I’m still here, and I’m still riding. I’ve been busy. I spend time with Diane, I have social gatherings, and I ride my bike. Having Diane around has been a positive to my bike commuting – as in she pushes me to ride instead of driving me to work. She did drive me to work today though. I wasn’t feeling well.
Here’s some random things since my last post.
I hauled a kitchen table on the Big Dummy to my daughter’s house. This was a four mile trip down Preston Highway. I got some weird looks.
The hardest part was strapping the thing down securely so it wouldn’t slide off. It was a bit wobbly, but I made it without dumping the table in traffic.
Part of the ride was a rather intense downpour. Somebody took a picture of me while stopped at a traffic light.
Diane has her own bike now. We met somebody at volleyball getting rid of a bike. We got it for free. It needed a tune-up, tubes, a brake cable, and a water bottle cage. I put my dyno-wheel on the front. Since the picture was taken I’ve added a rear rack and dyno-headlight. I’ve still got less than $100 into it.
It’s a Specialized Crossroads Sport (step-through version). It’s a size small, so it fits her well.
She doesn’t want fenders on it. She may change her mind once she gets a “skunk stripe” up her back.
The Louisville Bicycle Club (and Timothy) put on a 100K Populaire on June 2nd. It was leaving from Charlestown Indiana. Tim, Asher, and I left from Louisville and rode to Charlestown (21 miles). Tim had other obligations, so he rode back rather than participate in the Populaire.
Asher and I rode with another dozen people. The route took us to Hanover Indiana for a lunch stop before going back to Charlestown for the finish at Charlestown Pizza Company. – 64 miles later.
Diane met us there, and Asher and I enjoyed the comfort of a motor vehicle for the trip back to Louisville.
That was 85 miles for the day – more than I’ve done in a while. Although I was slow, I felt like a cyclist again. The rSogn is a wonderful bike. The weather was gorgeous. The company was pretty good too.
Diane is effectively living with me, it’s just not official yet. We’ve found the things that irritate each other (that’s what it’s about, right?) Relationships can be a challenge, but I’m optimistic about ours.
She’s decorated the house a bit. She keeps it clean. She loathes the dog hair, but keeps it clean as she can. Yes, I help with housework, but I basically just take direction from her. She’s the expert.
Diane and I have entertained company a few times at the house now. She had her family over for dinner. She cooked a large meal (with dessert!). Everyone was pleased.
My mother and my niece came to visit. They’re actually at my house for a few more days yet. I’ve had a week of visiting with my mother. I hadn’t seen her in person since 2009. I hadn’t seen my niece in about ten years. Diane and my mother seem to like each other.
Diane won’t give up her car. I don’t expect her to. It did break down on her on Thursday. It was about fifteen miles from my house, so it was several days before I got out to look at it.
She spent those days riding her bike around for errands. I guess she got a bike just in time.
I fixed her car on Sunday. She still rides with me on errands though. She has a potential job downtown. If she gets it, she’s talking about riding to work, weather permitting, to avoid paying to park. She doesn’t want to ride in rain, cold, or hot weather, but it’s a start.
3 thoughts on “It’s Been A While…”
I have to say that if I were to attempt to haul a table on the back of my bike here in CA I’d probably get more than looks. Dog hair has become a part of my life recently too. It’s everywhere! Getting back to the table on the back of the bike. Hilarious!
Good to hear from you! I’m glad things are going well for you guys. You are a bit crazy for moving that table on the back of your bike — especially in a rainstorm! Too funny. It sounds like you guys are enjoying your summer. I love having family over for dinner. Diane sounds like my kind of gal. Have fun!
I still can’t get over that shot of the table on the Dummy!
Diane seems like a good fit, and you’re right … figuring out the ways in which you irritate each-other is important. So is being able to talk about them, even if talking feels like fighting when it happens! That’s definitely one part of setting boundaries.
I know what you mean about feeling like a cyclist again. It’s weird, even with the commuting, I haven’t been feeling like a “cyclist” until I started getting out for longer rides again.
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