This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hitting the local scene

  You know how things become pretty mundane when you are close to them?  In 2009 a local group started a gravel race which went right past my house (almost anyway).  It's called the Barry Roubaix.  I scoffed when it started.  It was proposed as a "killer gravel race" and drew a bunch of people in funny clothes on 29ers to attack the challenging gravel roads of Barry County Michigan.  "Oh Please!"  I said.   Those are the roads my son and I used on a regular basis to go to school, the store, the movies, etc.  How exciting could they be?  Well, I got busy and forgot about it.  Life got in the way of living, my house burned down when I was gone, I decided to move, personal life interfered and here we are 4 years later and the

Barry Roubaix has become the largest gravel race in the country.
  I still don't really get it.  I went to Minnesota this year to a bike ride sponsored by  a Rivendell dealer and felt that the route of the Almanso 100 was truly challenging for a gravel ride.
I'm going out to test the Barry Roubaix course on my own to see how it compares.  I'm just curious, it's a beautiful weekend, and I have nothing to do.  I will be going with camping gear and invited a couple of people but you know what I heard: " Oh, Yeah, that sounds great but...."

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