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Month: May 2010

Almost Sideswiped.

Almost Sideswiped.

I meant to write about this for a while.  About a week ago, I was just doing my regular riding route on the highway and a purple F150 brushed me (about a foot away from the mirror) and then suddenly turn right in front of me.  All I could do was jam my brakes on and yell at the top of my voice.  The driver kept driving up the road probably not even aware of the almost carnage that could have occurred.  I felt incensed! Pissed off! and woefully helpless….I felt that I should have track the person down and let him know that the driver was in the wrong or something like that. After a week of thinking about it, I believe that it was an honest mistake and something that any driver of automobile wouldn’t get how I feel unless they could feel that their life was in jeopardy too.  Something like if their brakes failed or someone was in their lane heading towards them in a head-on collision.  At least, a head-on would get their attention whereas hitting a bike rider would even dent the quarter panel.  Suffice to say that whatever the odds, it’ll be Truck 1; Rider 0 every-time.

—WAB1234—

Getting Ready for the Circle Ride

Getting Ready for the Circle Ride

I’ve put about 742km into training this year since April  and I’ve mapped it on Google maps.  Right now I would be just outside Golden on the BC border and well into the Rockies!  Google Map link  I checked my progress last year and at this time I put in about 1110 km in. 400 less km but I’m about 1km/hour faster on average in 2010, so I’m doing better and more intense workouts.  

I’ve established two goals this year.  1) June 26 and 27.  The circle ride from Gibsons to Powell River to Comox to Nanaimo.  This journey is 240km and I’ll do it in 2 days.  It is possible to do it in 1 day but the ferries schedule sort of screws up the day.  I’ll look at the summer schedule to see if it can be worked out in the summer schedule in August.   2) The Granfondo in September.

—WAB1234—