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    The Sweet Spot in Time

    Just got back from The Touring Ride in Rural Indiana, a fine week-long ramble through quiet hills, peaceful valleys and endless cornfields. One of the sweetest moments, one which Crosschain would have dearly loved, was watching the fllm "Breaking Away" the night before we visited Bloomington, a lovely university town where the entire movie was filmed.

    The next day, we visited the "Little 500" track, the site the climax event of the film and stopped by a number of other locations that were part of this wonderful move. Following Dave Stoeller's wheel was a sweet spot in time that brought me back to my youth.

    It was delightful meeting our own Monoborracho. Sadly, he had to leave the trip early for personal reasons. Hope all is well with him and that we will see him down the road soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis
    Just got back from The Touring Ride in Rural Indiana, a fine week-long ramble through quiet hills, peaceful valleys and endless cornfields. One of the sweetest moments, one which Crosschain would have dearly loved, was watching the fllm "Breaking Away" the night before we visited Bloomington, a lovely university town where the entire movie was filmed.

    The next day, we visited the "Little 500" track, the site the climax event of the film and stopped by a number of other locations that were part of this wonderful move. Following Dave Stoeller's wheel was a sweet spot in time that brought me back to my youth.


    It was delightful meeting our own Monoborracho. Sadly, he had to leave the trip early for personal reasons. Hope all is well with him and that we will see him down the road soon.
    Sounds like a nice tour.
    I lived in Bloomington when Breaking Away was filmed - watched parts of a couple of scenes being filmed.
    The current Little 500 track was built some time after the movie was made. A quick Google Earth look at Bloomington shows that the old stadium where the Little 5 used to take place no longer exists.
    What a great film, especially for cyclists!

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    For some reason, this account of the trip does not affect me in the same way as the other account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    For some reason, this account of the trip does not affect me in the same way as the other account.
    That's because someone used one of those pumpless pumps to take the air out of this one and put it into the other one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    For some reason, this account of the trip does not affect me in the same way as the other account.
    This might help, maybe: I ate a least one piece of pie every day, including blackberry pie, chocolate pie, rhubarb pie, apple pie, more rhubarb pie--not to mention at least several pieces of home made cake. And I'm not even gonna tell you about the 75-year-old femaie tri-athlete who shared a bottle of wine with me. What happens in Indiana stays in Indiana.
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    A very sweet spot in time indeed. You sure make it sound good with the pie - except the rhubarb part. Do tell more about wining and dining the 75 year old lady athlete. I bet there's a good story there.
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    Welcome back, JT.

    I was just reading some posts over at the 75 year old lady athletes forum. I...uh...won't even tell you what the buzz is in that camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee
    That's because someone used one of those pumpless pumps to take the air out of this one and put it into the other one.

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    Sounds like a great ride. Welcome back!
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    Too many Hoosiers grow rhubarb and make pie with it. Even sweet potato pie is better than rhubarb pie.

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    Yum, rhubarb pie. One of my favorites, as long as it hasn't been ruined with strawberries.

    Pie every day along with several pieces of cake. JT sure knows how to tough it out.

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    I'm reading this thread eating a whole grain slab of bread smothered with homemade rhubarb jam made by me dear ol ma.
    Just sayin.....

    Your trip sounds like quite an adventure.... We're waiting for those pics of you and the 75 yr. old.
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    I found this picture of JT riding in Indiana


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    Quote Originally Posted by MNBikeguy
    We're waiting for those pics of you and the 75 yr. old.
    She wouldn't let me take her picture. Said she may still be wanted by the police in a few states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil
    I found this picture of JT riding in Indiana

    That appears to be styrofoam. I wonder if he has more wine in there for him and the 75 year old lady
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    I think each one of those styrofoam containers is protecting a bottle of wine, or a pie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Travis
    She wouldn't let me take her picture. Said she may still be wanted by the police in a few states.
    Contributing to the delinquency of a much younger biker?
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