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    Wheres my snuggie? taxi777's Avatar
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    ALC 7 Ride Report

    My head is spinning from what I’ve had the privilege to experience. I am truly overwhelmed with humility. I’m exhilarated like never before in my life. I think I’ve had the most life changing experience you could ever imagine. So much on so many levels, in so little time…I feel like my consciousness has expanded to such proportions that I can’t even grasp the meaning of it all enough to explain it.

    I am speechless…

    As soon as I take a breath and sort it all out I’ll give you a report and picts. Right now I’m dealing with getting back to reality and falling into a ALC ride post ‘partum issue which I need to deal with before it gets out of hand. (a bit of depression) I’m a little overwhelmed and need to sort it all out a little before I can explain it. You have no idea how much I care for you all, even more now than ever, and really miss you all. You’ve all gotten me through more than you could ever imagine or would ever know…

    Sometimes in our journey through life we are totally un-aware of the potential and profound effect we have on other lives through our personal interactions. For every one who has shared ride experiences and heart and soul conversations/moments with me. From the crazy “Gladiators” at the front of the pack who pushed me into digging deeper than I thought was possible to get to the top of that mountain, or run with the wolves till I was delirious with exuberant pure animal joy. The mellow sweeties who have made me feel so comfortable, yet allowed my comical flirtatious ramblings with loving amusement… but really knew my true meaning. I sincerely hope that what I reveal will not effect our connection. You’ve given me the focus I’ve needed over the last few months. In times of utter depression, shame and anger, you’ve pulled me out of the horrifying abyss that had become, a familiar visitor in my life, by just being you.
    Pete… `

    I am dying to ride this weekend : )

    ..............AWARDS................

    Best Tent Mate! Robert who put up with me being a complete knuckle head all week!



    Robert pushing his 200 Lb. Peugout from SF to LA...Wait till he discovers CF!



    Camp Crush's:

    Of course Gracie my old crush who I stalked on the ALC Training rides.




    With her little doggie Baci on her helmet


    And Melissa who is hiding some where on this forum (lurker) friend of Jo's. I pestered her and enjoyed the candlelight vigil, dinner, and ride from Santa Barbara...I think she's still hiding from me



    My Best ride friends:
    Lydia who I met on the Gladiators ride, Wiley from the ALC training...Power rider and me who I recently got to know...


    More to come soon Need to finish adjusting new cleats and take out trash
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    Good to have you back Pete. All my friends who have done ALC have the same experience, so take your time. Welcome home.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    Welcome home Pete, good to have you back in the Bay Area. Take your time with your report, it will be worth it. Riding solo up Mt. Tam gets pretty damn boring.

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    Welcome back, Pete. We sure missed you too and can't wait to hear about your experiences.

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    Very warm welcome back Pete, you are an essential part of this group as it went into a slumber in your absence. Your blog report is amazing, very very powerful stuff. I'm actually not sure what to say, other then welcome home and I'm glad I have the chance to ride with you.
    The nicer the bike.. the more demanding your life becomes off it..

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    congratulations! Looking forward to the ride report and pics...

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    Wow, Pete, just checked out your blog - what you've gone through is amazing - keep on pedaling!

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    "Poor Reverend Hamilton! He worked so hard, got a mountain named after him and now all anyone wants to do is complain about his backside!" Overheard while climbing Mt. Hamilton

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    ˇFelicidades enhorabuena! Esperamos tu reportaje como siempre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post

    I am speechless…
    After reading your blog, I feel the same way. Truly an amazing and powerful story. I look forward to riding with you again.

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    Just read your blog Pete. I need a hug.

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    Wow, Pete. I knew you were special when I first met you. Now, I know why....

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    Congrats Pete! You were an inspiration to me even before I read your latest blog entry, but now.........wow.

    By the way I got paced up Mt. Tam yesterday by a guy on an old steel Eddy Merckx. Forgot to catch his name but I remember his age.........71 years!!

    You're still a youngin'.

    Hope to ride with you soon.

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    Pete, I read the post on your website earlier today, and was completely floored. I had no idea what all you were going through. Nothing I can say would adequately convey or cover what needs to be said, so I guess I'll have to keep it simple:

    Congratulations on the ride, and congratulations on finding the inner peace you desire and the strength you need to carry on on a day-to-day basis.

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    Very moving. Nice job. Hope to meet you soon.

    BTW, my mom's family name is Ferguson so we might be related!
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    Welcome back Pete and congrats on finishing the trip to LA.
    More importantly congrats on reaching this special personal milestone.
    Looking forward to riding with you soon, we missed you at the Sequoia Century.

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    Big Boobies!



    OOPs! forgot my other girl Crush!
    Monique...What a story there!


    Had to do some time for stalking the ladies...: (


    The Lady I stalked


    My Dblock jail buddies Jali and Danny...Danny is an Irish Lymrick poet and Jari is nice to his mom and talks like Alan Alda


    Me and the Pacific


    One of the most amazing views


    Wonder team


    Vigil for those who have died of AIDS...Beautiful


    Another Dblock or Actually J block Tent neighbor

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    Wheres my snuggie? taxi777's Avatar
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    The newly reformed Discovery team with Coach Ginger


    Me with the Mayor who ordered me to Jail ..Santa Barbara


    COFFEEEEEEE!!!!!!!


    Another Lisa..but a little taller then my girlfriend Lisa
    oops sorry Dave...supposed to be secret


    ahhhh?


    The Dashing duo...Alc alumni


    ahhhh???? again.....I think my Mechanic?


    We're married... It Stays In Vegas!


    OOps!


    More to come...

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    wow. pete. read your blog. and i will say that, tonight, you inspired me to get off the couch and be productive and not waste the evening vegging to the lakers/celtics. ... i did several weekend long rides w/ an alc group last year and always wondered, "man, if training rides are this good, i wonder what the real ride is like?!?"

    hope to meet and ride w/ you someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Had to do some time for stalking the ladies...: (
    You rode with Garth? Where was Wayne?



    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    Me with the Mayor who ordered me to Jail ..Santa Barbara
    They got the California Poppy in there!

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    What to say? I've never met you, although I feel like I already know you pretty well just through reading your expansive, well crafted blogs and BF posts. Just casually checked in today wondering if we'd hear about your ALC ride experiences, never expected your powerful blog entry.

    There's nothing I can say other than you're clearly an amazing dude. I look forward to making a BF ride with you sometime.

    Richard (aka Beaker)

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    Taxi, just read your blog..........you're such an inspiration to all! Also congrats on the completion of the ride too. Hope to meet you soon.

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    Ahhhh. Posts. photos, stories. We're back to "normal"
    It feels right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxi777 View Post
    The Lady I stalked
    is that one of THE foster farms chickens driving a SAG wagon?

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    A stud of a rider and a stud of a man. Inspiring story!

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    And Melissa who is hiding some where on this forum (lurker) friend of Jo's. I pestered her and enjoyed the candlelight vigil, dinner, and ride from Santa Barbara...I think she's still hiding from me
    Who me, hiding? Nope, here I am!

    Pete, meeting and hanging out with you at ALC was absolutely unforgettable! It was one of the highlights of the week. Let me know when you want to do another recovery ride. Er, at least it will be a recovery ride for you.

    - Melissa (OK, back to lurker status...)

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