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Old 04-13-13, 06:40 PM   #1
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"Cool" and "stupid": identical characteristics in parallel universes.

It seems to me that doing something cool and doing something stupid are closely related.

I drove down the London, KY, last night to do the Redbud Ride. This is after not being able to walk for the past week because of plantar fascism.

On Wednesday I saw my physical therapist who twisted some stuff, told me to HTFU, and asked me to move my cleats forward 7 mm. To the dismay of my wife, he cleared me to ride today if I used a "little common sense". Ha!

I intended to do the 38 miler. About 15 miles into the ride I felt fine, it was a lovely day, and there were all sorts of hot cycling chicks on the roads, so I elected to push it a bit and try the half century.

The ride had some of the worst hills I've ever walked up, and after gasping for air and suffering some pretty nasty calf cramps, I began to lose contact with the outside world. My cellphone had no reception because we were in the deep boonies, and without google maps I was just kind of guessing which way to go.

As I entered mile 55 and realized that I was heading away from, not towards London, I developed this sense of loathing and fear that I had indeed gotten myself stuck on "the Green Monster", a 70 miler with the reputation of giving people like me coronaries.

Which is exactly what had happened. Not the coronary, thank Gaia, but I redlined at my max HR and thought it was a distinct possibility.

As I rode my bike from the Holiday Inn Express (staying there did not improve my directional skills), I ended up with about 74 miles of riding (my second longest ever), 4000 feet of climbing/walking (I think my most), and a Strava Suffer Score of 261, which is EPIC.

That was pretty cool. It was also pretty stupid, which makes it all the cooler, for some reason.

Some iPhone photos:

Cool looking creek. I don't know its name:



This lovely ladies were lining up to introduce themselves to me, because bent riders get all the babes.



I heard banjos:



The only reason I stopped on this hill was so I could take this picture of the grade marking:



This was the nicest tree I saw all day. My wife tells me it is not a redbud. There were no redbuds in bloom this weekend.



The second top of Tussey Hill (it has three peaks. It is contemptible). Some d-bag photographed me pushing my bent up this thing. I went medieval on him.



Then I drove home, 2 1/4 hours away. I guess that's it.
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Old 04-13-13, 08:01 PM   #2
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So.......are your dogs barking?
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Old 04-13-13, 09:25 PM   #3
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So.......are your dogs barking?
Not yet. The AM might be a different story.
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One cool ride - mmm love them redbuds. But with fascist feet, I'd be careful if I were you. Ya can't trust 'em. That would be stupid.
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Very nice write-up and pictures
I really need to get out more. A lot of places in KY look just like New England, as your pictures might show---
In otherwords, great riding!
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"Cool" is "stupid that you got away with."

I've made some bad calls in my time. Several of my attempts to be "cool" turned out to be just "stupid" and I've got the hardware in my bones to prove it.
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One cool ride - mmm love them redbuds. But with fascist feet, I'd be careful if I were you. Ya can't trust 'em. That would be stupid.
I feel a little banged up today, but not bad. Cool is stupid you get away with.
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Great story... and being stupid leads to some of the best tales.

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Ummm... did you start this ride asking, "here, hold my beer while I ...." nice pics!
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Those banjos you heard didn't happen to be from Deliverance? (Absolutely no disrespect meant towards Kentucky or other states prone to banjo and such jokes.)

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You completed the tour under your own power, COOL!!

You survived to tell the tale, NOT stupid!!

As for the hills, I often proclaim that I've never encountered a paved hill that I wasn't able to walk my bike up.

Thanks for taking the time to share the experience with us.
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Those banjos you heard didn't happen to be from Deliverance? (Absolutely no disrespect meant towards Kentucky or other states prone to banjo and such jokes.)

Lets just say if someone dropped a water bottle on the ground, I wasn't going to pick it up.
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Cool is often slightly stupid with a sense of humor added.
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So... you're saying your foot did okay? You know what they say: "That which doesn't kill you... can always try again next time." Glad to hear you made it home. I've been there and done that, and it ain't fun. Makes for good stories, though.
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Nice vid. Why couldn't you ride on the wooden bridge?
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Nice vid. Why couldn't you ride on the wooden bridge?
Just guessing here, but the planks on the bridge run long ways so that the spaces between planks could easily catch a tire/wheel.
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Just guessing here, but the planks on the bridge run long ways so that the spaces between planks could easily catch a tire/wheel.
You just have to stay on one plank. We have a similar bridge locally.
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You just have to stay on one plank. We have a similar bridge locally.
Although I would ride on that bridge without giving it a second thought, I can see where the ride organizers were worried that someone would catch a wheel in a groove and fall over the side. There's not much guard rail if you fall over on that bridge.

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...also, not everybody can ride that straight and "narrow" a line. I would say that the organizers did not want the liability or take the chance that someone might get a wheel caught. In addition, a tadpole or tri bent might not be able to avoid a space.
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The gap between the planks was designed to eat up 700X23 tires.
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Glad you survived the "coolness". Looks like a good area to ride.
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There is a reason that Kentucky is abbrev. Ky! As for being stupid or cool? We all take pride in surviving our own miscues. Good rept. and pics sounds as if it was a painfully fun ride.
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Great ride report. I can barely wait for the sequel. I used to have that plantar facsiitia problem until I installed metatarsal pads under the foot beds.
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Great story, pics and video. You have a great sense of humor. Saturday, I did a century - I thought that was kind of cool. At the last rest stop, I put my helmet on backwards. Others thought that was pretty stupid.
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