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Old 12-28-13, 07:43 PM   #1
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65 birthday ride

Yesterday was my 65th birthday and I decided to celebrate with a ride. Thanks to all the members who've posted birthday rides. We are in San Diego for Christmas so I was pretty sure of good weather. I had decided on a route that would take me just to the north side of Camp Pendleton and back. My son-in-law said he would ride with me part of the way so we decided to start at 7:00 am. Weather Channel said 50 degrees which we were having trouble believing until we saw frost on the ground. It took a couple of hours to warm up but became an absolutely beautiful day. Just before my s-i-l turned around at mile 14 we met Joe and Stu who look to be 50+ riders. They were also headed to the other side of Pendleton and were kind enough to slow down to my pace so I could stay with them. They kept me from getting lost a couple of times and pointed out a restroom just in time.
The ride turned into 76 miles because I was having such a good time with Joe and Stu that I didn't want to turn around. An absolutely perfect birthday -- on the bike until my legs wouldn't work anymore.
A great big thank you to Joe and Stu. You guys are great and you made my day.
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Old 12-28-13, 07:46 PM   #2
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Happy Day to you.

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Old 12-28-13, 07:55 PM   #3
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Happy birthday sounds like you had a perfect birthday gift.
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Sounds like a great day, happy birthday!
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Picked a good time to come out here, I bet next month we have monsoon weather....Happy Birthday!
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Old 12-28-13, 09:25 PM   #7
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Happy BD!

(Hope weather permits me a 65 BD ride in about 13 months)
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Nice! Your story made me want to do a birthday ride.

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Charlie,
Looks like I've become one of the pushers. It's a slippery slope, but like most addictions, fun while you are sliding down. Go for it!
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You rode your age then a few more miles. Congrats!
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Happy BD... Good to be around, I tell you that!!
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See, the way this works is you can now bank the extra miles against next year's ride.
Well done, and happy birthday.
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My daughter in law says that the way it works is that I've set a precedent to ride my age plus 16 miles. Won't be long before I have to split the ride over two days or organize some rest stops. 76 is the longest I've done without organized rest stops.
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My daughter in law says that the way it works is that I've set a precedent to ride my age plus 16 miles. Won't be long before I have to split the ride over two days or organize some rest stops. 76 is the longest I've done without organized rest stops.
You've got a long time to work up your mileage then. In another 12 years, you should be up to a century, no problem.
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