Monday, January 07, 2008

Easy Rider

Sunday, I rode my bike north to Owl Canyon & back -- a 40-mile round-trip mostly on quiet county roads. It was chilly -- 33F at start, 36F at end, and thankfully no wind.

On the way back, I got a pinch flat when I hit a small rock. When I pulled over to the side of the road, I went off the asphalt... into mud. Dumb, dumb, dumb, because it made removing the tire to change the tube a bit messy.

When I got it fixed, a Subaru was driving slowly towards me with its emergency lights flashing. It was just ahead of a college-age cyclist, "pulling" him along with its slipstream. So I started riding before it reached me and sped up to 22 mph... but after a few minutes, they still passed me, the cyclist barely having to pedal!

What did Howard do? I followed them at 24 mph from about 50 yards back for the next 3 miles while the guy continued to draft/coast behind the sedan. Eventually I turned right towards a cement plant while they continued south towards town.

It's said that cheaters never prosper... but they CAN STILL pass Howard!


Blogger SiouxGeonz said...

Pass. Not surpass. THe college kiddo might as well have been in his car.

11:33 AM, January 15, 2008  

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