longjohn, it sounds like Edie lives!
What a ride, lj! I'm glad the dogs weren't able to get you. Sounds a nearer thing than might be strictly comfortable. Wow. You're a tough one. I hope your cataract correction goes well. Thank you for bringing us on your ride. I love the idea of playing on the road with horses and buggies. That's really cool.The snow finally melted and my dirt road started to dry out. I went for a ride yesterday. The temperature was in the upper thirties. I have seen a sign on one of the gravel roads I ride for Amish donuts every Saturday but it was never Saturday when I rode that way. Yesterday I did a donut ride. By the time I got to the house with the donuts my hands and face were froze. I bought six donuts, ate one of them on the spot and while loading the other five in my panniers I got out my balaclava and my lobster claw gloves. I had full fingered winter gloves on but they don’t cut it below 40°. I continued on my ride and saw a large animal run from a cornfield and run up the road ahead of me. It wasn’t the right color for a deer but it was about the size of a smaller deer. I get my cataracts fixed on Wednesday and I’ll sure be glad to be able to see again. As I was catching up to that animal I spoke to it and told it it didn’t have to run from me. It stopped and looked at me. It was a Great Dane.
I changed my route from the last time and was going uphill when I heard these dogs barking. Last time they chased me I was going down hill and out ran them. I knew I was in trouble. With the lobster claws I couldn’t use my HALT so all I could do is sprint and hope for the best.
I was getting pretty far from their farm but they hadn’t given up. I felt one dog grab my foot but he slipped off because I was spinning the pedals so fast. Maybe it hurt his mouth because they stopped chasing me. I don’t think I’m supposed to get my heart rate that high but I survived. I don’t want to get bit because I’m on blood thinners and that would be bad.
The dirt roads were pretty good shape except for the puddles. All the potholes and buggy ruts were still laying with water. I stayed out of those. On the last part of my ride I had been climbing a grade and working pretty hard when I passed a barn with an Amish buggy ready to pull out. No normally I can outrun a buggy but this time I wasn’t sure. I’ve never been passed by a buggy but he was gaining on me. Sure enough he passed me. I drafted him for awhile and then thought better of it and dropped back a bit. Now the horse was running out of gas’s and I had to slow down or pass him. I didn’t want to play leapfrog so I stayed behind him. Another quarter mile and we will be done climbing and then a long downhill. I’ll wait to pass him on the downhill. Just as we got to the crest of the hill he turned off down another dirt road. Rats, I should have passed him while I had the chance.
I had never been passed by a buggy before and I have passed lots of them but I’ve never been this old before and that horse did have fresh legs and I am still recovering from a hectic year.What a ride, lj! I'm glad the dogs weren't able to get you. Sounds a nearer thing than might be strictly comfortable. Wow. You're a tough one. I hope your cataract correction goes well. Thank you for bringing us on your ride. I love the idea of playing on the road with horses and buggies. That's really cool.
Right behind you at 74*. I want some cold weather to kill the flying little nasty bugs. Mosquitos in December is just wrong:-/same crazy windy here too. yesterday was 35-40 from south and this morning 25-30 from north......the 30 degrees cooler part is welcome. been 84 last coupla days. stupid for december even in tx. broke records from the last global warming aka climate change event back in 1920's and 1930's....
It's cooler here, so odd.After too long away from the saddle, I made it out today with canine companion Chip for 22 late day miles. Strange how chilly the low 60's can feel this time of year. Still, a beautiful day. Chip was thrilled to have an adventure and ran some 3.5mi.
Yesterday, I missed out on the chance to ride in snow. I didn't do much cold weather cycling last season due to all the medical stuff, and it's proving harder than I expected to get back out for some cold weather fun. So far my coldest ride amounted to 5mi in mid-40's. Strange year.
I bought better cold weather gear this year. My only problem is the cold weather makes my nose run. Not so much with the balaclava but hard to deal with with that on. My failed eye surgery