Made it ! August 7 th, and it’s my Birthday, and the number has clicked over to 74 for those with the slightest interest. After 5 days of intensive gardening a return to the highways and byways of sleepy Dolores for another 35.03 which gives me 2675.46 for the year and with all good fortune I should be through 2700 by close of play.

Meanwhile the Pandemic rages unabated through the country and local case numbers continue to rise all around us. In my opinion, for what that is worth,  the MANIC desire to get everything back to a “Norm” just doesn’t hold any water ……. a lying buffoon keeps his stupidity rating at an all time high with yet more nonsense on how children’s immune systems are not affected by this virus. We seem to have mighty short memories here as it was deemed too serious, or even dangerous to reopen schools after Spring Break when there were only 3-5000 cases nation wide, but right now with 5 Million cases its OK! Well I have to say NO IT IS NOT!!!

Perhaps this would have been the way to go ?

from the Master of exaggeration !

Going well on Day 1 … 3 masks, 0 social distancing!

Hope you found someone to drive mine

Meanwhile in Dolores my birthday presents of NEW Sidi cycling shoes in the MEGA fit were perfect and the wrist rear view mirror worked well.

Another 35.45 for the day takes me through the 2700 marker finishing on 2710.91

Saturday and another good run for 37.21 but then phut! yet another flat tire. Well I now have the inserts so I’ll give that a try. Sunday, and start with that tube change and fit the first of the tire liners. Wrong!! its a double flat so I’ll now be fitting both of the liners. Great, no instructions and no glue either so trial and error to fit around the tube . 3 thorns later about to fit liner No 2, but first a coffee! Well they are in, I’m hoping they will work!

We will see ?

No riding for me today with lawn mowing after repairing the double flat from thorns and  inserting the tube protectors. Lawn gets done, various other garden tasks, and a load of work with that weed eater …. still on target for where I want to be.

Monday and back out there for 33.18 dragging the numbers up to 2781.30 and some more work on tree branches in the RV park. Need to buy the GTA26 electric hand pruner from Stihl but hard to find anyone who has one.

Tuesday and back to the hospital for more blood, pick up my two prescriptions, check with local Stihl dealers, get 4 new tubes, refuel the car, and order the Stihl from my next door dealer. They are everywhere on Facebook but ordering from that source is VERY unpredictable! Banged in another 20.45 taking me over the 2800 marker …… next stop 3000.

2800 in the bag

Stopped by the Dolores bus barn to meet the new mechanic, Bill, who has also taken over as the Transportation Director. Today there is a meeting but as it was an inside affair I declined the invitation. Also gained some info which further added to my fears. They are planning on 1 child per seat, or 2 in the case of siblings, but are planning on every row? This means they are all within touching distance and back pack banging ….. so ZERO social distancing, and they only have to wear masks to get on and off the bus!!!! Well there will be a lot of those left on seats and the floor!!!!

For ME it is clearly UNSAFE as I am in the HIGH RISK category and after all this time in quarantine it makes no sense:

74 years old, COPD Stage 1, Colon Cancer Stage 4 under treatment, which reduces the immune system. So three strikes here! It does feel as though I’m letting the side down but I believe the risks are too high.

Out again this morning, 8/12 and despite a strong wind crept round the morning run with 26.87 and should get a few more this afternoon. The day finished up with some more branch removal from our tree in the exit zone and topping off with 35.57

Thursday 8/13, which would have been my Mother’s 106 birthday had she still been here. On the ride side, conditions were good, but I was not ….. couldn’t get with it at all, late start didn’t help and the enthusiasm button would not stayed depressed! Only 19.56 this morning but I WILL do better this afternoon as the idiot Trump has me all riled up.

Turns out its Left Handers Day ? Didn’t know that until my cousin Ian told me!

Afternoon goes very well finishing on 36.60 for the day!

Hard work today!

Friday and a pleasing first session of 22.65 and a Doctor’s consultation and then a “shortie” to finish off the day on 32.05 …. a sodding flat rear tire despite the insert! It seems there is NO answer to these bloody thorns …… almost as annoying as Trump!

Less than 100 to go for the 3000 marker

Another thorn through the sidewall so I can’t blame the inserts as they don’t go down that far! Next few sessions I will be going for 25/day and then push the numbers up again.

Saturday 8/15 and eventually get going and after 2 outings finish on 32.66 but Sunday I’m on tree branch removal which takes all day and the pedals don’t take a turn.

Monday with 62+ miles to go and not much incentive as my arms and back are sore from all the pruning. Finally get going and surpass my first mental target and think it still might be on! press on, and the miles keep coming and at lunchtime I’m on 20.65   ……. out again and run the total for the day up to 35.65 leaving the target within reach for tomorrow.

Almost !

Well here we go, 8/18 and 3000 or bust  ……. so despite a blow out from a personal device (pleased it didn’t happen while I was out) finally get on the road for 19.30 for the morning run.

Champers now in the fridge and gearing up for the finishing stretch despite increasing westerly winds. Seems I can handle the wind and my final run down by the Fire Station is complete and now just the run home to the Bubbly.

Down by the School on Central Ave …. and, yes you guessed it another bloody puncture …… well no matter, I’m through that 3000 mile Banner for the third time in my new found cycling era.

Man, that tastes good!

Thank you

Yes the Champers tastes great and I’m pleased I hit my target which was looking a bit shaky in the last couple of days.


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