Today's ride looked like this: ~~~~~~ (top view - twisty road paralleling the Lochse river).
Rob got a flat. This was especially crappy since he only just bought new tires a couple of days ago - grrr! But the crappy situation was made much less crappy because Rob allowed me, while he put a new tube in, to use his brand new and cherished MINI TRANGIA STOVE to boil up water to make us a cup of hot peppermint tea. The TRANGIA STOVE works like a charm... and a midday, roadside cup of tea is a very fine thing indeed.
I polled a number of group members on some of the thoughts they were thinking as they rode today. Several said they were admiring the colours and sound of the river, and the pleasant sensation of a slow but steady downhill ride. Dolores was hatching plans to seek out a guidebook to help her identify the "botanical gems" that line the road. Kelly was thinking back to one particular epic and challenging 80+ mile ride in Kentucky. David was focusing on riding as safely as possible, after a scary encounter with an aggressive truck. And Rob revealed that he was thinking 90% mischevious thoughts and 10% thoughts about the trees. I asked him if there was any mixing of the two kinds of thoughts (leading to mischevious thoughts about trees) but he firmly responded that NO, he keeps the two very separate in his mind.
Now Rob is using his TRANGIA STOVE to boil up water once again, providing bedtime tea and coffee for a number of us.
*** special and non-biking-related note! *** Congratulations to Mr. Vince Johnson for placing third in the super-challenging 16km "Seek the Peak" run up Grouse Mountain in Vancouver!!! Rah!!!
Miles Today 66