Friday, September 29, 2006

I CAN Drive 55!

Ever ride a bicycle 55 miles per hour? Howard did. Today [Friday]. Technically, his speedometer registered a max velocity of 55.1, but let's not quibble.

-- 55 mph --
Howard's new land speed record... on a Fuji Touring bike, of all bikes.

You see, there's this long, steep, straight road heading north that drops off the side of a dam and a reservoir west of town. Howard pedalled hard to prime the pump, went into his tuck, never touched the brakes once, and let gravity do its best to yank him to the center of the Earth.

Howard also came across a couple days ago, a site where over 16,900 cyclists around the world track their annual mileage. Howard -- who loves competitive endeavors -- registered his own miles, and is now leading all 405 Colorado bicyclists at in mileage for 2006 with 5,500 miles (and counting.)
Worldwide, Howard ranks 246th.

Howard's goal is to reach 8,000 miles by December 31st -- the diameter of the Planet Earth -- yeah, the same planet trying to yank Howard to its core.

"Make no small plans." -- Daniel Burnham, Architect


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Howard, I just traveled over from Kevin Drum's site.

You might enjoy this:

The Ditty Bops (close-harmony musicians, wacky young women promoted their new CD by biking cross-country from gig to gig. They left Los Angeles late-May and arrived in NYC for Labor Day). They spent some time in Colorado on the way. Maybe you saw them?

Their music is great, too!

Take care. (and -- ehm -- way to go chem grad school kid!)

-- Tilli (Mojave Desert)

2:07 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Yes, Tilli (Mohave Desert), the Ditty Bops played at the Tour de Fat. I wrote about that fun fun day at this link. They also came through Fort Collins on their bikes about a month before on their way to places way far east of Colorado. They certainly get around. Not sure how they have the energy to perform after so many miles on the bike each day.

Howard could use such a marketing gimmick and promotions department hisself.

Stay hydrated, Tilli (Mohave Desert)!

9:56 AM, September 30, 2006  

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