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Day 117: So This ONE Brown Guy Is On The Side Of The Road

Update: 209.4 lbs, 48.8 lbs so far, 38 lb Goal Reached Day 74. – 1.2 lbs to NEW 50 lb goal.

The Windsor Island Road Driving Range is about a mile and a half from our house, right along The Loop I normally ride. Their sprinkler system comes on at 6 a.m. sharp — I know this because I had already been in the entrance to their parking lot for about a half hour when they came on, fixing a flat.

If you’ve been following along, that’s the second flat I’ve been a part of in the past week. Feeling pretty good about it, since we’d just done one, I jumped right in — had the wheel off in seconds, tools out, spare tube ready, old tube off, and ready to go. Tried to get the tire on a couple different ways before it finally made sense, and actually had it all put back together in relatively decent time. It was no 1 minute and 19 second tire change, but it was decent enough for a first solo effort.

The problem came when I tried to pump it up. The ‘missle launcher’ that I carry on my bike, which came through for Nick and I the other night, did NOT for me today. Now, I also need to try a different pump because it also could be the spare tube itself, but this pump is no fun to work with. I’m really considering a portable air gun and CO2 cartridges after this episode. After being there for 35 minutes with no air staying in the tire, I gave up, packed everything away, and started the trek back home.

Since I didn’t want to ruin my new cleats, I took my shoes off and carried them in one hand. Since that part of Windsor Island Road is really rough, or at least would be on a flat tube/tire/rim — I also hoisted the bike up on one shoulder and started the Walk of Shame. So yeah, there was the big brown guy, in socks, walking down Windsor Island Road, with a bike on his shoulder. Really wasn’t too bad since that’s what most of our trips to Disneyland have felt like…me carrying some 20+ lb kid all over the parks, for 4 days solid.

If any of you have any connections with the City of Keizer, we could use a little better street cleaning…lots of glass, rocks, and other cruddies right in the walking path. Also, if you’re ever in a situation where you’re walking down a road in your socks, I can strongly suggest walking on the painted stripe, it’s the smoothest part of a rough road. Lastly, big thanks to the husband/wife team on the tandem bike that apparently were on an important time trial and didn’t even take the time to hollar over and ask if I needed anything…giving the bike community a good name!

Hasta!

2 replies on “Day 117: So This ONE Brown Guy Is On The Side Of The Road”

They could have stopped and pumped up your tire!!!

Oh, now I’m mad. They’re probably the ones that blow through stop signs too… oh I can’t stand those people.

Oh man. That sucks. I know we’re not supposed to use that word…wait, does that apply here?

Anyhow, sorry to hear about that- I can’t believe the tandem story…and normally Keizer riders are very cool- were you fixing it when they road by or were you already walking down the road in yout socks? (man i wish i could have seen that)

I blow through stop signs pretty regularly 🙂

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