April Challenge and CLC Rides 6 and 7

Mind over body saw the guys and I get in a two-day ride this past weekend. We managed to get an unflattering pic of bike and riders for the April Challenge and two purchases for the two different days. The weather has been perfect, so we have been trying to ride as much as my body will allow. See pics and narrative here.

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

15 response to "April Challenge and CLC Rides 6 and 7"

  1. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 15, 2019

    What a nice ride you had. If the fields had been burned that would have been no fun at all. Instead, lots of great photos showing all the many wonderful shades of brown and green. Well done with your CLC rides.

    I recommend Road ID to all those crazy cyclists I come across on my job who think they don’t need to carry ID while they race up and down the winding mountain road alongside our park. We’ve picked up enough of them over the years.

    Good luck with the shoulder and hope you get some sleep.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 16, 2019

      Thank you, Kathleen. There is certainly no shortage of browns in the landscape at the moment. That ride was done about 65 kms east of where I live. They have had a bit more rain than here and have been able to sow some crops. We don’t have any green in my area yet. So many plants have died after the extreme heat of summer – even things that are known to be hardy. Lots of things just cooked in all those days over 111F.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: April 15, 2019

    Good job staying upright while in the middle of that dust devil. Those things can be pretty powerful. One time I saw one approaching the highway, so I sped up to see what it was like to ride through one. I got quite a surprise.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 16, 2019

      Oh, I did not try to ride into the dust devil in Idaho! It came to me, even with me braking (but not too much because I was on a downhill and you know about that). I cannot imagine purposely riding into one – you are brave… or foolish. I was in a car in the desert of Central Australia and got hit by a big one and it really knocked the car around. I doubt I would have come out of that one unscathed on a bike. These ones were all just nice to watch off in the fields (other than knowing they were damaging soil and crops).

      • By: gregblood Posted: April 16, 2019

        Oops, either my memory is bad or my reading comprehension is bad. Either way, I should have gone back and checked before writing. I went back now and can see you clearly stated it happened at Craters of the Moon–not on your recent ride. Mine happened in eastern Washington. I had to lean into it pretty hard and wobbled around a bit, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t of such strength that it would have knocked a car around.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 15, 2019

    Thanks for the contrail photo — lots of them here too, we are under 2 major flyways, one out of OHare in Chicago. The other an east-west route.

    You have true grit! Sorry you are in pain all the time (CEO has similar problems) — commend you for continuing to ride in spite of it. Reminiscent of that ‘other guy’ with arm issues. At some point soon it will improve hopefully.

    Great ride, photos, and narrative — enjoyed the vicarious trip!

    I have a koozie, believe it or not, that friend Mark from Melbourne sent me from the Ettamooga pub!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 16, 2019

      That’s funny about the Ettamogah Pub! Over here, a koozie is called a stubby holder (because a 375ml beer bottle is called a stubby). Interestingly enough, the Ettamogah Pub became a chain in the 1990s, but the original is the one here in Albury. It owns the rights to the cartoon its based on, I believe. Unfortunately, it was kinda a kitsch sort of place that sort of lots its oom-pah-pah this century. The one in Albury has been open and closed a whole bunch of times – there seem to be continual issues/fights between the owner and whomever he licenses to run the place. At one point, he was going to add in a strip mall, but that never eventuated. I don’t know if it is currently open. It’s got a great location in a growing residential area right on the freeway… so who knows why he can’t get it going… unless he’s just a real arse of a guy or something… I don’t know.

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 16, 2019

      Rich, sorry to butt in here but I accidentally deleted your comment on my CLC ride 5 post. So sorry!

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 16, 2019

        No problem — actually it involved what Greg said about dinosaur poo — I inquired if dinosaurs were flatulent, which may have led to their ex tinc tion.

  4. By: NancyG Posted: April 16, 2019

    Talk about Oom-pah-pah!! I don’t know how you rustle up so much of it for your riding with all the pain you must deal with all the time. I applaud and commend you for that, and hope your arm issue will get well with time. I continue to ride with chronic pain many parts of my body, but it seems so little when I read of your struggles. Keep on keepin’ on Em.

    I have, and am a total believer in, a Road ID. I was with a friend on a ride who took a bad fall and needed the Aid Car for a trip to the hospital. HIS ID was in his wallet easily accessible from his pants pocket. I realized that if that was for me, someone would need to dig deep into my pannier for ID and information. I always carry ID, but if it is needed right away, my Road
    ID is right there. I am glad you got one Em.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 18, 2019

      I have always carried ID in three different places on the bike, but never on me. I was going to get one a couple years ago but wanted to wait until I got settled back in the US… but since that didn’t work, I know I’m good to go with these details now.
      Thanks for the kind words. I’m okay with the shoulder pain because I know it will eventually resolve, and I’ve dealt with asthma my whole life and arthritis in my fingers for more than a decade. So I’m used to adapting and working with that. The fatigue is really terrible though – I can’t even describe what it is like and I feel so robbed of my life. I had all these rides I wanted to do before age and age-related issues meant they were no longer achievable. And now I am stuck doing short rides and feeling pretty crappy all the time and really crappy sometimes. I’m doing everything I can to help my body heal, however, so I hold out hope that I’ll still get more energy and life back over time.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 17, 2019

    Think I’d go stir crazy if I couldn’t cycle, I salute your determination.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 18, 2019

      Yeah, I need to ride, too! Except when I’m feeling the crappiest, even a 10km ride after work feels good. I think it helps circulate the lymph and it helps move the blood that pools in my legs with these low blood volume issues. Of course it helps my head, too! Plenty of research showing the benefits of being outside. I hope you are planning a tour now that the weather is cooling off (though still 30C here this week – what is up with that in mid-April?!).

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 17, 2019

    True grit, Em. My limb vastly improved, but perhaps we can still convene the International Bum Arm Riders Association. I liked the “chem trails,” or — as Joni sings about streaks of clouds — “the hexagram of the heavens, the strings of my guitar.” As to Road ID, my ace support crew bought me one years ago and insists I am required to wear it whenever I’m on two wheels. I bought one for my buddy Jeff when he retired from our college. I hope that wearing one means not needing it.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: April 18, 2019

      Thanks, Bill. I think I will be in bum arm rider club for a while yet. They said 3-9 months of pain (I’m now at 3 months of pain that interrupted a few daily activities and now 3 months of more intense pain that interferes with many daily activities). So hopefully, this painful, freezing stage is almost over and then I just get up to a year of loss of range of motion but with less pain. It is just so hard to find a position comfortable for sleeping.
      I have always carried ID in 3 different places on the bike, but people with ME/CFS can have unfavorable reactions to certain sedatives and anesthetics, so it prompted me to get something on my body so first responders wouldn’t have to rummage through stuff scattered along an accident scene. I have contact AND med details on there. I’d thought about getting one a few years ago but wasn’t sure if I’d be in Oz or the US so procrastinated. It gives Nigel more peace of mind, too, as he always worries about me on rides here. Glad you got one for your friend, Jeff, too.

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