Monday, July 20, 2009

What Is A Duathlon?

Molly and myself, did a Duathlon on June 13, at or behind the Rogue River Middle school.
This is were Molly, runs 5 k and Me (Dan) rides 30 k and then Molly get to run another 5K.
The last I did something like this was in high school in track, about 30 years ago.
And thing do change, I"'m much slow now then I was then. LOL
It starts at 8:00 AM, and get there by 7:30 AM
and I walk down and get our number, and Molly gets to wear the number, I get nothing, that's ok, no one will be able to tell who the slow guy is.
Rochelle is there as support and baby setter.
I go back to the car, now I have done all kinds of things to the bike to make sure that it won't break down, so I had replace the shifter cables and check bearing, and changed rear brake pads and ten other things, so all I have to do ride as fast, as an old fat guy can go.
This is 15 minutes before the race starts, I pull the bike off of the top of the car, I'm looking at the new smooth tires I install about a week ago and discover that I don't have a front wheel.

I left it setting beside the shop roll up door.

HOLY COW, off to the house to get the front wheel, 7 miles back and 7 more miles to the school.

Trying not to drive fast, because I know the Sheriff cruse the race route to keep the rider safe.
I get back to the school and throw the tool bag, water in holders, my riding shoes on, helmet, gloves, sun glasses and oh yes, the front wheel.
I push the 100 yards to the starting line, and I see Molly run off on her 5 k.
Lucky for me She gets to go first.
I couldn't remember what color her shirt was or the number She had on. I'm look for Molly and 24 minutes seem like forever when your in a hurry.

She comes in looking really good, and I wave and off I go, on a mountain bike with smooth tires and in a bunch road and race bikes.
I doing about 21 mph, and this point and thinking I going out way to fast for 18.5 miles.
At about 2 miles I came up to the pumpkin lady, she has this big orange shirt on and she doing about 20 mph, after be behind her for about a mile I pass her, and catch up the this guy in a black shirt, and that's where I'm at till just before Queen branch road coming from Rogue River on W. Evans, about 10 miles.
Just about Menthorne Road, the pumpkin lady flies by both of use and say to me, your doing pretty good for being on a MTB, and I never see her, must have be harming up and I get passed by one more bike at this point.
I pass mister black shirt on a hill just before Queen branch road and start down the hill, on Queen branch, peddling for all I worth, because all down hill, I can usualy do about 30+ mph, and I can't get pass 25, what going on, in the mean time I get passed by 5 red race bike flying alone.
I began to notion that theirs a big wind in my face and the wind is blowing up hill for that 1 mile stretch of road.
As 'm heading down E. Evans to Rogue River, I pass 3 more bike on the long hill to Stavation Heights, and once I hit there, I never see the pumpkin lady or anyone after that.
Rochelle and Molly were in front of the school when I went by, and run down the start line, so Molly could do Her last 5 k.

Molly did 8 minutes for about 7 mile in 50 minute.
Dan did 18.5 miles in 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Total time of 1 hour and 55 minutes.

We claim 3rd place in the mix team.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Annal Family Camp Out

Picures of the hike to Arch rock.

The annal family camp out was really nice this year.
We camp at Unqua falls on the South Umpqua River area, up the road from a little place called Tiller, Oregon.
I spent the week before the camp out, begetting the trail hitch on Rochelle car and the trailer ready, because it had not been used in about five years.
Come to find out, the wiring for the trailer light, being a Subaru, are a bit different, so we had to get a adtor to convert the wiring over to the trail type wiring.
That being done and working ok most of the time,(the lights on the trail stay on for about 5 minutes after you turn car lights off, weird).
Then the trailer wheel bears sound a little noisy when I turn the wheel, so off they came, and all the bearing were bad rusty, had to replace all four sets of bearing, this was on Wednesday, and we're leaving Friday.
Great the hitch is on, the lights work, the bearing are good, and tires on the trailer hold air, now.
All set to go.
We float the Rogue River on Saturday and we drive up the shop to unload the stuff and we have this trail on fluid coming from under Rochelle's car, coming from a radiator that has a crack in the plastic tank.
Make some calls and find that, that no one can get a radiator till Wednesday, and it Saturday, and we're leaving Monday for the big camp out.
I order the radiator on line and thanks to Randy, loaned us the Forester.
And no trailer this year.
We left Monday for camping.
I camp out all week the first time in 15 years or more and got see everyone, and swim and read books, and stay up late and road the moutain bike a coup of times.
A great camp out, got rained on one time, so we got to set up covers and what have you.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

One Rock

This came in one of my e-mail in June.
I can't
believe this was done by a teenager!
There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25 in rural
Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left Completely undisturbed.
The artist:
Ray 'Bubba' Sorensen.