|Finish line selfie.|
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Just a fun photo from this morning, early, as Shiloh snoozed on the dog couch.
I'm off to the Hotter N Hell bike ride this weekend, so I don't know if I will be posting anything until I get back. I'm going to play it by ear on how far I go. If I'm feeling strong and my speed/time is good enough I may try the full century. After that there is the long drive home too. By that time, I'm sure I'll be dog tired too!
Monday, August 17, 2015
I found myself awake at 04:00, though I managed to stretch the snoozetime until almost 5:00am. Seeing DH go off for a check-ride on his Bacchetta CA2 with the new modified J-bar set from Schlitter Bike. Changing the bars over, necessitated some significant reworking of the brakes and drive train, though it does appear to have fixed his shifting issue, and now he can use the granny gear if necessary. Around here where we ride, a granny gear is not really needed most of the time, but when we go up to KS to ride, boy howdy it's handy!
While seeing DH off on his check ride, we both noticed the broken sprinkler head in the subdivision common area. It launches a geyser of water some 20' high, watering nothing but the street and sidewalk. If it weren't for the lack of drought here currently, the city would have fined the HOA for wasting water. Which can total several thousand dollars, that ends up getting passed on to us homeowners via special assessments. I managed a passable low-light shot of the geyser, so I emailed it with a repair request to the management company for the HOA. I wonder how long it will take for them to repair it?
But, after riding with DH Saturday, for 53mi in moderately warm weather, I felt great! As in, gee, I probably could do another 50 miles, if I had planned for it. Poor DH though, he suffered a grand total of 5 front wheel flats Saturday! He had a tire we had booted (repaired a small hole cut in the sidewall). But the boot abraided the tube and that one flatted. So we replaced the tire with a new one we had with us. Then there was a succession of patched tubes, where the old patches failed, for a grand total of 5 flats! It's just no fun, when the Flat Fairy comes to visit you.
Friday, August 14, 2015
1. I'm finally back to feeling more like myself, after a bout of diverticulitis, and the course of meds to kill it off. Bike mileage has been ok this week, though not as high as needed. I was taking it easy, to make sure I am recovered. Yesterday felt almost normal...I have high hopes for Saturday!
2. The heat has broken at last in NTX, though our rain-free streak is still ongoing. Highs are only in the mid to upper 90's now, which is far more tolerable. Humidity has dropped some too, which is nice.
10-Day Weather Forecast3. I worry about the kneejerk reaction to things in the news, that many folks seem to have. This country is more divided than it was less than a decade ago. I fear for our children's future. This is no longer the same country I grew up in...
4. I'm gonna plug a small business here, that I have done business with. If you find an interest in cycling, especially if you are interested in recumbent bikes and trikes, you would do well to include Vite Bikes in your research. Owned and operated by appointment in Florida (Venice I believe), the Schlitters are wonderful, experienced folks to do business with. Their attention to detail, and willingness to work with customers is outstanding. They also sell some outstanding bikes and trikes! They are both a wealth of knowledge about cycling in general, and long distance/Ultra distance cycling in particular. If anyone wants to get a first hand look at an Encore from Vite Bikes, they are starting a list of folks who have volunteered to let others see their personal Encore bike. Just contact Vite for information.
5. Winter is coming. Hold on to that thought, in all its connotations. Prepare.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
The show has been on for many years, so there are all sorts of reruns, and our Uverse has BBC as one of its choice channels. So suddenly I found our DVR loaded with tons of Top Gear reruns. It's remarkably entertaining, and I've gotten hooked.
So imagine my dismay to learn that there had been a tiff between star Clarkson and a producer. This resulted in Clarkson being fired or not having his contract renewed, depending on which version of the story one reads. This led to the other two, May and Hammond, deciding to quit the show too, in a show of solidarity with Clarkson.
Fans over the world were quite disappointed from what I understand. However, not all was lost. There was lots of talk over Netflix or some other network picking them up. There was even an offer from the Beeb for Hammond and May to host the show, and have Clarkson visit periodically.
I was thus surprised to learn via Google+ this week, that Amazon had scooped everyone, by landing the trio for a new Top Gear show, to be on Amazon Prime! DH has a Prime account, and it has proved useful for watching movies for free, and such. While we have not yet played with the TV on Amazon, I suspect it will be relatively simple, much like the movies are to watch. I confess, I am looking forward to seeing how it goes. They are a hoot to watch, so if you have access to the reruns on BBC, check it out. And if not, wait for it to show up on Amazon. Amazon also says they will sell/distribute it to networks to broadcast. So if you like Top Gear, never fear, there WILL be new shows!
Saturday, August 1, 2015
|Stopping by a little country church.|
|Road rash covered with Silvadene and Tegaderm.|