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I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...(21 posts)

I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...Humma Hah
May 5, 2001 7:23 PM
Arrgh, what a trip! 5 days driving, the cruiser and MTB strapped and chained in the back of the pickup, wedged in so tightly with other junk I could not get in even a short ride.

And I got to Va. only to find an ominous message on my answering machine, Mom's in the hospital -- priorities here are obvious and I spent most of the day in Richmond at the hospital and taking care of business (power of attorney stuff until she gets better). She evidently got sick just as I set out cross country, and there was no way to get in touch.

The cruiser got out to stretch its legs for 2.5 miles to the Post Office and back -- the one small hill that used to get me panting was only enough to whet my appetite. On the car ride to Richmond I was evaluating the roads for rideability on the 110 miles -- looks mostly OK, but I'd like a safer alternative to Va 28 south of Manassas, down to US 17. When Mom recovers I'd like to ride it down there, spend a day or two visiting friends and maybe ride it by the store I bought it from and show it off.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...Skip
May 5, 2001 8:26 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your mom - hope she recovers OK and soon.

Welcome back to the forum.
Welcome hometommyb
May 6, 2001 2:05 AM
Hope all turns out well for your mom, and I wish you a happy reunion with the lovely bride. But, more important than finding good cycling roads, have you had a good donut yet?

PS. It took 5 days to drive? Heck, some people can ride it in 8.
But can they ride it with a cat on their lap?Humma Hah
May 6, 2001 10:58 AM
If I'd known my mom was so sick, I might have tried to do it in 3 days. But Simba the Wonder Cat, tho' a remarkably good traveler, does not eat or use a litter box while in a moving vehicle, and 10-hours a day on the road is enough of an ordeal. Plus, we got a late start the first day (5 PM) and the last day we stopped early at our cabin in WV.

I'd love to know how those 8-day RAAM's are done. I assume the rider is in the saddle about 20 hours a day, a van running along beside him with a tube of Ensure Plus running from a 55-gallon drum in the van to the rider's mouth.

I probably couldn't do it in 30 days.
No one even knew you were gone.Moe
May 6, 2001 9:31 AM
You just think you are more important than others do.
No one even knew you were gone.cycleguy
May 6, 2001 7:50 PM
Anyone who rides a cruiser is always missed! :)
Welcome backDog
May 6, 2001 11:39 AM
Glad you are back. Hope everything turns out well.

As for "Moe" above, I guess there just has to be one in every thread, huh? We can have the friendliest thread going, and nearly always someone feels compelled to be a jerk. I don't get it.

Get your mom well, spend some time with the wife, and send some good Virginia cycling stories our way.

No problem ...Humma Hah
May 7, 2001 8:23 AM
... I was a little concerned when I scanned the board and saw no recent posts from you. I hoped your partners had not unplugged your computer from the internet!

As for "Moe", I was tempted to ask "Who are you?", but resisted.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...LLSmith
May 6, 2001 6:35 PM
Glad to hear you had a safe trip. I bet that cat was happy to get out of the truck. Hope things go well for your mom.
Larry Smith
The cat story ...Humma Hah
May 7, 2001 8:14 AM
... I expected Simba to object noisily to the trip. He has traveled by car from when he was a kitten, and used to not mind much, but the few times I'd taken him for a drive while in San Diego he complained bitterly. But for this trip, he was back to his old, relaxed self, for 2777 miles. He was a little suspicious of the first Motel 6, but thereafter took them in stride. Then we got to the cabin and he knew he was at one of his former homes, and settled in.

Upon getting to Manassas, and the townhouse, he was eager to get inside. But once inside, he instantly knew the three other cats were still there, and became instantly and profoundly unhappy, and managed to spread that to the other cats. Things are settling down now, but for about 14 hours there was no joy on Saddle Ct.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...Cyclingwolf
May 6, 2001 10:50 PM
Wondered where your posts were going! I am a newbie to the forum but recognize ya by your many posts. Best wishes to your mom we hope for a speedy recovery. Your not too far from my neck of the woods as I live here in Williamsburg, VA if ya ever "cruise" through look me up would be honored to share the road with ya. I am having fun on my new Trek 5200..should be receiving Look 396 Pedals and purchased new Nike Poggio's this week!

George Marsh
Williamsburg, VA
We honeymooned there 20 years ago ...Humma Hah
May 7, 2001 8:20 AM
... and were just saying we ought to go back soon. I grew up taking Williamsburg for granted, since it was so close to Richmond. Now, having visited other historical districts and historical restorations, places like Brodie, NV, I can appreciate Williamsburg for the absolutely unique, unparalleled, wonderful place it is: I've never seen any other place that takes you back in time so thoroughly.

I'll see if she'll let us bring the bikes. If she does, understand that her old 3-speed Higgins has probably never topped 12 mph with a tailwind. I'm working on her.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...AD14
May 7, 2001 7:29 AM
Nice to have you back. Speedy recovery to your mom.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...JBergland
May 7, 2001 7:41 AM
Glad to have you back!! Best wishes to your Mom!!!!

Take Care!!
Sorry about your mom. Getting old sucks.bill
May 7, 2001 8:48 AM
If you need any help getting your mom sorted out, I could probably hook you up with a lawyer in Richmond.
I've often thought that the ride to Richmond would be cool, but I'm not sure of the route I'd take either.
That's taken care of ...Humma Hah
May 7, 2001 2:23 PM
... My sister, a lawyer in South Carolina, is up here this week taking care of things, one of them being talking with my mom's lawyer, her next-door neighbor, to see just what was signed when, and what still needs doing.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...Dinosaur
May 7, 2001 10:00 AM
Welcome back, I hope your Mom gets better. Bet you must miss the San Diego weather.
re: I'm Baaaack ... sorta ...MeDotOrg
May 7, 2001 10:33 AM
First of all, my best wishes to your Mother for a speedy recovery.

Secondly, there's a double-double with your name on it should you ever come back to California...
You rascal!Humma Hah
May 7, 2001 2:26 PM
Here I am shedding the water-weight I picked up sitting on my rear all week, and you show me that thing. I just got off the scale -- I gained two pounds just looking at the picture!
Good to have you back!look271
May 7, 2001 3:56 PM
Best wishes on our side of the USA. Hope your mom has a quick recovery.
Good, because...E3
May 7, 2001 5:45 PM're one of the decent folks here. Your cruiser tales are a refreshing contrast and supplement to the prevailing attitude of faster, lighter, newer, etc. that's usually on this board.