Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Aarrghh, tandem!

Well, the tandem is still in the shop.  Tandems are notorious fuss budgets but this is getting ridiculous.  We spent all that money on a new rear wheel and it's been nothing but trouble.  We had way less trouble with the factory built wheel that came with the bike and would probably still have it if we hadn't "ahem" worn halfway though the rim.  They want to rebuild the new wheel with all new spokes but the guy who does that has been out of town since last Friday.  That means that the weather's beautiful and we're not riding our bike.  Sad Face!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

TDF is over, now what?

Oh, yeah, I need to clean the house!  When the Tour de France gets over every year, I always feel like I'm waking up from a dream.  And what I see when I wake up is a whole lot of stuff I have been putting off since the tour started.  I spend so much time trying to watch as much of the tour as I can, I don't do much of anything else in July.  Well, it's over now and boy does this house needs some scrubbing!
It was a wonderful tour with lots of great competition and good sportsmanship.  My two favorite guys, Andy and Frank Schleck, came in second and third behind Cadel Evans, a great competitor.  I'm looking forward to next year!

Friday, July 22, 2011

So much but right now Tour de France

So much has gone on this spring, new back wheel for the tandem giving us fits, MS ride good but not great, back troubles hopefully fixed by a new mattress and box spring, staff change at my favorite bike shop not boding well for my continued patronage and OMG the Tour de France.  What's not to like about two brothers who are great friends and totally devoted to each other being ranked 2 and 3 after a frenchman in the lead who never thought he'd still be in the yellow jersey at this point.  Today is the last mountain stage with a legendary climb.  Tomorrow is the time trial and then the ride into Paris Sunday which is mostly just a victory lap for the winner.  I'm here in my un-air condidtioned bedroom on the hottest day of the year trying to watch as much as I can of it before my room gets to hot to sit in anymore.  The rest of the house has AC but my DVR is in here.  I'll last as long as I can and then watch the rest tonight after the room cools down a bit.  Go Andy!