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Obstacle Course in Round Bay

by on February 28, 2011

This Ride: 17.2 miles
Month: 471.1 miles
2011: 931.2 miles
Total since 1/1/10: 7,050.9 miles

The rain moved through overnight, and five of us met at the Rusty Bridge for Mosey Monday. We later picked up Chip just as we descended into Round Bay. Conversation was lively, mostly about weekend rides and upcoming rides.

We got down to the bottom of the hill, made a couple of turns, and suddenly we were confronted with fire trucks. As we continued to slowly make our way up the hill, we encountered no fewer than 7 large fire trucks (on narrow streets). We had to dismount to cross fire hoses twice. We had to walk and carry our bikes through a gauntlet of emergency vehicles and personnel. One home looked to be nearly gutted by fire. The fire was out by the time we moved through and the firefighters were starting to discuss clearing out and getting their vehicles out of the neighborhood. Now that would be something to stay and watch. When asked, a firefighter indicated that no one had been hurt … yet.  We remounted our bikes mid way up the steepest hill. Chip was regretting riding the fixie this morning as he labored up the hill from a dead stop.

Other than a minute or two of light rain, the rest of the ride was pretty uneventful.  The streets were very wet, and even with fenders, it was a challenge to avoid the spray from the rider in front.  It is nice to have some daylight during part of the ride.  We will lose some of that in a couple of weeks.

And so closes out the rides for the month of February.  I slightly exceeded my goal for the month.  I accomplished my R-3.  I’m riding a new seat and still dialing that in.  I’m ready for March, with its rapidly changing conditions and another 550 miles as the goal.

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3 Comments
  1. Congratulations on a great month and another 1,000 mile mark. 550 miles for short and cold February is no small feat. Well done!

    • ponderingpastor permalink

      Thanks. It was only 471 miles for February. 550 is March’s goal.

      • Ah. So much for my reading comprehension skills. Still, a VERY impressive number!

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