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2015-06-20 23.50.57

Another Night Ride

It rained all day today.

Which pretty much screwed up all my plans to ride 60 to 80 miles.  Yes, I know, I may be forced to do that on The Ride.  But today, I didn’t have to go out in that mess, so I didn’t.  

I spent most of the day tinkering with the blog site that will succeed this one in a few days.  I also tinkered with the new sports camera and the phone app to run it.  Finally, I dicked around with Twitter a little bit.  I was pleasantly surprised at a few of its capabilities.  It’s given me some different ideas about how to do some things while riding.

By 3PM this afternoon the rain still hadn’t let up.  I went and did one of the things I’m an expert at:  napping.

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Napping was invented by my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Fred.

About 10:30 this evening, I was itching to ride.  I suited up, loaded up the panniers, and thought I’d do a quick 20 miles or so.

It was a beautiful night.  I was trying out my new biking shorts and a new riding shirt, too.  Fireflies and stars were everywhere.  I wish the camera on the phone could capture lights that relatively dim, but, alas.

I found myself here in Westerville:

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Bet you didn’t know Hoover Dam is actually in Westerville, Ohio, did ya?

You can walk out across the top of the dam and look over into the spillway:

Note the guardrails to keep you from falling into the water:

Back in February 2004 those guardrails were covered in snow and ice.  I’d walked over here from my house, less than a half mile away.  I stood on the second guardrail — again, it covered with ice — and looked some fifty feet down into the frigid water:

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And decided that I wasn’t ready to jump in quite yet.  

All right, enough of that.  I obviously didn’t follow through with it.  

Anyway, this evening I knocked out a little more than what I’d set out to do:

2015-06-21 00.06.34And somewhere on the way I earned my Purple Hearted Bike Badge:

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