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2016 Riding Year in Review

Yet another calendar year gone by. In terms of cycling, rather unremarkable with a few notable exceptions. A long steady decline in mileage year on year. 2011 – 8,487 2012 – 3,030 2013 – 2,827 2014 – 1,998 2015 – 1,657 2016 – 1,616 One might be tempted to chalk that up to age or interest, but mostly life getting in the way. Took some huge breaks in there due to conflicting travel. Aaverage distance per ride is staying pretty steady, just a drop in number of days doing it. 2011 – 47.7 miles /ride average (178 rides) 2012 –

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Two Wheel Journal Is Back Up

Two Wheel Journal has been down for about 3 months. If you’re reading this I warmly welcome you back. By all accounts, my previous web host ran into some misfortune, likely health related. Back in November, the servers abruptly went offline and no one knew what was happening. Fortunately, they came back up for a few days. That allowed us site owners who don’t religiously back up our sites to do so. In January, I played with this site locally, re-formatting it to what you see. The general idea is to format it for larger photos (800 px wide) and

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Tame 2013 Riding

Tame cycling this year – perhaps I needed a mental break from it all, and of course life gets in the way. Following the one day with the J&P Tucson ride, I picked up my riding in March, but started experiencing some as-yet undiagnosed digestive issue. In any case, I started laying off the cycling and started concentrating on golf for a while. Much travel in May, a week in PA and another in CA.  At least it gave me a rest.  The last few rides since returning have felt pretty good, both physically and mentally. Thrilling stuff, I know. 

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RA16: Moose Drool

Libby MT to Rexford MT Jack and I already had breakfast staked out at the Libby Café and made a direct run there this morning.  It was kind of a touristy place but the service real friendly and food decent.   As usual, the gang headed out quite early and we started at least two hours behind them.   But, the way Jack and I figure, since the plan is only to ride 47 miles, and we have all day to do it, then we might as well spread things out. Everything about the skies told us rain today, so we wrapped

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Rewards

I played golf the other day at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club. It is a tough course, one that some players describe as “a Pete Dye course, in his bitter years.” To compound the difficulty, the greens were playing fast (about 12), and the pins were placed in the very toughest positions on the greens, at the tops of peaks, on the sides of the steepest slopes, at the very front of a green with a big front drop-off,  or buried behind water hazards.   One of the holes was nearly unplayable.  Any ball not in the cup would roll

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Respect

I recently visited Granada Spain. Our family had just hailed a taxi to the train station. As we rolled along city streets, I noticed a girl on a mountain bike turn into our lane up ahead. With less than 3 inches of shoulder, it was by necessity that she took the lane for a few hundred yards. I admired her grit if not her selection of roads. It wasn’t more than 5C outside and morning traffic was peppy. Granada city roads are uniformly poor for cycling and they’re hilly, too. I imagined this cyclist had resolved to continue her cycling

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Backdated Posts Finished, For Now

I’m done posting a collection of backdated stories about various local rides. Just go to the right “Rides” section and select one if you have any interest. I’m happy to have an outlet for these stories and hope it jogs some memories of your own from these rides. If so, please add a comment or two. From here out, it’s only new stories. (Thank goodness.)

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Two Wheel Journal: New Blog

This blog is long overdue.  I have many accounts written up for past bicycle rides – they needed an outlet.  So sue me. I will be uploading many stories and backdating them.    Lots of photos too.  My recent 15-day tour with Randy Garmon through the Dakotas is going in first. Note: If you use Internet Explorer browser, switch to something better like Firefox. Otherwise you might not get a right sidebar, or it’ll be at the page bottom. Another note: Remember you can click on any small image in a post to enlarge it.

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