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Big ChangesHumma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 11:25 AM
Well, it was hard, but I've made the decision. I'm leaving my job and going back to Virginia. My wife misses me and I miss her, work has had us apart for 2 years, and I'm a Virginian, dammit! I won't miss the rolling blackouts or $860/month rent on a teensey 1-bedroom apartment.

One thing I lose is DSL and unlimited high-speed internet access. It'll be back to Erols and a modem, so I'll probably not be on as much.

One thing about CA -- it has gotten me fit. I had been going to the gym, and getting fitter, in VA, but I really went all-out here. Yesterday, I was doing laps over at the lake, did 50 miles with my HR rarely going below 150 (the charts at the gym say 148 is about my aerobic max at my age), I'd do entire laps (5 miles) at 155-158, did about 3 miles averaging 163, and maxed at 167 -- just a hard aerobic pace and no attempt to do sprint intervals. A couple of years ago I'd have been limited to maybe a minute at 163.

My age-predicted max is 173, I've seen 175 recently doing intervals, my cardiologist tested me to 188 if memory serves. So that stretch at
163 would be 94% of age-predicted max, or 93% of recently-seen max, or 87% of what the doc said was my max. And I was cookin' the power output definitely improved. California has been good for me. My riding patterns will change in Virginia, probably shifting to shorter weekday rides, but more of them, occasionally getting in a long format on the weekends.

So I'll be around, but maybe less active here.
re: Big ChangesTypeOne
Apr 9, 2001 11:28 AM
Best wishes-I look forward to reading your posts as soon as you are online in VA! Sounds like you could coordinate your move with RAAM, huh?
Coordinate? Hah!Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 12:01 PM
The record solo effort is what, 8+ days? If I could get the cruiser across the US in 30 days it would be a miracle. Mind you, if I had a month and a half to kill, and no other responsibilities, I'd very seriously consider riding home.

As is, it'll probably make the trip in 4-5 days, strapped in the back of the pickup. Durn, it's gonna take me the whole YEAR to get my bike/truck miles ratio back over 1.
I say cheat!Lazy
Apr 9, 2001 2:41 PM
Rent a U-Haul and tow your truck on one of those auto dollies. Who's gonna know? Barring that, maybe you could hook up your cyclometer up to the truck. The bike is actually travelling the miles.

Have a safe trip.
I'm glad we got to meetDog
Apr 9, 2001 11:30 AM
Even if for only a few moments at Solvang, I'm glad we met. We've become friends here, having fairly regular interaction since last spring.

Wish you the best. It must be hard to be away from your wife so much. Even California can't make up for that :-)

Sorry I couldn't meet you on the Milano ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 3:14 PM
... our meeting might have lasted longer! That Colnago is as pretty as it is fast, but its too fast for me! Thanks for holding back for a few minutes -- drafting you at 20-22 mph, even for just a minute, was a kick!
It must be for the best, Hummahboy nigel
Apr 9, 2001 12:49 PM
Must've been very difficult being away from your wife for so long. Sounds like you're unquestionably doing the right thing. Fortunately, you've been able to achieve the high level of fitness (and, just as importantly, fitness/riding HABITS) out in sunny CA. You'll take these back to VA, and you'll maintain yourself just fine, I'm sure.

I've enjoyed your posts on the board, and always recognized you as someone who loves cycling and knows a lot about a lot. Thanks for the posts, and we'll hear more (though maybe not as often) from you when you're back east.

Save travels, and keep that heart healthy (you've done great things)!
This time, NoVA won't stop me ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 2:42 PM
I was an avid cyclist up to the day I moved to Alexandria, VA. Two rides on the streets there virtually cured me. Then, when I moved further out to the outskirts of Manassas, the road I was on was also not very bike-friendly.

But where I live now, it IS possible to ride, albiet with some caution on some of the roads, just maybe not at rush hour. And I've discovered some hitherto unknown opportunities in the area -- I wonder if they'll laugh really hard when the cruiser shows up for the Potomac Peddlars 200k brevet next spring? And I know I'll ride down to Richmond to visit Mom (110 miles, pretty flat). Have an old friend in Richmond who also has gotten back into cycling and is in the best shape of his life.
cali's loss our gainjbrown2036
Apr 9, 2001 1:22 PM
Give me heads up if you are looking for riding partners when you get home.
Where are you and how slow are you?Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 2:50 PM
Can you get any exercise at 15-16 mph on flat ground?
Where are you and how slow are you?jbrown2036
Apr 9, 2001 4:32 PM
I'm based in the district, and as for going slow-there is always room for more base miles.
well, c'mon back to ol' Virginny, big fella.bill
Apr 9, 2001 2:30 PM
I've been silently but disturbingly jealous of all that fresh air and stuff out there.
Where do you live in Va, HH? I sort of remember that it was Vienna. I'm a habitue (sp?) of the W&OD trail, usually Sunday a.m.'s. Let's us old guys hook up.
My wife enjoys the WO&D ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 2:49 PM
... We live in Manassas. She noticed what shape I was getting into and dusted off her old 3-speed Higgins (in mint shape except the tires were dry-rotted and fused to the rims). She has taken it out to the WO&D a couple of times and loves it. She's kinda slow, though, I'd estimate I crank out a whopping 25 watts riding with her. I'm trying to talk her into a tandem.

We'll be looking for a guide to trails and bike paths in NoVA and environs when I get back.

We also have 47 acres on a WV mountain, 3200 ft peak, and the cabin is at 1800 ft. There are at least 6 miles of dirt roads up there on the 2000 acres of timberland behind us, plus the foot trails I've laid out, and I'll have a really challenging little loop of about 9 miles for my MTB (I may even take the cruiser on it some day, although it will mostly be my town bike). And this year, I get to see the mountain laurel bloom again.
I don't get it -- are you offering me your wife?bill
Apr 10, 2001 6:06 AM
hey, jes playin. no mamas, though.
The WV place sounds incredible.
I joined Potomac Peddlers at their Century last year, but I never actually have gone on any other rides. I hope to this Spring. The little ones are still at a place where they are hard to manage (younger turns three today, sob!), so that a flexibility inconsistent with planned weekend activities is still the rule.
Happy trails, my friend.
Bill Cusmano
Hard to get her on a tandem, much lessHH
Apr 10, 2001 11:35 AM
... a 3-way!

There's another club in the area, based in Leesburg but they meet every other month at a shop in Manassas, called Potomac Velo. I want to hook up with them. They hold cyclocrosses, and evidently have some singlespeed interest.
Cheers, Hummah HahBreck
Apr 9, 2001 3:24 PM
Well so much for hooking up and riding! Maybe would stand some small chance on trail runs only with your fitness level on the road and MTB bikes. Have run-raced circles around Fiesta till was dizzy(!).

Worked back in 1983 in Houston Town for Bechtel Power on the South Texas Nuclear Power Plant at Bay City, Texas and met some wonderful people from the Gaithersburg, Maryland Nuclear Power Plant. Believe Gaithersburg is near Manassas, Virginia & the "back country" there sounds great(!).

PS, had a new gray colored J.C. Higgens three-speed back in 1958, Lubbock, Texas. Great little bike & rode it every where..

Keep us posted.
WC, "back country" San Diego
I may visit again ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 4:06 PM
... the company is treating this as a sort of "leave of absence" -- if the project appears to be on the verge of success, I'm supposed to come back, possibly in the role of "scrivner", they said (I'm a science fiction writer).

By then, perhaps, you'll have the "museum" ready?

I was planning to go up to Mt. Tam in late May, to take the cruiser on a ceremonial ride down Repack (MTBing was being born there while I was doing something pretty close on the old Schwinn back east). I'll now miss that opportunity, but maybe I could take it for a ceremonial ride on the Big Laguna Trail next weekend, off Sunrise Highway. Would that work?
I may visit again ...Breck
Apr 9, 2001 4:28 PM
Penny Pines parking would work for me. Do you have a pass?
e-mail me.

e-mail function not working for me ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2001 6:03 PM

Where is Penny Pines? I usually park at the top of Nobel Canyon when doing Big Laguna, a little north of mile marker 27 on Sunrise Hwy. I have a yearly Adventure Pass for the national forest.
e-mail function not working for me ...Breck
Apr 9, 2001 9:44 PM
Not sure where you are parking. There is an interior dirt road runs up from Old 80 and just west of Noble, but sure this is not your spot.

Noble can be accessed from various points near the "Top" including ... the road at the Ranger Station, Mt. Laguna Store; Penny Pines parking about ~2.5 north of Mount Laguna Store both sides of road; Camp Ground turn-in on the west side ~ a mile futher up; Pioneer Mail parking on the east side a bit further.

Maybe you park at the Kiosk on Sunrise? Coming up Sunrise (S1) from Pine Valley, you go by the Kiosk just past the cattle grate and on the east side. From there you can get over to Big Laguna via a trail (thought "they" closed this to MTB) that goes by the old Laguna Ranch, or use the old Hwy.79 (abandoned)inside the west locked gate, or Burnt Corral, or ??? etc., etc.'s (my "secrets":).

help me out.
or you could drive into Julian, etc.
& Yes, the Adventure Pass is the One.

re: Big ChangesSkip
Apr 9, 2001 4:12 PM
Best of luck on the new move. Maybe I'll catch you on your next trip to Hawaii - lots of climbing potential. Did someone say Ironman? All the best.

re: Big ChangesAD14
Apr 9, 2001 4:31 PM
In the months I have been reading this board as I get back into cycling I have enjoyed your posts more than anyone elses. Dont be a stranger. Wind at your back.
re: Big ChangesBC
Apr 9, 2001 4:53 PM
Best wishes on your move. You'll be in MTB country now, which is what most people do down in GA. Is it that way in VA? Oh well, good luck.
welcome back EastDuane Gran
Apr 10, 2001 3:59 AM
Welcome back, Humma Hah. I can comment to say that most people near the beltway have DSL access and Cable Modem has become pretty common out here, so maybe you will have broadband soon.

Hey, if I can get 250-300 miles a week in out here in the DC area, I'm sure you will be able to get a good ride. Manasses is the middle of nowhere compared to living in DC. I'm sure you will continue to have great rides.

Welcome back!
re: Big ChangesDINOSAUR
Apr 10, 2001 7:25 AM
I've always enjoyed reading your civilized posts. Always a kind word to say to everyone. I remember when you first gave us a run down on what the heck Humma Hah meant.
Keep in touch, cycling is a great way to keep in shape, and fun too. However there are other ways to keep in top notch condition, which I am finding out after sustaining a couple of injuries.
Ride safe
re: Big ChangesJBergland
Apr 10, 2001 7:38 AM
I hope you try and stick around as much as you can. This board is kinda like cycling... after you start, it's hard to stop!! Being away from a loved one is also not an easy thing to do. Good Luck!!

Take Care!!