Sunday, July 8, 2018

Well, I'm at it again.  I have been asked to join some friends on a bicycle tour through......wait for it......Europe.  Got an e-mail from Tom that they had an opening for their Europe ride.  Had to reschedule some things but I couldn't pass on this great opportunity.  The ride begins in the small town of St. Nazarine near Nantes on the west coast of France, nips of the end of Switzerland, traverses Germany and, for me, finishes in Vienna, Austria.  Tom and Jay will bike a couple more days and end in Budapest, Hungary.  It's about 1,500 miles but we will be taking an entire month to complete it.  Over there it is called the EuroVelo6. As usual I plan to post a daily summary on this site.  We meet in Stuttgart, Germany and drive to our starting point with the support vehicle driven by our wives.  The average miles for the journey is about 59 miles per day.  Really looking forward to the experience.  Now, I must brush up on my French, German. Well actually, not so much "brush up"  since that implies I knew the language so I will try to learn some common phrases.  I don' think my Spanish will be of much help.   Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Announcing it here.  Have just confirmed my reservations to ride in Europe this summer from France to Austria.  More coming soon. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

A great week of riding.  While there was some rain, I got in three rides.  My new rec center has better stationary bikes and I will probably be using this next fall.  Looking into another distance ride but have nothing in the immediate future.  And, I'm getting a bit older.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Great week of biking.  Flew to Portland Oregon then drove to Medford to visit Hank and Carol.  Hank and I were able to ride two days.  The first day was a 25 miler with 1000 feet of climb.  The second day was on a nice paved bike trail to Ashland.  I used Hanks back-up ride.  Obviously it was not a good fit for me but after awhile I was riding comfortably.  As far as Hank's biking ability, at 83 he is still as strong as ever.  Very impressive going up the hills and leaving me in his dust.  After a great visit Ronni and I drove the coastline back to Portland.  Scenic at times, most of the drive the ocean was not visible.  It took 8 hours but was still scenic if mountains and trees are your thing. 
Then, we made the journey to Mt St. Helens in Washington state.  Now, since I'm a flatlander, mountains area are always impressive, but Mt. ST. Helens was awesome.  And, the center showing the explosion in 1980 followed by a viewing the actual mountain made the experience well worth the trip.  Back home and looking forward to my normal riding routine.

Monday, May 28, 2018

 Of all my biking jerseys, this is the one motorists show me the most RESPECT. With oncoming traffic, 78% give me the entire lane when passing and when t...raffic approaches in the opposite direction 82 % slow down and pass very carefully. On another note, today's 40 miler was quite interesting; perfect weather with 90 degree temps and mild winds. Now, here is the interesting part. Starting out the wind was blowing from the SE, which was the direction I would do my first 20. No problem, I would have it at my back on the return ride. Leaving Goodfield on the return section, the wind shifted so it was coming from the North; the direction I would be riding. So, most of the 40 miles was against the wind. Now, I have ridden further into stronger winds but I had not anticipated this.
Pondering the situation, I came to the realization the "wind fairies" were doing me a favor. Realizing at my advanced age I should probably not ride in 90 plus degree temps (mad dogs and Englishmen, you know who you are- Harry and Tony) they changed wind direction so I would not overheat. I can image the bewildered look on their faces as they queried "What the _ _ _ _ is that fool doing?" " He needs our help." Therefore, they made sure I had wind in my face the entire ride. There, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Biking season in full swing finally.  The weather has been co-operative the last week and a half.  The only problem is the weather people can't quite get the wind speed correct.  5-10 mph predictions turn out to be 15-20.  I rode three days last where the wind was significant.  Rain days were spent at the rec center.  Looks like when my membership ends I will go to another facility.  They removed all  the Magnum equipment even though they were in perfect working order. And those were my favorite machines where I set up my workout regiment.  Anyway, I'm back outside doing between 35 and 40 miles per ride with the occasional 55er to Leroy.  So, life is good on the biking front.  Now, the knee is another issue. 
On another note, looking forward to visiting my friend and cross country roommate Hank in Oregon at the beginning of June.  One of my favorite people. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ahhh.  The weather has finally turned to spring.  Since my ride to Champaign  I have begun my daily routine, including a ride to Leroy (55 miles) last Friday.   Good wind but not very strong-5 to 10 mph from the NNW.  On particularly windy days I still use the rec center to get my daily exercise.  No big rides planned but who knows, I'm getting "cabin fever".   Maybe a ride through Europe would be a welcome addition as my next adventure but who knows.  Stay turned. 
On another note, my cycling pictures shows me with a wrap around my knee.  That has been a routine since my distance rides began in 1996 following knee surgery.  Riding has never really bothered it.  In fact, it often relieves the soreness and stiffness.  After each ride I give it a thorough icing.  On occasion I have given thought to having knee replacement but after a ride the knee feels better so I don't give it a second thought..  Until, last Friday.  The knee did not respond as previously described so I may look into the possibility of replacement.  However, I hope it won't happen until after the summer season.  Time will tell.