Georgia Tandem Rally – Commemorative Jersey’s Now Available (Guest Contribution)

From our friends at Georgia Tandem Rally Headquarters, the following just went out to the hundreds of teams that have attended a GTR in the past, and is also out on Facebook.


Dear GTR Riders:

It only happens once every five years, and now is the time.   The time has come to order your GTR 20th Anniversary jerseys and apparel, clothing that will make you the best-dressed team at any cycling event you attend this year and in the future.  Not only are we doing jerseys in 2018, but we are also doing matching shorts, bibs, wind vests, and jackets.  We’ve got an entire store of stuff ready for you to order.  You do not have to attend the rally to order apparel.

Congratulations to Andrew and Ally Gill of Gainesville, FL, the first to buy GTR jerseys.  They noticed the jerseys were on sale via the GTR website and ordered them before this email came out!

Here’s the jersey, which is nice and bright and will increase your visibility on the road:

Jerseys are available in men’s and women’s sizes as well as club cut (a bit more relaxed) and race cut (that skin-tight look).  Most teams opt for club cut.  We’ve also got sleeveless for you sun lovers in Florida with big biceps.  All jerseys have full zippers.

And now the matching shorts/bibs for the full kit:

Shorts/bibs are available in men’s and women’s sizes and you get to pick what kind of chamois you want.  Yes, that’s a cute tandem on the rear end.

The wind vests look just like the sleeveless jerseys and the jackets look like a long-sleeve version of the jersey.

PRICING:
Pricing for the GTR 2018 stuff is as follows:
Jerseys: $65, the same price as 2013!
Shorts: $65 and up, depending on the chamois you pick
Bibs: $70 and up, depending on the chamois you pick
Vests: $55
Jackets: $60

Where else are you going to find matching, custom tandem jerseys for only $65 each?

SIZING INFORMATION:
The apparel is made by Voler in California.  This is the same manufacturer we used for the GTR jerseys in 2008 and 2013, so if you like the way those fit, stick with the same size.  You also had the opportunity to try on the jerseys (in club cut) at GTR 2017 in Valdosta.  If you wrote down your size, we have it.  Email us if you forgot it.  There are sizing charts for each item on the Voler ordering site.  Just scroll down and you will see the chart.  Please be careful when ordering your sizes because there will not be extras of anything to swap out.

ORDERING INFORMATION/DEADLINES
You can order your jerseys from now until February 18th, so you have about six weeks to get your order in.  We are not ordering extra apparel, so this is the only chance you will have to order until GTR 2023.  (No, we don’t know where it is.)  Treat yourself…you deserve it.  Ordering is done through the Voler site.  Jerseys will be shipped to us and we will distribute them at GTR 2018 or ship them to you if you will not be at the rally.
Click here to order your GTR 20th Anniversary apparel.
Or here:  http://www.voler.com/custom/ordering/li/19187

QUESTIONS?
Please let us know if you have any questions about our GTR apparel for 2018.  Sizing questions are best answered on the Voler site as they have extensive size charts for your viewing and dancing pleasure.

COMING UP:
Registration for the GTR pre-tour in Madison and GTR 2018 in Athens are just around the corner.  GTR Hall of Fame members begin registering on January 21 and then we throw it open to everyone else on January 28th.  You will get a separate email when it’s time to register for the rally, including the link to our electronic registration site.

Happy New Year to all of our tandem riding friends.  We hope that your 2018 plans will find you joining us for GTR in Athens for the largest tandem rally in the south.

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Christmas Greetings to our Readers

From our home to yours, here’s hoping those who have just finished celebrating  Hanukkah and those who are just about to begin celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa Festivus and anything else are doing well, enjoying time with family and friends and are in good health.

We know that’s a tall order as life does tend to throw us curves, knuckleballs, sliders and more times than we like hits us with a fastball.  We like many of you have probably been hit with those fastballs a few times this past year and we understand and appreciate the challenges we are dealt are often times not of our making or not within our power to control.  However, we are reminded that we are certainly not alone in this, have the love and support of family and friends and always remain mindful that even with our burdens we are still thankful for our blessings.

For those who are interested in learning more about our past year, in words and photos, I’ve uploaded a .pdf version of my annual Christmas Letter that I share with our family.  For those who follow the blogs, much of it will be familiar and we thank you for your readership: we enjoy being connected to our virtual family and friends. You can download the letter by clicking on the link above, or the image of the first page at right. As I’ve mentioned, I write these weekly journals for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it allows me to reflect on what we have done, the people we have met and places we have been.

I was reminded of how valuable that can be this year as I attempted to compose my letter without having access to the Internet during our recent winter weather event that caused our network access to go dark for two days.  After finishing my first draft and sharing it with Debbie she noted there were several glaring omissions… I mean really glaring omissions.  I would like to believe that my mind is like a steel trap and captures everything, but that little exercise truly made me appreciate the time I invest in writing my journals.  And, as you might now suspect, the annual Christmas letter provides me with an opportunity to appreciate all that happened this past year and to consider what lies ahead.  Again, all of that is captured in the letter so I won’t go through it all here; those who are interested now have the ability to do so.


To those of you who are still following our blog, thanks for hanging in there.  As you may have noted, it’s been something of a dry spell since my last meaningful “journal” back in September, with just the calendar update a few weeks back.

Fear not, we are still devoted cyclists and tandem cycling enthusiasts; however, life sometimes gets in the way as do my competing interests in motorcycling.  The latter figured big in the equation between buying and selling motorcycles, a trip to Daytona and then a bump in the road, so to speak, that put me off of both bicycles and motorcycles for a few weeks.  Oh yes, and it snowed here… A lot!

Here’s a recap.

First up was trip to Costa Rica for what was our first-ever resort vacation.

The next distraction was a sudden desire to buy a new-to-us Honda Goldwing motorcycle in late August, as I wanted something more practical with more storage than the 2003 BMW R1100S I’d been commuting on since January 2009.

An un-intended consequence of adding the Honda to the motorcycle fleet and taking Debbie for a ride on the luxury bike was her realization that our current Harley-Davidson touring bike was really too small and uncomfortable. So, two weeks after buying the Honda we were in hot pursuit of a close-out deal on a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra. We found one in Savannah and Melissa at Killer-Creek Harley-Davidson was able to get it to Atlanta for us and we added it to the fleet in late September.So, instead of riding bicycles or tandems, I was now tinkering with two “new” motorcycles in my spare time, i.e., personalizing them with the various things that make them fit, ride and look right.  Yes, it was a a sight to see since I’d still not sold the BMW.Thankfully, a week after this photo was taken the BMW found an a new home.  It was a great bike that I would have loved to keep if we had room for it.

By now it was October and in between bouts of bad weather that kept us off the tandem we were able to sneak in a short trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, on the new touring bike for the fall version of Bike Week. The weather was less than ideal, but we had good friends with us and made our own fun during every waking moment.

 

Things settled down a bit towards the end of October and mid-November, but the weather kept us off the tandem, as it seemed like it was either cold or raining just about every weekend.  The next big disruption came when a lovely, 83-year old motorist failed to see me stopped on the big Honda with my left turn signal on during my evening commute on 21 November and sent both the bike and me tumbling.  My new pride and joy was totaled and I was “grounded” with respect to riding anything by a wrist injury, sprained joints and a strained back.

Of course, even if we had both been in good enough shape to go cycling, the weather intervened in early December to shut down the areas northwest of Atlanta with a foot of snow.  Yes, this was the scene the morning after 15″ of snow fell and about 12″ of it was left stacked up on everything for the next two days.

I was finally feeling well enough to get out for a single bike ride this past week and, boy let me tell you, it felt GREAT!  No, I was still feeling the wrist and my back complained a bit the next day, but it was a huge step and it was also nice to know I felt as much joy as ever being back on a bicycle.  There’s just no better way to spend a spare moment, other than cuddling my sweetie… that is.

So, we’re eagerly awaiting some free time so we can get back out on the tandem in 2018. Here’s hoping that you and yours have been able to get in as many miles of smiles as you’d hoped to in 2017 and perhaps our paths will cross in the not too distant future.  Still working on our 2018 rally plans.

 

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2018 Rally Information… Looking a bit Thin.

As I began to update the Tandem Event & Rally listing for 2018 I was surprised that many of the sites for scheduled events were not yet updated, never mind the number of recurring rallies that are not yet showing any schedule information.

So, here’s what I’ve got posted thus far.  If anyone has any corrections, additions or sees an event that needs to be dropped, let me know.

Winter 2018 

Rice Valley Tandem Rally, Feb 11, Gridley, CA, No Reg Fee

Sebring Tandem Rally, hosted by the PANTHERS, 9-11 Mar, Sebring, FL, ~$150 per team / $120 night + tax lodging


Spring 2018

OPEN HOUSE: TandemsEast – Tandem Expo, 1-2 Apr, Pittsgrove, NJ, No Reg Fee

Ridgeland OBO Tandem Rally, 6-8 April, Ridgeland, MS, details not yet available.

UK Tandem Rally – Easter, 29 Mar – 2 Apr, near Bodiam Castle on the Kent / East Sussex border, 7 GBP per Person; various camping / lodging options.

Alabama Tandem Weekend, 12-15 April, Huntsville, AL, Details not yet posted.

Southwest Tandem Rally , 19-22 Apr, Brenham, TX, details not yet posted.

Georgia Tandem Tour, 21-24 May, Madison, GA.  ~$100 per team + lodging. Registration opens in January.

Georgia Tandem Rally, 24-27 May, Athens, GA (Reg open in Jan ’18), details not yet posted.

Horsey 100 (Non-Tandem But Welcoming Tandems), 25-27 May, Lexington, KY, special hotel accommodations for tandem teams. Registration opens at 8:00pm on 16 Jan.

 

Southwest Missouri Tandem Weekend, 1-3 Jun, Springfield, MO, details not yet posted.

Saranac Lake Tandem Rally, 15-17 Jun, Saranac Lake, NY, ~$90 per team / lodging rates vary

Eastern Tandem Rally (ETR’s Homepage), 15-17 June, Williamsburg, VA.  

UK National Tandem Rally, TBD.  Nothing posted yet.

Canadian Tandem RallyTBD.  Nothing posted yet.

HOOTs Tandem Weekend, TBD.  Nothing posted yet.

MATES ’15 (ETR’s Homepage), TBD. Still looking for host / dates / location.


Summer 2018

Northwest Tandem Rally, 29 Jun – 4 July, Albany, OR.  Details not yet posted.

TandemsEast – Tandem Weekend, TBA, but I think it’s somewhere in New Jersey.

International Tandem Rally, 18-25 Aug, Saxnas, Öland, Sweden, ala carte fee schedule; see booking form

Midwest Tandem Rally, 31 Aug – 3 Sep, Grand Rapids, MI, details not yet posted.

Paired Iowans Going Somewhere Rally, TBA, ~$100 team, lodging on your own at suggested hotels

Tandems à Salviac International, No details posted as of yet. Email for more information / to register: stokinger@yahoo.com


Fall 2018

Southern Tandem Rally, 12-14 October, Venice, FL, $TBA per team, Lodging TBA

Recumbent Cycle-Con Trade Show & Convention, 12-14 October, Nashville, TN.

Florida Tandem Rally, hosted by PANTHERS, 19-21 Oct, The Villages, FL, Addt’l details forthcoming’

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Riding at home instead of at STR 2017

A little bit bummed that we weren’t able to fit the 2017 edition of the Southern Tandem Rally into our calendar this year, but will hopefully be able to make it work in 2018.

Haven’t seen but a handful of photos from a few friends on Facebook, but from what we have seen it looks like the weather was fantastic and that everyone had a great time visiting with long-time friends and enjoy the great routes around Salisbury, North Carolina.

From left to right: Lisa, Linda, Eric, Betsy, Mark, Ryan, Christen Audrey.

Speaking of ride updates, the post-ride report from last week’s September Tandem Club of Georgia (aka, PEACHES) ride has made it to WordPress. The ride was held in Newnan, Georgia, with six teams participating.  You can see a small collection of photos at the PEACHES Blog: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/18192750/posts/1603941692

As for us, we were able to get out on Friday morning for a very nice ride from the house. It was our mid-distance loop and even though we decided to take it at a comfortable pace we ended up with one of our faster average speeds for the year.  I’m guessing last Saturday’s workout at the Beautiful Backroads Century may have played into that.

We returned home from an overnight trip on Sunday morning and after getting ourselves sorted-out, eating a little lunch and doing a little work on a noisy front hub on the tandem we headed out once again for a loop ride from the house.  Given that it was a little later in the day it ended up being a pretty darn warm ride for late September.  But, we needed to sweat-out some toxins so that was fine too.  It was just good to get out and spin our legs and like Friday’s ride, we actually had a pretty good pace.

It’s always a good weekend when we can get in a couple rides on the tandem.  Again, somewhat disappointed that we weren’t able to get up to Salisbury, North Carolina for the three days of riding with a lot of our friends at the Southern Tandem Rally, but then again it was nice not having to make the 5 hour drive home after the event as I had a lot of yard work to do back at home before returning to work on Monday.

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Beautiful Backroads Century

A Little Background

Aside from “The Rally in the Valley” one-day ride back in May where we teamed up with our friend from the Clemson, South Carolina, area on our triplet it’s been a very long time since Debbie and I signed up for a non-tandem cycling event.  In fact, I hard to think long and hard about when we last did any kind of charity ride event.

It turns out that the last time we “planned” to do a charity cycling event where less than one out of 200 bikes might be a tandem was the Beautiful Backroads Century (BBC) up in Cartersville, Georgia in Sept 2013.  I say planned, as after doing a weather check at 5:00am  on the morning of the ride I concluded it would be a wet ride and made the command decision that we’d blow-off the ride and sleep-in.  We knew we’d made the right call when the rain started falling around 8:00am… about the same time as the BBC ride start. Looking at the weather radar, it looked like it was rather wet up in Cartersville so it was nice being all toasty, warm and dry doing some things around the house.

Well, four years later we decided it was time to give it another try and a couple of weeks back I went ahead and registered us for the event.  It was actually a co-worker who mentioned the ride to me and that got the entire process started.  We’d actually talked about inviting her to join us on the triplet for the ride, but Debbie’s enthusiasm for that arrangement waned a bit so we never extended the invite.

The Weekend Before Our Ride

However, we definitely knew that we’d be riding it on the tandem and before heading out in a large group like that I knew the tandem’s shifting woes would need to be resolved.  So, about two Saturday’s back, after I’d finished doing some work on a new-to-us motorcycle’s suspension we carved out a couple of hours so we could get out on the Calfee tandem for the first of at least two rides over the 3 day weekend. This would also give me a chance to see how well the new front derailleur would work.

The weather was a bit cooler than when we’d last ridden on Friday the 8th, but the sun was shining and it made for perfect cycling weather. Sadly, the shifting on the tandem quickly became problematic and I’ll be darned if I know why, other than thinking that I’d simply not tightened-down the pinch bolts on the cable ends enough. However, the bigger problem was that I’d left the tool I’d need to make any adjustments at home so we had to nurse the mis-shifting bike home. Things really got screwed up when the chain jumped off the big chainring and got wrapped around the rear derailleur. I got that sorted out but could tell that the shifting had been made even worse by that little incident. That said, while the shifting was an annoyance it was an otherwise delightful ride.

Our second ride came on Saturday morning, September 9th.  Before getting out on the tandem we first had to run over to Harley-Davidson of Atlanta so we could pick up our 2013 Road King, which was having some issues and needed the brake and clutch fluids changed. Kelly had called around 3:00pm on Friday to tell us it was ready for pick-up, but not wanting to get stuck in traffic trying to get back home we deferred the pick-up to Saturday morning.

Back at the house we swapped the Harley for our tandem bicycle and headed out for a somewhat shorter than normal but more spirited ride on what was another lovely day. We were riding about 1-2 miles per hour faster than usual and that was a good thing given we were only working a little harder than normal and not killing ourselves to go fast. And, the adjustments I’d made to the shifting were all spot-on and nothing “changed” during the ride.

The Day of our Ride

This past Saturday morning we were vividly reminded of at least one reason we began to shy away from these types of organized rides: you gotta get up early on a weekend !  Really, I’m up at 5:00am and in the office by 6:10am five days a week, do I really need to be getting up at 5:30 on the weekends??    Well, yeah… if you want to go out and ride with a few hundred other people and the start time is 8:00am at a location that will take you a little time to drive to.

Thankfully, the ride starting point was a mere 30 minute drive from the house in light traffic so we didn’t have to leave the house until 6:45am as Debbie had picked up our registration packets on Friday.  I think I was up around 4:00am and Debbie finally stirred around 6:15am.  It didn’t take us long to get ready, noting I’d packed the tandem in the truck on Friday night.

After arriving at the Budweiser Brewery in Cartersville which served as ride central for the event, we made our way over the starting area so we could locate and visit with some of the other folks from Lockheed Martin’s cycling team.  No, Debbie and I didn’t have matching Lockheed jerseys so we went with our compliment-garnering Hawaiian print jerseys from Voler & Blacktop Cyclery in Bakersfield, California.

We’d forgotten how much fun it was to be at a large, non-tandem cycling event with all of the various different levels and types of riders on hand.  We actually missed getting out with single bike riders for an event like this.  Just hanging out a shooting the breeze at the gathering area around the start / finish point was really enjoyable.

One of the other Lockheed Martin riders had some type of camera on his bicycle and I was later advised by our cycling club captain that Debbie and I had been caught on his bike cam just before the start….… and then just before we decided to go off the front of a large group of cyclists to get into some cleaner air.  Yes, yes… i know.  Center line rule violation.  Hey, they don’t call it the Beautiful Backroads Century for nothing as the roads are nearly void of any vehicles on Saturday mornings at 8:00am.

We also snapped a selfie our ourselves around the 40-mile mark so we could see if we were still having fun or looking a bit fatigued as we’d ridden the first 36 miles pretty hard and really didn’t have too many 50 mile rides under our belts.

Thankfully, we were still feeling fresh and the temps never really made it out of the low 80’s by the time we finished our ride at 10:30.  We found one of our team mates enjoying some of Budweiser’s product in the big lunch tent after the ride and joined him for a short while as we ate our very nice event-provided lunch. It think it was around 11:15 when we finally packed up and headed for home, arriving in the driveway just before noon: about perfect timing!

We’ve both decided that we enjoyed the event so much that we’re going to search out the ride calendar and begin to do more of these.  After all, it was on these very types of rides in and around the Atlanta area that Debbie and I first started to log miles on the tandem some 20 years ago this past August 2nd.  Hard to believe that 20 of our 24 years as a married couple have been spent out riding our tandem bicycles.  It’s a beautiful thing!!

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Co-Motion Cycles – Dan Retires & Dwan Goes It Alone!

In case you missed this news out of Eugene, Oregon over the Labor Day weekend:

You can read the full story at The Register Guard by clicking on the following link:

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35893854-75/co-motion-co-founder-going-solo-at-tandem-bicycle-company-in-eugene.html.csp

 

 

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Tandem Time… It can be hard to find!

Life is Good!

I think I may be neglecting my TandemGeek blog a bit of late as keeping my journal up to date for my mother’s consumption seems to be sapping a lot of my writing juices.  So, forgive me for “poaching” a few lines from last weeks’ other blog to bring readers up to speed on where we are with our tandem cycling interests.  It’s not that we’ve lost interest in tandem cycling, it’s just that we’ve successfully gotten ourselves involved in so many other varied things that it now makes finding time for tandeming a bit more of a challenge.  On the bright side, we’re certainly not getting burned-out on tandeming!!!

However, to properly set-up last week I do need to mention that on Tuesday the 15th I began to have some dental related issues, e.g., a very sensitive lower left jaw and molars.  It was just an annoyance at first but by Thursday the 17th I was popping Motrin and applying Benzocaine and asked Debbie to see if our dentist could see me on Friday.   She succeeded in getting me an 11:30am appointment so I left the office around 11:10am on Friday the 18th and decided that if I was in any shape to work on Friday afternoon I’d just do it remotely from home.  The initial prognosis was, my teeth were OK and I was having a periodontal flare up. I thought I’d cracked a tooth or something more serious just based on the pain but I was OK with the other diagnosis if it meant no further dental work and a happy mouth in a day or so.  Yeah, well… it was another sleepless night on Friday, about the fourth in a row.

As Saturday the 19th came around I was able to keep the level of dental discomfort in check by eating Ibuprofen like candy to the point where I was good enough to allow Debbie and me to head out on the tandem for a 25 mile ride from the house on our local loop.  It was pretty darn warm out in the sun, but the low humidity made for very pleasant cycling weather so long as we were moving.  Sitting at stoplights, not so much fun.

We were back at the house around 11:00am where we relaxed on the breezeway for a few moments before I turned my attention to several hours of yard work.  I was feeling a bit gassed from the lack of sleep, but what are you going to do, eh?

We had a fairly busy Saturday after our ride what with the yard work and our typical Saturday night out at the local watering hole. Again, it was another sleepless night back at home.

The plan for Sunday the 20th was to get in another tandem ride, but one that was a bit longer than our usual loop.  Given my lack of sleep, I was up early enough to get Debbie’s car washed before it would be time to head out for the ride.  It had probably been a couple of weeks since the rain had let up enough to make washing her car worthwhile, so it was sorely in need of a good bath, inside and out.

With the car washed and back in the garage I think it was about 9:15am when we finally headed off on our tandem ride.  Things were going well up and until we ventured onto the Seven Hills loop — something we hadn’t ridden in well over a year or two.  It was at one time a really nice, low-traffic ride through some beautiful back roads in Pauling County.

Yeah, well… add in a few thousand new homes, shopping centers and clogged up major arterial roads that put folks on those same narrow back roads as a shortcut and it’s the last place you want to be cycling.  Seriously, it was quite awful. And, to add insult to injury, the shifting on our Calfee tandem decided to act up once we hit the steeper hills and needed to use our “alpine” gearing.  Sadly, the tandem wanted no part of shifting down into the smallest chain ring so I had to make a couple of on-road adjustments in and amongst all of the traffic.

Sadly, the combination of my dental discomfort, lack of sleep and angst from the traffic and mechanical issues with the tandem had me being a bit-short tempered at Miss Debbie’s expense.  Oh, and did I mention that it was hot?  And by hot I mean really hot, like upper 90’s to 100’s on the black asphalt hot.

So, the mixed grimace and smiles in the above photo taken just 1/2 way through the ride were probably a lot more stressed looking by the time we finally made it home around noon.  Honestly, I was never so glad to be off the tandem and I swear we’ll never head out to the Seven Hills area to ride again; ugg!

After putting the tandem in the work stand and fiddling around with a few adjustments I finally came to the realization that I should have changed out the Campy Record front derailleur for a Shimano Ultegra model when I switched out the shifters.  The Campy had “worked OK” for the big to middle transitions, but was always balky when it came time to shifting into the granny / alpine gear. And, today had been the straw that broke the camel’s back for me.

A quick check on ebay brought up the exact dark grey Shimano Ultegra FD-6703-G Grey Triple 34.9mm Clamp On Front Derailleur that I’d need for the Calfee.  It was a brand new take-off from a seller up in Ohio.  His opening bid hadn’t been snagged and the auction was just a day away from closing so I made a good bid and assumed I’d have the piece of kit in my hands in a few days. Well son-of-a-gun if someone else didn’t throw in; dagnabit. Oh well, it only cost me an extra $5.00 and for the $52.00 it was money well-spent.

The derailleur arrived on Thursday the 24th along with some new KMC ti-nitrite coated “gold” chains and the Calfee was looking good again and “seemed” to be shifting better than it every had with the correct front derailleur now in place.  Funny how Campy and Shimano are always just different enough not to work well together.

In the meantime, by Tuesday the 22nd my toothache had not improved one-iota so I had a follow-up appointment in the dentist’s chair on Wednesday the 23rd.  The visit began with an x-ray which now revealed the crack in the tooth that I’d originally through had been the source of my dental pains.  Our dentist opted to try using just a crown to stabilize the tooth to eliminate any pain from the tooth moving around and that ended up being an abject failure.

So, Thursday we were back on the phone and it was decided that what I really needed was a root canal which we scheduled on my off-Friday the 25th at noon.  Once the dentist got into my tooth he discovered that one of the segments of pulp and nerves was seriously infected which fully explained my condition: good thing I’d gone on antibiotics Wednesday afternoon!  The root canal procedure took about 1.5 hours all told and there were some tense moments when it was thought the tooth would be a goner. However, everything was finally sorted out and by late Friday night I was finally pain-free.  That lasted until around 3:00 on Saturday the 26th when the temporary crown popped off; really!?  I was able to flush out the crown and tooth cavity and pressed the crown back on which has only popped-off once since then.

Sadly, between the Friday dental appointments, some friends having a 25th anniversary wedding vow renewal event Saturday afternoon which had us out-of-pocket until 5:00pm, and then a birthday party for two of the granddaughters on Sunday at noon we never were able to make it out on the tandem for a post-repair shake down ride.

Suffices to say, I’m anxiously awaiting that opportunity.  However, at this point I’m not sure when we’ll get to do that!   Our dance card is pretty full and then there’s the weather to contend with as I’ve got to go back to the dentist on Wednesday the 30th to have my root canal finished, short of the final / permanent crown which will come a bit later (I think).  The rain from Hurricane / Tropical Storm Harvey will also begin to arrive here on Wednesday and looks to be ever-present through Monday, making the Labor Day weekend a bit sloppy.  But, then again, we already had plans to be out-of-town on Saturday and Sunday and then Debbie has to go to yet another granddaughter birthday event at noon on Monday.  So, it’s not looking good for a tandem ride in the near future.

I think our next best opportunities will be the Beautiful Backroads Century out in Cartersville, Georgia on Saturday, September 16th… which would be the first time Debbie and I ventured back out to a large, non-tandem specific organized ride in several years. Not sure why that seems tempting, but it does. And, there’s a Tandem Club of Georgia ride down in Newnan, Georgia, on Sunday, September 17th too. We’ve not made it to many or any of those this year for some reason.

This also reminds me that I still haven’t firmly committed to our attendance at this year’s Southern Tandem Rally over in North Carolina on the September 20th – 22nd.  Guess we need to do or not do that pretty darn soon!  If only we could know what the weather would be.  Historically, STRs in North Carolina during the fall seem to get more than their fair share of rain: not a fan of driving 5 hours up I85 in the first place, never mind if the weather’s not going to be exceptional!  Do we roll the dice or….???

And, well… here’s the real challenge. We still have friends who want us to head out on motorcycle day trips, visit with them out on the lake where they all have boats and/or we have kind of gotten spoiled by our monthly trips to the North Georgia Mountains for a get-away weekend now and again.   It’s not that I’m complaining, but it does make for a busy life.  I guess that’s a good thing.

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