Check out the new issue of Dirtrag, the issue w/ Disc Brakes in big red letters on the cover. Jan from Bike and Bean wrote an article and included a picture about me. I learn how other people see me.
Clean body sliding between great soft LL Bean flannel sheets. Fell asleep right away. In bed b4 11:00. Chilly night and AM as I luxuriated warm and snug. Got up. Made buckwheat pancakes w/ real maple syrup.
Plan today is to work on my bike b4 my ride then drive to Phil’s TH. Replaced rear brake pads, degreased and soapy washed chain and rinsed, waited for it to dry then applied 2 passes of SquirtLube.
Parked @ crowded Phil’s. Stepped out of van and was created by a rider calling my name. It was Andrew whom I rode w/ his gang 2 years ago up near Hood River then way up @ Roslyn, WA. He caught me up on several of the other riders I rode w/ back then. His group is planning a mondo ride S of Oakridge that I will schedule in to ride. Cool.
Headed out on my ride out marvin’s Garden to COD climb along to hit Storm King tp Phil’s trail 7.6 miles from van. Big climbing is done, it’s almost all coast downhill. Riding here is in selective machine cut P-Pine open forest. Scars of tracked tree harvesters are weathering away, however the close cut stumps remain as a reminder. Lots of twisty turning trails making climbs never a killer, however in the 21 miles I rode I climbed 2176′. It ain’t flat.
Finished down Phil’s which is not a good idea on a weekend as I encountered many riders pedaling up. I had some fun moves. Seat dropper is the cat’s meow.
Drove into town looking for Sunshine Bikes in W Bend to make an appointment for Fri to bleed my brakes. Took some talking to drop my bike off Thurs and pick up on Fri afternoon. Not bonding too well to shop.
Stopped @ 10 barrels brew pub for a pint and socializing. Later was enjoyable, former was a bust.
Back out @ camp spot. Nice comfortable evening, gentle breeze & no mosquitoes.
Tomorrow I will learn how high I can ride because of snow pack.