Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Howdy, well the bent is on the road again! Woohoo! We've had 2.3 inches of rain in the last 15 hours so it's pretty wet out there so no riding today......unless the sun comes out strong and dries everything. I'm headed to Athens this weekend for the Tour of the Hocking.

TotH is a two day ride over Memorial Day that has an overnight on the Ohio River where we camp and enjoy the scenery and a gourmet dinner. A very good time had by all! The Athens Bicycle Club does a nice job on their rides. I'll be staying at Tom's house on Saturday night and cousin John's house on Monday night returning home on Tuesday so it will be a good weekend. The weather even seems to be cooperating as the long range forecast looks promising, but then reality will set in about Saturday, so here's hoping.

As I get older I think, why should I ride in the rain, but after my XC trip, riding in the rain doesn't really bother me. But I have to admit that it's hard to start out in the rain. Back in the old days when I was riding with the Peckerheads it didn't matter what the weather was, we rode every Sunday morning unless the snow was too deep! Later.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bents back!

After much procrastination I have finally got the bent built back up and have taken three rides on it and it's working great. I did have to break down and take it to Jim's Bike Shop where Patrick did the final touches on the chain and rear derailleur.

By not building it right away it forced me to ride the Merlin, which made my arm tire rapidly and then I got out the mountain bike and put smooth tires on and it went pretty darn well. Makes me wonder which to take to North Carolina, the MB or the bent, as there is going to be a lot of climbing.

I have determined that I might do a little suffering on The Tour of the Hocking on Memorial Day weekend, which by the way is next weekend! I need more hill miles! It will be a great ride regardless, but I will suffer slightly. Wish me fun!