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    Stagecoach - Jan 13,2007 - Pix and Ride Reports

    Ride report to follow..but this pic says it all!




    This was at Rest Stop 2

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    DAAAYYM!!! cold???
    Cant we all just ride along???

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    MarkAJ and I stayed in El Centro, our friend Steve came in from Pahrump,NV for the ride...
    We had an early dinner and was unable to meet up with ME and everyone else....

    We go to Ocotillo about 6:25...it was pretty cold...28-30 degrees....but the shy was clear, so we opted for some layers figuring it would warm up to the 58 degrees predicted...we knew it would be a bit cold when we started...
    Steve and Mark took off...I met with Tracy and VMC..we had planned to ride together...
    We then ran into ME, Sean, Tiff and some others...sorry I didnt get to say hi or meet anyone esle...we were tryong to get outta there asap...( we are the slow group) It was great to finally meet Sean...also saw Brandy and Vireo, and Scootcore
    We headed out and realized it was getting cloudier as we rode...and colder...
    Wayne had a flat about 1 mile before rest stop 2....we got incredibly cold while he changed his tube...
    Rest stop 2 had some shelter...got a bit warm..we decided to push on...there was a major climb in 8 miles so we knew that would warm us up....it did...then on to rest stop 3...another climb...we talked about bailing...VMC wasn't feeling well. But he said he could do the 6 or so miles to lunch...
    Off we went..more climbing..so we were a bit warm...a drop into Shelter Valley to lunch...Saw Mark,Steve and Scootcore, heading back...I was moving at a really good clip...and realized they had a headwind..great..
    We got to the lunch stop and were so cold..there was no way we were doing the loop....
    Went in for lunch and saw Tiff and Sean...then ME...and Dave as we were leaving!
    Sorry B...I actually had some chili...only because it was hot...they also let me put my hands on the outside of the warming tray...nice...
    There were some heaters in there...many people trying to thaw feet and hands...
    The downside I realized is that when you went back out it felt twice as cold....we ate then got ready to head out...I started shivering really bad...and was getting concerned...but figured if we started riding I would feel better... I did warm just a bit since the sun decided to make an appearance...but we still had that headwind for a few miles...
    then it was sweet downhills...I started to feel pretty good and started pushing pretty hard...got to rest stop2..VMC was feeling pretty bad so he and Trac decided to sag back....so I pushed on...I pressed a bit hard....trying to get done asap....
    I ended up with 94 miles...and a personal best time..so I was very pleased...
    But in thinking about this..I believe I was colder here than at Solvang...I had neoprene booties..toes were still frozen...of course my heavy jacket was left in the truck since I didnt want to be too warm...yeah right...

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    Gee Herb, sounds, like.. uh.... fun? Congrats on the personal best!
    just being

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronjon10
    Gee Herb, sounds, like.. uh.... fun? Congrats on the personal best!

    Yeah...Like a root canal....
    thanks...I was happy about that at least...I even dropped a bunch of people...yee haw!!

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    Pix of BigSean?

    I got on just to seem em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheard
    Pix of BigSean?

    I got on just to seem em.
    Sorry...I didnt have take one...in fact my hands were so cold..I didnt take many pix..was afraid of dropping the camera!
    But ME might have one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbm
    Sorry...I didnt have take one...in fact my hands were so cold..I didnt take many pix..was afraid of dropping the camera!
    But ME might have one!
    I thought you said you didn't take many pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbm
    Sorry...I didnt have take one...in fact my hands were so cold..I didnt take many pix..was afraid of dropping the camera!
    But ME might have one!
    I have all sorts of pics, but I just got home and I've got to hit the hay! It was damn cold today. COLD. But the ride was great! Driving home from San Diego, though...not so much. I'll post pics sometime tomorrow, but I'm riding in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheard
    Pix of BigSean?

    I got on just to seem em.

    I took a ton of pics, but I was told not to post them in public without approval. Oh and I didnt take any of myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    I took a ton of pics, but I was told not to post them in public without approval. Oh and I didnt take any of myself.
    Sean, it was so nice to meet you. You're a great guy and fun to ride with. I have lots o' pics, but it would take half the night to upload them. I'm going to bed (no, really, truly...I am).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    I took a ton of pics, but I was told not to post them in public without approval. Oh and I didnt take any of myself.
    Fine. I'll wait.

    I was stayin' warm all day. Other than the nightime jog I got in.

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    Ok, just a little teaser

    ME posting on BF




    The ladies looking good

    preride carb loading


    and yes we did ride, this in the beginning before we realized we would suffer all day.

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    Friday dinner at Apple some bodies, I dont recommend it.


    Getting ready, we thought it was gonna get warmer at this point.



    the scenery was beautiful




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    Seemed to be a popular area for pre ride prayers.



    This woould be the last of the sun for a good 6 hours



    The hotties were out though, and friendly.


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    the crew at the start







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    Great Pics Sean!!!! Are you thawed out yet? I'm still waiting to be able to feel a few parts of my body

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    Tiffanie was a true trooper as she was not wearingg as much gear as most of us.



    ME blazin down the road, she was flying here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tprevost
    Great Pics Sean!!!! Are you thawed out yet? I'm still waiting to be able to feel a few parts of my body

    Yeah, I think so anyhow. I dont feel real good though. I need food but I dont feel like it. Im hoping after my morning coffee that I will be ready to eat again. I woke up at 5am and ate then went back to sleep. Now I wanna eat and go back to sleep again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    Yeah, I think so anyhow. I dont feel real good though. I need food but I dont feel like it. Im hoping after my morning coffee that I will be ready to eat again. I woke up at 5am and ate then went back to sleep. Now I wanna eat and go back to sleep again.
    that ride probably took a lot out of you... not only was it longer than you'd done before but I found that the cold itself zapped me as well... I must have been really gripping the handlebars hard because my back was totally cramped up afterwards!

    So, how do you feel about your first century? Gonna do a few w/me when I get up there? Take it easy today and maybe do a short recovery ride... it'll take a little time for you body to recover

    trac'

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    Here is a link to my pix
    Will get the rest up when Mark gets me his..

    Stagecoach Pix

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    Quote Originally Posted by tprevost
    that ride probably took a lot out of you... not only was it longer than you'd done before but I found that the cold itself zapped me as well... I must have been really gripping the handlebars hard because my back was totally cramped up afterwards!

    So, how do you feel about your first century? Gonna do a few w/me when I get up there? Take it easy today and maybe do a short recovery ride... it'll take a little time for you body to recover

    trac'

    Well Im pretty stoked about the century. It was not great conditions, and I actually could have done another 20 miles without too much trouble. At one point the sag van pulled up and asked if we wanted a ride, I said "oh hell no dude". I was planning on a recovery ride, but I dont know that Ill even get my bike assembled today. Im lazy and very tired.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    Well Im pretty stoked about the century. It was not great conditions, and I actually could have done another 20 miles without too much trouble. At one point the sag van pulled up and asked if we wanted a ride, I said "oh hell no dude". I was planning on a recovery ride, but I dont know that Ill even get my bike assembled today. Im lazy and very tired.....

    Congrats on the first century..great job!
    Wish we had the time to hang out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    Well Im pretty stoked about the century. It was not great conditions, and I actually could have done another 20 miles without too much trouble. At one point the sag van pulled up and asked if we wanted a ride, I said "oh hell no dude". I was planning on a recovery ride, but I dont know that Ill even get my bike assembled today. Im lazy and very tired.....
    ah... take the mtn bike for a quick trip up to lexington or something! Well done again Sean!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbm
    Here is a link to my pix
    Will get the rest up when Mark gets me his..

    Stagecoach Pix

    Hey Herb,

    Glad you made it home safe and sound! How was your event last night? I ended up at home after 11 and I was really really tired!!! Sorry we ended up bailing on you... just not a good ride day... You ROCKED!!!! Great job finishing!!!!!

    ps. great Pics! I didn't realize you had been snapping away!
    Last edited by tprevost; 01-14-07 at 09:55 AM.

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