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Old 08-14-12, 03:32 PM   #1
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Well I'm kinda dumb...

This year I have been training for the RSPVP, a ride from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada that is 189 miles over 2 days. The ride is on Saturday and so of course I pull out the families passports today. You guessed it, they are ALL expired. Ive been calling around like crazy but the best the passport office can do is an 'emergency passport' that will cost $170 each with it being 'unlikely' that they would be processed until next week. $510 for a gamble? - I dont think so. So in other words Im out of the ride. Ive ridden all through the winter etc in preparation for the ride and so its kind of a bummer. I could ride the first 100 miles (its a 189 mile total ride) to the border but dont think I want to make that kind of push to complete only half of a ride. I want the whole thing or nothing.

So Ive decided to pull from the ride and just go hand out free popsicles on the route as many kind soles have done for me on other sponsored rides in the area. Its supposed to be in the 90s this weekend so maybe its a blessing in disguise as I dont do heat well on hilly rides especially. I also pulled something in my back last week so perhaps its good not to force that issue either as Im only just able to walk again without limping. I guess Im trying to turn lemons into lemonade.

Im just kinda sulking as this was my 'big ride' this year. All my own fault but what can you do?
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Ouch. I might have forgotten too as I haven't been to Canada since that was required.
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Ouch. I might have forgotten too as I haven't been to Canada since that was required.
Kind of my problem too. I was assuming a drivers license was OK - it is but it has to be 'enhanced'. Oh well, at least it kept me motivated through the year.

Time to plan for next year I guess
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You should check out joining the Seattle Randos. All sorts of 200 and 300k rides, a fun group to ride with, and riders of all speed levels out there so I'm sure you could find someone to ride with (if you wanted to) or just hang solo if you're more that kind of rider.
Bonus: RUSA membership is only $20/yr, SiR is only $10. So for $30 you can ride as many permanents as you want for the cost of only the postage to turn in your time card, and most brevets are only $10 or $15 for 200 and 300k. I think the 600k level goes up to about $50 or $75 sometimes. My last 400k reg fee was only $25.
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Kind of my problem too. I was assuming a drivers license was OK - it is but it has to be 'enhanced'. Oh well, at least it kept me motivated through the year.

Time to plan for next year I guess
What is an enhanced DL? Never heard of that.
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Thanks for the info Clifton - I will look into it.

Beachgrad - an enhanced DL is a drivers license with a microchip embedded into it. Its acts like a low-level passport and is a valid form of ID for crossing into Canada.

Im sure I will get over it its just that right now all I can think about is the HOURS I put into training for the ride. As I say, my own dumb fault
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Magohn - is that something used in Washington only or other northern border states? My Cali DL has a info magnetic strip that works like a credit card does...it can be swiped to get info...Actually had it scanned at a bar to make sure I was OLD enough...despite me obviously being so...
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I think its a WA state deal as we are so close to the border (in areas). I also tried to get a rushed enhance DL but that was 2-3 weeks. I guess its similar to a passport (makes sense) and you have to provide a birth cert and interview etc.
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So Ive decided to pull from the ride and just go hand out free popsicles on the route as many kind soles have done for me on other sponsored rides in the area.
Sorry to hear about it, but think of it like you're just really ahead of the game when it comes to training for next year!

Good-on-'ya for giving back! It's people like you that make these events happen!
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You sure you're not talking a bout a passport card? Those are DL sized cards you can use to get through immigration / customs to and fro canada.
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Thanks Photojoe...

No, not a passport card I either need a full passport or an enhanced drivers license. I dont have either and the quickest option would be the emergency passport that costs $510 for the three of us with a 'probable' delivery date of next week. The ride is this Saturday/Sunday.

As this has been my 'goal' for some 8 months now its going to feel weird going back to riding just for the sake of riding - in a weird way thats kind of nice.
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No he is talking about an enhanced driver's license. WA state and BC work well together and do not exatly leave it up to our respective federal gov'ts.
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Its supposed to be in the 90s this weekend so maybe its a blessing in disguise as I dont do heat well on hilly rides especially.
I don't do heat well either. On hot days I spend my whole time looking for shade, and making comments like: 'Wouldn't a small snow flurry feel good right now?'

I also did find out too late to do a regular renewal for a passport, that it had expired. I did pay for the 1 week delivery, and managed to pick it up on the way to the airport. It was an important trip, and it was worth it.

Maybe because it's Canadian, it was cheaper than your option.
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Oh man too bad Canada is beautiful this time of year.

Really, it's beautiful every time of the year.

Maybe except for Winnipeg for a couple weeks in late March.
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Wow, that's too bad. On the bright side, though (and I know this may be a small consolation), the training that you've done to get ready for this ride doesn't get taken away from you. Better luck next year.
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Sorry to here that. I know from experience what it feels like to prepare the whole time just for something else to come up and make your plans fall through.
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Thanks for all the kind words folks. I cheered myself by stripping the bike down (just major components) and cleaning it all up. Looks like a new bike! I also have a 'click' coming from the bottom bracket I may now attempt seeing as the ride is off.

I am grateful that the ride gave me a goal and at some point these kind of long distant event-rides become the cherry on the ice-cream. Not the whole sundae.

Ive been looking around for other rides for next year. This one has been on my 'to do ' list but its a doozy:

http://shop.cascade.org/content/even...llenge-details

Id have to drop 50lbs in a year just to have a chance. Looks like a goal to me
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I think its a WA state deal as we are so close to the border (in areas). I also tried to get a rushed enhance DL but that was 2-3 weeks. I guess its similar to a passport (makes sense) and you have to provide a birth cert and interview etc.
I'm pretty sure Michigan (where I grew up) and a few other border states do that as well. At least there was talk of such when I moved away.
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I also have a 'click' coming from the bottom bracket I may now attempt seeing as the ride is off.
Remove the cups, clean up the threads and regrease the heck out of them. If it's PF BB30, pop your bearings out and clean/regrease the shell before re-pressing.
The other thing to check is that it's not a pedal or saddle rail. Many times, a mystery click can track back to an ungreased pedal thread or even a saddle rail (noise migrates and amplifies weird on bikes.)
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You might consider the Drier Ride featuring a different course this year due to the construction on the Taylor Bridge, yup that Taylor Bridge!
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BW - Interesting link. October ride too which is nice and cool - thanks!

Clifton - I think the roubaix has bearings that "press in" which will make the deal a little more complicated. I have the lockring tool but the hex that holds the pedal arm on is on real tight. I have to work up the guts to really apply pressure to it I need to have a go though as its been clicking for quite some time now.
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Take another look at your BB. I looked over the specs for the Roubaix series online, and they all appear to have threaded BB shells; even the SL3 frameset.

That means you'll need a bottom bracket tool to remove those threaded cups. Pay mind to the directionality of the cup threading: NDS cups are reverse threaded.
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