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Monday, November 10, 2014

JIM "Jimmy T" TIERNEY...Headin' Home Via The Southern Tier Route.

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before."
~Mae West (1892-1980)

"I long, as every human being does, to be at home wherever I find myself." ~ May Angelou

Jim Tierney came through Silver City a week ago Sunday.  Traveling the Adventure Cycling Association's Southern Tier Route, he was on his first long distance touring trip.  Being new to this kind of effort, he was beginning to understand that this type of cycling is different.  I told Jim that a touring cyclist isn't better than other cyclists, however, there is a difference in their determination of effort.  A certain stamina is required, mostly mental but certainly physical, too, that motivates a rider to get up on day 45, pack up the bike, and ride another day.  Yes, racers, as well as other riders, need to have a set determination to get on the bike and ride, too.  I believe touring cyclists, particularly those doing long distance touring, have to pull from a mental reserve that is challenging, to say the least.  He'll learn as he goes along, as we all have.

Jim was a trip.  Funny, interesting, and good to chat with, too.  Having finished his bachelor's degree from Old Dominion in Virginia, he decided to take on an adventure before settling into more routine work.  Good decision, in my opinion.  Something that I wish I'd done when I was his age, but, that was then, this is now.
Jim is discovering the wonders of Red Breast Irish Whiskey!
Well, I couldn't let him drink that good stuff by himself!
Jim's Ride: A Specialized Tri-Cross.  A nice rig...
The complete setup with the BOB trailer...and his VERY COMFORTABLE sleeping pad.

Preparing the load on the BOB trailer.

More prep...securing the load.

Now, what was this thing again???
Managed to get a few videos of Jim with my new iPhone 5S.  The photos above are from the iPhone, too. No need for any other camera, which I like.  The first video is at our house when Jim was preparing to leave. The second one is out on Rt. 90, after riding with Jim halfway to Faywood Hot Springs (where he would spend the night), where we said goodbye and Jim headed on to Las Cruces, NM.
Jim was doing well on the bike and will interrupt the trip when he gets to San Antonio, TX, to meet up with his family in New Orleans, LA, for Thanksgiving.  Should be fun!  If you'd like to follow Jim's travels, go to Track My Tour.  Jim has another site, Biking With Jimmy T, where he describes a bit about himself and the Dave Thomas Foundation, which he's raising money for on this trip.  Take a moment to read up why he chose this foundation to fundraise for.

Ok, as usual, a tune to exit with...hmmm, let's see...what would work here?  Just discovered that Richard and Linda Thompson have a son, Teddy Thompson, who is a singer/songwriter like his parents.  And he's good, too.  Here's Teddy "Don't Know What I Was Thinking".  Now, sometimes, and I'm certain that Jim has thought this once or twice on the road, as we all have at one time or another, while on the bike out on the highway, a rider can wonder about what s/he was thinking when they decided to get on the bike and do a long tour.  This one's for you, Jim.  Best wishes for your new work in Florida after you finish this tour.