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Old 10-15-06, 08:01 PM   #1
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Rode My Age (Finally)

Rode 60 miles, my age + 3, on Saturday. This is 10 miles over my previous record! Everything was right: wind, temperature, humidity, tire pressure, planets were in alignment, and whatever else. There is an 800-foot increase in elevation from the beginning to the midpoint of this ride. I stopped at the midpoint to quench my thirst, munch on goodies, and enjoy the view from the top of the hill.

Three dogs didn't appreciate my presence in the corner of their yard at the top of the hill and came forth to admonish me regarding my encroachment. I took a chance and just sat down when the lead dog stopped about 5 yards away. He approached slowly and sniffed a little while his mate followed. I reached forth rather slowly and stroked the fur of the non-tooth-bearing mate and then even more carefully stroked the fur of the alpha male. Next thing I know, he's in my lap enjoying the attention!

At the begining of the summer the thought of riding my age never even crossed my mind. I'm glad that some of the 50+ bunch have posted on this topic as it provided an opportunity for a new personal achievment.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:28 PM   #2
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Wow! Riding your age and being accepted by the pack! You had quite a day. Good stuff.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:37 PM   #3
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Great fun isn't it ... to ride your age. However, what do you ride and where was it ? Temperature? Also, no pie

Happy Birthday ... pictures next year?
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Good going. What kind of bikes were the dogs riding?
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Old 10-16-06, 01:49 PM   #5
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- good for you! i accompanied my riding buddy last month on his birthday ride... they're lots of fun and a good way to pass the time on a special day...
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The ride was in northwest Arkansas. Rode south from the Fayetteville area on U.S. Hwy 71 just into Crawford County to Mt. Gaylor. That's where the dogs live.

Temperature was high 60's, low 70's.

The bike is an old Specialized Hardrock, steel frame, 3 x 7, no suspension, Specialized Nimbus 26 x 1.50 tires (got rid of the old knobbies), Blackburn Mtn Rack, trunk bag, Inertia Designs triangle bag (frame pack), and a Mountain Morph... I tend to travel heavy.
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