The afternoon bike ride was my last-ditch effort to improve my spirit, instead it nearly broke it completely.

In East Decatur, near Sam’s Crossing, I hit a pothole at speed. It just felt bad, but I rolled through the intersection that I was speeding to get through thinking I had dodged a bullet. Not forty yards later the front tire was clearly losing air, so I stopped. I put in a new tube, and after fearing that my CO2 pump was broken, I finally figured out how it worked. I put CO2 into the new tube, which immediately deflated. This brand new tube had a weak spot that blew. If you know me you know that I am not one to take risks, so I had another brand new tube in my seat pack, along with two more CO2 cartridges. The entire time I worked using the second replacement tube I worried that it would fail and I would have to walk home in my cycling shoes since none of the people I could call for a ride home were available. Fortunately I succeeded and limped home, cutting off about eight miles of intended riding.

Once at home I found out that the ride I signed up to ride on Sunday has been postponed a week due to the hurricane / tropical storm. Of course I cannot ride that weekend. I wonder if I did something incredibly unusual and sprung for the insurance; no, I did not.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was BULKY

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26 Responses to 2022-09-29

  1. NYT Mini Crossword in 0:56

  2. I just noticed that my rear tire is now flat. What a bunch of fucking bullshit. I am so tired of having bad luck.

  3. Steve says:

    I’m calling another foul on the Mini today. Maybe it’s a crossword thing, but still.
    Wordle in 3! Started with SAINT.

    The new pony (current name Gauzy) is feeling better after a visit from the vet. Shipping fever?? I guess they don’t want to drink or eat on the trailer? And it’s contagious, or he’s afraid she might have something contagious, so away from the boys a while longer.

    After the very early start yesterday, I had no energy once I got home, so rode my recliner all night except for making dinner.

    Finally the Weather Channel crew has gotten smart with helmets and some even had goggles. Not sure what took them so long.

    How’s mom?


    • Haven’t spoken to her yet today. She has dialysis on Thursday mornings and I asked her to call me if it was canceled today. It looks like she dodged the bullet, I will call her to find out later.

  4. Should be getting the M6 back today. Hopefully the expensive repair was done with a high degree of skill and my luck will finally turn for the better.

  5. Barb says:

    AAA I think works when you are on a bike. OR – you could have uber/lyfted? At least you made it home.
    Any chance you damaged your rim(s)? Allan can look at it – if you’d like. He’s at the fire house today, may (or may not) be at ATL Cycling Friday. Not sure what’s on our Saturday agenda yet.

    • I’ve heard conflicting reports about AAA and bikes. I hate to think what Uber/Lyft would charge for that these days.

      I going to put it on the stand today and give it a hood once-over. If I think Allan should have a look I will see when you are available. My weekend is wide open now.

      • Rims show no damage that I can see. Rear tube patched with a low-confidence patch. I have put both tires up to my desired pressure and will check them again tomorrow morning.

        I need to buy a new patch kit, and rubber cement.

  6. David says:

    Bummer about the flat. Atlanta streets are treacherous. The Avondale MARTA station is across the bridge. I’ve ridden MARTA home once after getting a flat on the way to Stone Mountain.

    Wordle in 4 starting with GRAVY. Mini in 37.

    • Yeah, that could have been an option. Would have saved me about 4-5 miles of walking.

      • Steve says:

        I was living in Clarkston many years ago and had ridden to the mountain and was on the way home to go to work (2nd shift) and had a flat along E. Ponce before Mountain Industrial. I was now going to be seriously late, and started to jog with my bike. Not a minute after I started, a guy in a landscaping truck pulled over- I knew if you were running with your bike, you were trying to get somewhere. Dropped me off at the door! I love the South.

  7. Jenka says:

    My friend in Tampa is well and fine, she says the wind gusts overnight were the worst but still has power and didn’t lose any trees. It could have been so much worse! I hope we get some good rain this weekend.

    Yesterday’s Wordle in 4 using LEAST. I was pissed because my third attempt was “usury.” I should have had it in 3!

  8. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with SALET again. I don’t want to talk about the Mini.

    Gauzy, the new horse, was feeling VERY poorly. She may be a tad dramatic as she was flat out on the ground moaning. After getting 20 liters of fluids and lots of meds she is much better today and out and about like a normal horse. ChaChing on the cost. Happy freaking birthday to me!

    Fingers crossed that I get Ceili sold tomorrow. The buyer is coming back for one more ride. She’s already had a pre-purchase vet exam done on her and that went well. She keeps referring to “making an offer” on her. Hopefully, she’s not nutty and thinks she can lowball by several thousand, but you never know with horse people – they be crazy.

    • Barb says:

      Mini – thought I was doing good, then couldn’t figure out what I did wrong.

      Glad Gauzy is feeling better, and hopefully Ceili is sold soon!

  9. Picking up M6. Will drive around for awhile and then park for lunch, juuuuust to be sure all is well.

  10. Barb says:

    Just heard from a friend about a friend in Fort Myers -she walked to the nearest fire station (not very far) to get a shitty cell signal. Their house is in a good spot, so they survived pretty well, a few trees down, but no real damage. Have to boil water, but that is to be expected. I’m guessing they have a generator, but they didn’t say anything about power.

    • Steve says:

      I would have had plenty of 5 gallon cans of water.. you lose power at the pump house and you ain’t got no water- AMHIK!! Must not be natives…

      Most friends checking in are fine. Watching it come ashore yesterday was pretty scary.

  11. Sitting at a Mexican restaurant in Jonesboro. Not 100% thrilled with car, but will see how it fares after lunch. After eight years of driving it I am intimate with its behaviors and when I started it earlier it wasn’t the same, it seemed rough.

  12. Barb says:

    took Kristina (RamaHo) to the Chicken Salad Chick for lunch – she’d never been.
    at least 10 different flavors of chicken salad -how can you go wrong? 😉

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