Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 48

Date
December 4, 2016

Distance
100 miles

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This was a simple out-and-back towards Dayton. The weather was about as good as you can hope for this time of year. Highs were in the upper 50s and there wasn't much wind.

December is here and there are only 4 weeks to go. If the weather keeps cooperating it will be a pretty easy 2016, but you never know what the future may hold. Deep down inside I think I secretly hope for at least one crazy week to put things in doubt. I don't have any wiggle room for Week 50. I'll have to do that ride on December 18th. That might be the one.

Week 47

Date
November 24, 2016

Distance
102 miles

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Thanksgiving ride. I have a lot to be thankful for because I'm finally moved into the new house. There is a ton of work to be done, but I'm really enjoying the change of scenery. This will probably become one of my standard routes.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 46

Date
November 20, 2016

Distance
100 miles

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I had to earn it this week. It was one of those days where it felt like I had a headwind in all directions. On top of that, I haven't been riding enough lately and I'm out of shape. On the bright side, I didn't get rained on very much and I was rewarded with an awesome sunset towards the end of the ride.






Next week is Thanksgiving and the year will be over before you know it. Make the most out of 2016 while you still can.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Week 45

Date
November 8, 2016

Distance
107 miles

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The one good thing about being homeless for a while is that I get to ride some different routes. I've ridden all of these roads before, but never in this combination. It's mostly a flat ride with a 6 Mile Canyon loop thrown in at the end.

My work schedule changed and I'm going to have to ride early for a while. If you look at the weather chart, you'll see the pros and cons of riding early. The good news is that I beat the wind. The bad news is that it's cold out there in the morning this time of year. It was nice and warm towards the end of today's ride, though.

Morning fog
Quick tubeless update: I'm much happier with the new Hutchinson Intensive tire. It's definitely a tougher tire. I have almost 800 miles on it so far and I haven't had any noticeable punctures. The tire is still in really good shape. There aren't any cuts and it looks like it has a lot of life left. Riding the Intensive on the back and the Fusion on the front has worked out well. I get the nice, softer feel of the Fusion on the front where it's not wearing out so fast and there's less chance of a puncture. At the same time, I get more durability and flat protection on the rear. I think I can get 2,000 miles out of the Intensive. We'll see how it goes.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Week 44

Date
November 1, 2016

Distance
100 miles

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October is over. I only got in 818 miles for the month, but there's been a lot going on and I'm still within reach of 12,000 miles for the year. November's going to be another busy month, but I'm pretty sure I'll make it.

Meanwhile, today's ride was a simple out-and-back on US 50. I was feeling lazy and there wasn't much wind, so it was a good day to do this route.



Saturday, November 5, 2016

Week 43

Date
October 25, 2016

Distance
101 miles

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Windy Day route. I rode on Franktown Road for the first time since the Little Valley Fire.




There were a lot of thoughts running through my head, but the main thing I came away with was the thin line between luck and disaster. Some of the houses were very close to the fire, yet somehow didn't burn down. What was the difference? Was it just the random path of the fire?

It seems like we're all so close to disaster more often than we realize. Just think about the simple act of riding a bike. One wrong move from a driver and we could be dead in an instant. One flat tire at the wrong moment and we could ride off the side of a mountain. Not to mention deer and horses. Yet somehow it all seems to turn out just fine. I've ridden over 125,000 miles and I've only really had one serious incident. Even that could have been much, much worse and for the most part I feel like I came out on the lucky side.

Keep on riding while you still can.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Week 41

Week 41

Date
October 11, 2016

Distance
102 miles

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Foliage was killer this week. Check it out:





I even saw some deer. It was a beautiful ride today.


I'm officially "homeless". I'm not exactly out on the street, but I don't have a home, either. I'll be in hotels for the next few weeks. Hopefully I'll be all set by December. Right now I'm in Carson City, which isn't a huge change. My new place will hopefully be more of a change. Nothing's official yet.

Tubeless update time. My new rear tire is a Hutchinson Intensive. You may be wondering why I went with another Hutchinson. It all came down to price. I got a good deal on this tire and couldn't find as good of a deal on another brand. I don't have many miles on the Intensive yet, but it made a good first impression. It definitely has a more durable feel to it than the Fusion did. The Fusion had a more supple and grippy feel to it. That's expected. You're going to give up a little something in exchange for durability. So far there are no cuts on the new tire and it pretty much looks as good as new. That's already a difference from the Fusion. I have high hopes for this tire. We'll see how it goes.