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Old 05-31-10, 10:57 AM   #1
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Had a Great Ride yesterday

As a relatively new cyclist I'm still growing and learning. When I started two summers ago I was always the slowest and weakest rider. Frankly riding wasn't a lot of fun because I was always working just to keep people from waiting too long for me.

But others encouraged me to keep at it. Yesterday in the group I started with no one had to wait on me. Best of all it was my turn to encourage another to keep at it.

Oh, I'm still slow and I'm strictly not a competition rider. Nor will I ever be a competition rider.

But, I had fun; helped others to have fun and enjoyed the day. What could be better?
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But, I had fun; helped others to have fun and enjoyed the day. What could be better?
To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
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Good on you.

I had a great ride also - saw a coiled rattler in the middle of the bike path, and finished with some lap swimming. ABout 30 miles.
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Yuk! I about freaked when I say a bull snake stretching most of the way across Platte River trail down by C-470. A rattler would have done me in I think. We don't have snakes here so they are strange, fearsome creatures to me.


By the way. What do you do when you meet a poisnous creature like this on the trail?

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To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
Jesus, Conan the Barbarian? In the 50 + forum? The only possible excuse for this is that Arnie is getting old like the rest of us.
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By the way. What do you do when you meet a poisnous creature like this on the trail?
My advice would be to go in the opposite direction.

Today I came upon a humongus turtle in the middle of the road. I'm not sure why it startled me so much. I was pretty sure I could out-sprint him.
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Yuk! I about freaked when I say a bull snake stretching most of the way across Platte River trail down by C-470. A rattler would have done me in I think. We don't have snakes here so they are strange, fearsome creatures to me.


By the way. What do you do when you meet a poisnous creature like this on the trail?
Thry can only strike about 1/2 of their length. They are coiled because they are nervopus, scared, frightened. Give them plenty of room. They are not aggressive, and you will be fine skirting a couple/three feet around them.

This is the 3rd rattler I have seen on the Cherry Creek Trail. I see them in the foothills on hiking trails, also.
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Doesn't matter how fit you think you are when you start riding- It takes a couple of years before you gain Bike fitness. So watch out- If you progress as you have done- then you will be the one waiting for the rest of the group to catch up.

And on snakes- We only have one nasty one in the UK and they are not ones to be frightened of. You rarely see them as they hear you first and get out of your way long before you may see them.
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My advice would be to go in the opposite direction.

Today I came upon a humongus turtle in the middle of the road. I'm not sure why it startled me so much. I was pretty sure I could out-sprint him.
I saw a baby woodchuck scamper across the trail today and he was soooo adorable! The only thing was that he didn't so much scamper as waddle
and I was praying that he would make across before my wheel got too close. I would have had to live with that for the rest of my days.
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