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Birthday Ride

by on August 23, 2010

This Ride: 54.4 miles
Kona Distance: 2,973.6 miles
Month to date: 634.7 miles
2010 Total: 3,430.1 miles
Pace to 5,254.8 mile goal in 2010: (190.6 miles ahead of goal pace)

Yep.  Today is my birthday.  I took the day off work and rode a mile for each of my years.  That’s 54 miles.  My blood donation on Saturday slowed me down … but I also decided to take it easy.  After all, it’s my birthday.

I woke up early enough to go out with the Mosey Monday group, but since there wasn’t anything else occupying my morning, I waited until almost 7:00 before heading out.  I was a bit apprehensive about being out later with much more traffic, and with our public schools starting today, and chose routes that I thought would be safer.  I’m glad to say there are no incidents to report, although the new state law (in effect October 1, 2010) about vehicles giving cyclists 3 feet clearance would have been violated often.

My route?  I drifted south through downtown Annapolis as she was really coming to life.  I traveled to Sandy Point State Park and spent some time watching the traffic across the bridge and just admiring the sparkling water of the Chesapeake Bay.  I traveled back to the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge, picking up my usual route back up the B&A Trail.  Since there was a pretty steady northerly wind, I traveled north then through Glen Burnie to almost the “bottom” of the Airport loop, and then returned home.  I like to finish with a tailwind rather than a headwind.

I was aggravated with an annoying “creek” on the bike.  I stopped and pulled out my multi-tool 3 or 4 times to tighten parts that I thought might be causing the noise.  Nothing I did worked.  I can’t tell where the noise is coming from.  Any attempts to isolate it just leave me even more frustrated.

All in all, it was a pretty day.  Pleasant temperatures.  Light northerly wind.  Much lower humidity.  It was a good day to ride … but then … aren’t they all?

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One Comment
  1. Happy birthday! Have a great day and a wonderful year. Yes, they are all good days to ride. But some are better than others and today looks especially nice. Enjoy it.

    My last mystery squeak turned out to be my saddle. The rhythm suggested a squeak each rotation of the pedals so i immediately suspected pedal, crank or bottom bracket problems. Nothing. Then i noticed a pattern where the sound stopped when I stood up on the hills. Tightened rails pinch and that did it. Took me several days though to sort it out.

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