Sunday, October 9, 2016

Completed my eighth century ride since April from Washington to Champaign..  It turned out to be a beautiful day and as I was riding I wondered if things would continue to be so good.  I don't know if I tempted fate by thinking negative thoughts but of course after entertaining those thoughts a bit of bad karma reared its ugly head.  First, my bike computer stopped working.  I always like to see a summary of my rides when they are over.  After stopping and trying to fix the problem, it still would not work.  And, at this time it is still inoperable.  No clue.  So a visit to the bike shop is in the near future.
Secondly, as I entered the last 15 miles of the trip I saw a sign that indicated the road was closed ahead.  This was a route that I have taken many times so I continued down the road assuming I would just walk through the construction zone as I have done many times at different locations on my many rides.  Another biker was coming in the opposite direction and I asked him if the workers let him through the construction.  He said they would not and I would have to take an alternate route.  I had to ride four miles out of my way to detour around the work zone.  The good news is that I made another biker friend in the process.  So, I concluded, that when doing my distance rides, keep those negative thoughts out of my head and not let bad karma enter my domain.

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