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Today is Friday. It’s been a busy sale at the store. Maybe the best sale we have ever had. Working late and here I am at the store 3 hours before open. Getting stuff done. Including this post.

Yesterday my BMC rep Tyler stopped in at 8am and rode with us. 5 of us headed out for a 40 mile ride with a coffee stop in the middle. A very pleasant ride even tho we got caught in a huge downpour about 4 miles to go. One of those rains where you can’t see. Well, in fact it was a pretty good storm with a ton of lightning too. I really didn’t care. It was a warm rain and when it was pouring we were maybe 10 minutes from the store. But we were soaked. Water squishing in our shoes. You gatta have that happen a couple times a summer if you ride a lot. I started carrying a towel in my ride bag of late and that sure came in handy yesterday. Just put all the soaked clothes in a garbage bag and threw them in the washer as soon as I got home last nite. Again, I kinda enjoyed that rain.

Today I planned no ride. Getting stuff done in the store to set up my weekend. Work today to ride tomorrow. And Sunday.

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In years past I’ve seen this and just wondered what it was. What you are looking at it the front and back of a big ship but the horizon covers up the rest of it. Pretty weird that the curve of the earth can be seen like this.

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I drove to higher ground to see it was the Stewart J Cort heading to the steel mills in Indiana. Hauling iron ore to the steel mills for car manufacturers. And others I guess. Its one of the few 1000 foot ships. Check out the fishing boat fotobomb. Pretty cool. I didnt even see it when I took the pic.

I hope to ride before work tomorrow. Most likely cross bike. Sunday is open but most likely be road bike since we got a ton of rain yesterday and some more today I think.

The stores sale ends Monday and after big deep breath will figure out my fall weekends out of town. I have a few in the works. Hayward just two weeks away….

Have a good weekend!

DLD

 

Retirement

I used to write here almost everyday. Now I seem to not find the time to do it 3 times week. That makes we think a bit. I know its the stores busy time and for me to be busy is expected but I wonder if my life is getting busier overall. And I hope thats not the case. Im a little more than a couple years from 60 and the “R” word is coming into my mind a lot.

Work Or Retire

Im hoping to retire by the time Im 62. Im going to start collecting social security as soon as I can. These days nothing’s guaranteed and to wait for a bigger SS check I think is foolish.

Anyway, Im planning now for the future. I wish I had said that in my 30’s but that was not the case. I will not retire wealthy and thats just fine by me. In a perfect world I retire to a small place up north ( Hayward\Marquette) and work part time in a bike shop. Im pretty sure I will have to continue to work in my retirement but maybe just half as much.

Which is hard to imagine today as I am putting in between 10 and 12 hours a day here. And as I get older those days are harder on me. At least I notice them way more now. Back in the day I would not have given it a second thought.

I do have a lot to deal with considering retirement. But I guess we all do in that respect. What to do with the store? Health insurance and how much income will I really need to get by? I guess we all have those questions when we get old. Im not looking to get out soon but I just want to start planning my escape pretty soon. At least think about it.

Last week I got in a ton of riding, this week looks like zero. Repairs are backed up a bit here and I have to spend my morning knocking a few out before we open. One or two after we close too. And on top of that… it appears Im coming down with a bit of flu. Its running thru my family as we speak. My wife is home from work today. Kids and grandkids have it too. So I have that to look forward to the next few days…

Maybe a very small ride before work tomorrow before this flu hits me harder… cross bike for sure.

Other than that I’ll talk about my planned Hayward weekend soon…

DLD

Big Weekend

Wow. Not a post since Wednesday. And that means two things. The store is busy and I’ve been riding. In fact I rode every morning from Thursday to Sunday. And another great coffee visit to the park this morning to take it all in. I think this was the best riding weekend this summer. And you cant beat the weather. Sunny and 80’s for the last 5 days…

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Thursdays ride was a doozy for me. 50 miles. It’s been over a month since I tackled that kind of distance. And I felt it too. It’s hard to blow yourself out in the morning only to have to go to work for 8 more hours when I get back to the store. I was a hurting unit the rest of the day Thursday.

But what a great ride. 6 bikes. 70 degrees and sunny the whole time. We had a tailwind heading out and at times was cruising at 23 to 25 mph pretty effortlessly. We did suffer for that on the way home but I know how to hide behind a wheel as good as anyone. A short 30 minute coffee stop about 3\4th of the way. Very nice. I hope to get a couple more of those before is starts to snow around here.

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Friday

Then Friday was a great cross ride. Some woods. Some road. Some boardwalk. Another near 20 miles on great Friday morn. Then moving on to Saturday and yet another ride to the park before work. Back to the road bike and almost another 20 in the books. That’s almost 90 miles in the last three days all before work. Thats got to be a record for me.

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Sunday

Then on Sunday I grabbed the MTB for maybe the third or fourth time this summer. My woods riding is way down this year and I guess I’ll blame the weather a bit. My window for a MTB ride is small these days and if the trails are wet I’ll stay off. But Sunday they were good to go and I hit up our local city park for about a hour and a half. Was nice to get back in the woods for sure and I need to practice up for my upcoming Hayward weekend in less than three weeks so I hope to use this bike a bit more.

So that concludes a great weekend of riding bikes. Im here at the store pretty early today to get all my ordering done. There’s a lot to do here these days. And Im glad that I did get these rides in cuz I never know when the next ride will come.

Hope you had a great weekend too!

DLD

 

Late Wednesday

I seem to have more time for typing later in the day than early morn. Yesterday I loaded up the Farley for some riding in the woods this morn as it had not rained in about 5 days and I assume the woods is dried out a bit. But once again my MTB riding was cut down as I awoke to thunder and rain at 6am. So I laid back down and decided to just take a walk when I woke.

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It was wet and raining when I left home but when I got to the park it was all dry. Looking at the radar we had rain all around us but nothing on the south side and tons on the north side. So after a very short walk I just sat on a fav bench and stared at the lake for awhile.

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A pretty slow morning with another ride not taken however tomorrow I have a pretty big ride planned. I’d like to do 50 miles before work so we will see how that goes. Looks like about 4 of us.

Im sure I’ll let you know what happenes….

DLD