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Raced a motor scooter and found "The Middle of Nowhere"(14 posts)

Raced a motor scooter and found "The Middle of Nowhere"Kristin
Sep 2, 2001 8:51 PM
Really, truly. The Middle of Nowhere is in Chicagoland. Its where I ran out of water today. Inspired by posts, I decided to go on a "soul" ride. So far this year, I hadn't allowed myself any pleasure rides. I intended to start at 8am and ride 6-8 hours.

Unfortunatley, Walmart was closed an I needed WD-40. Finally got the new chain dry & lubed and was meditating about whether to carry 1 or 2 tubes on the ride. Just then, I yanked my pump valve free--stem attached! Well, its 9:30am now--I might as well install the new tires too. Got that done, loaded 800 calories in my jersey and hit the road. My first stop announced itself to the entire neighborhood. Appearantly WD-40 eats brake pads. Dealt with that and FINALLY began at 11:30 am.

On one residential street, a teenage boy pulls out of his driveway on a motorized scooter. I hear him behind me--gaining. As we reach the foot of a hill, I realize its a race. This is fun. I kick it down a gear, stand, and mash for all its worth. I win! :-)

I ease my pace back and find some new roads. I had fun exploring the countryside. I passed three deer who intently gazed at me but did not run. Beautiful creatures. Sadly, I was running out of water. Making the wrong choice, I "conserved." Well, I finally ran out around mile 30. Another cyclist was stopped up ahead, so I slowed and asked if he knew of a store nearby. He gazed at me and took a swig from his 2 liter Gatorade, before informing me that I was in The Middle of Nowhere. Ah! I've always wondered where that was. I ended up riding a (very) busy street about 7 miles to my church. Refilled and took a 40 min. break. I decided to do another 34 miles, but I'd already been dehydrated, so the rest of the ride pretty much sucked. 12 mph. Lots of stops. Cramped legs. Still, in the end I'm glad I did 65 miles instead of 45.

It was a long day. I'm tired! ...and it way past my bedtime.
re: ... and you needed WD 40 for what???Akirasho
Sep 3, 2001 1:37 AM
Yep, often good for anyone to get out and ride for the sake of the ride (as opposed to training) and take the road less travelled (or at least the one that you've never travelled before).

And, it often gives you a warm fuzzy when you can shut down someone on a petrol powered machine (even if it's only a sprint).

And, NoWhere (or somewhere thereabout) is where I often hope to be, though I've never been able to exactly find it's middle...

Yesterday, a trio of us went out on a ride of exploration (one of the riders just moved... and we were looking for routes in his new area) and proved yet again, that in cycling, what goes down must come up.

After a series of descents, climbs, rollers and even a flat or two... we nestled alongside a small river, paralleling it for a few miles. That should have been the tipoff. After crossing the river, we were immediately confronted by our own "Stairway to Heaven" (you know... the kind where you can't see the top). On the climb, I saw my speedo drop to < 4mph... but at least it was a nice view from the top (we made up a good part of the day's overall descents on that one climb). It was the kind of climb you might not have done if you knew it was coming...

One of these days, you'll have to show us where the middle of NoWhere is on the map.

** meanwhile back at the ranch, little Timmy has fallen down the well... **

Now, about that WD 40... you didn't lube your chain with it did you??? WD 40 can be used to clean and displace water from a chain, but is a pretty lousy lube for it. Much better results will be had with a cycling specific chain lube (I use White Lightning, though Pro Link seems to be the current rage) oiling only the bearings (one link at at time) and wiping off the excess.

Good luck, take more fluids on your next "soul" ride and...

Be the bike.
Water DisplacementKristin
Sep 3, 2001 6:51 AM
A friend helped me put together the new chain on Tuesday, but I still needed to clean some nasty crud from the cassette. I left that job for Sunday morning. The WD-40 was to get the water out so I could ride quicker. If I'd removed the back wheel to clean the cassette (as I normally do), this wouldn't have happened. But was in a hurry and skipped a couple steps. Oh well. Momma always did say that I prefer learning "the hard way." Alas, those seem to be the lessons that stick with me best.
Oh yeah...and I did lubeKristin
Sep 3, 2001 6:54 AM
I'm finishing off some Shimano lube that I picked up when I got the bike. Is it sacrelige to use Shimano lube on Campy parts?? :-)
Oh yeah...and I did lubeharlett
Sep 3, 2001 6:56 AM
still thinking cal for you vacation?
Cali is still an option...Kristin
Sep 3, 2001 8:09 AM
...though I don't think I want to leave one city to visit another right now. Despite where I live, I'm a country girl at heart. I think, I need to escape urbania for a bit. Any wooded, uncongested countryside in California?
Boone, NCJack S
Sep 3, 2001 10:20 AM
Be like Lance.
Cali is still an option...GregJ
Sep 3, 2001 11:25 AM
Kristen, there is a lot of rural country in Cal. perfect for riding. Could you let us know more about your trip plans, are you planning to camp, are you going to be able to rent a car or afford hotels? How long is your trip? GregJ
Nope, and dont call it Cali, that brands you as a tourista.gaffice
Sep 4, 2001 6:04 AM
Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says, "Welcome to CA, now go home"?
Nope, and dont call it Cali, that brands you as a tourista.DINOSAUR
Sep 4, 2001 9:07 AM
Natives refer to Californa as "California".

If you come, bring your checkbook....
And your own portable electric generator (nm)Mike
Sep 4, 2001 10:09 AM
nm
The Middle of Nowhere...DINOSAUR
Sep 3, 2001 12:04 PM
This might not be the middle of nowhere, but's it's pretty darn close:

http://www.rt66roys.com/

This restaurant has been the site for several movies, one of which I just viewed the other night "3000 Miles To Graceland". The flick was kind of lame, but the beginning of the movie had a lot of shots of Roy's.

Lot's of memories here, it was one of my first beats back in '72 when I was a rookie CHP Officer. Those days are gone along with with the "Dinosaurs"....
Hey! Were you a CHiP?AD11
Sep 3, 2001 12:29 PM
Did you ever ride with Jon and Ponch? Ha haa ha........
Hey! Were you a CHiP?DINOSAUR
Sep 3, 2001 8:36 PM
Jon and Ponch were as close to portraying a real CHP Officer as Pee Wee Herman was to imitating Fauso Coppi

Law & Order's Jerry Obach is right on the mark if you want real life...