Friday, June 23, 2006
regrouping near the cooper YMCA, trying to decide where we'd go next. we ended up continuing south to pine lake road, and then over and through the southpointe mall-burbia madness, and eventually back north up past hwy 2. we stopped for some drinks at a tiny south Lincoln dive called the Grapevine. all in all a really nice evening with some cool people.
i was down at yiayia's for a slice of pizza friday evening and ran into a group of people gathering for maggie's group ride. maggie (of veggie wrap fame), a few of her employees, and a few friends go out on a nice casual ride once a week. i just happened to run into them so they invited me along.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
hooked up with my good friend emily tonight. i used to ride alot with her a while back, but we don't get out on the road as much these days. she can be fast when she wants to be, but we were both feeling really lazy, so we just went for a quick evening spin out to Denton and back.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
i'm now sorry for teasing sydney about her fanatical use of sunscreen. i think most of my burn happened on day 2, on the 100 miler. that day started out with a t-storm and riding in the rain, so i didn't think to put any on. later in the afternoon it was hot and sunny, and well.. as you can see i have quite the 'reverse racoon' mask thing going on. it just got darker and darker through the rest of the week, even though i did borrow sunscreen from sydney every day from then on. i even bought some 'after burn' aloe vera gel in Cambridge on day 3, and applied it twice a day since. it has helped (no pain) but i'm sure my face and ears will start to peel soon.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
sydney and i went downtown to find some dinner. we could always find some good grub at some bar or mom & pop place in every town, and Cambridge was no exception. one of the fun parts of BRAN is being able to explore these small towns and meet people. we're having a great time... thanks syd for convincing me to come on this little journey ;)
Monday, June 05, 2006
here we are having lunch in north platte after hammering for 60-70 miles. i needed some junk food so we pulled into a taco john's. i wanted to take some more pics during this ride, but it was too hard as it was. we were going pretty fast and i had to hang on rather than expend energy trying to get some pics of the action. too bad though because it was an epic day. sydney kicked major ass on a day that started out with us getting drenched in a thunderstorm in Eustice, catching a good tail wind and flying up to North Platte, and then enduring the heat and hills of the afternoon as we headed south down to Maywood. all total... 100 miles.
BRAN isn't a race ofcourse, it's a tour. people of all sorts of abilites on all sorts of bikes riding for various reasons, but mostly to have fun and see parts of nebraska beyond the I-80 corridor. everyone starts whenever (some of the slower people get going as early as 4-5am!!!) and just rides at their own pace. i've been starting around 7-8am, and with sydney pulling most of the way, well... we end up passing most people. so ya, sydney and i ride alot faster than the typical BRAN'er, but thats how we ride. we like to push ourselves and ride hard on some great roads while meeting people and have a good time. but even on a fun ride like this sometimes things can be a bit competitive. well, between Gothenburg and North Platte we came up on these 7-8 guys who were in a paceline. they were out of Omaha, judging from their jerseys. we came up on them and followed them at a distance for a while. we just kept going our pace, and when they slowed up a bit we passed. they didn't know we were there until then, and thats were it began. i could tell they were totally miffed that they were passed by a woman. well... they may have the nice bikes and everything, but sydney killed them on her old b-stone RB-1. after passing them, they immediately passed us back a few times trying to drop us, but sydney just kept going the same pace as before and then they blew. they sent their 'fastest' guy after us in a vain last attempt to catch us but he was no match for sydney's diesel like power pace. we left them behind and headed into North Platte. we ended up taking a 45min lunch stop, so i figured they would catch up and pass us, but i wasn't worried as i knew we'd see them again. we got motoring again and flew south to Maywood. even with their huge head start, and with sydney and i having to stop a few times for water (and getting one flat), we still caught them and beat them into Maywood by 15min. score 1 for sydney.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
this saturday i'm heading out to ride in BRAN with my friend sydney. it'll be almost 500 miles of riding through mostly the south central/south east part of the state. i think the weather is suppost to be ok, so it should be fun. i've never done a supported tour like this before and i'm looking forward to it. so for the next week, i'll just be posting pictures from my phone (if i can manage to get it recharged every other day).