Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-04-19, 04:50 AM
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I have been wanting to become reacquainted with salty, smokey Virginia country ham. I looked it up and found a deal on 5-6 oz packs of slices for $44 delivered from a place called Smithfield Market. Not cheap, but not a kidney either for an occasional treat. It is cheaper in larger quantity, but I like the idea of the separate packages to preserve freshness, and I didn’t want too much anyway.

You guys know how I feel about biscuits. And there is nothing better on a biscuit than country ham. Not prosciutto. Not Serrano. Virginia ham and biscuits is the authentic pairing. The only downer is not being cooked, the slices have to be fried. But I guess that just makes them better.

I have some fig preserves we picked up last time we were driving through Breaux Bridge, LA on the way home from New Orleans. I cannot think of a more ideal condiment to set off the ham and biscuits than fig preserves. The reason sugar was invented.

Should have the ham next week. Stay tuned.
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Trainers still suck, no matter how expensive.


That looks far too comfortable.
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I have been wanting to become reacquainted with salty, smokey Virginia country ham. I looked it up and found a deal on 5-6 oz packs of slices for $44 delivered from a place called Smithfield Market. Not cheap, but not a kidney either for an occasional treat. It is cheaper in larger quantity, but I like the idea of the separate packages to preserve freshness, and I didn’t want too much anyway.

You guys know how I feel about biscuits. And there is nothing better on a biscuit than country ham. Not prosciutto. Not Serrano. Virginia ham and biscuits is the authentic pairing. The only downer is not being cooked, the slices have to be fried. But I guess that just makes them better.

I have some fig preserves we picked up last time we were driving through Breaux Bridge, LA on the way home from New Orleans. I cannot think of a more ideal condiment to set off the ham and biscuits than fig preserves. The reason sugar was invented.

Should have the ham next week. Stay tuned.
We go to Smithfield, VA every other trip to the in-law's or so. Nice little town, some cute antique shops and cafes. It's about an hour away and, most importantly, the drive includes a ferry ride across the James River (this is a big deal for the kids).

I have had ham there. It was ham.
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I have been wanting to become reacquainted with salty, smokey Virginia country ham. I looked it up and found a deal on 5-6 oz packs of slices for $44 delivered from a place called Smithfield Market. Not cheap, but not a kidney either for an occasional treat. It is cheaper in larger quantity, but I like the idea of the separate packages to preserve freshness, and I didn’t want too much anyway.

You guys know how I feel about biscuits. And there is nothing better on a biscuit than country ham. Not prosciutto. Not Serrano. Virginia ham and biscuits is the authentic pairing. The only downer is not being cooked, the slices have to be fried. But I guess that just makes them better.

I have some fig preserves we picked up last time we were driving through Breaux Bridge, LA on the way home from New Orleans. I cannot think of a more ideal condiment to set off the ham and biscuits than fig preserves. The reason sugar was invented.

Should have the ham next week. Stay tuned.
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Nice - no sealant spray to speak of upon refilling my tires/wheels and airing them up (I had pulled the dried sealant off of the inside of the tires and cleaned/re-taped the rims). I did do this outside, just in case I had to give them a good spin to find any old punctures; I don't think that the wife would have been thrilled with Orange Seal splatters in the office. Now to see how much air they retain this evening and then overnight.
It's great to wake up to a nice, firm pair of tires.
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It's great to wake up to a nice, firm pair
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Well, it's not *my* fault that you have a dirty mind.
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May the fourth be with you.


Yeah, I know, hackneyed, tacky, and hasn’t been funny for years.
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I was just able to squeeze in a metric during the time allotted by my wonderful wife this morning. Felt great to ride the road bike after a couple weeks of nothing but the gravel bike.

I am unsure of whether or not my road bike would have been beaten up by a fixed gear, though.
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I was just able to squeeze in a metric during the time allotted by my wonderful wife this morning. Felt great to ride the road bike after a couple weeks of nothing but the gravel bike.

I am unsure of whether or not my road bike would have been beaten up by a fixed gear, though.

Surely woulda been trounced. Are you kidding me?
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OMG, I got the UP steam schedule wrong yesterday. Steam is rolling through Laramie around 2:30 MDT TODAY.
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Trains Magazine FB live stream is pretty good.
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Dusted off the Uuni pizza oven yesterday. Takes a little practice to master this thing. So of course we’re practicing again tonight. 2 min 30 sec cook time for my margherita.

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I knows this is really strange, and I may have discussed this before here (see, my memory isn't so good these days), but there was a segment on one of the TV shows last night put up by a vet (who also originates from Tasmania) about how ex-greyhounds go through a special training system to get them used to life away from training and racing.

They aren't the most physically beautiful dogs in the world, but I gathered the results of enough greyhound race meets for my employer newspaper when in a cadet ship to know they are hugely intelligent, but treated like crap unless they won thousands of dollars. And I've seen quite a few bodies in bushlands when they are have been disposed of, which was quite distressing for me.

Machka and I have seen enough of them being walked when we are out and about to know they are wonderful, seemingly sedate dogs that cope with the presence of other dogs quite well.
Watch a greyhound lure coursing and you will see how much faster they are than other breeds of dogs. Super quick turns too. It’s a beautiful thing.

They are generally not good with cats, or anything that resembles prey. Otherwise they’re pretty good dogs.
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Surely woulda been trounced. Are you kidding me?
I mean, did you see my average speed? If not for slowing down for the elderly and the children around the lake, as I padded my mileage for those last few Ks, I surely would have managed 18+.
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OMG, I got the UP steam schedule wrong yesterday. Steam is rolling through Laramie around 2:30 MDT TODAY.
I had just gotten back from lunch and I checked the comments on the video and saw that the arrival was only 15 minutes away. So I stuck around and watched it roll through
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That was cool, @LesterOfPuppets. Thanks for cluing us in!
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My dogs are best at bed detection.
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It's great to wake up to a nice, firm pair of tires.
Oh boy.
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Our pace car at the crit was a McLaren.
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Our pace car at the crit was a McLaren.
So you were riding at 200mph? Well done!






Joking, of course.

As I recall it, one of England's top comedian actors, Rowan Atkinson, badly crashed his McLaren road car a few years ago. Luckily, he survived it. Probably because he had that christian name...
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We haven't played the bridge game in a while, I'll start.
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So you were riding at 200mph? Well done!






Joking, of course.

As I recall it, one of England's top comedian actors, Rowan Atkinson, badly crashed his McLaren road car a few years ago. Luckily, he survived it. Probably because he had that christian name...
I wish, @Rowan! I will say, when it pulled away and let us loose, it was a very sweet sound.

Correct. Having a good name helps.
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Busy Saturday. Early rise, did a 64 mile club ride...it was wet and gritty and messy but a ton of fun. Came home and mowed the lawns, then out to Korean dinner and grocery shopping. All good.
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We haven't played the bridge game in a while, I'll start.
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