6:50am and 66°. I'm 11 miles into my ride and the legs feel really strong today. I'm riding west with the sun rising behind me in a cloudless sky, it's casting a long 25 or 30 foot shadow in front of me. I notice Old Glory on a pole ahead laying limp, no wind. This is quit a change from my usual minimum of 8mph winds with 15+ gusts...I think I could learn to live with this. The Cateye is showing 19+ mph and the HR monitor is ticking away at 146. My Blackberry's mp3 player is running South City Midnight Lady to my ear buds and I'm contemplating how far I've come in the last 20 months. From a Wally World MTB with a daily ride of 2-3 miles to today's ride which I planned for 40+ miles. All seems to be good.
Suddenly next to my shadow I notice another coming up in the lane next to me. But it's coming very slow, as I look over my shoulder I can see it's a golf cart. As it pulls up along side of me there is some hayseed looking at me with a half toothless smile saying "What's the matter? Can't keep up with a golf cart?" What;s this? I'm being taunted by a "Bubba" in a golf cart?? This will never stand, how could I ever post on the pages of BF again after reading Stapham's and TSL's recent stories if I let Bubba get away with this. No this will not do. I'm running the 39 ring about the middle of the cassette so I drop it down to 39/11 and stand on the Speedplays. After 5 or 6 pedal strokes I settle back down on the seat and reach for the drops. I glance at the Cateye...28+ mph Holy Cow! Where did that come from? The Polar F6 is beeping away at 164 and I'm riding right on by Bubba. Another 2000' down the road I hit a signal...and Bubba comes rolling up next to me with a stupid look on his face. He says WOW! Great, I've impressed a Bubba. But I'm thinking to myself, "That's right Bubba, don't mess with a 50+er." The light turns green and he zips across the intersection ahead of me and turns into what else? A liquor store.
The rest of the ride was fantastic eventually doing 40+ miles and set a new high average speed for myself of 17.58.