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    Neil_B
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    Another Stupid Bike-Free Adventure from The Historian

    It's all Eddie's fault.



    The beagle kept me up all night barking at something or other....

    Eddie: bark bark bark

    The Historian: What is it now, dog? It's 3:30 in the morning.

    Eddie: bark bark bark

    The Historian: Shut up and let me get some sleep. Oh, and no one loves you, I'm not your real father, and your mother was a bi-

    Eddie: bark bark bark BARK!

    I was so tired when morning came I canceled my planned ride and instead napped. By late afternoon I felt well enough to attempt a hike in French Creek State Park at St. Peters. I put in about two miles along the creek and around the boulders dropped by the retreating glaciers thousands of years ago.

    French Creek was swollen with recent rain and snowmelt, and roared over the rocks in its path.







    I love this shot - I think the steel-blue colors come out well.



    During the time I spent in the park I'd noted groups of young people jumping from rock to rock, crossing the boulder field and French Creek. I thought I'd give it a try as well, even though I'm 44, obese, and structurally rickety. So I began to climb the rocks and cautiously hopped from boulder to boulder. Just put one boot in front of the other, I told myself. When I'd reached about a third of the way across the field, I stood on a six foot tall boulder as several thoughts came into my mind:

    1. It's getting dark.
    2. No one else is around.
    3. If I fall, I'm falling onto granite boulders.
    4. If I fall and fall onto granite boulders, no one will find me until morning, and my screams won't be heard over the roar of the creek.

    As I turned around, another thought came to mind....

    5. I'm standing on a six foot high boulder and I don't know how to get down.

    Images of cats being taken down from trees by firemen came to mind, along with mental pictures that had me quaking in my Timberlands. But I calmed myself, found some hand-holds to help me climb down, and cautiously began to work my way back out of the field as the sun set.



    Perhaps this should be one of my goals this year - crossing the boulder field. It's a heck of a workout on the joints.

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    There's nothing like forgetting you're not 16 again! Will get you into trouble every time! And I LOVE Eddie! He looks like a sweetheart!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nola_Gal View Post
    There's nothing like forgetting you're not 16 again! Will get you into trouble every time! And I LOVE Eddie! He looks like a sweetheart!
    How much to ship a beagle to New Orleans? :-)

    The funny thing is I never would have tried this at 16. I'm more a kid now than I was then.

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    Eddie looks like TROUBLE.......and I would like to let him lick my face

    Speaking of Eddy, that looks like a kick ass whitewater run, complete with life sucking sieves and undercuts. oh, and about wanting to boulder hop....I have been running whitewater for the last few years, and almost all the broken bones and major injuries I have witnessed of others, and experienced myself, were caused by trying to walk along granite boulder strewn river banks, either in an attempt to "walk" a rapid that is out of the skill level of the paddler, or just scouting the run.

    Very cool pics. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jboyd View Post
    Eddie looks like TROUBLE.......and I would like to let him lick my face

    Speaking of Eddy, that looks like a kick ass whitewater run, complete with life sucking sieves and undercuts. oh, and about wanting to boulder hop....I have been running whitewater for the last few years, and almost all the broken bones and major injuries I have witnessed of others, and experienced myself, were caused by trying to walk along granite boulder strewn river banks, either in an attempt to "walk" a rapid that is out of the skill level of the paddler, or just scouting the run.

    Very cool pics. Thank you.
    French Creek is far too shallow for whitewater, I'm told. Otherwise it would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    How much to ship a beagle to New Orleans? :-)
    You realize, I'll have to change his name to Boudreaux!
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    Awesome pictures. I wish I had something like that around here.

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    Neil, there is nothing stupid about finding new challenges and completing them. Life would be stale without finding new things to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
    Neil, there is nothing stupid about finding new challenges and completing them. Life would be stale without finding new things to try.
    There is something stupid about climbing boulders at dusk without lights. :-)

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    This might be valuable!

    Seriously, I have thought about it given that I do most of my riding alone and have been going further out of the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nola_Gal View Post
    You realize, I'll have to change his name to Boudreaux!
    What a horrible thing to do to a dog. :-)

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    I'm really liken' this photo......


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    My great bicycle adventure.
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    So the idea was to do a 100 mile bike ride around Lake Livingston TX. I started the ride In Coldspring at about 7:15 in the morning. The loop began in a counterclockwise direction well enough. I was traveling light with a wind breaker, two water bottles, some tools and my road crew reflective vest. Expecting to have plenty of places to stop for water and gateraide. The plan was to make 10 miles per hour, mathematically a 10 hour trip. Other groups ride the same route at a 20 mph average speed. I based that on what I had done two weeks earlier with a heaver bike and heavy backpack. The backpack had a 3 liter water bottle and among other things a roll of toilet paper. I was heavy and with a strong wind I did 62 miles in 9 hours. So, mathematically, I should be able to average 10 mph with a light load and a real road bike.


    I made to my lunch at Sonic in Onalaska, yes we have Alaska (not only that but it's On.) in Texas along with Webster and Paris. At that point, after missing a turn off going 3.6 miles out of my way and back, I was behind schedule by about 1 hour. But that could be made up on the flat section of the next leg to Trinity the far point at 52 miles. I was out of water six miles before town and it was in the mid 70's and no convenience stores for the 21 miles. I was not only cooked on this leg but had to take extra time to rehydrate and stretch to get rid of the cramps in my legs and back . With no other option , because I had the car in Coldspring, was to continue.


    I made it to Riverside it we still light but I was making slow progress and light was fading. And I was in agony physically still suffering from leg soreness getting more tired . So Into the fading light I rode
    I hooked up a flashlight for and put on my reflective vest but with a 70 mph speed limit and no berm this was tricky. One good thing I had some moon light. Try doing 20 mph down a hill, with your zip tied flash light to the handle bars that shines up into you face, any way I made it to just before Waterwood where a security guard came by and ask me if I was ok. I told him I was in a pickle and my car was in Coldspring and if he could help. He could not help so I went up the road a few hundred feet and fell off the bike when I could not see the road because oncoming traffic. I realized I was ok but it hurt trying to keep my self from hitting the ground. I realized this was was bad with 25 miles to go.
    The security officer came back and said he had called the sheriff. If I could make it to the main entrance, under the street lights. I road up the road another 300 feet.


    The Sheriff came checked my ID and gave me a ride to Coldspring where I got the car drove back to Waterwood, to get my bike, and then home. It was almost midnight when I got home. I believe I would have gotten killed if I continued under those conditions.
    This goes right up their with the tree I cut down on the farm and got the ticket, the blizzard, and Thanksgiving at the clinic (27 hours).


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    Mom called me and ask how I was doing and told me to be careful. I cant remember where I was when she called but its a real thrill to have the phone set to outdoor to ring in your shirt pocket. So I did 80 plus miles in 14 hours not a stellar day. I was chased by at least five different sets of dogs and a woman pulled along side, as I was riding, to ask for directions.

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    Wait til you're hanging on by the fingertips and toes working across a narrow 6" ledge and it's icy. Never mind the 300+ foot drop to the rocks below.

    I'd have gotten pics, but I needed both hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Wait til you're hanging on by the fingertips and toes working across a narrow 6" ledge and it's icy. Never mind the 300+ foot drop to the rocks below.

    I'd have gotten pics, but I needed both hands.
    I don't doubt you, and others, have climbed higher. :-)

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    I need to get you out in Montana this Summer.

    There are a couple 10,000 foot plus peaks we can get you up to the summit on.
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    I don't doubt you, and others, have climbed higher. :-)
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