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    Senior Member mymojo's Avatar
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    It's an adventure!

    This last weekend my wife & I took a trip out to see her parents. We figured it was a great chance to get in a leisurely country ride. So I mapped out a 30 mile route and we got up early on Saturday to enjoy a ride.

    Well, apparently I am pretty citified. Cuz it never occurred to me that not all the roads on the map are paved. As the road state continued to deteriorate, we eventually found ourselves standing on what amounted to a long narrow sandbar in the middle of the river bottoms that was marked as a road on the map. The tandem has 28s on it. So sand isnt exactly the best medium for it. As we walked the bike down this charming country lane we heard a dog in distress. Pretty soon a puppy ambled out of the underbrush. We were in the middle of a nowhere swamp so we figured she was dumped. She looked like hell. She started walking with us. We realized that to leave her behind meant she was coyote bait. So......




    Oh yeah, this is the section after the sand. It was so rough that I actually dropped the chain while walking the bike!

    Obviously since we were now carrying a pooch, we had to call the ride. Of course we had to take a different route home. It involved a 200 ft climb over 3/10 of a mile. It would have been OK except my stoker was using both hands to hold the puppy who was freaking out about how close the lumber trucks were passing. Ah, good times.
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    Senior Member mymojo's Avatar
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    Meet Marsha.

    "It's the 41. If you don't have cool stuff, you suck. If you have cool stuff, you still suck" - Velo Gator

    "The 41 reminds me more of the big brawl scene near the end of Blazing Saddles." - mprelaw

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    What??? Only 2 wheels? jimmuller's Avatar
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    Cool story. (You are bunch of softies for a cute face! )
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    "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!!"
    Cute pooch. You'll always remember her story, that's for sure.

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    I bet Marsha is glad you two rolled by!

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    Trail Blazing NoTrail's Avatar
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    Well that just put a smile on my face.
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    That is adorable, and lucky for that puppy. I'm a bit jealous, not going to lie about that one. Get a trailer and take the puppy with you on rides!
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    Good story with a happy ending.
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    Heh heh, that's great!

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    Well, that's TX road maps for you!
    Nor all roads are created equal . . .
    Cute dog, but if it doesn't pedal . . .

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