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This looks like a great event!


A few years ago Facebook enabled a re-connection with Chuck, a guy who grew up in my neighborhood and I had known since kindergarten.  I have truly enjoyed our conversations in the past couple of years, visiting him in when we were in Chicago and him spending one weekend with us while on a nearby work assignment.

While not someone who has been focused on building and maintaining “body beautiful” something about RAGBRAI,  Iowa’s cross-state bicycle ride,  caught his attention and he participated last summer.  An annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state organized by the Des Moines Register, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. This year was the 40th annual ride and Chuck was there again.

You may say sure, a state like Iowa is flat so no big deal.  It is not completely flat and while the overall west-to-east route is downhill…

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2012 Real Ale Ride | Don Bynum’s Blog

2012 Real Ale Ride | Don Bynum’s Blog.

2012 Real Ale Ride

The 2012 Real Ale Ride is now in the history books (recorded with gallons of muscle burning lactic acid!) and as the pain fades it is becoming a legend that my grandchildren will tell their children around the campfire (providing heat from a ball of solar and wind powered magic plasma on the cold, still, nights on the plains).

Read the full post here: Don Bynum’s Blog – Cycling, Sailing and Surviving in the Texas Hill Country

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New York to Albany by Bike at age 13! | customtripplanning

New York to Albany by Bike at age 13! | customtripplanning.

New York to Albany by Bike at age 13!

The summer Sam was 13 we found a summer trip opportunity  that ended up making a profound difference in his life.  He joined a group called Teen Treks on a bicycle trip from New York City up the Hudson River Valley to Albany.


Read the full story here: CustomTripPlanning

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“Buttwiser” Ride

As to the subject: with every mile your butt gets wiser about those dang chip-sealed Karnes County roads. That – the ubiquitous chipseal – is what I dislike most when riding my bicycle hereabouts. But it simply can’t be helped if I want to bicycle.

Well, today the weather was so gorgeous again that I decided to try of my butt could stand the saddle for some more miles. And it could – even if at the end of the ride, after about 1 3/4 hours in the saddle – I did feel it a lot and wouldn’t have liked to go on much longer. Today, with the wind blowing fairly strongly again from the north, I decided to ride into it first and thus took one of my standard routes: out via Hobson and Panna Maria, and then looping back via Helena. It was 25.54 miles at an average of 14 mph. Not too bad, considering the wind [you never get as much speed back with the wind pushing youo than what you lose riding into the wind] andthe fact that it was only my second bicycle ride [and on consecutive days at that] after a 2-month pause. Compared to yesterday, the climbs were not so steep. Much easier with my gear ratio [54/39 x 13-21]. Thus the total ascent gained was 739 feet only. Anyway: this ride plus yesterday’s put me way ahead of my daily average planned [10 kilometers]. But knowing that there will be plenty of days when I won’t ride I really need a good “cushion”. After the ride I was craving for proteins and had some left-over smoked turkey: a whole drumstick with some thigh – every yummy and replenishing the lost calories. During the ride, btw, I had the need for some glucose and this had – and that’s unusual for me on such a short ride – 2 single-serving pouches of orange-flavoured Hammer Gel, and they helped. I always carry these with me, just in case, and today I really needed them. Before the ride I had – to keep my minerals and electrolytes at the right level – taken one capsule of Hammer Endurolytes.

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The New Year – A Good Beginning

After I had not been on the bicycle since Oct. 30 last year, having missed my goal of 3,560 kilometers [an average of 10 kilometers per day], or 2,268 miles, by far [I only managed, for a variety of reasons, 2,194 kilometers or 1,363 miles], I started this year quite nicely, with a 23-mile ride [at an average of 14.4 mph] out of Normanna/TX with the Beeville Stingers bicycle club. It was a gorgeous afternoon [they start their Sunday group rides at 3 p.m. – at least in the winter season, when it gets dark early – which suits me very well as I’m not a morning person], with bright sunshine from a cloudless blue sky and temps in the lower sixties still. It was a tad breezy, with winds of around 15 mph from the north, but that was not too bad, especially as our ride took us out towards the east and then looped back, so that we had the wind from the side for most of the time. The roads were good – a tad more hilly than I had expected in southern Texas. But fortunately the climbs of up to 8% were short. The total ascent was 1019 ft. Now let’s hope that 2012 continues in this vein and that I’ll be able to meet my goals this time or do better even.

Check the ride out here: RideWithGPS, Normanna(2)


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Normann Ride with the Beeville Stingers

Last Sunday I drove down to Normanna for an evening ride with the Beeville Stingers, and it was a wonderful one. I really enjoyed the back roads of Bee County. Even the country roads down there are paved, and they’re so much better than even the highways around here, in Karnes County: a fairly smooth surface with rarely a pothole – well maintained. We met at the Baptist church in Normanna and then went out for a 25-mile, one-and-a-half-hour ride, and I averaged 15.5 mph. What I enjoyed especially – besides the great company of my fellow riders – was the fact that it cooled down nicely towards the middle of the ride. I’ll certainly be back there soon for another ride.

Check out the ride here: RideWithGPS

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New Seat Post – New Route

After I had got a new – suspended – seat post from Germany and installed it, I took the Stevens on a new – and longer – route to try the suspension out. And it really worked. Together with the polymer suspension in the saddle it made the ride relatively comfortable on those fairly bumpy Karnes County roads. The new route took me to Falls City and from there on FM 887, FM 2724, FM 627 and Hwy 80 through Helena back to Karnes City. The route can be seen here at RideWithGPS. I enjoyed the ride a lot despite the sometimes breezy wind from the northern quadrant. But that – winds basically from the north – is why I had wanted to go north first and have the wind on my back on the return trip. Somewhat unfortunately, that was only true for the last 14 miles.

As to RideWith GPS: I really like the features on that website, especially that I can have a little (flash) movie that lets me move along the ride, showing elevation, grade [in %] and speed, as well as my position on a map or on Google.


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Great Ride with the Beeville Stingers

Yesterday I did my second “Karnes County 42-Miler”, and this time I had the great company of Donna, J.D. and Gary, members of the Beeville Stingers bicycle club, who had come up from Beeville to join me in the ride. I really enjoyed their company – thank you, Donna, J.D. and Gary – and they kept me going at quite a good speed. We averaged 14.8 mp/h, and that with quite a bit of wind [15 to 20 mp/h sustained], which we especially felt between Helena and Runge, where it could blow over open fields unhindered by any trees or bushes. But it was manageable. And after Runge the wind helped – mostly, that is. It was quite hot, too, with temps well over 90. But with a stop at the gas station & convenience store in Runge, and at the shell station in Kenedy, we did it.

The route was the same as on April 3: Karnes City, Panna Maria, Helena, Runge, Kenedy, Karnes City.

And here are some pictures:


The Dancelli, Still Awaiting Its Rider

dancelli plus rider

The Dancelli Plus Its Rider


Donna Signing in

lined up

Left to Right: Gary, Donna, J.D. and Pit


Off They Go!

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Upcoming Bike Rides [3] – Karnes County 42-Miler: Update

The ride is on, but be prepared for a hot [up to over 90 F.] and windy [15-20 mph sustained, with gusts of well over 30 mph] one.

See y’all at 11,


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Great Day – Great Ride

Today was an excellent day for riding. Apart from the bright sunshine, there was only a slight breeze [around 10 mp/h from the North East], and the temperature [around 80 F.] as well as the dewpoint [around 45 F. = really dry air] were wonderful. So, shortly before noon, I decided to hop on the Dancelli. I had prepared it with the “fast road” rear wheel, which has a 6 speed cassette [12-21], and, as it turned out, that gave me very good gears [the chainrings, btw, are 53/42] for the ride, so that I averaged 16.5 mp/h. I decided to do my Hobson – Panna Maria – Helena – Runge – Kenedy ride as that gives me plenty of opportunities to cut it short in case I don’t feel up to it. And also, with the prevailing winds, I would have the wind on my back during the second half. Well, as it turned out, my legs felt good and I did the whole distance, 49.65 miles altogether. And at the end I still felt fine and by far less exhausted than after my short 20-miler two days ago, even if I had two very short stops only, for some glucose tablets and electrolyte capsules. And as it was neither as hot nor as humid as on the rides before, I used only two bottle of water, I guess about 48 ounces. I know, that’s not enough by far, but I felt like I was sipping quite frequently. Anyway, my scale showed that it certainly hadn’t been  enough: I lost aobut 6 pounds on the ride – and that is basically all fluids. But I know from past experience that I’ll fill that up again quite quickly overnight.

Check this ride out here: RideWithGPS

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