Saturday, August 20, 2011

Great Morning to Ride

We spent the day back at the alma mater yesterday, delivering our daughter, Georgia, for the start of her sophomore year. Across the street from her dorm, is where the marching band practices each day. I really don't know if that is the world's largest drum, but it's labelled that. It makes an appearance at each and every home game. And it's pretty loud.

But not as loud as the train horn on the Boilermaker Express. They've mounted a modern freight train horn on this thing, and when it goes off this close, it makes your ears ring. I had first-hand experience yesterday.

Here's Georgia, with her new roommate, Gabby.

Here's Hugh's hand, the one who whacked his face and hand in last week's crash. His eye is black and blue, and he broke a bone in his hand, but that didn't keep him off the bike for this morning's club ride. It didn't slow him down, either.

I haven't shown my ears much on this blog. Here's my left ear - it's my favorite.

We rode northwest of town, in lake country today. It was a spirited ride, with lots of hills and turns, so this is it for photos. I had to ride like crazy to hang on.

It was a great morning to be on the bike.

Happy riding!



Steve A said...
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Steve A said...

Unless you shoot your right ear, we'll have to take your word for it! Those riders behind certainly approved of that left ear.

limom said...

I like that ear, but agree with Steve, we'll have to inspect the right one also in order to make a proper assessment of the left one.

limom said...

Oh, and that is a big drum.
Not the ear drum, the drum drum.

Pondero said...

I kinda miss those zippy club rides sometimes. I probably prefer taking time to see the scenery go by these days, but I remember the thrill of working with a paceline, group dynamics, and the occasional break/chase.

graybeard said...
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graybeard said...
pictures of past rides
another good ride today
enjoy your blog

Big Oak said...

Steve and limom - I said it's my favorite ear, not the club members' favorite. Although, they do seem to be following it closely, eh? You'll both just have to wait for a future right ear shot.

Pondero - the Sat and Sun touring rides are for the dedicated bikers in town who want a fast (fast for me, pretty slow for many) ride of up to 75 miles. There are much faster rides on Tues, Wed, and Thurs nights that are scary fast.

Graybeard - Luis, is that you? I've never seen you with a beard, so I can't tell if it's gray or not. Thanks for keeping me company near the end (and on last Sat's ride too!)

graybeard said...

Keep gray short.

check out the pictures of you last year. I need a 2011 picture.

Slept till 7:30 this morning, so had to drive to Coesse for Sunday
3RVS ride. Rode with Earnie the entire trip. Now I'm ready for bed again.


Chandra said...

Now, you need a pair of Good Year tires to go with that good ear...j/k!

Peace :)

Big Oak said...

Chandra - Ha! and a good beer!

Apertome said...

Sounds like a great ride. You are fortunate to have such a good club there. I get so frustrated with the Bloomington club sometimes.

Big Oak said...

Apertome - Yes, they are a great bunch of folks, every one. And I do consider myself very fortunate to be able to ride with them.