Note: This blog entry was created using extracts from a previous entry on our other blog that recounted the entire weekend, not just the cycling parts. My apologies to those folks who read both of our blogs for double-dipping in the blog well.
Still No Calfee
As I mentioned in my last blog entry on Thursday, the Calfee triplet was being reworked but it didn’t look like it was going to make it back home in time for Sunday’s tandem club ride out in Madison, Georgia. So, now we’ll keep our fingers crossed that she’s back in time for next weekend.
However, we’ve got a house full of bicycles so it’s not like we were completely stranded. I think we still have a few bikes around here; let’s see:
- Our Calfee Tandem Road
- Our Ventana Tandem Off-Road
- Our Precision Triplet Road
- Mark’s Erickson Single Road (not built-up)
- Mark’s Bianchi Mega Exo TdF Single Road (not built up)
- Mark’s Calfee Tetra Pro Single Road
- Mark’s Dean Castanza Single Road
- Debbie’s Calfee Luna Pro Single Road
- Debbie’s Ritchey Road Logic Single Road
- Mark’s Bianchi Pista Track Bike
- Mark’s Ventana Marble Peak Off-Road Single
- Mark’s Dean Scout Off-Road Single
- Mark’s ProFlex 857 Off-Road Single currently on loan to our son Wesley
But, having a spare road tandem close at hand would still be a good idea in light of this recent issue with the Calfee; I like redundancy! Of course, I also like unusual, custom and limited bikes — motorized and pedal-powered — so adding back a spare tandem on the cheap might be a pipe dream. But, I digress.
The First of Three Rides This Weekend
With my Friday morning chores behind me, I found myself with about an hour and a half of free time. I thought about doing some painting and patching on the outside of the house, but then decided I owed it to myself to get some time on a bicycle of some sort since the only thing we rode last weekend was the Harley. And, with rain falling every day this week, the trails were closed so there were no opportunities to get in any evening off-road rides either.
It wasn’t a long ride — about 20 miles — but it felt good to get out. The temps were in the upper 70’s but with high humidity so I was soaking wet by the time I finished the ride. After finishing the ride I was thinking what I really need to do is to start getting up at 4:00am and getting in a 20-mile pre-work morning ride. Long-long-long time readers may recall it was on that 4:00am ride during an October over 10 years back that someone took a shot at me with a .22 air pistol, leaving a rather nasty nick and massive bruise on my inner thigh. The crime was reported to the local police but nothing ever came of it; imagine that. That whole experience took the wind out of my sails as far as riding before work and I never got the inspiration back. However, I’m thinking it may be time to start doing that again: we’ll see what happens.
The Second of Three Rides
Debbie was scheduled to sit with dear little Vivian on Saturday from 9:30am until 6:00pm while Wesley & Julie took Caroline and Charlotte over to Six Flags over Georgia for a ‘Corporate Day’ hosted by Wesley’s firm. So, Debbie was up and out of the house early again while I got to hang back and do “other stuff.”
Other stuff ended up including a trip to Costco for provisions, a stop at the optometrist to make an appointment for my annual eye exam (I went for five years between my last check-ups, and that wasn’t smart) which for the first time will include a discussion about contact lenses. Yeah, I’m thinking it may be time… just too many activities associated with cycling and motorcycling where having umpteen different pairs of eyewear just isn’t practical and not wearing corrective lenses is also no longer an option in low-light conditions.
Once I was back at home I decided to get in another bike ride, hopefully being the second of three for the weekend. I always feel a lot better when I get a couple of hours on a bicycle, pretty much like a motorcycle ride but with cardio and a sense of accomplishment!!!
With the bike ride in the books I turned my attention to a load of laundry while I knocked out the yard work, i.e., pulling weeds and cutting the lawn. It gets old and every time I walk the yard and tell myself “it’s good exercise and mentally satisfies the need to bond with the Earth” my other little voice says go find a townhouse or a small house on a large wooded lot without any lawn!
The Third of Three Rides & Two on Two… Caflee’s That Is
A cold front blew through Saturday night and instead of waking up to temps in the 70’s the thermometer was reading in the low-50’s when I got up around 6:30am. The temps moved into the 60’s by 10:00am which gave us time to get laundry and some other indoor chores out-of-the-way before we headed out for a bicycle ride from the house.
We were originally planning to head out to Madison, Georgia, about an hour and 20 minute drive, for the monthly Tandem Club of Georgia ride. However, with our tandem still being at Calfee in California for a repair to a broken weld, we opted to skip September’s ride. We had some very good friends offer us the use of their spare tandems while ours was sidelined, but I think we were good with our decision to sit-out the September ride as we did have a lot of things to do around the house and the Madison trip would have consumed the entire day. So, being without our tandem was a mixed blessing.
With laundry well underway and the day shaping up to be one of the nicest that we’ve had in a long time — clear blue skies, mild temps in the 70’s and a lovely breeze blowing — the temptation to hop on Blue and head to the mountain was strong. However, we were committed to staying put and also getting in a bicycle ride, so that’s what we did.
It had been a long time since Debbie and I had last ridden our single bikes together and it was actually a very nice treat. Without a doubt, we truly enjoy being on the tandem together more so that riding our single bikes together for all of the reasons that riding a tandem is so attractive: you’re always together, nobody gets left behind due to differences in ability on any given day and it’s all about team work!
Again, it was a real treat being out on our single bikes together! However, when I asked Debbie how she felt since this was the first time she’d been on her single bike since the early Spring — physically as well as spiritually — she didn’t hesitate when she said, “I had a good time but I prefer being on the tandem.” That’s my sweetie…