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    A favor please?

    My buddy at work hates cyclists and never misses an opportunity to give me a hard time. When I submitted a short write-up to this site regarding my weight loss, health changes and my recent brevet, he suggested that no one would read it.

    So, we did what any good friends would do: we made a bet.

    It's simple: if I can get 100 thumbs-up by Monday morning, he'll donate $50 to the charity of my choice. Actually, we'll do it through a work foundation which will match it so technically, it'll be $100. My mother died of complications from Alzheimers so you can guess the charity of my choice.

    If I don't get the 100 thumbs-up, I'll make the same donation to the charity of his choice.

    May I ask for a favor? The article is here. If you have a second, please visit the site and if you like the article, hit the "thumbs up" at the bottom of the page. You don't have to register and there's nothing in it for me other than a bet between friends.

    Thanks!
    Cheers, Gerry
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    Nice job Gerry! I'm inspired

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    Done. I can relate. We finished the LC 1200 back in the mid-2000s.

    Is the motel in Attwood still as scary as it was back then? And is Attwood as scary as it was back then??
    Dream. Dare. Do.

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    Done. Very nice article, good sir...
    There's nothing for you to see here...just move along, now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Done. I can relate. We finished the LC 1200 back in the mid-2000s.

    Is the motel in Attwood still as scary as it was back then? And is Attwood as scary as it was back then??


    Rowan... I love old hotels and felt strangely at home in my "It'll Do" room. I'm not sure if that says more about me or the motel!
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    Thank you for the article.
    I shared with friends and asked them to "thumbs up" if they like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stedanrac View Post
    Nice job Gerry! I'm inspired
    Quote Originally Posted by RunningPirate View Post
    Done. Very nice article, good sir...
    Thank you both!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosarian9 View Post
    Thank you for the article.
    I shared with friends and asked them to "thumbs up" if they like it.
    Excellent! I appreciate your support.
    Cheers, Gerry
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    Done! Good article btw, I am hoping to finally do more than a 200k in 2013 so it was cool to hear your story.

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    Excellent adventure and i posted it on my Facebook page

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    Done! Good article btw, I am hoping to finally do more than a 200k in 2013 so it was cool to hear your story.
    Thanks Chris - you can do it!
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    Thank you - appreciate your support.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesw2 View Post
    Excellent adventure and i posted it on my Facebook page
    Great!
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    Good read, but I gotta ask: were your knees sore again after 1200 km?

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    Voted up and loved reading it! You are inspiring man!
    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”


    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    Good read, but I gotta ask: were your knees sore again after 1200 km?
    Not at all but my right Achilles was killing me on that last day. As you know, any imperfections will be amplified over long distances and I had just a tad too much reach for the pedals. I've adjusted that and will hopefully not have that issue again.

    The only way to test it for certain is to do another one.
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    Seems almost like cheating on the bet. But you have my thumb!

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    done, i hit thumbs up at work and on my phone, i'll do it again at home, that'll be three from me.
    great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
    Seems almost like cheating on the bet. But you have my thumb!
    That's a very fair point. Since I had my strategy planned from the get-go, I'll kick in my money even if I win the bet. Win/win.

    Quote Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
    done, i hit thumbs up at work and on my phone, i'll do it again at home, that'll be three from me.
    great job!
    Three votezzzzzz? Ezcellent. Thankz my friend!
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    you could always post it to the road forum where there is a lot more traffic, but you are almost there

    p.s.
    and to recumbent forums like bent rider online

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
    you could always post it to the road forum where there is a lot more traffic, but you are almost there

    p.s.
    and to recumbent forums like bent rider online
    I was nervous enough posting here. There are really only two sections of this board where I participate: here and the 50+. I didn't think it would be good form to post it in both.

    I'm a huge participant over on advrider.com and I posted it there in a bike thread that's been going for quite some time. I'm thankful and happy with the results!
    Cheers, Gerry
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    Come on folks. Someone soon is going to be # 100
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    Jeebus...103 and still going. Thank you! There's $100 for the Alzheimer's Association which will be doubled to $200. My mother would get a chuckle out of this!
    Cheers, Gerry
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    Nice piece Gerry - congrats. What kind of 'bent were you riding? I did the first four days of the 2012 RAGBRAI on an old (but very comfortable) Rans Tailwind. Best, Raj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omnicycler View Post
    Nice piece Gerry - congrats. What kind of 'bent were you riding? I did the first four days of the 2012 RAGBRAI on an old (but very comfortable) Rans Tailwind. Best, Raj
    Very cool my friend. 2012 was another hot Ragbrai 'eh? I ride a Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2 but my first recumbent was a Bacchetta Giro which I rode on Ragbrai 2011. I was lucky...I went with 700 x 28 tires and didn't have a single flat!

    Good times 'eh?
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    By way, here's a old picture of my parents. They met and were married in less than 30-days....and then spend the rest of their lives making each other happy. My father always said he'd take care of her until it killed him and he damn near got his wish.

    When he finally relented and put her into an Alz unit, he had open heart surgery and was treated for thyroid cancer. I mentioned him in my comments in the article.

    Until he passed away in 2010, he spend every day missing her. She finally passed away last year - as with most Alz patients, she forgot how to swallow. That was a tough, tough, tough call but as a RN, she made it clear that we were not to prolong her life with IV's and feeding tubes.



    When I think about the dangers of cycling, I know that there are many worse things than getting hit by a car. Growing old isn't for the faint of heart. Yep - our parents can be a PITA but I'd kill to have more time with mine. That's obviously not going to happen so the best I can do is live a good life - be a good man - do the best I can for my family... as my father did.

    Forgive my ramblings.... and give your parents a call tomorrow.
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