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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Funny thing happened at the mailbox.

Boy this past week got away from me.  I was a little busy with some other work and the last real decent ride I enjoyed was last weekend.   Some locals and I did the annual
Forests and Foliage in the Fall ride in the Yankee Springs area.
It was a bit of a  chilly morning (below 40F) but cloudless and promising.
There were nine of us who braved the morning while I know a number stayed in because they are just plain sissies.  We were toasty and comfortable within a few miles and the air had that fresh autumn briskness that comes with the cool lack of humidity.  The route is initially hilly with a Cat 5 climb through thousands of acres of hardwood forests turning to shed their leaves for the winter.
After the halfway point, the route becomes really fast, with a series of rollers that lead predominantly downhill.   It's a beautiful and pleasant metric for a fall afternoon.  Next year I may schedule it later in the morning so the wimps can come out and play.
In other news I found a greeting card in my mailbox this week.  I don't get a greeting card from anybody but aging relatives at Christmas..  Hell, I only go to my mailbox once or twice a week to clean out the coupons and throw them away.  I wasn't sure what it was, 
but it came from Rivendell Bike Works.
They weren't even thanking me for my business, but more impressively for something I wrote.
Not here, but on a Bike Forum.   Apparently one of them noticed a comment I made on one of the flaming anti-Riv threads on the Bike Forums and they just wanted to thank me for defending them.
I guess that's customer appreciation of a different level, but I am always amused when Riv or Grant are mentioned on the Forums.  It attracts a vitriolic group of children who can't understand there is a different world than than that of the Spandex Hamster.  Thanks, Riv for noticing.