55 Miles on a Bicycle, 1 on a Mower

September 20th, 2008

Today was the MCC Flatlander bike ride, or as Terah put it, the day we build a cistern with our bicycles.

I’ve never gone this far on a bike in a single day before. I rode 35 miles for the Flatlander, plus I rode to and from home, for a total of 55 miles (88km). When I got home, I was sore pretty much all over. But it was a good experience, and I’ll surely do it again next year.

Yesterday evening, I was getting our bikes ready. I noticed that Terah’s bike had a problem: a large gouge that had punctured the tube and ripped apart part of the tire. I had a spare tube on hand, but not a spare tire, and it was too late to get one. I went inside to discuss it with Terah. After a few minutes of pondering, she remembered that the local bike shop I go to was a sponsor of the Flatlander — maybe if I call before they close, they’d bring one. I called, the owner happened to answer. I explained the situation, and she said, “Of COURSE will get you all fixed up! Look for me at just after 7.” I gave her the tire specs, and sure enough, there she was this morning. She also did the repair and tossed in a free tube. I’m continuing to be a big fan of Bicycle Pedaler.

Here’s my shirt tag for the day:

My tag from the MCC Flatlander ride

So after I got home, the lawn was way overdue for some mowing. Hence the extra mile on a mower.

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