Seems there is just a chance I might get some miles today? It will take a lot of effort on my part, and of course there is the constant threat of MORE rain and afternoon thunderstorms.
The plan is 3 rides! First one pre breakfast around town for 10+ miles to kick the day off then another circa midday for my standard 23-27 miles up to the lakes and back and then a final run about 4 pm down town and the brewpub for my Friday beer.
At the start of today I needed a smidge under 75 miles in these last 2 days of July to crack the 1700 Banner. Now 75 is quite a long way for the 74 year old but not outside the realms of possibility with a degree of effort! Run 1 knocks out 14.54 before coffee and toast and then the big one for 27.22 before lunch. Well that’s pretty good with another over 40 miles in the bag! Light lunch and ready for part 3, BUT another one of those bloody “Goathead thorns” which are like a cyclist’s land mine!! has jumped on my back tire
Seems I’m out of tubes so nothing for it but to patch the puncture. Haven’t come this far to give up now! Tube patched and out again stopping at our “NEW” in town cycle shop for some more tubes and a replacement for this one. Off again and net 2 lovely beers, replace the patched one, which is beginning to lose pressure, and press on for a daily high of 50.78 miles.
This is the longest distance I have ever ridden in one day!! All I need now is 24.10 tomorrow and I will have made it!
More storms arrive around 8 pm with monstrous flashes and huge bangs shutting down TV and computer with a mini power outage. Mercury, the dog, can sense the storms better than any Met Man and it carries on flashing and pouring for a good hour.
Not a great start to the morning with a flat tire AGAIN!! in the one that was replaced yesterday afternoon!!!!!! I can only assume that the road work team, who are now doing driveways are responsible with their tractors and backhoes rotovating the dirt by the edge of the road causing me 3 flats in 2 days, and it’s my driveway. Anyhow forced to refit the liner and see if that keeps the little buggers out! Better carry the bike out to the road surface. Completed the mission with 26.54 taking me to 1702.45 for the 3 months and I’ll target August for another 700 miles. Meanwhile the 1700 Banner was passed even though it had fallen down