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May 14, 2005

The Self-Sufficient Rider

My motto is Semper Gumby - always flexible. Here is a summary of today:
I got up and rode 11.99 miles on my way to the starting point of my 127 mile ride.
I got a flat tire about a mile away from the start of the organized ride.
I put a new tube in, put the tire back on and began to pump it up.
My pump broke.
I was stranded.
I carried my bike a quarter mile to a gas station.
I called my wife for a ride home.
After standing in the rain trying to fix my tire, I was cold and wet so I bought a cup of coffee and an apple fritter, then waited.
As I was waiting I talked to this wonderful old lady named June who just came into the gas station for a cup of coffee. I really had a good conversation with her and it felt like a warm, sunny June day.
My ride showed up and I went home.
I tried to fix my tire pump.
I took an hour-long nap.
I went to the recycling center with my wife to get rid of some stuff from the garage.
I went to the bike shop with my wife to buy a new tire pump, but they had a part kit for it so I bought that to fix it.
My wife saw a bike she liked and she test rode it and liked it. We bought it.
She was excited. I was excited.
We stopped at the book store on the way home, hehe. I bought a good bicycle book and my wife bought some cook books.
We had a snack and then came home.
I worked on my retro bike for one hour. (more on that tomorrow)
We ate dinner.
We went for a 2-mile bike ride (TOGETHER!!!) :-) My wife loved it.
We watched the movie, Romancing the Stone.
I had another rootbeer float.
I typed my blog entry.
I'm going to bed now.
Tomorrow I'm going to church (no work on Sundays anymore!)
In other words, it was a perfect day for a self-sufficient rider. I didn't get my long ride in but the day sure turned out great! If not for a flat tire and a broken tire pump, none of this would have happened! Amazing how things work out.

Posted by carl1236 at May 14, 2005 10:22 PM | Life


I'm going to make every effort possible to make the 300K in 2 weeks as I missed the 200K. How bout you?

Posted by: Jim at May 16, 2005 8:39 PM

Haha, well, that is my intention also. I pre-registered for the first three Brevets. I was really looking forward to this one, but sometimes I just have to stay flexible and not worry about it.

Jim, I'll ride up to White Bear with you if you want for that 300k ride. We can figure out the details of where to meet next week sometime.

Posted by: John at May 16, 2005 11:13 PM

Sounds good. My mother-in-law will be in town and I have a feeling she will be happy to be rid of me for the day.

Posted by: Jim at May 17, 2005 6:58 PM