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    Ride Daddy Ride Jet Travis's Avatar
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    Slow, Short and Very Sweet

    Thinking of short, medium and long rides, today was the 20th running of the Tour de Madison, a local ride (not race) that brings out serious roadies, Freds, and everything in between. Distance options were 18, 40 and 69 miles.

    Normally I would have picked one of the two longer rides, but since I've been nursing a nagging knee problem, I decided to use my head for once and ride the 18 at a recovery pace. The scenery and weather were perfect, and I ended up gently cruising along with a delightful lady who was on a clunky mountain bike she had borrowed. As we ambled along, she told me about her fascinating career traveling the world as a translator for the State Dept. and her plans to climb Mt. Kilamanjaro next year.

    I told her about the spirited OCP vs. Fred wars, and she clearly came down on the Fred side, stating that she owned no lycra and had no plans to purchase any, ever. I saw that as my cue to avoid mention of bibs. Taking the slow and easy approach seems to have been good for my knees, and led to a fine conversation.

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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Sounds like a great ride, and lots of fun. That said, I'm afraid I have to report this post to the Department of Redundancy Department. They seem to be getting lots of work lately!

    By the way, you didn't talk about shaving, right???
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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    lots of friendships can be had when you slow down to the pace of others. Makes you realise what scenery you have around where you live aswell.

    Now about that Kilamanjaro- any ideas for a holiday to show her how it should be done-I know you don't like Offroading but what better way to show off the lycra on the Downhill.
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    Did you show her any pics of "Houseboy"?

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    His Brain is Gone! Tom Bombadil's Avatar
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    NO!

    Do not mention "HouseBoy!"

    I have had to see a therapist to try to drive that image from my mind!
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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    NO!

    Do not mention "HouseBoy!"

    I have had to see a therapist to try to drive that image from my mind!
    Jealous of his long hair or the colour of the Leotard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis
    Sometimes life is better at the back of the pack.
    Sounds like a wonderful ride.

    My girl friend and I often refer to these type of rides as "Life in the Slow Lane"
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    Houseboy. Wal Mart sack bib short man. Who finds those pictures and stores them for future use anyway? I mean come on? Just sayin...
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