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    Yes, so here's another update:

    One spare room left. smontanaro and bibiliobob are with me.
    My sister has the remaining spare room, but I can probably get another in the basement on a roll-away.
    I'm picking up bibliobob in Chicago, I believe, on Friday, and will have him back sometime Sunday.
    I'm carrying the bikes inside the car, but if we pick up a third person, I'll get a trunk rack.

    I figure I can find some more rooms if needed.
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    Your beer's on me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bibliobob View Post
    Your beer's on me!
    Now you're playing RobbieTunes music!

    Confirmed:
    buldogge-from the Show Me state
    gomango-Lake Woebogone's rep
    Chrome Molly-Another 'sotan
    iab-this train wreck conductor-Windy City
    RobbieTunes-from NC, not the host, but I've seen one on TV
    bibliobob - another Chicagoan, and navigator my last 200 miles...
    conspiratemus1-coming down from Canada
    E_Merlin-from our own Mad City, Bezerkley of the midwest
    scotjonscot-and I think he's going to recon the event.
    smontanaro-in
    svtmike with some cohorts....

    Considering:
    elguicho (I'd love to see that Cinelli) from Chicago
    bikamper was definitely interested
    JohnDThompson has been invited down from the Lawrence University area
    photogravity-from Wisconsin's feeder state to the south
    Pars-lurking
    Chicago Al-It would be nice to see another Centurion!

    I've got one, maybe two bunks left, but can probably find more.
    No strangers in Mineral Point.

    I've corresponded with friends, and Mineral Point would dig being the "C&V" hub.

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    Bumpalong....

    I've secured a real MASH doctor, Army, Vietnam-era.
    I doubt there's anything he's not seen that we could come down with.

    Also, two more beds available....
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    Not that it relates to anything else on this thread, but I met George Stauffer a couple years ago. I nearly bought one of his Pinzgauers, but finally decided that the money was better used as the downpayment on my house. They were a hoot to drive, though...
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    Ok, the August calendar has been figured out for my family and I will be attending the event. Looking forward to meeting you guys and riding on a different terrain for me.

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    Nice! Look forward to meeting you....
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    Good news. 16/18/20 3-speed + 13/15/18/21/24 5-speed = 16/20/24 3-speed.

    The 24 is obviously 3/32 and I may need to use a shim between it and the 20 (1/8), but that shouldn't be a problem. Plenty of time if the 18/21/24 doesn't make it here before the ride.

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    This sounds like so much fun! However, I am 99% sure I'm out.

    I was wrong about it being the weekend for daughter's college dropoff, but it is the weekend for son's pickup from the camp in N Carolina where he's working. Wife and I will likely go down there early (it's in a community we know well) and rent a little shack by a cool mtn stream for a couple of days. Drive back with son is not to be missed; he's 16 and we won't have a lot more of these times together.

    I'm not in any shape to ride this event, but if I could come I'd do so just for fun, maybe serve as team photographer. Hopefully next year.

    I do work freelance (for 30 years now) so if something comes up that would prevent me going to NC (like a job on the Friday or Monday/Tuesday) I'll come up anyway.

    Keep us posted and...take lots of pics!
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    My son has asked to go to college a week early. Aug 12.
    I'm working on deterrents.

    I have a deposition 8/7
    I'd leave 8/9 for DD
    i'd be back 8/13

    Take him to college 8/17

    Public school and University start 8/20.
    (my wife's a teacher)

    That would be when I rested.
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    Cleaned lubed and ready to go.



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    Quote Originally Posted by iab View Post
    Cleaned lubed and ready to go.
    Congratulations. Kind of looks like a bunch of shark fins. Maybe you should find a ride over in Long Island before the summer shark season is finished.

    Am I supposed to take a picture of the new tubulars stretched over some spare rims? (Dang, I hope the new Tufos last longer than the "gatorskins" they are replacing.)

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    I need to back pedal to shift gears. The shark's fin makes it easier. Or so they say.

    I still need to swap out the front ring. The plan is to do a 150km shake down ride next weekend.

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    Update: Need to close "registration" for spare bedrooms, etc:

    OK, I'm pretty sure I've found rooms for those who have asked.
    However, I'm going to go ahead and set a deadline, after which you're on your own....

    PM me by 7/20. That gives me 3 weeks to find you a bed. After that, "no mas."

    Other than that, I've picked up some volunteers.
    Chances are, a couple of them will get caught up on the official stuff and migrate there.

    Now, the untold story....
    I'm from Mineral Point, and among the few thousand souls who know what a cool place it can be.
    It's not Nirvana, but "a nice place to visit," as iab already knows.

    So, besides being suckered in by iab, I figured us C&V types could use an "event" in the midwest.
    We're not strong enough for our own event, but we can surely piggyback on one, much like NAHBS.
    I didn't exactly look around, as this one just came up, one I was totally unaware of, but it may do.

    The location is pretty good, and having our "side show" in Mineral Point keeps us close yet detached.
    It's something I think may well turn into a "yearly," as the folks around there are up for about anything.
    Having a well-managed event to associate with is one step, having our own support is the next.
    The third plank in the bridge would be a good time had by all, and that looks entirely possible.
    If the logistics work out for those involved, we could build on it a bit, perhaps find a larger lodging situation.

    It would be killer to have a post-ride cook-out at the first rest stop area, for example (when you see it, you'll see what I mean).
    There are also things for other folks to do while we ride, which makes Mineral Point almost ideal in that sense.
    You just have to make sure your friends/family/etc don't spend more than you counted on in town.
    The area, the parks and the Depression-era pool project are fun to experience, and Dodgeville has them, too.

    My wife suggested they come and go to the Dells while I ride, which is our plan for next year.
    That would be 100% fine with me, it's about an hour away, through Amish country.

    If I lived closer, I'd just plan the day, do the ride and let my wife and kids do what they wanted all day.
    They'd be the ones disappointed that the day came to a close, not me, I'll bet.

    So, for me, this ride and our get-together is a good recon for the future, in a manner of speaking.
    I could also use a day away from "the life."
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    I've been bolded. That can't be good.

    4 weeks out and counting.

    Today I did 150km with 6000 feet of climbing in about 5:45, 6:15 total time. Never went below 49 gear inches. Kind of a DD light. Leg started cramping at 100km. Had to dismount at 130km and stretch. Last 20 wasn't so bad. I need to drink more.

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    Still having problems getting out during the week, due to storm claims in eastern NC, one colleague on FMLA leave, others on vacation on a rotating basis...working about 7 am to 8 pm.

    However, I bought a set of 1-lb over-the-shoe ankle weights, and I'm running my workout route without shifting, fully on the small cog rear and large ring front. Out of the saddle whenever I need to. Today, on a Bianchi Trofeo I'm fixing for a friend, 52/13 the entire way. The weights make no difference for about 10 miles. After that, you know it, especially on gradual climbs into the wind. Good training, I guess.

    I'll drop 10-15 lbs over the next month, be better able to walk up hills, pushing my bike, maybe chatting with Grady........


    Confirmed in local lodging:
    iab-this train wreck's conductor-bringing the true C&V bike and spirit
    buldogge-arriving late on Friday. My sis says she'll feed him no matter what.
    gomango-Lake Woebogone's rep and maybe my hill-climbing companion.
    conspiratemus1-from our neighbor to the north, incommunicado for another 10 days
    E_Merlin-from our own Mad City, Bezerkley of the midwest, with hodgykins...

    Staying with hosts:
    RobbieTunes-from NC, not the host, but I've seen one on TV
    elguicho (I'd love to see that Cinelli) from Chicago
    bibliobob - another Chicagoan, and navigator my last 200 miles...
    smontanaro- yet another from the Windy City...
    Chrome Molly-Another 'sotan
    scotjonscot-and I think he's going to recon the event.

    Staying in Dodgeville:
    svtmike with five other co-conspirators...
    1 .Bob
    2 .Aaron
    3 .Scott
    4 .Jim
    5 .Angel
    .............and DH Bob.

    So, you see, the Bob's have it in the bag....

    I have 11 cell numbers for the 17 people on the lists above.
    I'll need the others, if at all possible. It will help to coordinate.

    and finally, there are some, possibly still "considering:"
    bikamper was definitely interested
    JohnDThompson has been invited down from the Lawrence University area
    photogravity-from Wisconsin's feeder state to the south
    Pars-lurking
    Chicago Al-It would be nice to see another Centurion!
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    I finished the cinelli so I think that will be my ride for the event. I went out for a short test ride today and got it finely tuned, tomorrow is back to training although I'm only doing 100 k which I know I can do with no trouble here in flatland.
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    Staying with hosts:

    elguicho
    (I'd love to see that Cinelli) from Chicago
    Does that mean I have a room? if it does, thank you so much for all your effort!
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    Yes. Big basement, finished, with plenty of space. It will be nice to see that Cinelli.
    I can see a photo op coming, for sure. Perhaps just the bikes, eh?

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    I may have to rethink the 150k after this mornings ride. Started at 9:00, rode just shy of 55 miles,(of course the last 25 was into the wind-when will I ever learn to plan the route so that the wind is at my back on the return portion?) and it about killed me! If it is this hot in August(and why wouldn't it be?) I may vary well opt for 100k instead. Then again with rest stops things may be different.
    On a side note, I'm amassing everything for a 600 tricolor shimergo conversion but might not have it ready by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotjonscot View Post
    I may have to rethink the 150k after this mornings ride. Started at 9:00, rode just shy of 55 miles,(of course the last 25 was into the wind-when will I ever learn to plan the route so that the wind is at my back on the return portion?) and it about killed me! If it is this hot in August(and why wouldn't it be?) I may vary well opt for 100k instead. Then again with rest stops things may be different.
    On a side note, I'm amassing everything for a 600 tricolor shimergo conversion but might not have it ready by then.
    I am trying to get ready for the 100k here in flat-as-a-pancake Illinois. I decided to:

    • embrace head winds
    • hunt for hills
    • ride one gear higher

    That said, I fear I may still walk up some hills. If you choose the 100k option, you will at least have company.

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    Yeah the wind wouldn't have been so bad but the heat really took it out of me. I was suffering from a bit of heat exhaustion by the time I got back. Rapid pulse,(beyond normal for the exertion) light headed, etc. LOTS of water later and I feel fine.

    By the way I was in Chicago a few weeks ago and rode that lake trail up and down twice one morning. Lots of nice scenery along there!
    ars longa, vita brevis

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotjonscot View Post
    By the way I was in Chicago a few weeks ago and rode that lake trail up and down twice one morning. Lots of nice scenery along there!
    Agree... Both natural and two-legged.

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    By the way I was in Chicago a few weeks ago and rode that lake trail up and down twice one morning. Lots of nice scenery along there!
    Beautiful trail, I ride a few times a week but very dangerous too. It gets crowded with runners and on the north side you really have to watch out for cars.

    I finally woke up early enough to go for a weekday ride this morning, 5:30 AM. I want to make sure I finish the event comfortably.

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    Thanks for the heads-up. I think my wife and I will be heading over for this one.
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