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Old 01-09-13, 03:00 PM
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Horrible Day

Houston has bad weather today, but it wasn't supposed to get bad till noon. I'm behind my goal so I thought I would ride till noon neared.
1) The gps refused to find a satelite, so I rebooted the device. 2 minutes later it has made contact.

2) It has started to drizzle a bit. It's fairly warm 64 and I'm not scared of water.

3) The phone was at 24% power. Normally I'd just go ahead and play my book and let it die, but the g/f is watching for tornado warnings. Ok no audio.

4) 3 miles out the wind doubles and the rain doubles. Alright a bit more of a challenge.

5) Mile 3.5 my back wheel is feeling wishy washy. Look down and the tire is bubbling in the puddle. Great my first flat on a ride and its the back tire in the rain 3.5 miles out. Well this is why I have 7 lbs worth of trunk equipment right.

6) I get the back wheel off and locate the problem on the tube, but in the process the presta valve stem has broken off. Okay I have a spare tube.

7) I get the tube into the tire and I can't get the nut that holds the valve to take to the screw. Okay I'll just have to try harder to attach the pump

8) I finally get the mini pump onto the valve and am pumping it up, and the rain doubles again. Now its raining hard enough that all the clothes are drenched.

9) pump for a few minutes, then a few more okay that should get me 4 miles.

10) The wind and rain pick up again. I can't really see anything but the path a few feet in front of me and I'm going into the wind. It's those little stinging type of wind driven drops.

11) I finally make it back to the truck and load up.

12) Clothes go straight to the washer, add a few other clothes that are washer due. go out to the garage and I can't find the gps to load the ride. CRAP is it in my sweats in the washer!

13) I go through all the clothes and water in the washer and can't find the gps. Whew okay it probably in the truck. I find the gps and of course I hadn't turned it off before driving the 26 miles back home.

Okay today is done, I'm staying inside and I'll fix up the bike later.

14) Tornado warning and 5 minutes later power outage. Powers out for almost an hour and returns.

I shoulda just stayed in bed but I did get 6 whole miles in and I have a 36 minute flat replacement time that should be easy to beat next time.
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Old 01-09-13, 03:12 PM
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We all have them ... the best news is they only last 24 hours.
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Old 01-09-13, 03:29 PM
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A bad day on the bike is better than a good day at work This may cheer you up a bit. Last May a buddy and I rode the GAP and The C&O (Pittsburgh to DC) camping all the way except two days due to very bad weather. Here is a video...btw it was a fun time although we faced stormy conditions and a lot of down trees for days. https://vimeo.com/43570981
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I also got a flat in one of the storms and had a branch break one of my wood fenders...I didn't let it get me down...I was on vacation
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