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My last NC ride, not as I thought it would be......(6 posts)

My last NC ride, not as I thought it would be......abicirider
Nov 11, 2003 3:46 AM
Did my last NC ride yesterday(monday) I figured it would be just my normal 2 hr training ride, but it was anything but.
It was really a strange feeling but from the minute I was unloading the bike from the back of the good ole suburban untill my very last pedal stroke at the end of the ride there was a feeling in me I have never felt before.
My last NC ride turned into a ride that I was upright taking in and noticing things I have never noticed before on this ride after riding it 100's of times over the past few years, That brings up the next point, many of you Rbr's especially NC Rbr's know I have bashed NC and its people manytimes over, I truly want to apoligize to you and the state of NC. I know much of it was unjust and uncalled for and that I apoligize for.
The accident I saw last week has really clicked and changed something in me, I realize how fragile life is and how it can be taken away in a flash, and I should be so thankful that I'm able to enjoy the beautiful sport and the people of cycling. When I got to the site of the accident on the 801 I couldn't ride any futher without first getting off my bike and spending a few moments alongside the hwy in thought of that little 6 year old girl who loss her life in a flash.
Anyways finshed ride it was a very emotional ride to say so in the least, when I got back to the church parking lot where I park there was a huge empty, feeling left in my stomach knowing I will never ride these roads again.
So if any RBR's are out along interstate 40, driving in the next few days anywhere from NC to CA and see a old (1989) dark blue suburban with a white trailier broken down along the interstate and see an old short fart pedaling a bike not to far away honk or stop and say hey that will be me.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!

Signing off from NC
Ray Still
Did you decide on...biknben
Nov 11, 2003 4:51 AM
...where you will be riding along Rt. 40? Are you going to make any extrended stops to ride during your travels?

Just wondering.
sappy...isn't itandy02
Nov 11, 2003 6:48 AM
I hope you are happy in CA. But I will guess that you will find the same problems...maybe more!

As far as the death of the child goes don't think that dwellingon it too much will help, it won't. Get on you bike put your head down and crank until you can't turn the pedals anymore and your legs freeze. Turn around eat a power bar and limp home. Don't waste tiime on things you can't change just do the best you can at all of what you do. I worked as a paramedic before going into science the bike thing works. Running until you vomit also works.
NC, Good and Bad!retbchboy
Nov 11, 2003 8:18 AM
As a rider in the mountains of NC I feel we are truly blessed. I MTB much more than Road but still enjoy both for what they are. I know there are drivers out there that would love to side swipe us. Yet, there are more drivers out there that lift a hand in greeting every time they pass. I'm sure this is the case everywhere. I'm also sure it's up to all of us to promote the best in this sport. That does not mean being oblivious to what is going on around you. Smile back at drivers, yield to people when you don't have to. Last Sunday I was riding in DuPont and came upon a horse and rider that looked a little uncomfortable. I stopped and dismounted the bike. I received a big Thank You and Howdy-do? Things like that go a long way to put a positive spin on our sport. I'm sad to see you leaving NC but I've traveled all over and I think you will find the same good and bad everywhere.

Good Luck
NC, Good and Bad!moots
Nov 11, 2003 1:14 PM
Great point! Sometimes the simpliest gestures can go a long way. I currently ride in NJ, but I'm moving to Asheboro, NC in December. I can't wait to get out on those farm roads. (Although I'll miss NJ's wider roads. Shoulders sure are nice.)
re: My last NC ride, not as I thought it would be......peter1
Nov 11, 2003 4:25 PM
Not sure what your issues with NC are, but I have lived there, Northern CA, Philly and now NYC, and I had a fabulous time living there, so much in fact that we bought a vacation house on Ocracoke Island.

IMO people are the same everywhere, you just have to look for the good and look out for the bad...know what you mean, tho, about doing a last anything before you move. It's always bittersweet, with great expectations for the future but also some fear of the unknown...

good luck.