Quote Of The Day – Saturday – 22SEP2012

“It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past.” – Mikhail Gorbachev

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Season Ending

The season is finally ending.  No, I’m not talking about summer, although that is also the case.  I’m referring to the “hot and heavy” business season.  Most years I hate to see it go, but this year is somewhat different.  I’ll miss my regular clients, as well as meeting new clients which sometimes become new friends as well, but this time around I’m looking forward to leaving behind the rush-rush and enjoying the slower pace of autumn.  For some reason mother nature has been tugging at me stronger than usual, so I’m finding it difficult to wait until I have time to get out into some of the more remote areas and simply enjoy my surroundings.  I think I’ll do much more riding this fall than usual.  While out conducting business I’ve been making notes on places I’d like to revisit.  Hopefully most of those notes will be followed through on.  What this means to you, my followers, is more ride reports complete with pictures and descriptions of the areas visited.  Be patient.  My “season” isn’t quite over yet, but it won’t be long.  🙂

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Quote Of The Day – Thursday – 21JUN2012

“I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.” – Anne Rice

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Event Calendar

An Event Calendar has been created as promised and placed on its own page.  Just click on the”Event Calendar” tab at the top of the page, or the “Blogroll” link in the right hand side-bar.

The next event will be a cycling trip from the Catamount Travel Center (4776 Little Savannah Road- 828.293.0700 – Across from Western Carolina University) in Cullowhee, NC to the Wal-Mart Super Center in Sylva, NC.  The trip will begin between 1:00 and 1:30pm on Sunday, January 22, 2012, weather permitting.  Everyone interested in cycling and/or our cause is invited to attend, however please contact us by email [OldSchoolCycling at Yahoo dot Com] not later than 3:00pm EST on Saturday, January 21, 2012 to verify the start-time and to let us know you’re coming so we don’t leave without you if you plan to participate in this ride.  The route, not counting any possible side trips, is a little over 4 miles.

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First Ride

Note: The thoughts and activities discussed in this post occurred in June, 2011.

In my last post, A New World, I mentioned digging my old Huffy Snakeriver bicycle out of the storage building.   It took me quite a while but I finally cleaned it up and took my first tenuous ride.  Well, it wasn’t really the first ride, but the first ride in over 15 years.  Talk about exhilarating!  🙂  I only went, maybe, half a mile but it was still a lot of fun.  Yeah, I know.  It’s not a fancy bike with a lot of doodads, but its still in decent shape and handles well.  That’s a lot for a bike that’s at least 18 years old and has never had any repairs.  I aired up the tires over 3 weeks ago to see if the tubes would still hold air.  One had only lost 2 pounds of air, the other not quite 3 pounds.  Amazing!  When giving the bike it’s “once over” I noticed the gear shifters were a little stiff (who wouldn’t be after sitting around more than 15 years), the padded seat cover had lost it’s cushioning, and the chain was in desperate need of oil, but other than a very small amount of rust here and there I found no other physical problems with it.  I’ll run it over to a bike shop when I have some free time for them to check it out and make any necessary adjustments, but since I’m totally swamped with backpacker shuttles this time of year who knows when that will be.  Guess I’ll have to wait a while before doing any longer rides.  Safety first you know.  Once I have it back I’ll give it all the loving care it deserves.  Maybe more.  I can’t wait for my first “decent” ride of several miles.  That one will probably be around one of the nearby towns to reacquaint myself with the shifters and hand brakes.  After that there’s no telling where I may go… as long as it’s relatively flat.  I’m not ready to tackle the nearby mountains yet.  Anyway, I’ll let you know how my bike’s “doctor visit” went.  🙂

Here’s how my bike looks after a quick clean up following years in storage.

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