Monthly Archives: August 2013

2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 19

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 11.56Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 00:47.18
  3. Max Speed: 20.6 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.6 mph
  5. iPod: Eric Clapton – Unplugged
  6. Temperature: 81°F
  7. Wind: E 8 mph
  8. Humidity: 62%

Nothing to add.

2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 18 The Karma Edition.

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 22.86Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 1:35.49
  3. Max Speed: 25.2 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.2 mph
  5. iPod:
    1. America – History: America’s Greatest Hits
    2. Cinderella – Long Cold Winter
    3. Indigo Girls – Rites of Passage
  6. Temperature: 82°F
  7. Wind: SW 14 G 21 mph
  8. Humidity: 70%

Maybe I am weird. I do not know. But damn I love riding in hot, humid weather. Granted, I have a bit of a headache at the moment, but that is as much due to not having my daily dose of coffee yet as to the heat. And I have to admit, my stats are a bit off. But with a stiff 14 mph wind in my face for the first half, with gusts of 21 mph, I think I am lucky to have maintained over a 14 mph average.

Oh, and at Finlayson I did a good deed! While I was walking a bit to give my ass a break from the bike seat two gentlemen were trying to load a car onto a trailer. Turns out they had pushed it about 2 and a half blocks to a downgrade where they figured they could than push the car onto the trailer. I had yet to stretch and so went over to help them. They were right about the downgrade in the road, it helped. However, just the two of them would never been able to get the car on the trailer. It took two to push it on with one steering.

I have to say, it is about the most selfless act I have ever done. I just helped. No exchange of names, no handshakes even. But they were obviously grateful, and I have to admit I felt pretty fucking good about helping. Also, I consider it an act of paying it forward; people have helped me through the years; whom I have never seen since. Hopefully it is some good karma I have sent forward.

2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 17

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 13.66Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 56.51
  3. Max Speed: 25.9 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.4 mph
  5. iPod:
    1. The Tragically Hip – Up To Here
    2. The Monkees – The Monkees Greatest Hits
  6. Temperature: 86°F
  7. Wind: S 5 mph
  8. Humidity: 33%

Damn! It was like riding through soup. The air was thick. That is the best I can come up with as far as explaining how difficult it felt bicycling today. Yet my stats show I was close to Wednesday’s effort. I can say for certain I put more effort into today’s ride.

2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 16

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 10.80Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 44.30
  3. Max Speed: 19.2 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.5 mph
  5. iPod: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life
  6. Temperature: 86°F
  7. Wind: NW 5 mph
  8. Humidity: 35%

Last I rode, I ended up with a bad rear tire. Well, I did not have the time or money to run right down to Erik’s Bike Shop to get it repaired. That turned out to be a mistake, because yesterday, when I finally managed to run down to Apple Valley, I learned that the warranty on the tire expired 9 days earlier. Yeah, if I figure right, it expired the day the tire went bad! However, being I’m such a loyal customer, they honored the warranty anyway! That is why I will always be a loyal customer. Oh, and the supposedly inexpensive tire? Normally runs $45.00. Not so inexpensive when living paycheck to paycheck.

Wow! I Have A Heart!

I did not want to freak out the cats with vacuuming after all the scrubbing I did on the floors. Yeah, I have a heart. Who knew? So, instead I finished some laundry, took a shower, and made the high bachelor gourmet meal of baked beans with sliced hot dogs! Sheldon would be pleased.

Well, maybe not. It was in beans, not in spaghetti.