Friday, January 28, 2011

Still on the steep part of the learning curve!

Five days since my big weekend/campout "test".  I have only ridden 30 miles since then.  I went into a slump where I had no big desire to get on the bike and ride.  I felt quite bummed about that fact until I realized just how much work that weekend was and how I have only been riding a bike for less than two months!  I have been expecting too much too soon and my body just isn't up to it, yet.  I need to settle down, just do the miles and "gradually" build up my strength and endurance.
I know that.  It's just that I forgot "that"!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Who's an ass?

Could it be me?

Yeah!  I decided to try Sherwood Road again only this time with full panniers for an overnight bike trip!

 At the second gate I had to unload the bike to squeeze it through.

There were about five hills where I had to get off and push the bike.  I went through my bottles of water quite quickly and decided I better top off when I had the chance using my water filter pump.

 And then I arrived at the sticky stuff!

 Clay and water do mix!  I had discovered why Sherwood Road is closed until May!
Not only could I not walk through this I couldn't push my bike through it either.  End of my eastward progress.
I only made it to the five mile mark on the above map.  That map starts where the blacktop ends.

 I turned around and found a reasonably flat spot to set up camp.
I had gone a total of nine miles and 950 feet up.

 A beautiful evening over the Pacific.

 In the morning I discovered my down sleeping bag leaked and feathered me!!
(Listening to Weekend Edition on my Zune.)

 Folks seem to like saving dump fees by tossing their trash in the woods.  I made a nice cooking area out of this radiator!  The infamous Bubble Butt doing the cooking duties, tea and oatmeal.

 Here's a shot with my zoom cranked out to max.  I think that is the Weller House water tower in the near-middle of this shot.  My GPS said I was 5.5 miles from the coast as the Raven flies!

 Heading back to town I found this small creek and topped off my water bottles, again.

 There is quite a bit of water around this time of year but during the summer, forget it!

I finished my weekend adventure with a ride out the Haul Road and back.
32.28 miles total for two days.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Test Ride!

I filled my panniers with what I normally take on a seven day backpacking trip plus bike stuff;  tool kit, spare tube, patch kit.  A total of 34 extra pounds.
I only rode the basic ten miles up the Haul Road and back.  Against the wind at 6 mph and back at 11 mph.
I'm going to have to "man up" a bit more for the hills in my future but I figure I have about three months before blast off, lift off...., push off?


Here's a chart of my work outs.
So far "this year" I have swam 12 miles, walked 40 and biked 177.
Pretty good for an old fart!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Two High Points!!

My first thirty miler!!
I asked Stan at Down Home Foods to recommend a nice thirty mile bike ride.  And, there it is!!  Down to Mendocino, east on Little Lake Road, back on Caspar Creek 409 road and home.  30.5 miles!!  Perfect!

 Here's the sign at the intersection of Little Lake and  Caspar Creek.

 Parked in the Pygmy!

When I got home Marc at Fort Bragg Cyclery had left a message, "You panniers have arrived.".
Oh boy!  Oh boy!
Now to figure out where my "stuff" will go.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Noyo Flats

Ain't it the truth!

Going down was a breeze.  It was up that hurt!
I'm not ready for mountains yet!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Riding the logging roads.

Saturday and Sunday morning I usually fly radio controlled airplanes at the Fort Bragg Fog Buster's flying field out Little Valley Road.  Yesterday I decided to ride my bike to the flying field via logging roads.

Some, lifting, stretching and bending is required!  :-)

My route crossed Pudding Creek several times.

At the flying field I set up my mini-helicopter and transmitter!  The only "plane" I have that would fit in my backpack!

I arrived at the field at 11:30 and most of the guys were leaving but a few stayed a while longer.  It was an absolutely beautiful flying day.

I had a sandwich and locked the gate on my way out.

A nice ride back home.

24.45 miles round trip.  Some up and down hills to build my strength.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another tune-up!

 Actually, ready for dye to be injected for an abdomen/pelvic scan.
We're looking to see if my prostate cancer has spread.

A couple of trips through the donut hole (cat scanner) and I was done.  Next..., February 8th, a prostate biopsy.  There will be no photos!  I promise!

 Meanwhile, my Tubus Pannier Racks have arrived!!  I installed them last night!
I also bought a bike cable and lock and some fingerless biking gloves.

Tomorrow, off to Glen Blair and beyond!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Further! Into the Hills!!

 I gave Sherwood Road another try and this time I "kicked it"!!

 All the way to the second gate!

 Right past the 12% sign!
Although I had to stop and rest three times!!

Out past the end of the blacktop and two miles into the dirt!
Whoot!  Whoot!
14 miles round trip and I don't feel bad!

PS. My pannier racks arrived!!  Got 'em bolted on!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Into the hills!

I'm just starting to cut my teeth on this one.  Four miles out there is a 16% grade for what seems like a quarter of a mile, probably less but, oof!  The first time I tried it I didn't make it.  The second time I tried it I made it with only two rest stops.  Now my bike is in the shop for it's 100 mile check-up (actually 152 mile check-up, I hated to let it go!) but when I get it back I am ready to give ol' Sherwood another try.  It is a perfect, less traveled, two lane road.
I plan to be able to ride out twenty miles, camp over night and ride back with-in a month or so.  
My Tubus Duo and Cargo racks should arrive tomorrow.  The Lone Peak rear panniers are on back-order so it may be another week or two before they show up.
By the way, my Long Haul Trucker made the front page of the Click-Stand blog!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Here's my new Click-Stand in operation.  Try this with a regular kick stand!!  NOT!

I carried the bike down to the beach and back.  No riding in the salt and sand for this bike!

I added up my total training miles since I started riding a bike December 11, 2010.  
227 miles.  
That would have taken me to Crescent City.  Almost the Oregon border!

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Click-Stand arrived!!

Light weight aluminum tubing that clicks together like a folding tent pole.

And elastic cords that I clip together on the handlebar between the shifter cables and the brake levers.

The cords stretched over the brake levers (both brakes).

Click-Stand in place!
Bike stands as stable as a camera tripod!  You couldn't do this on soft ground with a regular bicycle kickstand.
I will carry the Click-Stand in the handlebar bag for use when there is nothing suitable to lean the bike against.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Went for the helmet mirror.

 I decided to buy a helmet mirror.

I went out the Haul Road to give it a try.  I think it is an improvement in safety but I will need to be careful with it when the helmet is off my head; Looks like it would be easy to damage although there is a button for removal.  We'll see.

While I'm checking out my concerns the Whales head south!  See the whale breath and back of one?
Click to "embiggenate".
Lots of them going south this time of year.

By the way I have ordered my racks and panniers!!
Tubus Duo and Cargo racks and Lone Peak panniers, front, rear and handlebar!
Whoot!  Whoot!