‘Dead last finish’ is greater than ‘Did not finish’ which trumps ‘Did not start’
On a bike, no one ever asks, ‘Are we there yet?’
Your legs are not giving out. Your head is giving up. Keep going.
Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us strong. They make us weak. Today I chose to embrace hills.
“If it can be ridden, then I gotta ride it.”
“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” ~ Twain
“You never have the wind with you – either it is against you or you’re having a good day” ~ Behrman
“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent” ~ Barry
“There are no road signs to help navigate. And, in fact, no one has yet determied which side of the road we’re supposed to be on”. ~ Case
“During one of my treks through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several days.” ~ Fields
“Marriage is a wonderful invention; but then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.” ~ Connolly
“Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason”. ~ Seinfeld
“One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop”. ~ Weilacher
“Just one more hill to climb, it’s all flat from then on…” ~ Anonymous
“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknow lands. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood”. ~ Sir Burton
“What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for.” ~ Mallory
“Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.” ~ Chinese Proverb
“The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.” ~ Kuralt
“If bike touring taught us one thing, it taught us passion. When we were on our bikes, we felt truly alive.” ~ Grant
“Nope, never took it out of the box. But, the salesperson said this tent was super easy to set up; even in windy conditions…” ~ Anonymous
“If we all, mountain biker, cyclists, multinational companies, Jo Public, respect the land like old civilizations we wouldn’t get so many punctures. Earth’s revenge.” ~ Burt
“There is no real hope of travleing perfectly light in the moutains. It is good to try as long as you realize that like proving a unified field theory, master Kanji, or routinely brewing the perfect cup of coffee, the game can never be won.” ~ Blanchard
“Duct tape is like The Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.” ~ Anonymous
“I’ve never been lost, but I’ve been a mite bewildered for a few days.” ~ Boone
“A road map always tells you everything except how to refold it.” ~ Anonymous
“Things look different from the seat of a bike carrying a sleeping bag with a cold beer tucked inside.” ~ Malusa
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” ~ Anonymous
“Really steep climbs are not my forte, so I always dread that lowest gear because I figure, god, I’m doomed.” ~ Furtado
“If you look like your passport photo, you’re too ill to travel.” ~ Kommen
“How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?” ~ Anonymous
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” ~ Heller
“An adventure is simply a well planned trip gone awry.” ~ Anonymous
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” ~ Stoll
“One always wonder about roads not taken.” ~ Warren
“A bicycle does get you there and more And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; pothols become personal and getting there is all the fun.” ~ Emerson
“The bicycle has a soul. If you succeed to love it, it will give you emotions that you will never forget.” ~ Cipollini
“On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India.” ~ Murphy
“Camping: the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.” ~ Anonymous
“Bicycle touring is travel’s live theater.” ~ Hale
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” ~ Hemingway
Even in the pouring rain, the crowds came out to cheer us along the final eight tenths of a mile finish corridor. At this point I already knew that I would attain my goal of finishing in under six hours, but still couldn’t deny the overwhelming urge to surge this stretch across the finish line.
I watched the digital numbers ticking passed 5 hours and 44 minutes on the official time clock while stabilizing the bike over a final series of slippery bumps routing the timing cables in the finish area. I had just made gold!
If you’re interested in the raw numbers then you really don’t need to read any further. If you’re like me and enjoy the ‘ride’, then please read on…
Accepted a challenge to sign-up for the 2013 El Tour De Tucson. 111 miles at 2000 feet elevation and 2200 feet of vertical climbing. A nice way to finish out the 2013 riding season and insert a HUGE goal for the remainder of my 2013 training.
On March 23, 2013, I set a personal record of 17 minutes and 48 seconds on the section of Tramway from the Casino stop light to the La Luz road turnoff. I don’t know if I was just having a good day at the time, but that record has been long standing and quite ellusive… until today.
Today, a day after doing an 82 mile run with the club, I attempted this segment again, and beat it and not by any small amount.
Coming in 44 seconds faster than my previous best time, I completed the 3.6 mile (4.1% ave grade) segment in 16 minutes and 54 seconds.
I’ve enjoyed 20/20 vision thanks to a set of old reliable gas permeable lenses that I’ve been wearing for many many years. Recently, however, they have been less and less comfortable especially considering the long bicycle rides I’ve been doing.
The sky above, a striking powder blue, capped the valleys spreading below surrounding Molas Pass. I didn’t need to look at the annoyingly accurate GPS clock on my handlebar to know that it would say, 11:30am, reinforcing the fact that the train had just pulled into the station seven miles below…
In July this year, a group from the club is headed to Italy for a week of fully supported touring. They’ll put in more than seven MILES of climbing in the Dolomites. In preparation, we gather each Sunday to help them train for this and many other upcoming mountainous rides of the season.
Personally, I’m training for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango over Memorial Day weekend. 52 miles and 6500 feet of climbing in a race against the train from Durango to Silverton, Colorado. The last time I did this ride, it took me 4 hours and 35 minutes. The train does it in a little over three hours. Stay tuned!!