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    Kudos to Rick@OCRR

    I was on a ride yesterday where Rick was working a rest stop. A girl was freezing cold contemplating how she was going to finish. With no hesitation, Rick went to his car and grabbed a jacket. He gave it to her and just told her to drop it off at the end. Perhaps normal behavior but I do appreciate how bicyclists help each other.

    Just thought I would share.

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    BTW, where was this ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thomson
    I was on a ride yesterday where Rick was working a rest stop. A girl was freezing cold contemplating how she was going to finish. With no hesitation, Rick went to his car and grabbed a jacket. He gave it to her and just told her to drop it off at the end. Perhaps normal behavior but I do appreciate how bicyclists help each other.

    Just thought I would share.

    Way to go Rick...you da man!!!
    Thanks for sharing Thomson...it really is great to keep hearing how great bicyclists are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer


    BTW, where was this ride?
    Solvang/San Luis Obispo area.

    I had not met Rick before although I have seen his posts. Nice guy.

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    I luv that guy!

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    Well, did he get his jacket back? I'm trying to figure out if the moral of the story is "be kind to strangers" or "trust nobody".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman
    Well, did he get his jacket back? I'm trying to figure out if the moral of the story is "be kind to strangers" or "trust nobody".
    I loaned a jacket to a fellow volunteer worker once. We were working crowd control at a rally (car) race in Palmdale and despite being in the spring it was snowing and sideways rain at 30 degrees at the top of the mountain. It got so miserable, my crew headed down the mountain without me even caring if I saw the jacket again. Not only did the girl seek me out to return the jacket, but she and her boyfriend became good friends with me and invited me to some really nice auto racing events in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman
    Well, did he get his jacket back? I'm trying to figure out if the moral of the story is "be kind to strangers" or "trust nobody".

    I happened to see her at the end and she was looking to see who to give it to.

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    No worries,

    I got my OCRR jacket back! I told Kriss (the girl who needed a jacket) to leave it with Deb (from Planet Ultra) at the end-of-ride check in; which she did. My wife also loaned a tail-light to a rider who had his drop off somewhere along the course. And yes, the tail-light was waiting with the jacket.

    Good to meet thomson, the only bikeforum rider that I saw on the course. No one wearing the bikeforum jersey, anyway!

    The ride was the Planet Ultra Solvang double century, with a little over 10,000 feet of climbing. My wife and I worked Checkpoint #2 from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, then cruised over the Checkpoint #5 where we stayed from 3:30 PM until 10:30 PM.

    Not sure how many riders started and finished, but the results should be over on the Planet Ultra website at: www.planetultra.com

    Best Regs,
    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
    Good to meet thomson, the only bikeforum rider that I saw on the course. No one wearing the bikeforum jersey, anyway!
    Ahem! Did you forget about somebody? I was there when you gave Chris your jacket. She was freezing. You were the hero of the day. She told everybody about your generosity.

    We took off with that group of people. When they dropped us on the rolling Santa Rosa road Chris and I stayed together just to have somebody to ride with.

    My finishing time was 16:45, which was about 1.5 hours more than my target. Up to lunch I was feeling fine, but then my stomach shut down (big surprise) and I had energy problems.

    It was good to see you and your wife out there. When my wife asked me (yet again) why I do these rides I replied (yet again) that it really is a social event where we ride bikes. That line is wearing thing so I need to come up with something else soon.

    I have a few short days to recover before the Death Valley Double on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsmithjunior
    Ahem! Did you forget about somebody? I was there when you gave Chris your jacket. She was freezing. You were the hero of the day. She told everybody about your generosity.

    We took off with that group of people. When they dropped us on the rolling Santa Rosa road Chris and I stayed together just to have somebody to ride with.

    My finishing time was 16:45, which was about 1.5 hours more than my target. Up to lunch I was feeling fine, but then my stomach shut down (big surprise) and I had energy problems.

    It was good to see you and your wife out there. When my wife asked me (yet again) why I do these rides I replied (yet again) that it really is a social event where we ride bikes. That line is wearing thing so I need to come up with something else soon.

    I have a few short days to recover before the Death Valley Double on Saturday.

    Hey, Ron, I was leading that group of people on Santa Rosa. What a great group,. I kept trying to keep everybody together because lots of lights is better but it was hard to see everyone. I didn't hear until the end that it started to break up a bit.

    Did you have the recumbent? I was there at the jacket exchange too and I remember a tall guy with a recumbent.

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    Yes,

    Ron Smith Jr. is the "Tall Guy with a Recumbent"! Sorry I forgot you Ron, but really, I just forgot you were a BF member! I've seen you and ridden with you on so many doubles, I consider you a friend and (for me, anyway) that over-rides the BF membership.

    Best Regs,
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    Yes Rick is a nice guy - very helpful in any situation. I remember when he organised the first rides up GMR - he would practically "sweep" the course. He would ride ahead, then drop back making sure everybody was OK. Cheers RIck!

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    Thanks Jimmy!

    The sport of cycling has been very, very good to me . So I try to do some things to give back whenever I get a chance. You know I love GMR, so introducing riders to the joys of GMR is great fun for me.

    And you know, loaning Chris my OCRR jacket was no big deal either, just glad to be able to help. Or maybe things were just going around and coming around since Dan Crane was so helpful to me, fixing my broken chain on Tour of Two Forests a couple of weeks ago.

    The other thing is, with double riders, there is a great spirit of helping one another since so much can happen when you're out there for 14 - 17 hours. The California Triple Crown, through Chuck Branwell and Frank Neil has given form and organization to that spirit, but when you're out there in the cold, and dark, and rain, and tired after 150+ miles on your legs, with a flat tire . . . it really is up to the individual riders to pitch in a help out.

    Best Regs,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
    Yes,

    Ron Smith Jr. is the "Tall Guy with a Recumbent"! Sorry I forgot you Ron, but really, I just forgot you were a BF member! I've seen you and ridden with you on so many doubles, I consider you a friend and (for me, anyway) that over-rides the BF membership.

    Best Regs,
    Rick / OCRR
    Aw, shucks. Thanks dude! Not only was I the "tall guy with the recumbent", I was the tallest guy on the ride (as usual) and the only one with a recumbent (which is unusual).

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    I luv that guy!
    +1, only add "like to" between I and luv and "long time" after guy. Nothing makes men more appealing than those who are chivalrous!

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    Hi MeRider1,

    Not sure it was so chivalrous, and I'm sure you (and most others) would have done the same thing in that situation. The only thing I can claim credit for is that I put that jacket in the car "Just in Case" someone might need it.

    Thankfully, my wife had put a bike tail-light in the car "Just in Case" someone needed it; and I didn't even think of that one!

    Anyway, hope to see you on a Planet Ultra double in 2007!

    Best Regs,
    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
    Hi MeRider1,

    Not sure it was so chivalrous, and I'm sure you (and most others) would have done the same thing in that situation. The only thing I can claim credit for is that I put that jacket in the car "Just in Case" someone might need it.

    Thankfully, my wife had put a bike tail-light in the car "Just in Case" someone needed it; and I didn't even think of that one!

    Anyway, hope to see you on a Planet Ultra double in 2007!

    Best Regs,
    Rick / OCRR
    See, me and my big pottymouth always gets me in trouble. I repeat (so you're wife can hear it), +1 and that's it!
    Seriously, it was a very nice thing to do that I don't think everyone would do necessarily (I don't keep extra jakets in my car, just in case, but I may now!). When you see me on the Solvang Double in March, wave high!

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    Okay MeRider1,

    What time are you going to start? My wife and I usually start at 4:30 AM (earliest Deb will allow) and I stay with her until it gets light since I am famous for getting lost and adding "bonus" miles to doubles .

    Once the sun comes up, I take off. But before you think I'm less than chivalrous for doing that, she really, really wants it that way. She says that when she rides with me she pushes too hard just to match my pace.

    Last year on Sprng Solvang we had rain and headwinds after the 2nd checkpoint, and all the way up to Morrow Bay, in fact. After the turn-around the weather brightened up and we had a tailwind !
    So my time was 13:15 and that turned out to be my best double time for 2006.

    Over on the minus side, I also felt the most wiped-out after Spring Solvang .

    So it goes. Each double is an adventure!

    Best Regs,
    Rick / OCRR

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronsmithjunior
    Aw, shucks. Thanks dude! Not only was I the "tall guy with the recumbent", I was the tallest guy on the ride (as usual) and the only one with a recumbent (which is unusual).
    I guess that means I'll need to show up for more 100+ mile rides? I can help take the load off of all those "How does it climb?" questions we get from everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyNH
    Yes Rick is a nice guy - very helpful in any situation. I remember when he organised the first rides up GMR - he would practically "sweep" the course. He would ride ahead, then drop back making sure everybody was OK. Cheers RIck!
    Hey it is Jimmy! Long time no see! Wow and Ron have not seen you in a while either. Good to see you guys on the forum.

    Rick has always been a great guy and helpful to those in need. (enter appropriate merit badge)
    Shut up and RIDE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
    Okay MeRider1,

    What time are you going to start? My wife and I usually start at 4:30 AM (earliest Deb will allow) and I stay with her until it gets light since I am famous for getting lost and adding "bonus" miles to doubles .
    . She says that when she rides with me she pushes too hard just to match my pace.

    Last year on Sprng Solvang we had rain and headwinds after the 2nd checkpoint, and all the way up to Morrow Bay, in fact. After the turn-around the weather brightened up and we had a tailwind !
    So my time was 13:15 and that turned out to be my best double time for 2006.
    Well, your wife sounds like she probably rides more my speed (faster I'm sure, but I might have a chance keeping up to her). I couldn't do the lowland in less than 16 hours this past June. I can't even fathom sub 14 at this point. I really liked it, being on the road for that long, but I know it takes a lot out of a person. I skipped Solvang 200 due to the rain. After riding in that freakish hail storm during the Solvang Century, I'd had it and although I realize that it may have cleared up in the afternoon for you guys, I would have not been able to stand the later part of 200 miles wet and cold. I heard some guys stopped and dried their cycling clothes at the laundry mats! Too much... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by merider1
    Well, your wife sounds like she probably rides more my speed (faster I'm sure, but I might have a chance keeping up to her).
    Rick's wife is a very nice person, and she navigates very well. The trick to an early morning start is to follow somebody who knows where they are going. It makes for less thinking. Remember, follow Jackie. Don't follow Rick unless he is following Jackie.

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    Good advice Ron!

    I would have been so lost on the Spring Solvang if I hadn't followed Jackie until it got light out. That left turn at Happy Canyon or whatever, half way through a nice descent . . . I'm sure I would never have even seen it . Much less made the correct turn . . .

    Then I rode with your for awhile and Mary Conte for awhile up the backside of The Wall, and with John Robbins into the first checkpoint.

    I took off from Checkpoint #1 with Clem and Ron Hansen and maybe another ADO rider. Then it started to rain and the temp dropped and it got somewhat miserable for several hours. However, I finished in the daylight, so I didn't get lost on the remainder of the ride .

    Best Regs,
    Rick / OCRR

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