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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Memorial Day Weekend Ride for me and the wife!

    The video is here


    I'm gonna start this off here in C&A, but will eventually move it to the newly active "Stories from the Road segment in Touring.







    Here was our route out there: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2855546

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2855546

    We made a little side trip to go to some interesting rock formations and a colony of Beavers, but the river was too high to be able to get to them. The worst part of the ride for the wife was at the last little bit, climbing Indian Hill. That's not tall, as hills go, even here in Indiana, but it's a 170 foot climb in less than 1'3 of a mile. Try that on a 52 pound recumbent trike with about another 20 pounds of gear on it.


    Crazylady was so tired after Indian Hill, she literally needed a few minutes nap to finish out the last 1 1/2 miles.

    I was tryng out the Nashbar Bob Clone I got,,, ad I actually rather like it. Once you're in motion, you literally cannot tell it's back there behind you. Make sure you stop somewhere you can lean the trailer and bike, though so you don't have to lay the bike over to save strain on the hitching system.



    Well, 25 miles later, we arrived at the campground, and set up camp.



    Earlena took a nap







    Meanwhile, I set up the "kitchen to make Dinner. We had Freeze Dried Chili mac. 'Twas pretty good, too....CONTINUED.
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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    After dinner, there was an impromptu Bluegrass band, and the Banjo player wouldn't lose a lick to even Grandpa Jones (I know, because I jammed with Grandpa Jones when i lived in Tennessee. ). They were pretty dang good!



    All in all, it was a pretty good weekend trip, and cost less than $30, overall. Earlena did her first loaded ride successfully, and had a blast, other than riding up Indian Hill, and I had to go back down on foot the last 100 yards and push her up. She's already wanting to plan our next trip together, though.
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    Nice report on what sounds like a great time for you both. Glad to see you both out there pedaling my friend. It's wonderful she's anticipating the next adventure already.

    C ya in a couple weeks,

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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Thanks, Denny!

    Yep, We're looking forward to seeing you as well.
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    Looks like a fun trial run for the new equiptment
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    Man, that music just don't get any better than that!

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    Nice report, thanks for sharing. I liked the Bluegrass video. Did they keep playing?
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    Oh yeah, they did a bunch of Flatt and Scruggs, they did some Black Oak Arkansas in Bluegrass versions, like Cripple Creek.
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    Cool!..The tent and stuff looks fun. Dude, is that you in the tye-dye sitting in the grass with the yellow band on your wrist?..You look like George Hincapie and a few other TDF riders!

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    Bravo! Nice tour! Great way to spend a weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Cool!..The tent and stuff looks fun. Dude, is that you in the tye-dye sitting in the grass with the yellow band on your wrist?..You look like George Hincapie and a few other TDF riders!
    Yeah, that's me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Yeah, that's me.

    Dude, I'd marry you!...OK, not really but dang dude, looking good!

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    I'm actually making coffee there, by the way. Really good fresh roasted Costa Rican coffee (I roasted it myself and ground it right before we left for the trip from green beans) with a French press.......I was right popular in the AM, I can tell ya!
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    Nice report. Cool music too. Sounds like a good time was had by all.
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    Woohooo! Michigan has to be looking better and better!Oh and, Peace Doood!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Dude, I'd marry you!...OK, not really but dang dude, looking good!
    Fred, does Gina know about this man crush? (Or did Gina post on your account.....please tell me that's the case. )
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    Nice report Tom. Great Bluegrass....Thanks for that.

    You folks that drag your crap along have a hats off from me. I have never done that with a bike, but I have made many self supported river trips in a kayak and know how much planning goes into balancing need, want and reality.

    btw......I need your tye-dye shirt to go with my Rasta bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    She's already wanting to plan our next trip together, though.
    Just wait until either one of you get the tandem bug. Might very well just be the best $$$ you'll ever spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeamac View Post
    Just wait until either one of you get the tandem bug. Might very well just be the best $$$ you'll ever spend.
    we're already dreaming of this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    Woohooo! Michigan has to be looking better and better!Oh and, Peace Doood!
    "It was summertime in northern Michigan
    Splashing through the sandbar
    Talking by the campfire
    It's the simple things in life like when and where
    We didn't have no internet
    But man I never will forget
    The way the moonlight shined upon her hair.

    "And we were trying different things
    And we were smoking funny things
    Making love down by the lake to our favorite song
    Sipping whiskey out the bottle
    Not thinking 'bout tomorrow
    Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long"

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    Very nice, Tom. Thanks for sharing the story.

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