Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Rode out solo again just enjoying some solitude.
It wasn't quiet by any measure. The wind played these masts parked on Lake Minnetonka like wind chimes
A windy, happy, beautiful ride this morning around Lake Minnetonka up in to Baker and Hamel. 54/17.2
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Definitely need to replace a worn rear tire, so that was first on the list of things to do while waiting out the rain.
Vittoria tires seem to wear out pretty quick. I like Michelin the best.
About thirty miles into it the new tire got mighty springy. I found the chard of glass still embedded in the tire, so simply pulled the tube out at the cut, found the puncture in the tube and glued on a patch.Grey, cloudy, windy and so humid...the effort to Watertown was full of, what am I doing out here questions, despite the rich full green surroundings.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I was not alone watching the sunset, many were out.
As Jane Goodall studied her chimps, she noticed that they would slow down as they walked through the jungle. Perplexed Goodall set out to find why. She noticed that the chimps slowed down at the same spot during their walks. Then Goodall noticed that the spot was particularly scenic. We've been gazing at beauty for along time, feeling the calm, soothing waves that come from watching nature and understanding that this is where we come from. Sometimes I wonder if we've evolved or devolved. Our gazing at TV, the mall, cell phones, and computers sure falls short of what's outside.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Much, Much Younger Days
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The effort to Wayzata was prudent. By the time Rockford was on the horizon, Amy was chompin' at the bit, and was very interested in moving along a little faster. Let me just say, we really hadn't been movin' all that slow up to that point. Extending the distance somewhat was also OKed, but how can we be blamed, with such perfect conditions.
At Mayer the route direction became very compatible with the wind direction and the speeds reflected the joint effort. South of Victoria rollers and a bit of a head wind, which are always unpleasant, raised the ever present muscle ache on the old hairy legs above noticeable.
We made a quick pit stop at Excelcycle to get some more water, and a woman I had dated was there. It really was nice to see her again. When we were dating she had met my youngest daughter. I'm pretty sure she thought Amy was the daughter she met. I still can't remember her name.
Back on the bikes we headed for Christmas Lake Road and that wonderful little pain in the ass hill.
It was great to be out. Nothing forced and a really nice effort on a gorgeous day. Very enjoyable company, lots of great conversation, beautiful rolling hills along rivers, lakes and delightful farm land made this a great ride. 90/20.0 Amy put in over one hundred miles.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
One of those hazy, soupy summer days...hard to see the skyline through it all.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Before the rain, I came across a barge entering the lock at the Ford Dam.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Now what do I do. Just a blast of a weekend, with biking, friends and tons of live bike racing to watch, but it's like I've opened all my presents, and now have to wait till next year for all the excitement again.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
It's very unusual for me to climb in my small chain ring, and there were some good climbs today. Quads were not happy and were doing everything they could to not do any work. I don't get it either, I had a low mile week last week. They had nothing to be complaining about.
Clouds were hard to find as green foliage was everywhere soaking in all the sun had to offer.
Photos Of The Road Ahead
East Of Jordan
Just On the East Side Of Shakopee
God, I hate these high traffic roads.
It was a perfect day, and I was grateful to be out, but I just wasn't into it today. I had to kind of force myself into riding. Nevertheless, I'm not complaining about my distance or speed considering my bad attitude. 97/19.2
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I think I was guilty of that today as I planned my ride...maybe a few more miles than I could take on.
The roads stopped collecting the drizzle at about Wayzata, but even before that, I knew I wasn't going to finish all my miles today.
I enjoyed the mist hanging over the rolling hills in Baker and Medina. The sun may have made me go a little farther and faster, but contentment had a hold of me, and this ride turned from hard long miles to moderate and scenic very quickly. 53/17.5
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Just above comfortable for the entire ride, even though everything was soaked through upon arriving home. Maybe it's the expectation of misery, but rain rides seem to always have a quality to them that defies their reputation.
Leaving comfort changes perspective, and creates a gratitude. A wet face, rain spotted glasses, cold hands and toes reminds of our beginning as humans when the sensation of elements weren't so shut out of our lives. Existence wasn't about possession, but about survival. Identity was found in contribution to the survival of all, instead of domination. Education was shared and passed on, instead of tested and borrowed for. Creativity was used to bring joy, innovation to save...ah, who am I fooling? There have always been those who take and don't give.
It is delightful to come home from a ride and feel alive, because of a small amount of discomfort. 45/16.6
I stopped along the Mississippi and saw some of the
Bridges Of St. Paul