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Old 03-01-08, 08:41 PM   #1
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Getting My Legs Under Me

We lucked out (somewhat) and had bright sun and mid to high 60's today in northwest Arkansas. The somewhat part included winds out of the south from 14 to 21 mph with gusts to 27. Despite the aforementioned wind, I had to take advantage of the sun and temperatures and do a ride south to Mt. Gaylor. I need to get my legs, butt, and hands back in training, and I figured a good hill climb would help.

About a mile and a half from the top of the mountain, I spied some old cars in the parking lot of a little restaurant. All of them appear to be well maintained.

I thought this was the neatest one. It's a 1931 Ford. The owner, Dave, from Sonoma County, CA was nice enough to snap the pic for me.


When I got to the top of the mountain, my normal reception committee came out to "greet" me.

Here they are after they had finished greeting me.


The fourth one was a little camera shy today. I usually park under a tree at an old well in the corner of their yard and take a break. They usually come over to get petted, get their bellies scratched, and to mooch my snacks.

The trip south is basically a long climb with various grades along the way. With the south wind today, it turned into a good workout (little ring even on flats and gentle slopes every now and then). With a loop through the industrial park and the trip up the mountain, the total was 63 miles and 1,467' of climbing.

I was surprised that the legs and butt did pretty well today. The hands got a little sore, but that was the purpose of the trip... get things working again.

The trip back to the truck was pretty quick with a good tail wind. I didn't see as many cyclists as I thought I would, but I saw quite a few motorcyclists. The crotchrocket crew was out in strength today. They like the hills and curves on old 71, and there's not too much traffic on it any more. A couple of them did some fairly impressive wheelies as they went by. I'd be afraid to see what would happen if they dump one of those things. They don't let any grass grow under their feet, if you know what I mean.

Back at Drake Field, Ol' Fuj was secured in the back of the truck, and he and I, two tired puppies, headed for the barn.


Mission accomplished.
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Old 03-01-08, 09:33 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing your pictures, they help tell a great story. Doesn't it feel good to ride again after a long layoff?! (...not that I'd know here in soCal..... but I can imagine it would..... )
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Nice pictures, DJ. Thanks for sharing.

It does feel good to get out on the road after a long lay off. Kinda makes you feel like balance has been restored to the Force.

Hope the weather holds and you get more rides soon.
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Not sure how you did 63 miles on your return back to the bike, I did 31 today & I was pretty tired.
Thanks for sharing the pictures, always good to see scenery from different parts of the country.
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Not sure how you did 63 miles on your return back to the bike, I did 31 today & I was pretty tired.
I've been able to get in a few weekend rides, and this week I was able to get in a couple of short after-work rides. So, I haven't been totally off the bike. I'm wanting to get my body back into shape for some good solid weekend rides, and I want to be able to ride some centuries again this year. I was really whipped when I got back to the house.
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Great photos! You'll sleep well tonight. That kind of tired feels really good.
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Sounds like a great ride with the old cars and friendly reception committee
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Yep, it was a beautiful day in Arkansas. I don't know if you have noticed, but the buds on the pear trees which have remained tightly wrapped all winter are starting to unfurl. I think that by the end of the week we may be awash in beautiful flowers.
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Nice ride report John, you are way ahead of me. I did 15 Friday and 20 yesterday, to more or less ease back into it. Thankfully, no problems or soreness, so I think I can ramp it up a bit more. We need to ride together again this spring, but AFTER I've spent some more time in the saddle. Right now, you'd kill me.... after more time to prepare, I'll only wish I was dead...
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I'm looking forward to another ride in SWMO. Perhaps we can ride the century again this year.
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I killed myself yeaterday and I'm ashamed to report how far and fast I rode - leave it at "not very".

Going out was find but the trip back was directly into the teeth of the headwind. The long term friend (28 years) who I was riding with was obviously slowing to keep from dropping me and he was too polite to mention it. Thought I was going to puke. I had to postphone dinner for awhile and my body obviously hasn't recovered yet this morning. My eyebrows hurt!

As I mentioned on another thread - the only part of my body that doesn't ache is my butt. I love my Brooks saddle!
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