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    Good that you're safe CB!

    Summer's gone now. Today we had the first rain in 2 weeks. Yesterday was still a hot day with 32C in the afternoon, today we got stuck at 20C and heavy clouds. After lunch we also heard some thunder but no rain, no lightning. Rain started now in the evening, finally.

    And the stretch of road that is being reconstructed is now completely closed for cars, but remains open for bikes, although caution is necessary when heavy machinery is being used. Have a nice weekend everybody.

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    Soggy and miserable today. It's hard to bike both ways in the pouring rain when you didn't feel like waking up in the first place. But I did it!
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    How was your commute today?

    Almost got hit on the way home last night...separated bike lane on left of the one-way road had a green light with a red for left turning cars, but a sedan ran the light and cut across the bike lane. This is on Second ave in Seattle which I gather has seen a lot of these types of accidents, including a fatality a couple years ago at this very intersection. Even with the new separated bike lane it's dangerous and I'll often ride in the road instead.

    A cop car happened to be right there last night, and pulled over the guy who nearly hit me. For once.


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    Oh crap squeak - that doesnt sound good. At least the guy got instant karma.

    Didnt ride today but have been sorting my gear for fall and winter. Put the short sleeves in the back and the wool longsleeves in front, sorted thin / medium. Thin nylon office pants (partly zip-off) to the back and softshell pants front. Dont need gloves and helmet cover yet, but sorted the gloves anyway, couldnt find the helmet cover. Raingear is not necessary the coming week, so will sort that stuff out later.

    I'm expecting the "long cold winter 16/17 support" thread to be opened any day now. (Since we do not have "real" winter over here, I won't)

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    Nice ride. New bib shorts (bought on clearance). New tubes (tired of the old ones failing).

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    First ride in the longsleeve and windjacket this morning. Calm weather but only 6C and foggy, felt quite refreshing after the long hot period that we had over here the last 3 weeks. Sun just peeked over the horizon, turning the fog into orange clouds. It was quite a sight, will take the camera the next days. Made visit on the way home and rode home in the dark. Rode about 44km today, which is twice the distance of my normal commute. Also I hit the 9000km marker with my current bike. I think I can complete the 10tkm this year.

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    Good ride, but I was deep in thought and passed my turn adding about two miles to the ride. Seemed oddly funny at the time. Guess I have to get cue sheets for all four turns on the route.
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    What a hoot, Forster. I can relate in that I am usually thinking about something while riding.

    Decent riding today. Waiting for a cool down next week! Been in the upper 80's daytime and low 60's in the evening. No rain this week means I can probably squeeze some singletrack into a commute or two later in the week
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    No ride yesterday as ferrying the kids about was required too soon after work finish to allow me to bike. Back on it today, drizzle all the way and cooler. Goldilocks journey, put THAT jacket on but was a bit too warm, without was too cold, unzipped was almost just right. I could do with a gilette/body warmer thing I think.
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    I haven't logged on in a while. Still biking to work, except one day a week when I need to get home faster to spend time with my family before heading off to a class I'm taking. A co-worker of mine started biking to work a week ago. So far, he's kept it up.

    Yesterday I could have gotten clocked at an intersection. Two cars in front of me had already turned left when I started across the intersection and heard a horn blasting. Some dude on the road to my right was in the process of running the red light. Luckily both of us stopped. It wasn't a super close call, but it's still scary when something crazy like that happens. I scowled at the guy and pointed up at his red light. I pedaled around the front of his car, and afterwards the guy started back up through the intersection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Good ride, but I was deep in thought and passed my turn adding about two miles to the ride. Seemed oddly funny at the time. Guess I have to get cue sheets for all four turns on the route.
    "I was deep in thought" - yeah, you were thinking "would I rather keep riding my bike or go to work"!

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    Well Forster, if that happens it is time for a change of route, instead of riding it on autopilot...can you vary your route? I myself can not really, just minor variations possible.

    Calm weather again today, cloudy this morning and halfway milky sunshine this afternoon. But dry and low winds -- nice.

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    commute was the same as always, just a little rain today. and by that i mean awesome. feel very fortunate to be able to ride to work everyday!! everyone be safe.

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    Probably been over this before but here I go.

    Do any of you consistently put in enough hours between commuting and work to go through lunchtime and get home on the verge of being too late for dinner? Probably a grad school problem. I usually eat a good breakfast and bring a big ish lunch and snack. Get in at 9:00am eat around 1:00pm and often don't leave until 8:30-9:30 pm, which means I'm home 35-45 minutes after that.

    How much dang food are y'all eating because I always feel tired and energy depleted, especially coming home.
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    I don't feel "depleted" during the day unless I ride too hard on the way in or back. Anytime I ride for a decent amount of time above 80% MHR I spend the day hungry.
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    well if I can do it on a veggy diet, it can be done! 1 super-technical high tech life hack is eat some fruit in the afternoon and that should give you all the boost you need. Lunch is important too obvs, high in protein and carbs works for me. Good luck NDD!
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    Too late for dinner? sorry, don't follow...

    I generally exercise at lunch too but I stuff my face all the time. Considering I am carrying a reasonable covering (could probably drop 14 pounds without looking unwell, maybe) I guess I don't need it al,l but it's a mental thing. I try to put it off by drinking water or squash but , you know, that just doesn't do it for me. Neither does fruit often, has to be something bad for me like biscuit, chocolate or crisps.

    I still suffer for energy and dead days. Maybe I need more!
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    I punched a guy in the throat. Besides that same old same old.
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    ^ need more info on the throat punch. Sometimes, that just needs to happen.

    My commute in was great. Coolish and the sky was darkening. Woke up this am to a 20% chance of rain. One look at the radar and I laughed. Storm coming across Lake Michigan about the size of Lake Michigan. 100% chance for sure. Cleaned up the bike shop like I do in the am and then went to deliver. Made it back from the first delivery and the skies opened up on me. Then it drizzled and rained for about half an hour more. Soaked to the bone and then some after that. Still managed to set a personal record for deliveries in a 2.5 hour period somehow. Finished the day off at the bike shop. Ride home was mostly dry and I had some fun with a guy that proceeded to pass me on the MUP. I wasn't going to pass him but he passed and then was going too slow for my pace. He must have crossed the street right after I did at speed because he caught me quickly. Found myself on cruise control at like 25 mph just barreling along the MUP. Right at the end there is a decent hill for how flat this city is and the speed never dropped below 15.5 mph on that hill. Pretty proud of myself for that.
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    Was coming up on parked cars so I moved left to take the lane. Guy punish passes me. I give him a big old faux-friendly wave. Of course, he gets stuck behind a light. So when I catch up and he has his window down I shout "how's your night going?" He picks up a holstered pistol and gives a cute little wiggle, which maybe he thought would be intimidating. Of course, being the emotionally stable person I am, I ran my mouth like a deathwish personified until his light turned. Now I'm wishing I'd taken his plate number and called the cops.


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    So you know, that's a felony he committed. You can report that and if they catch him in the car without proper certification, it's another charge. I used to teach CCW Classes and telling the class "I'm still gonna wave my pistol when someone pisses me off" after I told them it was unlawful, got the student their check back and an escort off premises. It's not defensible either. Your only reason for presenting the firearm is with the intention of using it for a lawful purpose. Pretty hard to say "I was in fear for my life, so I wagged the pistol at him" when in reality if you were in fear, you'd point the thing right at the threat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    I don't feel "depleted" during the day unless I ride too hard on the way in or back. Anytime I ride for a decent amount of time above 80% MHR I spend the day hungry.
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    well if I can do it on a veggy diet, it can be done! 1 super-technical high tech life hack is eat some fruit in the afternoon and that should give you all the boost you need. Lunch is important too obvs, high in protein and carbs works for me. Good luck NDD!
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    Too late for dinner? sorry, don't follow...

    I generally exercise at lunch too but I stuff my face all the time. Considering I am carrying a reasonable covering (could probably drop 14 pounds without looking unwell, maybe) I guess I don't need it al,l but it's a mental thing. I try to put it off by drinking water or squash but , you know, that just doesn't do it for me. Neither does fruit often, has to be something bad for me like biscuit, chocolate or crisps.

    I still suffer for energy and dead days. Maybe I need more!
    I'll say I definitely try harder on the way into work. For instance, my average for the commute in yesterday was 17.7mph. Not shabby on a mtb with two bulging panniers, but it's probably overkill and maybe I could start by dialing it back a notch. Should also bring more food, I think. SlipSpace has a good idea with eating junk food, I think!

    Corn chips have ridiculous calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth View Post
    I punched a guy in the throat. Besides that same old same old.
    You can't leave that there and then bugger off, c'mon, spill.

    Started with jacket but had to pack it about 3-4 miles out. The ride out of the gravity well from the river felt harder today, not sure why as I was no slower than usual. Thinking about food probably!
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    I normally have breakfast before I leave in the morning, a light lunch around noon and normally I eat an energy bar or something before I leave for the ride home. Normally that does the job during the day for me, but I have an office job and sit around a lot.

    Somehow Ive got some bad luck the last days. Started off yesterday morning with a pretty close call. Again at an intersection where my previous two close calls were, and a second time for the exact situation: Opposite traffic turning left across my lane just in front of me. Had to slam the brakes, rear wheel went up in the air, let go off the front brake, fell back, toppled on my right foot a few times, managed to stay upright and said very loud and clear, that she should look better. When I approach that spot I am always alert and look for eyecontact with drivers, but things are different now because of the construction site. There is a roadblock on her lane, forcing everybody to turn left. She was standing behind a parket excavator when she suddenly decided to turn left. I wonder about that, because there is not really another option...took me some hours to loose the adrenalin rush. Ride home was at least uneventful yesterday.
    I already planned to drive today but regretted it already 3 minutes after I left. Traffic jams everywhere and felt horrible at work the entire day. There's nothing like cycling to work...

    Buster: I would like to hear the story about the throat punch too....

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    Geez, several scary reports here, glad everyone is OK. Safe travels and don't let them get to you. The "road diet" on my commute is apparently unpopular with many motorists, but staying. Berlin survey reflects anti-bicycle bias *:*Times Argus Online That's Berlin, VT, USA if you were wondering.

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    Funny commute today. Riding Rail-to-Trail outside the town I work in a the trail is blocked by a fawn. It can't (apparently) see me waiving my arms because it's staring at my headlight and I'm in a hurry so in a classic "what now" moment, I barked at it like a dog. Cleared the trail like a charm. Learn something new everyday.
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    Woof woof! Way to think with your brain! I used to stop and buck my bike back and forth at them until a young buck let out a rather steamy grunt in my direction. Yikes.

    Not bad today. Felt good and ate an unreasonable amount of food and took multivitamins. Don't like that because it means my diet sucks but I'm entertaining the idea of a stress induced vitamin deficiency. Probably not that stressed but I shouldn't feel tired and hungry most of the time. Beat a personal record on one section today. Tied with my twin bro there now...so I have to beat him tomorrow.
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    Worst headwind yet on the way home today. Had to duck out of the way of a flying piece of spinning thick paper that was headed for my jugular, oh the horror of death by papercut!

    Had a weird sound rattling on the bike on the way into work this morning, couldn't find the noise, thought my bike was falling apart. Finally found it after stopping 3 times. It was my fork and spoon rattling in my lunchbox on the front rack.

    Thanks for the headlight reminder Forster, I need to dig mine out it's getting darker in the mornings! And yeah Buster give us the story on the throat punch!
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    NDD have you tried just kind of grazing throughout the day? Alot of my family has blood sugar problems and have to eat a little here and there all day to keep from crashing. Just a thought I'm no expert by any means!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneTheJeep View Post
    NDD have you tried just kind of grazing throughout the day? Alot of my family has blood sugar problems and have to eat a little here and there all day to keep from crashing. Just a thought I'm no expert by any means!
    The problem would be that I'm often in labs/situations where I actually can't eat. Almost never any chemicals or hazardous materials but policy says blah blah blah. I cram food down my gullet usually all at once a couple times a day. I did space out my lunch today. Was better.
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    Rode to work. Passed a few cyclists on the sidewalk and one guy hugging the curb on a clapped out Wally World bike that was too small for him and he had headphones in. Wanted to say something but didn't bother. Rode home.
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    Commute was great. Finally cooling off just a bit here in the south. I've got a question for the group. I live in central Louisiana. People Do Not Commute by bike. I get treated like a superhero or a moron with a death wish. Not much in between at all. So here goes...I generally get a wide berth when on a road with no shoulder or when riding before daylight (the lights). Having a shoulder during the day usually presents me with the most danger. In the other scenarios I am almost always treated like an equal user of the road...all bets are off on the shoulder including oncoming traffic expecting me to stop and allow them to turn whenever they feel like it....what am I doing wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by honez1414 View Post
    Commute was great. Finally cooling off just a bit here in the south. I've got a question for the group. I live in central Louisiana. People Do Not Commute by bike. I get treated like a superhero or a moron with a death wish. Not much in between at all. So here goes...I generally get a wide berth when on a road with no shoulder or when riding before daylight (the lights). Having a shoulder during the day usually presents me with the most danger. In the other scenarios I am almost always treated like an equal user of the road...all bets are off on the shoulder including oncoming traffic expecting me to stop and allow them to turn whenever they feel like it....what am I doing wrong?

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    Take the lane and don't ride on the shoulder unless absolutely necessary. Drivers are unsure what to do if you are sort of on the road and sort of not. Act like traffic and you should get treated like traffic. Now, I say that with some honesty and some sarcasm. Let's face it, sometimes we don't get treated as traffic for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Take the lane and don't ride on the shoulder unless absolutely necessary. Drivers are unsure what to do if you are sort of on the road and sort of not. Act like traffic and you should get treated like traffic. Now, I say that with some honesty and some sarcasm. Let's face it, sometimes we don't get treated as traffic for some reason.
    I would lose the decent treatment of the 95% if I took a lane when there is ample shoulder. I'll just keep alert like always. I do tell everyone that asks about my approach to "treat every vehicle like they're out to get you".

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    Quote Originally Posted by honez1414 View Post
    I've got a question for the group.all bets are off on the shoulder including oncoming traffic expecting me to stop and allow them to turn whenever they feel like it....what am I doing wrong?
    Fortunately, most of the intersections like I have where I am riding the shoulder have right turn lanes with no arrows (I can legally go straight and catch the shoulder on the other side of the intersection) so I move off the shoulder into that lane to be seen better. I am less likely to get either right or left hooked. I could confuse drivers stopped to my right, but they either get their turn before it is obvious I am straight through, or figure it out fast enough. I do have a few crossroads with no right turn lane. I can take the lane briefly if I have no overtaking traffic that would block a left hook then return to the shoulder. In the years riding that route I had only one driver stop a right hook to avoid hitting me as I crossed a drive into a business. I stay on the shoulder if i have overtaking traffic as that will hold the left hooks at bay. I suppose a driver at the crossroad to my right could ease forward waiting for a break and block my path, but none have. I also ride just inside the rumble strip about 2' form the fog line so I am not ignored as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honez1414 View Post
    I would lose the decent treatment of the 95% if I took a lane when there is ample shoulder. I'll just keep alert like always. I do tell everyone that asks about my approach to "treat every vehicle like they're out to get you".

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    I disagree wholeheartedly. Bikes belong on the road, not the shoulder, not the sidewalk, not the grass. The shoulder collects a lot of debris and is often not maintained well. Would avoid at all costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I disagree wholeheartedly. Bikes belong on the road, not the shoulder, not the sidewalk, not the grass. The shoulder collects a lot of debris and is often not maintained well. Would avoid at all costs.
    I agree with you...the problem is that 99.999% of Louisiana drivers don't.

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    By riding in the far right portion of the lane, or even the shoulder, you are giving cars enough room to try to sneak by in your lane. This puts everyone in a bad position, mostly you as you are not protected by a steel frame. Get some good blinking lights front and back and run them on blink especially during the day. Find alternative routes that will take you through neighborhoods if the roads you are riding on are not quite bike friendly. Sometimes a route adjustment is needed, and often times a longer route is actually faster if you are avoiding high congestion or sketchy areas.

    As cyclists, we want to be treated as traffic. We need to act like traffic for that to happen. We need to stop confusing drivers by riding on shoulders, sidewalks, the wrong way on roads, etc. Don't worry about getting honked at. Ride safely but take the lane where needed and put yourself in a better position on the road. Don't give drivers the option to pass you closely or in your lane. Make them go around just as they would go around a slower moving car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I disagree wholeheartedly. Bikes belong on the road, not the shoulder, not the sidewalk, not the grass. The shoulder collects a lot of debris and is often not maintained well. Would avoid at all costs.
    On a road posted at 55 and driven often at 65-70, with some blind grades and corners and an 8' shoulder that is usually clear of crap in the 2 feet just inside the rumble strip, I disagree. I would be dead trying to ride the lane.

    OTOH I have avoided a 12-18" shoulder on another road that is completely useless. The traffic is lower volumes and not as frenetic so though it too is posted at 55, I do not ride that shoulder. So there are rideable shoulders and ones that are ridiculous.

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    I wouldn't be riding a road like that. Speeds are too high and drivers just don't pay enough attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I wouldn't be riding a road like that. Speeds are too high and drivers just don't pay enough attention.
    Then you would not be riding here at all except in town as the narrow county roads are even worse! The duallie pickups take their share out of the middle on blond hills and corners!) There have been more bikes on those shoulders in recent years so the general awareness has gone up in the last 8 years. About 1% of drivers are still a problem, but I suspect that is as good as it gets. This is also why I am lit up like a Christmas tree even in daylight. It tends to get the needed attention.

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    There is an ideal most of us hold in which we ride in traffic. Then there is a reality some of us must partake in, in which we are forced to take shoulders and such. It's not great. I'm fortunate that the only roads I take on a regular basis are about 25 mph speed limit. In the winter when the mup is too snow covered to ride 11 miles in reasonable time I take busy roads that are 45 mph speed limit, so drivers do 50-60 mph. I ride the shoulder and also stay lit up and have never had issues with people not yielding right of way when I had it. I see it as a trade off because people know I can take the lane but I think people actually appreciate that I don't there and mostly act like it.
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    this morning was FANTASTIC.

    we picked up my wife's custom bike this weekend. so she woke up early to commute to work. motivated me to get off my ass and strap on my shoes and helmet. it was a damn pleasure to watch her enjoy her new ride so much. she was going at a pretty good clip as well.
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    Weather is looking better and better here with each passing day...sorry to derail the thread with my shoulder question. Only complaint with today's events was that I've been told that I'm no longer allowed to use the "drying" hook in the showers at work. The powers that be have no idea how much this motivates me nor any idea as to how petty I can really be. Challenge accepted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honez1414 View Post
    I've been told that I'm no longer allowed to use the "drying" hook in the showers at work. The powers that be have no idea how much this motivates me nor any idea as to how petty I can really be. Challenge accepted.
    Sorry I am not 'getting' this. The only picture I get is your riding clothes hanging up all day in a common shower area so there is no room for other people's wet towels? You sound like you have an alternative in mind that will be liked less but legal like from a coat rack in a cubicle.

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    It's a shower area that no one uses but me...it's awesome to have. But the site administrator decided that if all 500 employees did the same thing...we'd have a problem. I know take my riding clothes and towel out to my bike (front and center to entrance) and hang everything out to dry. My long term goal is to make it look like I'm homeless so that the plant manager asks about the riff raff outside.

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    So I will ask the site admin daily where his bike is and how disappointed I am that he decided not to join in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honez1414 View Post
    ...The powers that be have no idea how much this motivates me nor any idea as to how petty I can really be. Challenge accepted.
    LOL

    Checking in. I've been off the bike for a week with a nasty infected tooth. Last week I was too run-down to make it through the day, never-mind ride a bike in. I hope to be back at it tomorrow.

    I did manage a ride this weekend: The Candid Cyclist: Bad Luck?

    And one the weekend before:The Candid Cyclist: Loon..Loon....Loon.....Loon.......Loon........Loon ....

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