The Portland post ride/vacation photos are here. Very nice. Some scenic waterfalls and family.
Archive for July, 2009
My pics of the STP ride are here. The iPhone quit about 150 miles in. So, there are no photos of the finish or the really good last rest stop. Thankfully, the Marathonfotos were really good.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair
I wanted to take a minute to thank the STP support staff on the emergency phone, car 4, and REI Saturday and to let them know how my ride went.
While climbing a railway overpass about 4 miles from the REI rest stop on Saturday morning, my rear derailleur wrapped itself around the cluster stopping the bike and bending the derailleur hanger inward towards the cluster. The damage looked disastrous and ride/bike ending. I called into the emergency phone number and after some trouble finding me car 4 showed up to carry me and my bike into the REI rest stop.
The mechanic, Wes, was a godsend; bending the derailleur hanger back into place, tossing the old derailleur and putting on a new one for free. He also found the cluster loose and rear wheel wobbly. If it had been any other frame material than steel that would have been the end of the bike and the ride. I flew up to Seattle for STP from Amarillo, Texas and have been training all summer for this. My only transportation until Portland was my bike. This news really hit home.
After the quick repair and some food I was back on the road 2 hr after the accident and was able to complete both days of the ride. Thanks so much for saving my trip. Great ride.
The ride went really well. There were some bad spots like there always is. Places where things seem to slow to a grind. It takes an hour to cover five miles or you phone dies when it’s needed most. The last twenty five miles were great. Exhilarating to know it was 25 after 175. Some of the most amazing sites. Like riding across a Columbia river bridge and riding with 10000 other riders. The ending ceremonies were rewarding. We came into downtown in the park next to the Doubletree. My training was a bit thin for the miles, but I came through ok. Some pain yesterday and today. Legs feel much bigger.
Seeing Morgan et al. is good too. The babies are so cute. We saw the Multanah Falls yesterday and Vista house. Got lots of pictures and took some videos of the kids playing. Can’t wait to upload them to Youtube.
Tomorrow morning i head back. It’s in two segments. A long one in to Dallas and the short hop to Amarillo. Not much time in between. The time is funny. I leave at 10 and arrive at 5. The 2 hour difference catches up.
Yesterday was good and eventful. My time sucked. Something like 11 hours with stops. The church is nice. Away from all the people and with only 50 or so here it’s quite small. Got a good nights rest. Sitbones are a bit sore. Overall kind of tired. Everything is pretty good. Got tons of pictures I can’t send without MMS. Quite different from. It’s supposed to rain a bit and be in the 70s.
I’m riding 100 miles tomorrow. See all you bitches laters.
So I’m sitting in a diner in a university street mall across the street from my motel. Everything has been pretty good. More expensive than I thought but not impossible. The traveling today was long and I’m really tired. Cant wait to go back to my room and sleep. The iPhone has been great. I didn’t bring a netbook because of it. This place will be fun to explore tomorrow. Can’t believe I’m putting 200 miles on the bike this weekend.
Saturday will be the 100 miles from Seattle to Centralis. I’ll try to update Facebook with the towns as a pass through them. The list is below. Riding starts at 5:15 am in groups every 15 minutes.
University of Washington (UW) 0
Lake Washington 4.7
Seward Park 10
Castle Rock 140
St Helens 176
Finish line is Lloyd Center and Holladay Park
Looks like the direct fulfillment order is due to arrive the iPhone tomorrow. Yay!!!