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?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tucson, U of A vs. UNM Medical Centers, ICE Adventure, And A Short Ride This A.M.

Yesterday, we headed to Tucson for several reasons, all good.  First and foremost, a medical appointment for Eileen to hook up with a new MD at University of Arizona Medical Center.  Her previous MD moved to California where her husband needed to go for a good job.  We both worked for the University of New Mexico when we lived in Albuquerque, NM.  Eileen for the School of Medicine and me for UNM Hospital.  Despite that and despite me still knowing quite a few people at UNM Hospital, Eileen and I talked about the two Medical Centers and she chose the University of Arizona Medical Center over UNM Hospital/Medical Center, with me agreeing heartily.  For one very good reason...they're more efficient, responsive, courteous, and helpful than UNM ever was or probably ever will be, IMHO.  I speak from experience having been the Patient Advocate in Administration for 8yrs there, plus the Director of Care Management Services there.  Without my intervention, back in 2003, when Eileen needed to get into the surgery clinic there, she would have had to wait weeks to get in.  At University of Arizona, access is/has been quicker and they get their customers in to their appointments on time.  Something that UNM rarely manages to achieve.  Not complaining about or comparing the MDs, staff, or quality of care, just the access and courtesy issues I've experienced there as a patient and as an employee.

Secondly, and more  fun, was to stop at Ajo Bikes to: a) get a bike box for the Silvio.  I have a potential buyer of the Silvio and b) to try out an ICE Adventure trike they have there that's all tricked out.  A tricked out trike....say that three times after a few beers.  Well, I liked the trike.  It was comfortable, handled the bumps well and is very adjustable/portable.  I spoke to the owner, who said that, when we come back for Eileen's f/u appointment, I can take the ICE out and try some hills.  Collateral?  My wife.  Just kidding.  Probably a credit card charge/then reverse it when I show back up with the ICE in one piece.  In all reality, I probably won't even consider buying one until I've tried out several others and have given it considerable thought re: how I'd use it, where I'd use it, real time portability, ease of taking the seat off and folding the trike up and putting it in the car, and, most importantly, how it feels on the road and with climbing/descents.  Once I have the answers to those and more questions that will  come up, then I'll make a decision.

Thirdly, and fun for me...Eileen doesn't like to shop, Trader Joe's.  I love Trader Joe's except I want to buy lots of stuff there.  Got some great cookies, canned tomatoes, chips, olives, olive oil, pasta, etc., and more.  All for under $75.  Loved it.

Now, the drive back and forth in one day is a bit trying, but doable.  Back and forth to Albuquerque is much more demanding but can be done when it has to be.  I've done it at least once...to see the optometrist.  It's a 2.5hr drive to Tucson from our house despite what Eileen says.  I set the cruise at 80mph and sit back and drive.  Takes a  little less than half a tank of gas.  It's about 200 miles.

Eileen and I went for a short bicycle ride this morning.  I was tired, but forced myself out of bed because I knew I'd feel better having done the ride.  Wednesday, I had made some adjustments to Eileen's Surly LHT, which she liked today while riding.  Raised the seat and adjusted the handlebars.  She's more comfortable and is able to utilize the brake levers better.  Sunday, I'm headed out for a longer ride to get a better feel of the Vitus and what may still need adjustment.

And this weekend, I'll do a post about some touring gear.  For now, a tune to go with...Bill, Bonnie, and Michael Hearne singing together..Bill has the best voice coming from the most unusual appearance...he has very poor vision and wears very thick glasses that give him that appearance...ah, but his voice.  It's amazing.  I could listen to him all night...