Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A slow and hot MNR

Yowser it was a hot one yesterday. Its been a weird summer with temps in the 70s and 80s over the past few months. And then welcome to 96 degrees! Its a Monday. Crap! Time to go ride!

I missed the group by about 20 minutes but saw them coming back on the return route from NoFo side. Should I join them or just go at my own easy pace. My own pace is what I chose. It was hot. I stopped to drink my water. Stopped to take pics. I think even the animals and insects knew it was hot because they were slow moving too. Bunnies galore not moving off the trail, butterflies waiting till the last second to fly away. Everything was trying to beat the heat.

Sometimes going slow is a good thing. It opens up your senses to whats around you. The car with the bass attack going up Fort Street. The purple flowers just before the Fort Street loop. The branches that need to be removed and the grass/weeds that need to be trimmed also presented themselves to me. Consider this my nature walk. Its these times that you realize either how smooth your bike is rolling or if its making the squeaks and the rattles.

Fun times. Paul was a sick boy so we stopped over at Chris' place afterwards. Thank Dale for the Apple cider. Was delicious!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Finally a nice MNR with no rain!

Two weeks ago, MNR got rained out. This past Monday...perfect weather! The trail was dusty, people were out, and the times were good. PacMan was back on his bike, he's been MIA for about half a year! The usual turkeys and bunnies were in my way. But all was good!

Hopped on my Schwinn after the MNR and spun a lap around the block. Might have the possibility for some cool pics! Not gonna lie, the handlebar position takes some getting use to. Even riding one handed made me feel a little nervous when I took the pics.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

So this is getting bad

I bought another bike today. I had no intentions until I had to give up the AMF Roadmaster to my sister/mom in MI. I loved how it rode, smooth and fast. Had a 2 x something setup. Looked so retro that I thought I looked hip riding it around town. Well my sister loves that bike, rode it on the Kal-Haven trail just north of my parents' house. Cool trail, like the Wabash Trace but starts in Kalamazoo and goes west to Lake Michigan, about 30 miles.

Elise and I walked it while my sister rode about 10 miles worth. And when I say walk, I mean power walked it. I had shin splints from walking! Ridiculous!

Kal-Haven trail in Michigan

So back to my bike. The other night I was checking on my Jeep listings on Craigslist. Looking to see if anything catches my eye. Lets check out bike stuff. Mostly crap Walmart bikes on there, some occasional used mt bikes, whoa, check out that Schwinn. Red and black. Not a bad price. I'm interested. I emailed the owner at 1:30 am, got a message back at 6am. Still for sale, not much detail. Email again, will it fit me? Yes it should. Rebuilt, picked up from Clay Center, Kansas. Had sx and can no longer ride it. No clue about the year of the bike or model. Okay.

I can show it on Sunday, what! Four days away! I can't wait that long...but I will. What about the Owl Ride, I want to ride it on that. But turns out the 311/Wailers concert I went to lasted till midnight anyway. Running on 4 hrs of sleep, I called the guy, then found myself driving to Lincoln with cash in my wallet.

Photobomb! Drinking and riding in the driveway. No cupholders!

I get there. Bike is dusty, seat all the way down. Tires had about 18 psi in them. Oh we can pump it up for you. Well little did the guy know that I already had it in my mind that I would buy it. Nah, no need to pump it up. I'll just ride up your street once and call it good. Bought!

Brought it home. Cleaned it up. Rode it around the block a few times then made my way to Waterford Lake. Wow, single speed sucks. Good job to you guys for riding SS on the trails. Not sure how you guys do it. More pics to follow!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I did not have my camera!

I rode tonight. Just basics...keys, ID and insurance card, bike and water bottle. Well I went to get groceries afterwards and saw something that caught my eye. I will get a picture of it soon. I have no clue what it is, but there are three of them. And they are stationary. And they are bike related. They are in west Omaha. In a parking lot. Guess what I am!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stooges ride bikes too!

Okay so it's actually just one bike. Not sure that I've ever seen a triple tandem before, but the Three Stooges were riding one back in the 40s!