Monday, February 18, 2019

Still Raining,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

So I got to ride all weekend, I just had to drive an hour each way to do it. I could have done Uhwarrie but it's still an hour anyway. Plus it would have been really muddy. Cheraw is perfect for a rainy day. The sand is at is's best when soaked. Saturday I even got rained on. The weather was right though! It was about 63 when I started but like 53 when I finished.

Had the privilege of meeting officer Webster with the South Carolina highway patrol on the way home. I was cruising along paying no attention when I saw the front end of thee approaching car take a dive. That's when I realized I was meeting a state trooper. He did the flip and I was already sitting on the side of the road waiting.

He asked the last time I had a ticket and I told him. It's been 18 years. He checked and then wrote me a warning ticket! Made me really happy, Sunday when I went back down I had the cruise set both directions. No need to test my luck, I'll take a break once and awhile, but you don't get that lucky too often.

Sunday was just cold, low 40's but still righteous. So now we sit and watch it rain again.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Never enough,,,,,,,,,,,

Enough time on the bike anyway! I might have mentioned, we seem to be having one of the wettest winters ever here in the southeast. It ain't helping my riding at all. But I guess were all in the same boat.

Best thing to happen around here as of late, we are grand parents! Little Miranda has joined our family and she is about as sweet as you could ever imagine! Yes I will be buying her a new bike really soon! Got to start her early.

Makes me want to actually pay the few bucks to google so I can start posting pictures again. So I can show the world how sweet she is.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Plans,,,,,

So I am now doing night rides by myself regularly on a few local trails. The trails close to home, trails that I know someone else will probably ride the same night I do. That way someone will at least find my body in a timely fashion, that's if I get taken out by my imaginary night monsters that live in my head. Bastards!

It's been a good winter so far for me, lots of riding, no snow LOTS of rain. It's the south, just the way it is here. Although I probably ought to be glad if we did get a lot of snow I would have to buy another bike, a fat bike. I don't need another bike!

So I came up with a plan. I am now signed up for the Vista 300/420 bike-packing race in Tennessee. It's in early May and the logistics are just what I need. About a 4-5 hour drive start and finish in the same spot and I need no planes trains or help to make this happen.

I just need to keep pedaling and get over my stupid fear of the dark! This week is a big week for that part of it. I am heading to Uhwarrie after work this week by myself and gonna finally do a remote ride in the dark all alone. So far we have been riding there all winter and have yet to see anyone else night riding. I say we because I have only gone when my side kick Kelly has been able to join me.

This week will be the big test! Stay tuned....

Monday, December 24, 2018

Getting Braver ,,,,,,,,,,

Yep, been riding at least a few times a week by myself in the woods. Not that bad at all to be honest! Still haven't tried to go to Uhwarrie yet but I am making progress. My biggest discovery this night riding season has been my light set up.

Up until this year I have always used the million lumina rechargeable lights. This summer for my total failure of a ride in Colorado I had to do something different. Since I wasn't gonna be able to charge them, I bought battery lights. so I had them I decided to try them the first ride.

They are only 200 lumina each and I have one on my helmet and one on my bars. Guess what? Works out great! Plus I have'nt had to mess with charging a light all season. That makes a big difference. I now can go at any given time whenever the time becomes available, no excuses! I don't have to worry about charging my lights, just go.

Makes life a lot easier, I'm all about making things simpler. So now we are on the door step of Christmas and new years is a week away. Next post I will get to my new plan, Colorado is a gonna be 2020 instead of 2019. 2019 is gonna be a couple of east coast bikepacking events. Within a few states away radius and probably the training I should have done before last year.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Do You,,,,,,,,,,,,

                                  Ever have something that just sits in your head. Right now I do.

Lost a week, rain everyday. I did get out today for a 42 mile road ride but thats been it for the last week. Tomorrow will be my first mountain bike ride of the week and hopefully next week will be back to normal.

Gonna start with a night ride Monday night. By myself! Have ridden by myself as in far enough gap between me and the group it felt like I was all alone. But never just went by myself. Gonna start with Steve's trail and hopefully work my way up to Uhwarrie trail. If I can make that happen I will be a stud!

                                       As I have said before I am scared of the dark!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Just Wanted to See If I Could Remember My Password,,,,

Wow, it's been 2 years! In that period of time it seems Blogs have lost their status, like very few still get updated. Everybody had this idea they where gonna get rich and make money just talking about what they do or have done. I never really had that illusion, I just enjoyed the writing aspect of it.

                                                      Then i just quit!

Why am i here today? not really sure, maybe i just need to talk. This summer i really trained and spent a lot of money getting ready for something that was so far out of the normal for me that I was honestly scared, scared of the what if. Then after a 2 day drive and a few days getting ready I hit the start and within 3 hours all that planning and training and money was over. I feel like I failed! Failed miserably!

I lined up for the Colorado Trail Race, a fully self supported multi-day endurance event. I had a mechanical, my rear cassette broke. 20 miles into a 500 mile bike race I was done! Long story short, after back tracking to the last road I had crossed and by the grace of god I ended up back at the same hotel I had left that morning.

I don't think people understand when I say I cried. Hell it still upsets me now! You see during this race you are tracked via satellite through a spot beacon. Everybody I know who had a interest in me was watching from 2000 miles away. I still feel like I let them down. Really i didn't let anyone down but it sure feels that way.

Overall it was a great trip I got to spend a week with my wife in Colorado and a week with my youngest son out west. I got to see a lot of family i hadn't seen in years and it was awesome. Colorado is amazing and western Kansas still holds my heart.So what do I have to complain about, not much beside the fact I didn't get to do a bike race.

Willi go back? Not sure yet, I want to I need too. It's all in my head, but I aint getting any younger! life is short and it gets shorter everyday. If,, if I go back it will be for me and no other reason.