Today, I headed into the mountains again on my Vitus. Saw a few of the riders who will be in the Tour. They seemed fairly occupied with their training. I still have a hard time when a cyclist passes me and fails to say, "On your left.", which is common etiquette while cycling so you don't scare the rider you're passing. When racing, I'm sure they don't do that...a bit ridiculous then...but, when out on the road on your own, cyclists should show common courtesy to other cyclists by letting them know when they're passing.
Looking forward to the Tour of the Gila. Matt Anderson, the rider who is staying with us, is en route from Boulder, CO, where he just moved to from Grand Junction, CO, (a place where Eileen and I almost moved to instead of Silver City). This town will be packed with people and cyclists this week. I will stock up on some food tomorrow because I know that there will be lots of people out shopping!!
Enough for today. Here's my music video for you all for today... Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land". One of my favorites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s
From Wikipedia: Guthrie was tired of the radio overplaying Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". He thought the lyrics were unrealistic and complacent. Partly inspired by his experiences during a cross-country trip and his distaste for God Bless America, he penned his most famous song, "This Land Is Your Land", in February 1940; it was subtitled "God Blessed America." The melody is based on the gospel song "Oh My Loving Brother", best-known as "Little Darling, Pal of Mine", sung by the country group The Carter Family. Guthrie signed the manuscript with the comment "All you can write is what you see, Woody G., N.Y., N.Y., N.Y.". He protested against class inequality in the final verses:
- In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
- By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
- As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
- Is this land made for you and me?
- As I went walking, I saw a sign there,
- And on the sign there, It said "no trespassing." [In another version, the sign reads "Private Property"]
- But on the other side, it didn't say nothing!
- That side was made for you and me.