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.