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Old 05-16-03, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hi from Kansas.

Hello. Figured I'd drop a quick note and introduce myself.

I currently reside in Lawrence, KS. Moved here from Ohio in '77. I of course had bicycles growing up but didn't really get into it until 1986 when I was 24. In High school we had family issues that were hard on me and I unfortunately used food as a crutch. Six years after graduating I finally got my head cleared and started running and biking. Lost 50 lbs and took to bicycling with a passion.

In 1988 I purchased a custom frame from a builder in Ames Iowa named Jeffrey Bock. That is still the bike I ride but I currently have a Cannondale CAAD 7 frameset on order. I figure that after 15 years it's time for me to get something a bit more current technology wise.

Last year I didn't bike much as I was training to run a marathon (never done that and have always wanted to). I have done single day 100 mile bike rides in tha past and wanted the marathon as another trophy. Unfortunately I ended up with Patellar tendonitis in my right knee. That started last July and it's still a problem for me. This season I'll be spending on the bike as I'm not willing to risk running on it and getting it bad enough to effect my biking.

Because of my knee I basically took the entire fall/winter off from exercise so I'm really starting from a hole but my goal for the year is to get enough miles under me to ride the Octoginta. The Octoginta is an 80 mile ride here in NW Kansas that they have every year. I've done quite a few of them over the years with the last being 2 years ago.

Anyway, I've rambled enough.

Again, hello to everyone!

Rick
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Old 05-18-03, 01:11 AM   #2
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Welcome to the party dude!! I responded to your introduction because you mentioned you were from Ohio. I too was from Fremont Ohio and moved to California in 1972 when I was a teenager; what part of Ohio are you from?
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Old 05-18-03, 08:06 AM   #3
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Hi to another Ohio native! I grew up in Sandusky. Moved away when I was 15. There are things I miss about Sandusky but Lawrence is nice also.

My wife and I are planning on a trip to Cincinnati and then up to Sandusky/Bellevue as my sister lives in Cinci and many other relatives still live in Bellevue.

I've been through Fremont quite a few times. What moved you to California and do you like it?

The thing I like least about Kansas is the winters. It gets mighty cold here but really not much snow. There aren't any winter sports here. Can't cross country sky, snowmobile or anything. It just gets cold.

Someday I hope to move somewhere further south so I can run and bike all year long. The older I get the more I hate winter.
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Old 05-19-03, 12:52 AM   #4
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We were neighbors-more or less! I use to go to Sandusky all the time and we had to go there to get to CedarPoint. I have relatives that live in Bellevue (not at the famous hospital!), Clyde and Greensprings. I did attend Fremont Ross high by the way.

I had to move because I was only 16 ( I figured out I moved on 70 not 72 as I earlier said) and was still in school and my parents dragged me to California. Do I like California? thats a million dollar question. The weather is better here, no snow, (same as you, the older I get the less I can endure the cold) not much rain, no tornados thus very good for biking all year round. In Bakersfield the summer heat reaches over 100 degrees so I try not to ride my bike on those days which usually last about 3 weeks. Earthquakes and forest fires are the big thing in California; but I;m not in a fire risk, and I've been through many quakes including the Northridge one that it doesn't bother me anymore!! Quakes are so infrequent and happen without warning so you don't have to time to prepare to be scared!! BUT the cost of living is very high here. Bakersfield has the most reasonable home price in the state, but an average 1500 square foot home is $155,000 on a 2,000 square foot lot. But the average income here is lower than most other places in the state at around 24,000 a year.

But right now California is having a severe financial crisis because our current governor screwed up the finances badly; so bad there is a emergency meeting planned for Bakersfield June 3rd, the city mayor and counsel are asking the citizens of Bakersfield to gather in a 25,000 seat sports arena to explain the situation and who know what else: I do know this is unprecedented for a city as large as we are (350,000) to do something like this so I have to go; and my understanding is all the major networks will be there! If things get too bad maybe I'll move back to Ohio-NOT!
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