Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
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Friday, June 8, 2012


Well, reached a little too far today and had my first fall on the bike.  For those of you who have ever seen "Laugh-In", do you remember when the guy would ride around on the tricycle and fall  over?  That's what it looked like today when I fell over.

Feeling a bit overconfident, I attempted to make a turn off of one street onto another that had a short, but steep hill.  Before the hill begins, there is a short stretch, maybe 30 feet, that's not steep, so shifting gears is key.  Get into too easy a gear and you're spinning wildly.  Yes.  I was spinning wildly.  That, along with some front wheel spin and over I went, in relatively slow motion.  No.  I didn't get hurt.  Just my ego.  Very happy that, to my knowledge, no one saw it happen.  Pulled myself out from under the bike and brushed myself off, then got back on the bike.  I didn't continue up the hill.  I turned the bike around and went back down to the street that I had been on prior to making the turn.  To be fair, this was also a difficult climb for me on my Cannondale or Vitus.

I was just talking to my brother, Bill, yesterday and talking about how many times we have to learn those simple life lessons, which I refer to as "Life Lesson #1", and so on, etc.  It always seems a repeat of Life Lesson #1, not Life Lesson #50.  fSo, what do I do today?  Yeah, forgot "Life Lesson #1", which is, "Don't be stupid."  Why is that?  I mean, this isn't, most assuredly, the first time I've done that.  If I had a dime for every time I've been stupid or done stupid things like that...hell, I'd be wealthy.  It's almost irresistible, isn't it?  Like a really good chocolate chip cookie sitting on a plate, saying, "Ah, come on.  I'm the last cookie.  Go for it.  I taste REALLY good.  You KNOW I do...!"  And, of course, I do it.  What's that saying, "Stupid is as stupid does."  That fit me like a glove today.  I'm sharing this because, if you look in the mirror, you'll see someone else who has done the same thing, won't you?  LOL...

Overall, however, on a positive note, I do feel much better on the bike and have greater control while riding plus the hills are getting a bit easier.  And I'm stronger on the bike, too.  An issue that I need to see what to do about is the front wheel slippage on a steep climb.  The other day, I did climb a steep hill and made it up despite the wheel slippage.  I'll check the website forum and see what they say.

In the meantime, it's onward and here's a tune for y'all...the one and only, Miles, doing "Summertime", which will start in 13 days.  This guy is a truly phenomenal musician.