I think that I’ve now had enough pain which, according to some is necessary in order to write a funny book.1 The plan was hatched months ago when ace cycling-buddy and former high school classmate Don Bynum started laying out routes for a Century Ride.2 I didn’t pay much attention to the notion at first. I should have.
“A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.” – Hemingway. Letter (6 December 1924); published in Ernest Hemingway : Selected Letters 1917-1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker ↩
I stepped outside at 6am and it was a mere 60 degrees! Wow, fall may be on the way. Big plans had been made for a cycling adventure with Don Bynum, Richard Golladay, Mike Clark and anyone else who might show up. First stop: take on fuel at Atwoods Cafe. Whole grain pancakes with sugar-free syrup and two strips of turkey bacon. Oh, and the usual dose of BS with my coffee, but I digress.
Whether you call these the dog days of summer, the hot days, awful hot days … or whatever …. A nice cycling trip through the Texas Hill Country makes everything be just alright! You just have to start early and try to escape the main heat.
I am fortunate to have a number of good cycling companions in the area. I had the same good fortune with motorcycling, but there is something about sweating together that creates an extra-special bond. And so it was that John Chalmers and I set out today to do a little sweating together. We cranked at 7:42am and it was already 88 degrees! Continue reading “Hot ride on Fall Creek loop”