Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

I'm done blogging for the year, between work and family events I've got a pretty busy couple of weeks. I'll be back to posting in January, I know, you can't wait. In the mean time have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

I feel it comin on.

No not the cold weather, wind or snow, but some sort of cold/sickness. I've got a sore throat and just overall a crappy feeling. Oh well I got to get it out of the way sometime, might as well be now and hopefully I can get it kicked in a couple of days. I've already tried to get a jump start on killing the bug by downing a couple vitamin C tablets and a good dose of Zinc.

I did get a short ride in this afternoon though even though I was not feeling the best. I just couldn't pass up a mid December day in the 40's. I toured around town on the mountain bike for about an hour and half. I have know idea how far or fast and I really don't care, it was just nice to be outside on the bike.

Not much else happening, so I will leave you with a quick tip we learned at our house this weekend.
No matter how dirty your cell phone gets NEVER run it though the washing machine.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Cross Training, I guess.

I'm having a real hard time devoting time to the trainer this year so far. I just really hate the stupid thing so I've decided to leave it alone until January 1st. Instead I will be working out the the treadmill and with weights. I've done pretty good this week spending some time on the treadmill everyday. I set the incline at 8% and the speed at 3.8 mph and I'm off. It's not a run, but a real brisk walk up a steep hill and after 2 miles of that I'm pretty much rubber legged. It's amazing how quickly a person can adapt though the first week 2 miles at that pace was, I'll be honest pretty difficult, now it's almost easy. I guess it's time to crank that incline up to 10% the speed will not increase as a runner I am not.

Yeah I know get on your bike and ride to work is the answer to all my problems right? I do have several reasons why I don't ride to work and here they are...

1. To get to town I have 1/2 mile of 4 lane 65 mph highway (SD Hwy 50) with no shoulder. I will ride this in the summer on my road bike but not in the dark... EVER, which is what I would be forced to do going to and coming home from work.

2. Kids, the Mrs. usually takes the kiddos to and from school, but I have the more flexible schedule in case a call from the school comes in due to a sick kid or early out.

3. Work out time, I spend my lunch hour working out everyday. I can get a good work out in without taking time away from the family at night.

There you have my 3 excuses the 2nd and 3rd I could work around, but unless you have a way of talking the town of Vermillion allowing me to carve out my very own single track into town the 1st is going to be a deal breaker.

On a different note, if anyone in the Vermillion area reading this is up for a Sunday afternoon roll around town let me know. I plan to go unless it's to slick to keep the rubber on the road.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend Leftovers

We spent the Turkey day holiday at the in-laws in Minnesota. We left Thanksgiving day morning and made the 3 hour trek to Blue Earth, MN, home of the Jolly Green Giant. The weekend was spent spending time with the family, eating, watching football, napping and eating. We had a nice relaxing trip with the only exception to the relaxation was partaking in a bit of Black Friday madness.

Who is the idiot whoever came up with this idea anyway. Yes, I know I do have a choice to go or not to go, but why the insanely early hours to open the doors. Wouldn't the same sale be just effective at say 7:00 or 8:00 A.M? Any way we arrived in the parking lot of the Blue Earth Wally World at 4:10 A.M. for the 5:00 A.M. opening. We ended up standing in line for about 40 minutes and 30 of that was inside the entry way, due to a very nice Walmart manager, in return she was not trampled by the crowd. Once in we collected the items we came for we checked out and then went back in to do some Christmas shopping for the kids, since they were still sound asleep at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

After a weekend of entirely too much laying around and eating I figured a ride was in order this afternoon. I considered the trainer, but the thought of it made me a little sick to my stomach, so I suited up and jumped on the trusted old Gary Fischer for a bit of urban Mt. biking around Vermillion. The temperature was a pleasant 32 degrees with a steady but light snow for most of the ride. It was nice to get out even though it was only for an hour and 1/2 or so. I was even the responsible bike owner and washed and lubed my bike when I got home.

Not much else for other news so....


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and take it easy on the turkey.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Misc. Stuff

Not much bike riding happening except for the trainer so here is the latest misc stuff going on, if you care, read on.

This last weekend was spent deer hunting. Did you know that cold weather biking gear makes great deer hunting attire? I put on my insulated bibs and one of my biking base layers on top and then proceeded to layer on my normal hunting cloths. I was toasty warm as I sat in my blind Saturday morning.

The first morning in the deer blind was great, the blind it's self is located in the wind mill tower on my parents yard about 12 feet above ground. I got to watch a 2 point buck and a yearling fight at about 50 yards way. I saw the big 4 x 5 buck which had been hanging around but could not get a good clear shot at him. The high point of the morning was watching a fawn walk up to my blind and tap its hoof on a small puddle to break the ice to get a drink. It was all of 5 yards way from me, I could hear each breath it took. I watched lots of deer the first morning but never took a shot.

My shot came Saturday afternoon. I had just finished a cup of coffee and was going to start layering on the clothes to head back to my blind when I glanced out the door of my parents house. Walking across the old feedlot about 100 yards from my parents front door was the 4 x 5 buck I had saw that morning. I grabbed my rifle, which was leaning against the wall of the entryway to my parents house, opened the screen door and took the shot from inside my parents house. If you are in need of venison I now have some to spare.

I other news the Mrs. is off to a conference in Chicago this week so I'm home alone with the kids. If I don't post before the end of the week you know they have taken over the place and I have probably locked myself in a closet with a bottle of something.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008


It's that time of the year, the wind is blowing, the snow is flying and the temperature is just down right chilly. You know what that means....the bike is officially on the trainer as of today (you can stop laughing now Snakebite). Yes, if nice weekend day with clear dry roads rolls around it will be off the trainer and on the road in a heartbeat. As much as I hate the trainer and riding indoors I do realize for me to have a chance of completing Gut-Check next year much trainer time is going to be required. Biking Brady has graciously offered to um borrow (not burn and give to me, we would never do that) some of his training DVD's which I think will be helpful. Not much else going on except trying to stay warm and trying to get motivated to go jump on my trainer bound bike.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Busy Day

What a busy great day!

Biking Brady and I rolled out of Vermillion about 9:30 or so this morning for a 50 mile spin. We planned on meeting some rollers from Yankton, Sioux City and Sioux Falls who were riding from North Sioux City to Yankton today. It was a bit brisk when we left I think the temperature was at 39 degrees on our departure. Once out on the road we warmed up quickly settling in at about an 18 mph pace kept the heart pumping and quickly warmed us up. Our timing was almost perfect as we arrived at the meeting place with the other riders only minutes before they showed up. We rolled into Elk Point about noon where we stopped for a couple adult beverages before Biking Brady and I mentioned that we both had plans for the afternoon so we had to get the wheels turning again. This was my first longer ride on my new bike and I couldn't be happier. I do not have one complaint about the new bike and even better yet my left hand and arm do not have one bit of pain after a 50 mile ride at a pace of just under 18 mph for the entire trip. On my old bike it would be about 2 days before I felt my left pinkie finger again. Cycling Cathy I'm sorry I could not join you for your leg of the trek to Yankton.

Once home I jumped in the shower and quickly got ready to go watch the Lady Coyotes volleyball game. They have a great team this year and took care the Fighting Sioux in 3 sets. I have a second cousin who is a senior on the team so it was fun to watch her in action and visit with some relatives I don't get to see very often.

That pretty much wraps up the day and after all the running around and riding I'll be glad I get an extra hour of sleep tonight.


Halloween Pictures

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Search for the perfect cage

Since I had a meeting in Yankton on Saturday and was not able to ride on one of the only nice days this week I thought I would head to Yankton a little early in search of the perfect bottle cages to complement my new bike. Yes, I could order them from my LBS but would like to check them out a bit before I make up my mind.

I headed to the first bike shop in Yankton (I won't use names to protect both shops lack of inventory) and found 2 carbon fiber cages. The first priced at $45.00 and the second priced at $55.00 with the difference between the two a whole 4 ounces. Come on a $100.00 for flippin bottle cages! I told the dude that was helping me that I need to lose 4 ounces around my middle before 4 ounces on a cage was worth $10.00 extra so needless to say my search continued.

I pulled into the second shop with only a few minutes to spare before my meeting was to start and a few seconds was all I needed. When I asked about carbon fiber cages the dude behind the counter looked at me like I had a third eye in the middle of my forehead. His comment was "I've only sold one of those since I've been here, but I have lots of steel and aluminum ones to pick from".

Well call me picky but when I have just purchased a full carbon fiber bike I would like a cage that one, matches the bike and two, does not rip my bottles to pieces.

I do have to make the comment that both shops were very nice and tried to be helpful, but come on only two higher end bottle cages in the whole town of Yankton. I guess my search will continue, next time in the big city of Sioux Falls which hopefully will have a bit more inventory than the shops in Yankton.


Friday, October 24, 2008


A little political fun.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Opening Weekend Pictures

BB gun practice.

More BB gun practice.

Redneck hunting at its best. No pheasants were harmed during this procedure. 13 acres of 8 foot tall fire bush weeds and not one bird.

Opening Weekend

Another opening weekend of pheasant season has come and gone and it was a pretty good one overall.

Saturday morning started with a little work on the deer stand to get it prepared for the upcoming season. Not much work was needed except for cleaning out a bit of raccoon poop and putting a few loose boards back in place. It should be all set now I will just need the deer to show up at the right time and place.

After deer stand repairs were made it was onto BB gun training and practice. I gave Mr. T. and Ms. K. safety instructions and showed them the proper way to aim and hold their weapons. I set up some clay pigeons on a couple of cans for them to shoot at and they happily shot and shot and shot some more. I have no idea how many rounds they went through but I know the lead content on my parents yard has gone up drastically. Ms. K. even commented how sore her shoulder was at the end of the day due to the recoil of the BB gun. She is a bit of a drama queen.

We set out at noon on Saturday with our unique hunting party. The only two toting guns were me and my Dad. The Mrs. and Mr. T. came along and did a LOT of walking. My Mom and Ms. K. took care of the driving, Ms. K. made the comment that her job was to keep the driver happy so she couldn't be bothered with walking. With only two guns and a brisk wind the pheasants had the clear advantage but we managed to bag our limit by 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

Sunday greeted us with a nicer day and the advantage switched from the pheasants to the hunters and we quickly reach our daily limit by 1:45 Sunday afternoon.

It was a fun weekend and even though no bike riding was done and I got a pretty good workout (especially Sat) walking though the fields. I will try to post some pictures from the weekend in the next day or so.


Friday, October 17, 2008


Is the best way to describe the new bike. I took it out for a quick ride after work last night again and continue to be amazed at the difference from my old ride. It's a much smoother ride, it corners much better and amazingly I seem to be able to climb a bit better on it. Don't get me wrong a great hill climber I am not but it does seem better on the new bike. I'm really hoping for a window of nice weather, on a free weekend, to get a longer ride in before the weather really gets crappy (winter) outside. The opportunities for riding after work are getting shorter and shorter with it getting dark so quickly, but I will grab each chance I get as I'm already dreading the thought of the trainer.

Not much else going on except I'm off this afternoon to head to my parents place for the great South Dakota tradition of pheasant hunting. Mr. T. and Ms. K. are excited as BB gun lessons and target practice will commence in the morning before the real hunting starts. I also plan to get some work done on my deer stand for the upcoming deer season.

Have a great, safe weekend no matter if your on the bike or in the field.


Monday, October 13, 2008

I couldn't stop myself

A new bike has a powerful pull. It was chilly, damp and windy today but she kept calling to me from the garage and finally I suited up and headed out. With the 20mph west wind it was a bit brisk, but it is October so good riding days are going to get harder to find. It's always a real sign that seasons are changing when you have to dig out the toe covers, insulated leg warmers and insulated jacket. I'm very glad I went out though so I could get a real good feel for the new bike, with my pedals and saddle on board.

In other news I just watched the Mrs. rip a tooth out of Ms K. head. When my little girl gets a loose tooth she wants it out the SAME day and tears and blood are soon to follow. She is tougher than me, in between popping roots on the tooth to come out, she runs over to show me how much looser it is and that is the point I about lose it myself. So anyways the tooth fairy will be stopping by our house tonight.


Sunday, October 12, 2008

New Bike

She has been hanging in Bike Plus for 2 years just waiting for me. So finally here are some pictures of the new bike. It is a 2006 Giant OCR Limited, with a grand total of 10 miles on it (by me on the first test ride). Upgrades that have been made already, I put my Fizik saddle and Crank Brothers pedals from my old ride onto the new bike. Please don't bust my chops about the non matching bottle cages, they will be replaced with carbon fiber matching cages soon.

I didn't get a ride in today as we were busy with church and then a benefit 10k bike ride in Vermillion. The whole family rode, the Mrs. and Ms K. riding 5k and Mr. T. and me riding the 10k. Mr. T. conquered Winery Hill without walking his bike, I was very proud of him. The Biking Brady clan will be arriving soon for a relaxing evening (we lock the kids in the basement).


Saturday, October 11, 2008


I just sold my old bike, my trusted, true and tested Trek 1500 is on it's way to it's new home. Yes, I was a little choked up to see it go BUT I also picked up my new ride from the bike shop this afternoon so the timing was perfect. I promise some pictures of the new ride shortly. Please think positive thoughts that it stays dry tomorrow I really want to go for a good spin on the new bike.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Ride

Gonna happen, Gonna happen soon. Updates and pictures are forthcoming.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Today sucks!

I was a pallbearer at my Grandmother's funeral today.
I'm TIRED, emotionally and physically.
It's only Wed tomorrow and I'm supposed to go back to work, may-be I will be sick (sick of work).
The country is going bankrupt and taking all of us with it.
My elbow hurts.
Selling a bike on-line is a pain in the ass (didn't know there were so many 120lbs tire kickers).

I think, no, I know it's time for a bike ride.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

B 2 B and other stuff

Bunyan's 2 Bob's part II Fall addition was the ride for today. It was a bit windy of course but this is South Dakota so it was typical day. We met at Bunyan's around 10:15 or so and riders started rolling in for the before hand beverages and conversation. For this edition of Bunyan's to Bob's I selected the gravel / mountain bike route, and I have this comment about that route. "NEVER AGAIN"! I will be more than happy to ride from Vermillion to New Castle but the gravel from New Castle to Martinsburg is basically a cyclists torture chamber. Hill after hill with gravel pits of loose gravel, more hills, lots of washboard, hills, fire, death and hills, ok you get the point. I'm quite sure I will ride Bunyan's to Bob's many more times, but I will stay where I belong on the hard top, smiling as I glide down hills at 35 mph.

In other news I mentioned a post or two ago I got the phone call that no one wants. I got the 2nd phone call at 6:30 this morning. My Grandma passed away right around mid-night Friday night. I didn't mention it at all today to any other rollers as I didn't want to bring down anybody else's ride and I didn't know if I could talk about it anyway. Yeah, some people will say, should have you really ridden today and my answer to that is YES. I know my Grandma and the last thing she would have wanted was me sitting at home feeling sorry for myself and as you all know sometimes bike therapy is the best therapy. The funeral is Tuesday so I will be off the grid for the next 5 days or so.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Bike for Sale??

I'm considering selling my Trek 1500 road bike. If you know anyone that is interested in a well cared for road bike send them my way. Bike has just had new rubber (front & back), new rim (back), new chain, new brakes, new bar tape and the rear cassette was gone through. Areo bars and computer are possibly included if the price is right. If I can get it sold for a good enough price I will be looking for a new ride in the near future.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

One of those phone calls

I received one of those phone calls tonight that everyone hates to get. It was my Dad telling me that my 96 year old Grandma has gone into heart failure. She was alert this morning but has not been responsive since. The Dr. says there is not much they can do but except keep her comfortable and wait too see what happens. 96 years is a good long run but your never ready to get one of those phone calls.


Monday, September 29, 2008


OK, Ive been kickin a few options around for the upcoming cycling season (Oct 08- Oct 09). I'm looking for some input, additional ideas and also wondering if anyone else is IN. To put this in perspective I will turn 40 in August of 2009 so for my mid-life crisis I've decided to ride my bike. My wonderful Mrs. has given me the blessing for a busy year on the bike and she even came up with one of these ideas herself.

Here we go:

1. Gut-Check 2009. I'm planning on it, I have the sag worked out, I'm going to train like it's my last attempt (it is per the Mrs.). Problem is right now the dates for Gut-Check happen to land on the same day as the MS 150. As much as I want to complete Gut-Check if these dates continue to conflict I will be riding the MS 150. The MS ride means too much to me go let go of. I REALLY hope this conflict is resolved so I can attend both rides.

2. The Year Rounder. If you haven't heard of this it is at least 1 century ride every month for one calendar year. The rules are very simple 100 miles in a 24 hour time period each month for a year, oh by the way it HAS to be outside. I'm thinking this would be great training for Gut-Check and a really fun challenge. I can foresee 20 laps on the mountain bike around Vermillion in the middle of February.

3. 40 for 40. This is the Mrs. idea. It works like this: 40 miles a day for 40 days in a row (get the idea, I'm turning 40). Here again another great idea for Gut-Check training but a big time eating monster and there for sure will be a few rough weather days. It pretty much means not leaving Vermillion for 40 days and if I do the bike comes along.

4. All of the above. This is what I would like to shoot for, BUT it requires Gut-Check dates to be changed for next year.

Now that I've explained (I haven't commited yet) all my ideas for torturing my soon to be 40 year old body I have one question for you.


If not for all options which one?


Have I gone totally off the deep end??

(Late update the dates for Gut-Check have been changed!)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

B 2 B preparations

I took my mountain bike to the LBS today for a little tune up (tires, brakes, chain and cables) before the fall addition of Bunyan's to Bob's. That's right my mountain bike the rarely seen creature that resides in my garage that usually only comes out in times of extreme cold and crappy weather (December - February). I'm going to attempt the Bunyan's to Bob's fall addition on my mountain bike. The Mrs. thinks I have a death wish as she use to traverse those back country Nebraska roads on a regular basis. I'm definitely not a technical rider but I think I'm good enough to handle a loose/soft gravel road. Time will tell, if I show up at Bob's bleeding and minus skin on important parts, I was wrong. I have been on some of those roads before and one thing I know, it will be worth taking your time and very worth taking your camera. We went on a 45 mile road ride today around Alcester and the fall colors are really starting to show so by next weekend the Nebraska hills should be very pretty. If your reading this you should be at the B 2 B ride next weekend just a few things to look forward to:
- BOMBERS. if you have to ask, you need to show up to have one
- BEEF, a side of it delivered on a bun
- BEER, you can't just drink Bombers
- BARS, two of the most classic bars in the area
- BIKES, how else you gonna get there
- BIKE RIDERS, who else would you sooner hang out with
- BEAUTY, it's fall, the leaves are changing color, the river hills of SD and NE


Friday, September 26, 2008


A little late for talk like a Pirate Day but here you go.

Pirate Pick-up lines:

I must be huntin' treasure, 'cause I'm diggin' yer chest.

You're just the tasty wench I've been keeping me eye out for!

Hey, sexy -- how about a Jolly Rogering?

Ya certainly put the shiver in me timber.

See this hook? Variable speed with five alternate attachments, Baby.

WOW! I bet we could fit SIXteen men on that chest!

Me skull and crossbones arn't the only thing I plan on raisin' tonight.

Do ya' mind if the parrot watches?

Nice poop deck on ya, lassie. Care fer a swabbin'?

Avast, me pretty! Strike your panties and prepare to be boarded.

So you're the new cabin boy, eh?

Do you have the latest copy of Windows XP with cracked product activation? (software pirates only)

Yo, ho! Bottle of rum?

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre you free on Saturday?

Is there an 'X' on the seat of your pants? Because it appears that there's wond'rous booty buried underneath!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Difficult Decisions


This is a difficult decision for me, on one hand you have bikes and beer (2 of my favorite things) on the other hand a tradition I have not missed in 39 years. Yep, that's right I have not not been home (my parents place) for opening day of pheasant season for 39 years. I would really like to take part in Schnoctobeerfest it sounds like a great ride and I think it would be a lot of fun. It's always a good time to meet with old friends, make new friends, get a little riding in and of course sample a few beverages. Then there is opening day of pheasant season, if your not from the heart of pheasant country, small town South Dakota you probably don't understand, but it is really almost a holiday all its own. People come back from all around the county, classmates I haven't seen or heard from since last opening day make the pilgrimage back to tromp through the countryside to try to bag a few birds. When it comes down to it its not about the birds but about the tradition of getting together with family and friends. Anyway with that all being said I will be once again head into the fields to do a bit of hunting that weekend. The main reason for me is that I don't know how many more of these weekends are still in the future for me. My Dad is getting up there in age to be trouncing around the fields so I feel I should take every advantage of each opportunity I get to do this tradition with him. Mr. T. would also be pretty upset if he didn't have to chance to go after a few pheasants with his sawed off broom stick. A 7 year old is a little young to tote a shotgun so he walks along with his broom stick, a hunter in training. To all those heading to Schnoctobeerfest have fun, ride safe and have a beer or two for me.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Support your candidate

There are few months until the election, an election that will decide

the next President of the United States. The person elected will be

the president of all Americans--not just the Democrats or the Republicans.

To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other

our support for the candidate of our choice. It's time that we come together--

Democrats and Republicans alike.

If you support the policies and character of Obama, please drive with your

headlights on during the day.

If you support McCain, please drive with your headlights off at night.

Thank you for your participation.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Margarita Ride 2008

Another Margarita Ride is completed and I believe overall it went off pretty well.

The weather was a bit humid (aka rain) but the temperatures were pleasant and the wind was a non factor. I enjoyed the 45 mile loop with the company of Bald-n-Surly we rode at steady but not killer pace and didn't encounter any problems except for me flatting just as we rolled back into Vermillion The sharp pink chip seal claimed its share of tires on the day. Numbers were a little off of last year due to a competing ride in Sioux Falls (which is changing its date for next year), but we still ended up with 130 rollers or so. Not bad considering the soggy conditions.

After the ride a few friends and bloggers got together and enjoyed a couple (dozen) or so adult beverages. Stories were told and ideas for improving the ride for next year were tossed around. It was a fun day and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

A special thanks to all who help pull this thing off, just to name a few: Biking Brady (the main man), Mrs Biking Brady, Cycling Cathy, Eric M, Hammer (great shirt design) and all the volunteers and support people. Special thanks to Mrs. CDV and my kids for running two rest stops and laying out the spread of food for the after ride gathering. Your the best. I'm sure I've forgotten a person or two, but you get the idea, a ride like this does not just happen it takes a lot of work and cooperation.


Thursday, September 11, 2008


Here is another good reason to wear your helmet on every ride. The only person I know prepared to run into one of those is Cycling Cathy, toting her bear spray.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Weekend Recap

We had a pretty busy weekend even though there was no bike riding involved.

Saturday we took off to the big town of Volga, SD to visit the Schade Vineyards. They were having their yearly wine festival weekend. We had a lot of fun picking grapes, stomping grapes (my feet are still a little purple) and tasting different wines. We returned home with 2 1/2 cases of wine in the car, I'm glad we didn't get stopped by the police on the way home I would still be in jail on boot-legging charges. If you get the chance stop by there sometime, they are great people (they are my aunt and uncle) and it's really interesting to see the whole wine making process in action.

Sunday was spent turning our house into a home gym. I've mentioned before that I'm really trying to get back into doing some weight lifting on a regular basis. This hasn't been going as well as I would like and part of the reason is I HATE free weights. I don't like the hassle of switching out weights and I don't have a bench. I cured this problem by picking up one of these. Let me tell you putting one of these contraptions together is a workout in itself. It took me and the Mrs. a total of 12 hours (6 hours with the 2 of us) to get everything up and running. I'm looking forward to getting to work on it.

I now have: 1 stationary bike, 1 treadmill, 1 weight machine and 1 bike on the trainer once the weather gets bad. If you would like I am selling memberships to the Ride Vermillion Gym for only $25.00 per month. Bring your own towel.


Coming Back

Possibility of Lance riding 2009 Tour de France you can read about it here.

Friday, September 5, 2008


Been a slow crappy week as far as riding goes so I got nothing except a little late Summer Olympic humour. Here ya go.

Here are the top nine comments made by NBC sports commentators so far during the Summer Olympics that they would like to take back:
1. Weightlifting commentator: 'This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm up and it was amazing.'
2. Dressage commentator: 'This is really a lovely horse and I speak from personal experience since I once mounted her mother.'
3. Paul Hamm, Gymnast: 'I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.'
4. Boxing Analyst: 'Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.'
5. Softball announcer: 'If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.'
6. Basketball analyst: 'He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.'
7. At the rowing medal ceremony: 'Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.'
8. Soccer commentator: 'Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field.'
9. Tennis commentator: 'One of the reasons Andy is playing so well is that, before the final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them... Oh my God, what have I just said?

Friday, August 29, 2008

10 Years

Today the Mrs. and I have been married for 10 years. It really doesn't seem like that long, but time does fly. I'm one lucky dude to have her and am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her as well.

Just to give you an idea of how lucky I am here is a list of my anniversary presents from the Mrs.
- Pearl Izumi Thermal arm warmers,
- Pearl Izumi Thermal leg warmers,
- Pearl Izumi Attack bib shorts,
- Carmichael Training DVD; AND
- a Gut-Check training aid which she spent hours on, making herself.

The Gut-Check training aid is really cool, it has places to put: average speed, hours ridden, miles ridden and time spent lifting weights. Each month has a motivational message from people like, Lance Armstrong, Greg LeMond and Vince Lombardi. It should be a real help to keep me on the right track for training. Not to mentioned this last week if I haven't been on the bike she will ask me very kindly "aren't you going to ride today", which is all I need to hear to get my butt in the saddle.

Did I mention how lucky I am to be married to her.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A use for that worn out chain.

Now if I could just come up for a use for my punctured tubes and worn out tires.

Friday, August 22, 2008

TGIF and it's my birthday

and here is my cake!

Not really my cake but I kinda like the idea.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Goals: I want to ride 50 miles

So the kids are back to school, one of the things they take home from school everyday is their "agenda". This is a book where they keep a small journal of each day at school and also provides the parents and teachers way to get messages/info back and forth. I was checking out Mr. T's agenda after school today and on one of the 1st few pages it has a place for goals and things they would like to do. His one thing he would like to do is "ride my bike 50 miles". I'm a very proud and happy Dad after reading that and can't wait to take him on his first 50 mile ride in a few years.

Unfortunately another goal was getting Mom and Dad to get him a dog. That one, um, I'm not so sure or excited about.


Sunday, August 17, 2008


To all who road and to all those who finished the 2008 Gut-Check. You can check out the results here. Hopefully my name is on that list next year.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Game On

Gut-Check 2009

I really feel like shit (sorry Mayor I don't want to mess up my G rating) but I REALLY wish I was on my way to the South Dakota/Wyoming border about now. I didn't think it would bother me this much but it consumed my thoughts most of the day.

I have decided, after a discussion with the Mrs. last night that Gut-Check 2009 is on the schedule. I feel better and am much more focused when I have a goal in sight. It beat me last year and that still bothers me. The worst part is when I stopped last year my legs felt good, my rear end felt good but it was my ARM that failed me. My left arm had went totally numb, and honestly a year later I still don't have all the feeling back in my left hand pinky.

Training for next year starts next Tues. Why next Tues you say, it's when the kids go back to school. This frees up my lunch hour for training time. Yeah I know it's only an hour but it really makes a difference. I spend 45 minutes on my (recumbent) stationary bike Mon., Wed., & Fri. and lift weights for 45 minutes on Tues. and Thurs. This is on top of my normal riding in the evenings and weekends. Hopefully it will keep/improve my legs over the off season and get my upper body strong enough to keep feeling in my left arm.

On top of that weight, at my thinnest roadie wiener weight I weighed in at 160 lbs right now I'm at 185ish or so. This will change, honestly I really had to work/starve myself to get to 160 and did not feel strong at all at that weight. My goal is 170 to 175 this is when I feel my best and strongest so that is my goal. Its only 10 to 15 lbs which shouldn't be much of a problem with a proper training regiment.

Last but not least I feel I have the support of my family to defeat this beast of a ride. The Mrs. is on board, (she's even willing to sag my sorry butt again), the kiddos are aware that Dad will be starting to ride and lift more, with that kinda support how can I not give it another go (do I have a great and supporting wife and kids or what). There will be times it will be tough and a strain, but then again is there anything that's worth achieving that's not.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lack of Posts and Lack of Rides

I must be going through a post MS ride funk. My bike is still in the same position as when I arrived home from Sioux Falls last Sunday. I really can't explain why but know things WILL change this week. I've been fighting some allergy type stuff which has been causing my eyes to water, itch and swell up. I'm going to try to make sure I pop a Zyrtec every morning to try to remedy this issue.

Ms K's birthday party was also a big time grabber this last week. I started getting the yard ready Thursday night and spent 3 hours mowing and trimming. Friday the whole family went to the Clay County Fair (the Vermillion, SD one) and ended up the night at the demo derby. I'm thinking all this time outside in the dirt and dust did not help my eye issues. Saturday was the big birthday party. Pretty much the whole day was spent getting ready.

The birthday party was a lot of fun, for the kids as well as the adults. We had a total of 28 people at the party and 16 of them were kids. Games were played, food was ate and beverages were consumed, all in all a fun night. Our guests departed around 10:45 or so and then it was clean up time. Neither me or the Mrs really wanted to take on that task but we figured just suck it up and get it done and that way we wouldn't have to worry about it on Sunday. We finally got the house picked up, dishes washed, fire pit put out and kids to bed around midnight.

Today was spent pretty much recovering from yesterday, in fact I think I'm ready for my 4th nap of the day. Between naps I watched the Olympics including the womans road cycling race. Hey, it's the closest thing to riding I've done all week.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Pedal the Plains; Day 2

Humid, Hot and never a true tailwind were the weather conditions for day 2. We departed Vermillion and formed a Lane Hogs / FAB pace line, and what a pace line is was. The Big Blue Tandem in the lead, followed by Snakebite on the Big Dummy drafting behind those two monster bikes is like following 2 semi's down the interstate. The rest of the pace line included: The President, Bald N Surly, The Owner and myself, not to mention 4 or 5 others which do not have blogs to link to. It was a lively pace, about 20 mph +/- depending on hills. We held this group together for about the first 20 miles or so. After this the group split up into several smaller groups for the remainder of the ride. It was hot, it was humid and we really never ended up with true tailwind. I rolled into Sioux Falls about 12:20 glad to beat the worst of the heat.

So that wraps up my 4th MS ride. I had a great time and had the opportunity to ride with a lot of blogger friends. I even had the chance to ride an hour or so with the Mayor, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

As always it was fun to be out on the road, but the greater cause is much more important and hopefully by us all showing up and doing our part we can put and end to MS and then find the next cause to ride for.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Pedal the Plains; Day 1

Can you say WIND. That pretty much sums it up. I rolled out of Sioux Falls shortly after 7 and covered the first 20 miles in just a tad over an hour. That would be the fastest 20 miles of the day. The rest of the day was spent battling a very stiff head wind. I rolled into Vermillion about 12:45 and considered the century route. The cold beer and shade quickly made my decision easy. Could I have rode the last 25 ? Sure I could have, did I really want to face that wind for another hour, nope. All in all day 1 was fun and it was great to visit with all the riders and bloggers. I'm looking forward to a nice tailwind tomorrow.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Find a Penny pick it up...

Ok, I'm walking down the street and see a penny lying in my path, I stop pick it up and put it in my pocket. The person walking with me is dumb founded exclaiming "I can't believe you stopped to pick up a penny". My reply is I can't believe your to lazy and out of shape to bend over and pick something up.

So the question for the day is; Would you? If not for a penny what is the lowest denomination of change you would stop for?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This is why we ride

Hopefully my last post about my experiences in the Heart Hospital for a while.

After riding to the hospital from Vermillion on Saturday, I quickly hit my Dad's motel room for a much needed shower. I threw on some street cloths, the shirt I happened to grab was my MS 150 T-shirt from last year. I headed up to see my Mom and reached the elevator doors about the same time a lady was rolling up to them in her wheel chair. I held the doors for her well she boarded the elevator. Once aboard I noticed her checking me out. Yeah, I know I'm a handsome fella but she wasn't actually checking me out but my T-shirt. She asked me if I had ridden the MS ride before and I told her I was looking forward to my 4th year of riding it next weekend. She gave me a smile and said "Thank-you for everything you have done for me."

That is why I ride.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


If you could have any one — and only one — bike in the world, what would it be?

It would be custom built, made just for me by some little bike geek in Italy. It would cost around $15,000.00 dollars and would have a nitro option for beating Biking Brady up hills.

Do you already have that coveted dream bike? If so, is it everything you hoped it would be? If not, are you working toward getting it? If you’re not working toward getting it, why not?

I'm dreaming about it, and that's about as close as I will get.

If you had to choose one — and only one — bike route to do every day for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?

Meckling Loop, I'm a simple man with simple pleasures. It's close to home, it's a perfect distance (30 miles) and I usually ride it with great company.

Do you ride both road and mountain bikes? If both, which do you prefer and why? If only one or the other, why are you so narrow-minded?

Both, I prefer road, no real reason, just like the feel of the open road, with no distance or time limits.

Have you ever ridden a recumbent? If so, why? If not, describe the circumstances under which you would ride a recumbent.

No, Never had the chance, I would jump on the first one available, I will try anything once.

Have you ever raced a triathlon?


Suppose you were forced to either give up ice cream or bicycles for the rest of your life. Which would you give up, and why?

No question here, ice cream is gone. I like it but would never give up my bike for one food.

What is a question you think this questionnaire should have asked, but has not? Also, answer it.

Why is tagging someone legal? Because there is not such thing as Blogger Police.

What is my favorite thing about cycling?


Now, tag three biking bloggers. List them below.


Cycle SD


If anybody else wants to play...consider yourself tagged as well.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Blogging from the Heart Hospital

This post is being brought to you courtesy of the public Internet terminal at the Heart Hospital.

I took off this morning for my ride up to Sioux Falls to spend the weekend at the hospital with my Mom, who by the way is doing EXCELLENT. I met up with Biking Brady and Cindy L. who were on there way to the Tri-County Tour ride. This worked out great as I had some company for the first 25 miles or so. It was a nice morning for a ride, but as we headed out we noticed a few rain/storm clouds brewing. After I split from my two fellow rollers, I picked up my speed to try to get ahead of the rain clouds, it didn't work. I rode in a steady rain for a little over an hour. When I got to Lennox I stopped to ring out my socks and gloves as the rain had pretty much stopped. I rolled out of Lennox and about 4 miles out of town I flatted. I quickly fixed my flat and continued on. The rest of the ride was uneventful until I was a 1/2 mile from the hospital when guess what, I flatted again. When I fixed the first flat I had noticed a pretty good gash in the sidewall, but since I only had a tube with me I didn't have much of a choice but to cross my fingers and soldier on. Tomorrow I will be putting on a whole new tire, I'm glad it held up as far as it did. I'm pretty happy about the ride even with the 2 flats and getting soaked, 59 miles at a 16.8 mph average.


Friday, July 25, 2008

Bike Therapy

I'm happy to report to my 5 or so readers my Mom is doing great. Considering I was sitting in a private room with a Chaplin Wed. afternoon and the surgeon said she might not wake up, she is now walking up and down the halls of the Heart Hospital. The staff at that place is amazing, I have never experienced a hospital with that level caring and skill. Now that I'm confident my Mom is out of the woods I need to release a bit of pent up stress from the last couple of days. I think a RIDE is in order. The plan is to meet up with Biking Brady and Cindy L. about 6:30 tomorrow morning, they are riding to a group ride by Beresford. I will then continue on to Sioux Falls to spend the weekend at the hospital with my Mom. If any Sioux Falls bloggers read this I will be approching Sioux Falls via Lennox then onto Tea and would welcome any rollers along the way. Hopefully a good 60 mile ride will help me put my emotions and stress back in check after this rough couple of days.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

To Tired and Wired to Sleep

Have you ever been to tired and to wired to sleep, I'm there. Out of the past 48 hours I've been up 45 hours. My Mom looks like she is going to be OK, but there are big reasons I've been up this long and I'm not prepared to discuss them on this forum now, if ever. Thank-you to Mr. and Mrs. Biking Brady to for listening to me ramble when I really need someone to talk to, you are true friends.


P.S. Dudes and Dudettees,

By the looks of things I might not get many miles in between now and the MS 150 so be kind and when you pass me give me a push!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Busy Saturday and Week to Come

Saturday was a great but busy day. It started out by meeting Mr & Mrs Biking Brady for a ride at 7:30 A.M. It was a nice morning with little wind and mild temps the only problem was the humidity, it was about 90 to 95%. We took off on our intended 50 or so mile route right on time and met a couple of other rollers (Kathy R and Dave H) in Elk Point. It was a nice ride and good company, although with the humidity a bit damp and sweaty. By the way if Mr & Mrs Biking Brady advertise a 14 to 16 mph ride plan on 17 to 19 mph ride. Not a problem, but they are getting scary good on that tandem. Look out for them on Gut-Check next year! After 54.5 miles I arrived back home just in time to cool down nicely, shower and join the family for lunch.

After a post lunch nap, the Mrs was off to a wedding and the kiddos and I were on our own for the afternoon. 1st plan of action was KILL GOPHERS, the little buggers are really making a mess out of our yard. We made a trip to Campbell's Supply and picked up a live trap and poison grain. I know not very nice but this is war damn it. After making our yard a glowing toxic waste dump we set the live trap in the middle of the garden with a carrot for bait. At 8:00 P.M. this evening we had our first gopher in the live trap. I won't go into details but I don't believe in catch and release when it comes to gophers.

After the gopher quest I moved onto some bike maintenance/upgrades. I removed all the wrap from the bars and put some gel inserts on the bars and then some gel wrap over the gel inserts. No I'm not wrapping the bars in pillows but trying to make things a bit more comfortable on my hands. Last year on Gut-Check I did some damage to my left hand/nerves and OK I'll be honest its still not good. I have use of my pinky finger but if I ride anything over 30 miles I still loose all feeling and use of that finger for several hours. Even taking a month off the bike has not given it back. Any ways I don't know if it will help but I have some of the softest bars available right now and it looks much better that the pipe insulation I had taped on it before.

The up coming week will be a bit of a stressful week. I have a very busy Monday and Tuesday at work and to top it all off I have to be at the Heart Hospital Wed. at 5:00 A.M. for my Mom's heart valve replacement surgery. This is going to be a difficult day and I'm dreading every minute of it. I know these people know what they are doing, but damn it, its my MOM. Nuff said except I would appreciate any prayers or positive thoughts anyone wants to throw her way that day.


Friday, July 18, 2008

I wish I could vote on this!

A fitting legacy for George W. Bush.

Only 185 days left and he is done.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Words of Wisdom

Never start a plumbing project at 6:00 P.M. on a Sunday evening, instead go on a 20 to 30 mile ride with friends (I turned them down for plumbing).

All plumbing supply/hardware stores are closed after 6:00 P.M. in Vermillion.

Washing dishes in the bath-tub sucks. Ok, the Mrs. didn't use the tub but the laundry room sink isn't much better.

Always have a full 1/2 gallon of some sort of whiskey available to celebrate failed projects(screwed this up to).

So, I've now screwed up 2 rides as I will be fixing tomorrow, after work, instead of riding.



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Flying through Rapid City

In my last post I described my Indy driving through Rapid City to get my daughter to the ER and I realized I forgot to mention something that caught my eye even though I was in total panic mode. It looked something like this.

The one I saw actually looked even more like two complete frames welded on top of one another complete with the 2nd set of bars. I'm thinking it might not be the best set up to ride in high cross winds.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fireworks, Weddings & Stitches

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July here is my recap of the weekend.

We left Vermillion Thursday about 2:30 P.M. to head out to Rapid City for my brother in laws wedding. We made our way to my parents farm about 125 miles from Vermillion, there we stopped had dinner and spent the evening with my parents. We had picked up some fireworks which we had a good time blowing up Thursday evening.

We loaded up Friday morning and were on the road by 7:30 A.M. We took time to do the Bad Lands loop along the way to the Hills. We stopped and did a little hiking and site seeing in the Bad Lands, the kids really enjoyed it and the weather was great.

We continued on to Rapid where we had rooms at the Ramkota (can you say water park). We checked in and soon found out the air conditioner in our room was pretty much crap. We tried it on low, we tired it on high, we called maintenance. Needless to say the maintenance crew at the Ramkota has an 8th grade education, combined. They made two trips out and said "Oh it should be fine it's just a little froze up, just run it on low". After the 2nd maintenance moron said that I took matters into my own hands and yanked out the clogged air filter and threw it to the side. It ran better, not good, but at least we weren't sweating. The next day I went to the front desk and told them, new room, new air conditioner or a free stay. We finally ended up with a new room.

Any way from Friday night until Sunday about 10:30A.M. or so was filled with wedding festivities. It was fun but busy, as Mr. T and Ms. K were ring bearer and flower girl, and the Mrs had to sing in the ceremony so we got to partake of all the picture fun, rehearsal and so on. We had a great time and the whole wedding portion of the weekend was really fun. I'm fortunate, as I really enjoy spending time with my in-laws and extended family.

Before we made the 6 hour trip back to Vermillion we decided to try to take in one quick site seeing trip in the Hills. We collectively decided to head to the Black Hills cavern (cave), this is where the weekend got really exciting.

We started our tour of the cave, it was nice, a small tour group, a cool (temp wise) cave on a hot day, what could go wrong. A little over 1/2 way through the tour after we had just passed a sign saying "You are now 50 feet underground" Ms K. took a header down a steep flight of steps. It was dark and slippery, she was excited to be in the cave and also a bit tired from the busy weekend, were not sure exactly what happened but anyway she went down HARD. The Mrs. was the first to her, Ms. K popped right back up a little shook but talking and walking, we thought a simple spill, like I said it was DARK. The Mrs. picked up Ms K. and kept walking asking her where it hurt. Ms. K responded my head, at this point I asked the guide for his flashlight and was going to give the princess a once over. It didn't take long as blood was now gushing down the side of her precious face. I told the guide get us out of here the quickest way possible. He abandoned the rest of the tour group, yelling at them to stay put and we were on our way to the surface. The Mrs in the lead carrying Ms K and me and Mr. T trailing. After a couple flights of steps the Mrs realized caring a 45 to 50 lbs 6 year old out of a cave was not going to be easy and handed her to me. The race was on. If you ever want a good workout walk 50 feet or so underground and watch one of the most important people in your life get hurt. We reached the surface and finally got to get a good look at her injury, it was about a 2 inch cut in her forehead, down to the bone.

I applied pressure while the Mrs and Mr. T went for the car, while applying pressure the cave personal gave me directions to the hospital. We did the switch at this point the Mrs in back with the wounded and me driving with Mr. T. on the lookout for the blue hospital signs. Anyone who wants to doubt how fast a Prius can roll should have been a witness to the next part of this saga. I was running 80 to 90 mph on the straight a ways and 75 in the 35 mph zones. I ran every stop light. Why the hurry you say for just a 2 inch cut in the head. When we got in the car and were no more than 3 miles down the rode and she passed out for the first time, we got her woke, then she threw up. At one point I tossed my phone to Mr. T and told him to dial 911, Ms K heard this and screamed "I don't want to go in an ambulance". She passed out a 2nd time, we were all REALLY, REALLY scared.

We finally got to the hospital where they took her vitals and checked her out, the passing out and vomit were due to her going into a mild shock. She ended up with 3 to 4 internal stitches, I'm not sure of that amount as I had to sit down a bit myself because at that point I was about to pass out, and 7 external stitches.

She will be Ok, THANK GOD. There is NOTHING worse than seeing one of your children hurt. I'm still shook and I know the Mrs is as well.

Hopefully anyone reading this had a calmer end to the weekend than we did.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Traffic Control

Warning - not just for Texans but anybody planning on a visit ! Zero tolerance speed camera With the Texas highway death toll continuing to increase, this will be the first year that Zero Tolerance Speed Cameras will be used. The new cameras look different from the normal cameras. I have included a photo so that you are familiar with them. Make sure you do not speed when approaching one Please take this warning seriously as you will not get a second chance.

Have a Happy 4th of July!!!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Positive Thinking

Everyone seems to like complaining about the current price of gas, well here are 10 positive things that come from $4.00 gas. Whining and complaining isn't going to help, not using it will.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Well Tuned Ride

Ok, so I haven't had much of a chance to get out on my "new" bike. Had big plans for lots of miles last weekend when mother nature decided to throw a small hurricane at us. Finally got out for an easy 30 miles last night. There is nothing better than riding on a smooth road, on a still evening, on a well tuned up bike. My ride was so quiet and smooth I could hardly even tell I was on a bike, had one of those no chain kinda rides.

I have a pretty busy couple days ahead the rest of this week as tonight I have volunteered to fill in a coaching position at Mr. T's baseball game. Hopefully I can get a ride in on Wed. evening and then Thurs. its off the the Black Hills. No, I won't be riding the Big Mick, instead I will be attending my brother-in-laws wedding. Yeah ,I know its a wedding, but I'm looking forward to the trip and it should be a lot of fun.


Friday, June 27, 2008

7000 mile check-up

There comes a time in the life of every bike when it needs a little work. That time has come for my Trek 1500. Last Saturday while riding a century with friends, Mark P. noticed little wobble in my rear wheel. It wasn't enough for me to notice on the bike but after closer inspection my rear rim was cracked. Off the the LBS for me, I dropped my ride off and told Rich to give it the once over to see if anything else needed some attention. I ended up with new front and back brakes, a new chain, a straightening of my slightly bent derailleur and of course a new rear wheel. Hey what do you know I almost have a new bike again. Hopefully it's good for another 7000 miles or so now.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Big Oil Wins

If this isn't enough to piss you off a little bit, well, then you might just be Dick Chaney. Only 4 flippin days profit is all it's going to cost them, just doesn't seem quite fair to me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wii Fit

One of these showed up at our doorstep yesterday. The Mrs. and the kids hooked it all up and we were ready to play after the T-ball game last night. Aerobics, strength training, balance training and yoga are all included with your own virtual trainer. Was it fun? Oh Yeah! Was I a little stiff and sore this morning, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't. I tried some of the strength training, yoga and a couple balance games and apparently worked some muscle groups that cycling does not. Is it the silver bullet to weight loss and 6 pack abs, probably not but it is a whole lot better than sitting on the couch. Oh, I forgot to mention my Wii Fit age is 55, I guess I need a bit more training.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Century Saturday

My first century of the year, it was really unplanned and a whole lot of fun.

I left Vermillion solo at 8:00 A.M. with plans to meet up with Cycling Cathy at Dalesburg church, a small church about 14 miles from Vermillion. This went according to our plans and Cycling Cathy and I arrived minutes a part and took off from there. Our plans were to ride towards Beresford and meet up with Mark P., Kwen S., Chad P. and Andy who were meeting in Beresford. Cycling Cathy and I rode and rode and next thing you know we are 5 miles from Beresford. We decided to stop at the top of a hill and wait for the other group. We didn't wait long as they were busy climbing said hill. We all departed for Vermillion which is where we had planned to have lunch and a pit stop.

We rolled into Vermillion and headed to the Coffee Shop Gallery where we meet up with Angie and Ed F. Ed's timing was off a bit today and he had ridden all the way from Burbank to Beresford and back without meeting us on the road. We ordered food and sat down for a nice lunch. We asked another customer at the cafe to take our picture, he took our picture and asked where we had been and where we were going. We told him our route and next thing you know he was running home to gear up and ride with us.

We rolled out of Vermillion minus Qwen S. but plus Angie and Ken (our new recruit) and headed to our next stop which was Gayville. At this point I mentioned to Cycling Cathy we just as well polish off a century. She was up for the idea so off our group went.

We got to Gayville and this is where Angie, Ken, and Ed F. (who easily bagged a big century+ day) decided they had had enough and headed back to Vermillion and Cycling Cathy and I plotted out how many miles we had to continue to complete our century before turning around and heading back to Vermillion. We were now down to Mark P., Chad P., Andy, Cycling Cathy and myself.

We rode 9 miles out of Gayville towards Yankton when Cycling Cathy and I turned around and headed back to Vermillion. Mark P., Andy and Chad P. headed onwards to Lewis and Clark campground where Mark P. and Andy would be camping overnight. Chad P. was going to ride them to their camp site and head back to Alcester to complete his 130+ mile ride.

Cycling Cathy and I headed back to Vermillion with thoughts of Summer Shandy running through our minds. We made it back to Vermillion and headed to my house where Charlie(Cycling Cathy's cool hubby) would be meeting us to give Cycling Cathy a ride back home, after an ice cold Summer Shandy of course.

I was a great ride with great company the whole way. We changed our routes and changed our plans often during the ride trying to adapt on the fly to wind and heat, which made for a fun interesting ride.

Cycling Cathy thanks for the company and your great attitude, I will ride a century with you any day of the week.


Friday, June 20, 2008


I don't know about anyone else but I'm sure glad it's Friday. I always hate coming back to work after a week long vacation, it always seems like there is a weeks worth of work that needs to be done. I finally feel like I'm caught up at work, now its time to try to catch up on some biking.

I did get a nice 30 mile ride in Tues night and had good intentions of another 30 last night. The 30 miler last night quickly became somewhere around a 12 to 14 mile ride. I took off about 4:30 P.M. and noticed a few rain clouds in the west. Not enough to worry me, a little rain has never bothered me while riding. Once I was about 5 miles out the little rain became a lot. I kept riding though the temp was nice, there was no wind and I couldn't get any wetter. I reached Mulberry Point outside of Vermillion and rode back in the rain the whole way. I had intentions to ride out to Clay County park and just casually ride around Vermillion but then the lightening started. I don't mind riding in the rain but riding in lightening is not my idea of good safe fun. So I bagged the rest of my ride.

Anyways I'm planning on doing some riding tomorrow the route is still a little up in the air but I plan to meet up with some other local rollers and hope to get around 60 miles or so in.

Have a good weekend!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Disney 2008 a few pictures.

My two favorite girls.

The Bubble girls at the wedding.

Indiana Jones stunt show.

Mr. T. being Goofy

Story Time

Ms. K. getting Stitch's autograph.

Mr. T. & Ms K. in front of the castle.

Don't feed the gators!

The gators were actually scared of this group.

Viking invaders in Norway in Epcot.

I enjoyed the wine at dinner

Goofy showed up a breakfast.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm Baaack!!

It's been a while, but I've returned from Disney in one piece, which I hope the same for the TDK riders as I've hear it has been a challenging week. Any way I will post more on Disney later as I'm still to tired to make this to long I will give a brief summary of our trip back, THE TRIP FROM HELL!!

We left Disney at 12:10 P.M. eastern time and should have been home and in bed by 10:30 or 11:00 P.M. central time, NOT. The trip from Orlando to Dallas was not a problem, everything on time and in order that is when everything went down hill.

We arrived in Dallas on time and were supposed to leave Dallas for Omaha at 5:30 P.M. and arrive in Omaha about 7:30 P.M. Well we were delayed until 6:40 P.M. for some reason but got in the air about 6:50 or so. We got in made right? NOT. We got to Omaha on time but T-storms were raging through out the area. We circled Omaha for 45 minutes and they decided to re-route us to Kansas City. We got to Kansas City took on fuel and headed back to Omaha, as the T-storms were supposed to be gone. Where do these guys get their weather from, anyone who has lived in the Midwest knows when a large line of T-storms sets up across the entire Midwest knows they are there for quite a while.

Any way off to Omaha we were by means of flying around Wichita, KS and trying to circle around the storms. It was the scariest plane ride I've ever been on. Up, down, side to side it all sucked. We hit ground it Omaha about 11:30 or so and me and my bro in law head to get the cars while our kids and Mrs. pickup up the luggage. No problem right? NOT!

I get to the Prius and the car is DEAD!! This is an electric car if you don't know so jumping it is a little more tricky. So we set out to jump an electric car in pouring rain standing in about an inch and 1/2 of rain water. I was a little nervous. We got the car started and finally headed home, we pulled in the garage about 3:10 A.M. and by the time we got the kiddos in bed and bags out of the car I hit the bed about 4:00 A.M. Needless to say the 7:00 A.M. alarm for work came to soon.

We are home, we are tired, but we had a great time I will post pictures summary of the trip hopefully this weekend.


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Off the Grid

I'm checking out for a week or so as I'm off for vacation. I'm sure you will all go through withdrawals not seeing any new garbage posted here. The next day and a half will be spent mowing, packing, wrapping up things at work and preparing to leave.

To all you TDK riders, here is wishing you mild temps, tailwinds and cold beer on the tour. Ride safe and have fun. I will be thinking of you all and expect detailed blog postings about the ride.

As for me no biking for at least a week and a half, I will instead be occupied with weddings, my extremely excited smiling children and Disney characters.


Saturday, May 31, 2008


My legs are fried, literally. Not tired, not sore muscles but SUNBURNED. I'm an adult, even though I don't like to admit it, and I take full responsibility and will try not to whine about it but damn it it does hurt. Yes, I applied sunscreen, I guess not frequently enough. I would add some more about the 75 mile ride today but my legs hurt to much to have the laptop sit on them.

Friday, May 30, 2008


We can't afford our gasoline.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Don't Forget

To vote on June 3rd, I took care of it today.

Monday, May 26, 2008

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like a big steaming pile of: And your head feels like this:

I had one of those days today on my bike. I knew I got a little too much sun yesterday and was going out feeling a little dehydrated and weak, but I stunk it up. In fact I felt so bad after 5 miles I stopped and just about lost my Hy-Vee biscuit and gravy breakfast. With that being said I think its time for a nap.

It's not just a day off work

Please remember to thank those who have served and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

If the Dogs don't get me the Cats will!

Since I was a little frustrated with my earlier time trial by dog ride, I decided I needed a few more relaxing miles. Just to set the tone for this post let it be known I love animals and never like to see one get hurt, injured or killed, that is unless I'm out hunting them.

I decided after lunch to take an easy spin out to Mulberry Point and back a route I knew I wouldn't have any dog problems on (see previous post). As I headed out of Vermillion on the business route of Hwy 50 I was just reaching the area where road crews are widening the shoulder of the road. The shoulder right now is not there if fact if you cross the white line your in for about a 2 foot drop off. Knowing this I moved over to the shoulder on the other side of the road as I felt it was the safest place for me to be. Just as I did this I noticed a mini van coming toward me. As I was watching the van approach a black cat darted out of the ditch in front of the van and got smoked. I felt sick to my stomach seeing this happened several hundred yards in front of me and thought about stopping to try to help the poor thing. It did several flops and circles around the road and then disappeared into the ditch. I really did not want to start tromping around the ditch in waist high grass looking for an injured cat, who I knew by watching him get hit wouldn't make it anyway, so I decided to continue on. Just as I came to the spot of cat vs van all of a sudden a black streak comes flying out of the ditch and hits my front tire. It just about causes me to go down and almost launches me into on coming traffic. I stop regroup, check for bike damage and do a quick scan for the cat. It had disappeared again. How and why the cat did not end up in my spokes I don't know, but am very fortunate. Needless to say a very strange day of riding.

Reminder to self: Increase life insurance amount tomorrow.


Who filled my seat post with Alpo?

I woke up this morning checked the wind and temp and thought to myself why not go out and get an early 30 mile ride in. I grabbed some breakfast, got ready and slipped on my Gut-Check dog tags. I figured since I'm home alone a little ID to identify the body might be nice in case of an accident. Little did I know that dog tags attract dogs. At 10:00 I set out to ride the Meckling loop, a ride I usually do a couple times a week. There are a couple of places on this loop that have some dogs but usually they are well behaved and don't cause any problems. Today was NOT one of those days.

Shortly after leaving Vermillion and turning onto Bluff road I noticed a tan spot in the middle of the road about 1/2 a mile ahead. I figured it was a deer, I was wrong, instead it was a deer sized dog. He was trotting along in the passing lane going the same direction as me. As I approached he glanced back at me a couple of times but made no attempt to turn, growl or give me any need for fear. That is until I was next to him. He lunged at me just as I pulled up next to him, I stood up and hammered the pedals as hard as I could, he gave chase. I yelled at him as I gave it my all to put a gap between us, he kept coming. After an 1/2 mile of me running about 28 mph he gave up. My heart was ready to explode. I thought to myself why didn't I grab my Halt spray before I left the house.

I continued on. The next place that is always known for dogs along this loop was just a couple of miles ahead. These dogs usually run up the the side of the road and stop at that, not today. As I approached the farm place I could see the 3 mutts lying in the yard. I thought to myself it's my lucky day, they are sleeping and won't even bother, I was wrong again. Just as I was even with the farm place they came with all they had. I had a good jump but they had good traction in the grass and gained on me quickly. Once they hit the road I could hear the claws sliding across the pavement trying to gain on me. Once again I hammered and hammered hard, they chased for almost a mile.

I recovered a bit and headed on. I was just coming up on a farm place with a large feed lot, I have never noticed a dog at this place but guess what, out of the ditch comes another dang dog. He had much smaller legs and I didn't have to hammer as hard to stay ahead of him but he followed me for 2 miles.

By this time I haven't even ridden 10 miles and have been chased by 5 dogs. If you have ever ridden the Meckling loop you know whats next. The school house with the 2 Rotts. These are well behaved dogs and I have never had a problem with them. As I roll up about a 1/4 mile away from the school house, what happens. The Rotts come out of the ditch by the driveway, each one stands in a lane on the road and face me. They have NEVER done this to me before, I look around for the owner, as they are usually outside with the dogs, no owner is to be found. I did the only thing I could think of, I turned around. I figured it was better to back track and take my chances with the 5 dogs who probably at best might knock me over and maul me slightly rather than tangle with 2 Rotts that would eat me and still be hungry.

I did make it home. Only 4 dogs to out run on the way home and they were tired because they all had had a early morning work out thanks to yours truly. My easy 30 mile ride turned into 20 mile time trial thanks to every dog in Clay county wanting a piece of me.