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Old 09-11-06, 09:08 PM   #1
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A Zen ride!

Tonight was one of those special moments, when everything is perfect and you can ride forever. Started off with a visit to my chiropractor to deal with a pinched nerve.

Felt good after work, so I jumped on the trusty mtb and took off for a 20-mile ride and within a couple of minutes everything was falling into place. I was painfree for the first time in a couple of weeks, the weather was perfect -- mid-70s, sunny, no wind, the legs were strong, and the road was calling to me. Worked up to a comfortable pace that raised the heart rate and built up a good sweat, and it hit me . . . I was having the perfect ride.

Crossed the river and listened to the steady drone of the tires on the pavement, the rhythm of the crank, the smooth mess of the gears and chain. The asphalt became a blur and I stopped checking the computer . . . I just went with the flow. Noticed the glorious colors of the evening, the gold hue on the mountains as the sun sank lower, the beginnings of fall colors on the upper reaches, smelled the fresh cut alfalfa hay, the churping of crickets. Did not notice I was climbing the big hill about a third into the ride, but busted right up about two gears better than normal. Rounded the halfway point of the ride, savoring the sights and sounds during a short water break, and then back in the saddle for the ride home. Caught myself grinning from ear to ear as I weaved back and forth down a two-mile grade at 30 mph. It just doesn't get any better.

Covered the 20 miles in just over an hour and 20 minutes -- best time ever -- but the time did not matter. The ride was sweet and life is good on the zen side of the street.

Countdown to the new bike: 10 days
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Old 09-11-06, 09:33 PM   #2
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"best time ever -- but the time did not matter." Yep, that's the zen ride, alright. They are few and far between, and I wish I could make it happen on command.
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I think you deserve a new bike.
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Ya know, dbq, you could toss that in anywhere, and I would agree.
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You have a fantastic ride tonight and a new bike in 10 days. What more could you ask for?
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I see a new book in the making... "Zen and the Art of Bicycle Riding". The experience of your recent ride is what keeps many of us out there spinning those wheels down the road. Nice post.
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There is no pace, computer, bumps, hills, there is just flow, bike and body are one, the mind is free.
I expect a full report in 11 days.
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Cycling out into the countryside. It is always easy to pass over into nirvana. Even, right now; when the farmers are out spreading about manure. It's all part of natures cycle. The scenery is still incredible.
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I've got my 50+ Pie Ride route planned. It has "zen potential". I plan to leave the road bike home and just loaf along on the hybrid, watching the Great Lakes freighters on the St. Clair River and saying howdy to the shore fishermen trying for walleye. Hope I have the same experience as you. Maybe I'll leave the computer at home, too.

Sometimes you get a pretty stiff wind blowing downriver, however...
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That bike ride up the St Clair river. Seems a great ending would be to take the ferry across the river and do a circle tour.
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That bike ride up the St Clair river. Seems a great ending would be to take the ferry across the river and do a circle tour.
That would be good - the Canadian side is a nice ride - but there's only a ferry at one terminus of the route. I'm planning on Marine City to St. Clair (and a restaurant there with good pie) and back.
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Looking forward to pictures . . . my pie ride will be back on the dirt. The old bike did so well on pavement I think I'll reward it by getting it dirty on a backroad along the Gunnison Gorge.
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Yeah. We used to have either a pie or pancake ride. Depending on the time of day. Our stop for both was following the Palomar Mtn Climb in San Diego county. The banana/strawberry pancakes were out of the world. But, no river boat crossing like north of Detroit. I'd like to do that ride. Can bicycles cross the Blue Water Bridge?
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