Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Time has gone by...

Hard to believe that Christmas, New Year's (very fekkin' cold...around 0 degrees!! and snow, too!), birthdays, Valentine's Day, and, most famous and celebrated of all, our annual St. Patick's Day party have slipped by...not unnoticed, however.

This year, we were blessed to have Paddy Jones from Tralee.  From Wikipedia:  Tralee  (IrishTrá Lí, meaning "strand of the Lee (river)" or Trá Liath meaning "grey strand") is the county town of County Kerry, in the south-west of Ireland. The town is situated on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula, and is the largest town in County Kerry. The town's population including suburbs was 22,744 in the 2006 census.


Anyways, Paddy is a great traditional Irish fiddler, who has learned from some of the old time traditional Irish fiddlers in the Ol' Sod.  The session that night of our party was fabulous!  Best music we've had yet at our annual St. Patrick's Day party.  We are looking forward to St. Patrick's Day, 2012, because it will be on a SATURDAY, which means we actually get to have our party on the right day and a Saturday night, too!!!  Eileen will have to handcuff me to some immovable object so I won't hurt myself from drinking too much.


Haven't done tons of cycling this year, but will be doing short tours after the SRAM 25th Annual Tour of the Gila that is being held from 4/27-5/1/11, here in Silver City.  It draws a good crowd of gawkers and a good selection of top cyclist in the country and the world.  Supposed to be one of the toughest stage races in the U.S.  Lance Armstrong rode in the last two years, but won't be here this year.  He is retired 2.0...LOL.


My trips this year will be shorter...from 3-21 days in length, so that Eileen can join up with me.  I'll be doing rides to Albuquerque, Socorro, T or C, Pie Town (yes, it's famous for pies...may stay there a day or two...gotta try some pies, ya know?), Payson, Tucson, Safford, Deming, Hillsboro, etc.  Bought some new Arkel panniers (rear) and will be working on getting the front ones and a new rear rack bag.  The panniers are the Arkel Gt-54 and GT-18 front and rear panniers, respectively.  They provide access to gear via the zippered compartments, which is better than top loading panniers like I have.  Also an extra bag on the rear panniers for poles!!  Smart people...


Met another cross country cyclist last week, Alex Wilson...his blog: atwilson.com/blog has his story.  He's on sabbatical from his job to see what he wants to do next.  Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately since he got to experience wind as only NM can provide, Alex encountered Spring winds heading from Kingston, NM, to Las Cruces, NM.  He almost got to Hatch before the wind became a bit too much.  Check out the photos on his blog.  LOL...


Well, off to the gym and a short bike ride today.  A tune to send you off with...Performed by a friend of ours, Randal Bays...great Irish fiddler from Seattle, WA.  Enjoy...