This Past Weekend… Hour-by-Hour

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  • 6:30am –  Up, finish light work-out, lite breakfast and into the home office to do a little work.
  • 8:00am – Drop-off dry cleaning, wash the truck, and then hit Walmart for “stuff”.
  • 9:30am – Finish truck cleaning with a quick detailing back at home.
  • 10:00am – Teleconference with financial adviser.
  • 10:30am – Off to Costco for provisions.
  • 11:00am – Stopped by High Plains and picked up a pair of jeans as all of my other ones were all starting to feel baggy; heaven forbid I try to fill them back in. Sadly, I ended up getting the wrong ones (Levis 517 vs. 527), so a trip to Horsetown is in our future this weekend.
  • 11:30am – Meet Miss Debbie for lunch at The Red Eyed Mule.
  • 20150814_13475912:30pm – Hit the local trails on the Dean Scout for a 90-minute ride to work-off lunch, aggression and be reminded why cycling continues to be a huge part of our life!  Oh yeah, grabbed selfie with Playskool Triceratops that found its way onto the local trails.
  • 2:00pm – Harley-Davidson Atlanta (HDA) calls to let me know our Road King “Blue” is ready for pick-up after a pro tune on the dyno; time to get off the trail.
  • fb_img_14395826943923:00pm – After heading home, taking a quick shower, hooking up the trailer and driving 30 minutes to HDA, spend 10 minutes talking with the HDA tech who did the dyno run, then paid-out, loaded Blue on the trailer and headed home.
  • 4:00pm – Diagnosed a floppy kick stand on Blue caused when I banged the kick stand spring loading the bike on the trailer: call HDA and confirm they have several in stock.
  • 4;30pm – Clean blue, unhitch trailer and put it in the garage for one more night.
  • 5:00pm – Head upstairs to get ready for dinner-out with Miss Debbie.
  • 5:30pm – Miss Debbie arrives at home and shortly thereafter we’re on our way to Loco Willy’s in the truck. Great time at Loco’s with partners in crime, David & Deb, and wonderful food: 1/2 dozen raw James River oysters and steak fajitas.
  • 8:30pm – Leave Loco’s and head to Brewsters Bar & Grille where the great local band “No Sweat” is playing.
  • 1:00am – Head home from Brewsters after another crazy evening out.
  • 1:30am – Sit and talk with Debbie for about an hour before finally calling it a night.


  • 7:00am – Up, light workout, lite breakfast, start laundry, check Email / FB / Work Email.
  • 8:00am – Hook up the trailer to the truck and return it to my friend David’s house about 20 minutes away.
  • 9:00am – Hop on Black Dyna Wide Glide and make the 20-mile / 30-minute ride down to HDA to pick up kick stand springs.
  • 10:00am – Back at home, check on Miss Debbie (she’s still getting her 8 hours of sleep; I only need 4), throw 1st load of laundry in dryer, 2nd load in washer.
  • 10:15am – Replace damaged kickstand spring on Blue with new one.
  • 10:45am – Greet Miss Debbie who is now up and around.
  • 11:00am – Out to garage to install some 3M Stoneguard on Blue’s side covers.
  • 20150509_1714271:00pm – Head out for a 25-mile tandem ride with Miss Debbie: it’s hot, but not as hot as it has been: humidity is also low. Great ride!!!
  • 3:00pm – More laundry loads and then head to backyard to relax for an hour with Miss Debbie on the mini-chaise lounge while soaking up some sun and Vitamin D.
  • 4:00pm – Time to do the yard work: edge, trim and cut the lawn, pull weeds and the like. Finish up laundry.
  • 5:30pm – Load tandem bicycle into truck with other gear for Sunday’s tandem club ride down in Newton, GA.
  • 20150815_1843496:00pm – Cleaned-up and headed over to Loco Willy’s for dinner: Willenberger with fries and margaritas. Had the pleasure of meeting the owner’s wife and her parents: great time!
  • 8:00pm – Headed for home; we’ve got to be up a 6:15am for Sunday’s tandem ride.
  • 8:30pm – Relaxing with Miss Debbie on the breezeway with the fan blowing and pre-season football on the tele; what could be better!!
  • 11:00pm – Debbie calls it a night and I go in the house to do some work on the computer; eventually falling asleep… although I couldn’t say when.


  • 6:00am – Up and getting ready to make the 70 minute / 80 mile drive down to Newnan, Georgia, for the April Georgia tandem club ride.
  • 7:10am – Out the door…
  • 20150816_1008288:10am – Arrive 20 minutes early and off around 8:30am for the 42-mile route option with three other couples: Roger & Eve, Randy & Claudia and Eric & Linda.  Coolish but incredibly humid with overcast skies, but otherwise a lovely morning to be out cycling with friends.
  • 11:30am – We finish the ride with our group mostly intact.  We tried to ride a steady tempo again and still seem to do fine on the climbs but have lost a few steps on the flat to rolling terrain: gotta work on that.  It was a beautiful ride, albeit one of those rides where you don’t realize that you’re making withdrawals from the elevation bank on the 1st half of the ride that you’ll have to pay back on the 2nd half. We opted to pass on the post-ride lunch and bid our friends a fond-farewell after completing the ride as there were a few things we wanted to do back at home.  However, we’re looking forward to September’s ride out in Madison where we’ll make a full day of it.
  • 11870770_948992895138793_1115121865608356700_n12:40am – Back at the house, we made quick work of getting ourselves out of our cycling gear and into clothing that would be more appropriate for a ride on Blue; first stop, Loco Willy’s for a plate of hot wings and home-made fries. Yes, we are indeed creatures of habit and savor our routine!  It keeps us level set, helps us mind our diets as we can predict with regularity how certain meals will affect our weight and performance and what we need to do (cycling & in week diet) to deal with that.
  • 2:00pm – After finishing up our wings and chatting with friends at Willy’s, we headed over to Horsetown so that I could pick up the right style of Levis 527 jeans.  The 517’s I’d bought on Friday were actually working out fine for riding the motorcycle, but there’s something about the cut of the 527 that make them a better choice for casual / social wear, noting that all I wear anymore is jeans: I’m not even sure I have a pair of khaki’s.
  • 3:00pm – After finding the right jeans as well as four lovely blouses for Miss Debbie, I thought about heading over to Killer Creek Harley-Davidson where they were having a Cruise ‘n Blues event. However, Debbie reminded me that we still had a few things to do back at the house to get ready for the week ahead so home we went.
  • 4:00pm – Debbie headed out to the grocery store while I grabbed a little sun out in the backyard and caught up on some reading.  I also knocked out an entry on my other blog that captured the fun and games associated with Blue’s dyno run & results.
  • 5:30pm – Debbie returned from the grocery store and got busy cooking up steaks and chicken for my weekday meals while I knocked out a few more chores around the house.
  • 20150816_1854407:00pm – By the time was all said and done with finishing up the chores, Miss Debbie came to me and said, “I want some pizza for dinner; is that ok?”  Absolutely, so off to Olde Towne we went to split a 10″ Italian.
  • 8:30pm – Back at the house, it was time to chill and get our heads wrapped around the week ahead.
  • 10:30pm – Sadly, the weekend was truly over.  We called it a night and began to look forward to our next weekends, which include a house-warming, our youngest granddaughter’s 1st birthday, an overnight motorcycle trip to Gatlinburg, TN, tandem rides and alas repairing rotted wood / repainting the exterior of the house, some stacked stone wall repair, lawn repair and then back inside for other projects.

About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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