PUSHING PEDALS

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48.07 miles to go to the 1800 banner, but the forecast is rain tonight so it was back to the firewood task as its nice and dry up in the lumber yard so load 7 is brought home and stacked. No ride today and nothing again tomorrow as I’m on an Activity trip taking elementary kids to Jones Pumpkin Patch, well at least I know where it is!

It rains as advertised and the kids activity trip gets cancelled so I’m free to ride. More miles in the book for Wednesday and 1800 is now a marker in the past! Thursday, and only single bus runs both morning and afternoon as elementary schools have the day off. The last load of firewood is collected and stacked. The weather is perfect for cycling  and 20.24 is added and now the question is can I reach 2000 ?

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Friday,  28th Oct 16 and a day off thanks to PTA. Bit of a serious headwind but I push on into it for the first 2.5 miles and the “false flats” that have you wondering which way is up ? Always nice on the turn round as the speed picks up and I zoom back into town and have 5 miles in the bag before I pass the house. That soon becomes 12.66 and part 1 is over and time to winterize the Safari.

With the hot water tank already drained time to bypass the tank and then drain all the other tanks before adding anti freeze. Trying to fit the metal coupling on the plastic becomes problematic and I seem to be in “crossthread” mode but eventually after much cussing and choice swearing its on ! All faucets open and the wait begins. Finally I’m ready to add the pink fluid but where did I put the special bits I made up last year?

Well of course I cleaned out the complete underside before we went to Groundhog so what did I do with it ? The bus and all its compartments are searched to no avail. Perhaps its in the workshop but of course that was done over as well. Clearly I put it all some place, but where?  About 1 hour later I stumble on the box with all the bits I need and then the task is finished in no time and the “pink” is in the lines.

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Time for the second phase of cycling but its getting darkish and riding in twilight, even with lights, is always a risk. No matter, the manic pedaling continues ………Saturday, and after the morning ride knocking up 110 miles for the week its time to think pool.

Good turn out today, Brenda draws No2 and I’m 19. Brenda wins over John McEwan so she is very pleased and I pull off a bank shot on the black to win against Anita. Not quite sure how the system is working today as Brenda has played 4 and I have only been at the table once.

On the black in game 2, I once again scratch which is the 5th time in 3 weeks of competition ! I don’t mind losing to a superior player but to keep beating myself is getting very frustrating! I fight my way up the loser’s side beating Jen, Bill Ragland, Donnie and finally a good player (can’t remember his name) to get to “third or better” where I meet an on form Jerry. I have good run but can’t get to my last ball letting Jerry back in for the win. Overall not bad and a First, Second and now a Third in the first 5 weeks of the season. Maybe today we will try our luck at Mancos.

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31st October and the pedaling has crested 1875.39 so 2000 before Christmas looks feasible but lets not discount the weather ……. so push on when I can. October was my best month ever with 344.33 miles completed, not bad for a 70 year old!

TONY DOWN

 

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