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Thread: 30 Miles before noon

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    I Used to Be Someone sheridesabeemer's Avatar
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    Thumbs up 30 Miles before noon

    Smiling. Your face hurts from smiling and you‘«÷ve only done 30 miles before noon. Focus. Walls of rock to your left, drop off the cliff to your right , stay focused. 40 mph on a lane so narrow you have to stop to let a car go by the other way, yet you are passing the cars in your way. Switchbacks, one after another, after another. You never get the bike out of second gear because you need all the power all the time. The speedo never mattered, the rpms did, because you're always about to redline - in first, in second, maybe in third. Brakes. Imagine engaging the ABS...several times a day, with just the rear brake. Scrape your boot on a right, throw the bike to the left, and scrape your left boot. Inhale as you pass on a blind curve. Lock 'em up as you meet a bus on a hairpin. Pray to god, any god, as you do 150 on the autobahn. Soak in the sun as you sip cappuccino at the top of a mountain pass. Turn into your hotel night after night, so wired up from adrenaline, yet so exhausted you drop into your feather bed and sleep until the village church bells awake you. Turn in your machine at the end of the week, and wonder how you‘«÷ll ever ride the straight road again. Ride the Alps.

    Last edited by sheridesabeemer; 08-31-2005 at 02:23 PM.
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    very neato,

    I actually thought it was a ride report on the HD

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    Quote Originally Posted by marK11LT
    very neato,

    I actually thought it was a ride report on the HD
    I thought it was a single-speed bicycle ride . . .

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    Stressed Member jmerlino's Avatar
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    Dang, you guys. I'm soooo jealous.
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    Big fun in the big mountains What a great time you must have had!

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    Very Nice


    You're a poet. Great BIG pics, too. I especially like the photo of you with the mountains in the background. That's quite a grin you've got. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing...where exactly was this please? I live in MI where my driveway is the state's hightest point probably and so I recognize flat areas where you can see your dog running away for three days etc.
    Thanks again

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    Stronger, Faster, Tougher iRene's Avatar
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