Wednesday, October 20, 2010
About 16 riders, head out at 5:30, after 1/4 mile warm-up the pace is up to 25. First rider dropped after 4 miles; we wait two minutes. First flat at 30 minutes; we wait eight minutes. Second flat at 42 minutes; we wait ten minutes. 32 miles in about 1:40 twenty minutes after sundown, but riding less than 1:24 (maybe less than 1:20). Two words: Bontrager Hardcase. As the weather gets colder, the days are shorter, and you are trying to get a ride in before dark, ride a tough tire less prone to flatting.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The title. From when I was around 14 or 15, and especially after getting a driver's license at 16, I would spend many weekends near the Pine River near Hoxeyville. It is about 30 miles straight north of Nirvana. I've been to Nirvana before, but when I was there I didn't realize it because I wanted to be there. My desire to be there got in the way of my realizing I was there. One of my most transcendental like experiences was around summer solstice about 20 years ago, around 11 pm fishing on the Pine River. I could still see well enough to cast. A raccoon was searching for food along the shore opposite me about 25 feet. A beaver swam under water up stream from my right to left, about 8 feet from me, surfacing about 15 feet upstream. In the words of Aquinas, it was almost as if my "appetite was lulled altogether." For that reason, I consider Hoxeyville North of Nirvana.