Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Saga Continues

I woke to the annoying beep, beep , beep of the alarm clock early this morning. It's cool though ... today I'm getting up early to go ride. This is the first time back out since the horrific 3 flats in one ride day 2 weeks ago. I spent a lot of time checking and patching the tire after that ride and even put in a 10 mile ride around the house to make sure the tire was alright.  Everything was fine.

I picked Randall up on the way to the Ouachita National Forrest this morning. We were both yawning but anticipated a good day. We quickly loaded his bike in my truck and headed on our way. It was 63 and heavily overcast this morning, nothing on radar, all of the rain and storms were north of us moving straight east. Once there, we unloaded, got our gear on and took off like a couple of cats at the dog pound.

After a short run up highway 71, we turn into the forrest and light the big beasts up. There is an uphill off camber turn that just dares you to slide your bike sideways as you hit the forrest boundary, so Randall and I did not disappoint it this morning. Sliding sideways through the turn at 35 mph we pop over the top of the rise and down the back side of the hill at 60 mph. It was chilly once we got started. I almost wished I would have worn my sweatshirt instead of a thin riding jersey this morning. The bikes love cool, crisp mornings like today and they were responding to the slightest throttle movements. At one point, I was running around 45 mph, I cracked the throttle and the front end popped up while it literally slung me backwards and yanked my arms at the shoulder sockets. Man ... this is why I ride. For that feeling right there, the sheer horsepower and acceleration makes you feel so alive. I slowed down as we descend into a valley, go around a tight little turn and hit a low water bridge. I light the throttle back up and run down to forrest road 178 and wait on Randall. Randall pulls up and is checking his GPS, looks over and begins chuckling. What is it? He informs me that I have another flat tire. I was so mad, I didn't change the tube, just turned around and rode back out on the flat tire. I have had enough flats with this tire, there has to be something inside it that I'm missing, I am peeling the tire off and throwing it away. After arriving back at the truck, a quick glance at the odometer shows I racked up an paltry 14.9 miles!

On the way home it continued to get darker and a fierce cross wind hit all at once blowing my truck all over the road. Before we got back to Randalls house, the sky had opened up and it was raining hard. By the time I arrived at my house, the rain was coming down even harder. I sit here with thunder rumbling in the background and the rain hitting the roof so hard it's deafening. In fact, it's currently raining so hard, the animals are starting to pair up.

Very disappointing, but perhaps for the best. I don't mind riding in a little shower or even a brief thunderstorm, but I don't like riding in hard rain all day long. And neither of us would admit to the other that we wanted to turn around and go back to the truck. 

6 comments:

mary said...

Oh man!! It’s time to toss that puppy in the trash. Sounds like it worked out anyway since the weather changed on you. At least the first 7 miles were sweet. There is always next week. Glad your feeling better.

tharr said...

Mary, consider it tossed! Already have a brand new tire mounted. Didn't miss riding in the thunderstorm, just hated having another flat. You're right, the first 7 miles reminded me why I love to ride this morning.

Just Me said...

Terry, I have to admit I am laughing a little bit right now. Glad you 86'd the tire and got in a short ride at the very least. Next time you go for a ride crack the throttle for me a time or two. Mike...

Wren said...

Wow, Terry! Now that was a true bit of bad-luck/good-luck, wasn't it? Glad you got to thoroughly enjoy those first few miles (loved your photos!), at least. And really glad you weren't out in the middle of nowhere when that storm hit so hard. It's just no fun being stuck in a windy downpour with no shelter in sight.

I'm delighted that you're feeling so well! Not a single mention of the rheuma or osteoarthritis in this post, which leads me to believe you're feeling on the upside of just fine. Bravo!

tharr said...

Mike, one thing I learned early in life is you gotta be able to laugh at yourself. While the last 2 rides have been quite humbling, I still have to laugh at it myself. For about 12 years I couldn't flat a tire, now I can't get in a ride without one.

I'll definitely crack it open for you next time out!

tharr said...

Hey Wren, it really was. I was none too happy riding back with a flat tire for the second ride in a row, but as hard as it rained, all day long, it would not have been a very enjoyable ride.

Not pain free by any means, but I have been feeling much better lately. Thanks.