May 27, 2018
Hello again! So good to be here! I hope your Memorial Day weekend/summer-related event has been as superb as you hoped!
Well, I have had the pleasure of participating in the 2018 Wear Yellow Ride event and here are a few highlights:
- I signed up for the 57 mile gravel option because my friend Rich thought it sounded good (or something)
- It was kind of wet and the dirt mixed with the gravel to form an extremely fast-setting concrete as evidenced by this image from my friend Rich who subsequently switched to pavement
- I also switched to pavement because I figured it would be a bit easier and just as enjoyable
- I won gift certificates and popcorn and candy from Family Video!
- I didn’t take many photos this time, but I was enamored with the striking blue color of some of the roadside grasses that was accentuated by moisture from the same light rain that had affected the dirt and gravel.
- There were a few wineries, and a few that weren't. I wouldn't have minded a stop, but I would have missed all the after-ride festivities!
- It was great! My cousin informed me that his taint was sore for a couple days. I informed him that one can build a tolerance towards taint pain by more bicycle riding (or lessen its effects by using Chamois Butt’r, or the perfect saddle).
As you may have noticed, the weather has become summery. If you are concerned about such things, here are a few outfits you might try to look good whilst bicycling around town for whatever purposes you have in mind. Nothing wrong with
shorts jorts and a t-shirt, though, right!?
Here is a summary of a few summery bicycle rides that are coming up in the area in the relatively near future:
- The appropriately entitled Omaha Bike Ride, which begins and ends at the delicious Taste of Omaha event is on June 3
- Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (June 3-9) which starts in Ogallala, home of the (allegedly) delicious Open Range Grill
- Tour de Nebraska (June 20-24) which begins in Plainview, home of the purportedly delicious Mary's Restaurant and the Post Cafe (avec accente sil vous plais)
- Pint-a-gon rides every month or so
- Psycowpath mountainous bicycling races (still a few left)
- and of course there are always Taco Rides to enjoy on Thursdays
As you might have noticed by my rather superficial treatment of my bicycling experiences lately, I have been preoccupied. I am focused primarily on our upcoming family vacation. One fun event that I am looking forward to is learning some mountaineering skills on a glaciated volcano! Although bicycling and walking uphill in funny footwear with backpacks on do not seem to be similar activities, they do have a few things in common (I think, having never done any mountaineering):
- It is good to downshift from time to time
- Finding a comfortable position (or at least not horribly uncomfortable one) is key to a good and fulfilling experience.
I will let you know how that goes.
In the meantime, please send me any lists you care to compile and I will do the same. I am currently listing hard to port due to my celebratory awareness of the Memorial Day weekend!
Blessings to you and your ancestral fighters!