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Selle Anatomica Blues

… no, it isn’t blue, it’s brown, but … I think I”ve worn that puppy out.  Made some major adjustments to it on the Capital City Century, with that Allen Wrench and sliding it back, and that kept my back from simply refusing to continue, but basically I think I’m riding without a seat on that excuse for one.  Perhaps if I lost 20 pounds, an unlikely prospect, it wouldn’t be so bad.

Photos from today’s lil’ century

I spent a fair amount of time on this ride a teeny bit lost – and GPS couldn’t find a satellite – and in the “you know you’re addicted to cycling” category, honestly, my thought was “oh, goody!  more miles and different roads!”  Yea, I made sure I had water and crackers… and reflected that yes, I *could* get too lost and get hungry or overheated or  dehydrated or otherwise road stupd…

but I didn’t 🙂

Went to Mahomet – via “the hobbit house” – first pic …P5240227.JPG

yea, the road is still a bit gravelly there but it’s mostly beaten down.   Then I stopped at Casey’s for provisions so I could ride like Lance.

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The park was rully purty in the morning

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Crossed the covered bridge – that nice fellow has a happy, happy dog in the trailer.

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Once off the paths it’s onto the roads… rather nice roads…

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Doesn’t this make you want to go on the ride?  C-U Across the Prairie…  I revised the route to dodge some gravel and picked up this yard festering with lilies and daisies and … whatever these are.  In fact, the whole bloomin’ ride was festering with flamboyance.

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After this last pic I focused more on riding (if you haven’t guessed, I’m a “text” person.  I tend to take pictures of horses behind poles becaues I know the horse is there…) – speculating on the nature of “Custom Garage VBS.”  Jesus is everywhere…

Custom Garage VBS ... a denomination I'm not familiar with...

Custom Garage VBS ... a denomination I'm not familiar with...

Lions Club Ride ;)

Got there early and yes, the people going the long way who aren’t hammering do start before the posted “start” time.  Since their flier says registration starts at 7:30, but the ride starts at 8:30… it’s pretty ambiguous.  I’m wondering if they mean they’ll have the rest stops going at 8:30 ( the first one is 14 miles out).   At any rate, it was the usual great scenery, fun waving at the sag wagon, loving the trail mix but wishing there was better liquid fare than the Orange Generic Drink (the stuff McMaggots donates to such events)… but trail mix, I suspect, has excellent electrolytes.  (It’s homemade trail mix, too – well, not home dried fruits, which I’d like to do…  the highlight of the ride. ) Oh, and they sort of didn’t know we were still out there and had packedup lunch, but they unpacked.  Next year I’m going to suggest we ignore the “start time,” since it seems to be designed for folks either *not* doing the full length   or being those Decatur hammerheads 🙂

Got in a hundred miles and I’m feeling it today… not used to going out on the same bike right after, either, but what with the Xtra laid up, I didn’t *really* feel like, um, the Monday riders were ready for me to (try to) keep up on the Schwinn.  I’m bummed about the Xtracycle and my amazing ability to Make Things WOrse when I attempt mechanics (or plumbing, or…) BUT I realized that I shoudl be able to put the Gazelle front wheel onto it, and that, happily, is something simple enough for me not to break otehr things trying to do.  (I have the facts; I don’t anticipate the failures, and I apply my best strategies and intelligences to the task… but it’s like having a blind person choose a color palette – it’s done with rules, not the senses, so rather important things go unnoticed.)

Ride of Silence Wednesday.  Time for a bulletin out to cyclists…