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?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sometimes, It's Just Time...

"Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are."~ Mohammed Ali
"You're dead a long time."~ Anonymous (one of the rules of trauma)

It's been a while since I posted on my website and for good reason...after considerable deliberation, I have decided to end my ride across country. The simple fact is that I am not having fun. When did this realization sink in?  Marshall, AR. Prior to that, I had reorganized my route several times, but, the night in Marshall, I realized the fact that I wasn't having fun was overpowering my desire to continue on. 

Physically and mentally, I was doing fine and really felt strong. Without the fun, however, the ride was not what I wanted.  In the future, I'll be back on the road, traveling to those battlefields or brewpubs on my bicycle, but it will be different in that I will drive from one location to another and do day rides there. I'll also do more solo rides, where I start/finish somewhere. 

So, right now, I'm at The Bill and Hillary Clinton International Airport in Little Rock, AR, and will be flying Southwest to Albuquerque this evening. Tomorrow, I'll fly back to Silver City to see my wife, Eileen, and our friends. My bike is being shipped to Silver City and will arrive there on Monday. Spokes,, is an amazing bike shop with very friendly, efficient employees, who packed my bike and got it shipped out. And they have an espresso bar! Very cool.

For now, a tune to exit this post.  George Strait doing "The Cowboy Rides Away"...  To all of you who read my website posts and who had faith in me, thank you.  I wish I could tell you all how much that means to me.  Until the next ride.  And I will post about the rides up to and including Little rock, AR, and will be posting pictures and videos.  Happy trails!