October 27, 2007
What took two hours in the car took almost 2 years on the bike. (There was a long gap.) No snow this time. In fact the weather was perfect. The smoke was was still blowing toward the ocean (San Diego was burning!), it was a cool 50 degrees, and 0% chance of rain. What was even better was that while there were a few ups there were mostly downs.
I was nervous because I had not trained for this one, but it was pretty easy. With almost 6,000’ of down the biggest concern was not hitting the rumble strip at 40mph. (For those men who have never done this it is pretty hard on the family jewels.) I did have one mechanical problem at the 11mile mark. Half the spokes on my rear wheel choose to loosen up. Dad was up ahead and had his phone off. Called Mom and told her, “When Dad calls tell him not to stop or come back. I may need to use his bike when he is finished with the ride.” (I was not going home empty handed.) With, however, the help of Cross Country Cycle in Holland (cell phones are great) I was able to get the wheel in riding shape.
I called Jeri when we finished and after saying good job and the other appropriate stuff she made one comment that I would like to expand on. She said, “I am glad you and your Dad got that section done, but I would never have done it.” Many of you may also be thinking the same thing. “Jeff and Larry flew out to San Diego (when it was burning) to bike 45 miles? I would never do that.” My comment to all who are think just that is, “Bull Shit!” If you had the chance to play Augusta and had to quit after 17, would you go back to play #18? If you were a football freak who loved the Cowboys, would you fly all the way to Dallas just to watch your favorite players inducted into the hall of fame? If you had a chance to watch the Daytona 500 and then were asked back to drive the car, would you? And Jeri if you had a mint condition 78 Trans Am, and I mean mint, but some bone head had put in a CD player, would you spend twice as much as I did this weekend to but the 8 track back? The answer to all of you is of course you would.
You just think I am crazy because my “of course I would” involved a bicycle and a little suffering. (Time to go plan the next round of suffering. Coming spring of 2008 – El Paso, TX to Del Rio, TX. Watch for Larry to mace those dogs!)