A Cyclist Hurt my Feelings Today. Boo hoo.

While Alberto Contador was informing the world about his recent bout with food poisoning, I had my feelings hurt by a cyclist. You be the judge about which is worse.

I know it’s difficult to believe that a cyclist would hurt another person’s feelings, given that all cyclists are nice people who care about everyone and are all working together to make this world a better place, one commute at a time.

Sadly, my tale is true. On my pedestrian commute home from the office, I stopped on the right side of the sidewalk to snap a pedestrian panda shot of me wearing my new Octopus cycling cap.

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Field Trip: Suck Creek Cycle. Chattanooga, Tennessee

As I like to keep telling people, last week was mostly work on location in Tennessee. That said, I still eeked out time to poke my nose into some of the local bike shops. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Must. Make. Time. For bike shop!

Shop number 2 for the week was Suck Creek Cycle in Chattanooga. The shop’s motto is that it’s about “bikes and friendly advice.” Sounds like a perfect randonneur shop to me!

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WABA 50 States Ride

Want to do a ride in the District that’s 65 miles long, takes 212 cues, and feels like a daily commute that keeps on giving? Then maybe you would be interested in the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s annual 50 States Ride. That’s where I was this past Saturday.

Traffic light photo opp on the 50 States Ride (c) mcn7

The course is a drunken sailor tour through all the District quadrants, and takes you over the city’s 50 state streets. It’s a great concept, and I’m proud to say that I have now ridden my bicycle over all of the state streets in Washington, D.C. I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again, but I definitely think it is worth doing once.

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Field Trip: Tennessee Valley Bicycles. Knoxville, Tennessee

This past week I’ve been on location in Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s been mostly work, but as soon as I had a break I asked the hotel clerk where I might find a local bike shop that leaned more toward the touring and utility cyclist.

The clerk helpfully pointed me in the direction of Tennesseey Valley Bicycles. I sprinted off, crossed my fingers that the shop wasn’t too far away, and hoped that the exertion to find it would be worth it.

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No, silly, I’m not talking about the black and white animals you see at the zoo eating bamboo.  I’m talking about “panda portraits,” photos you take of yourself while riding your bicycle.

Felkerino worming his way into my Panda

Panda portraits are one of the best ways to memorialize your participation on bike rides. You can’t always be relying on the rando-paparazzi. Sometimes you must be your own shutterbug.

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Randonneur Paparazzi and the Civil War Tour 200K

Felkerino and I had a great time at the D.C. Randonneurs Civil War 200K on Saturday. We didn’t do any pedaling, either. Instead we volunteered, took pictures (along with our RBA, Bill Beck) and spent a fantastic day on rural roads and Civil War battlefields.

Randonneur Paparazzi, Justin and Ed
The Paparazzi Await your Arrival in Gettysburg

Bill organized a great ride, and picked a spectacular day for the randonneurs. Well done, Bill!

Want to see what you missed OR find out if you made it into my photo set? Click on the picture below.

9/18/10 Civil War Tour 200K

As I said, Felkerino was also snapping a lot of shots, and his set is here. Thanks to all the riders for the great photo opportunities, and to Bill Beck for letting us help out with the ride.

I Love Farmers’ Markets

Rain couldn’t keep me away from the famers’ market today. It didn’t daunt a lot of other people, either, and there was a nice assembly of people patronizing the White House farmers’ market after work.

Rainy Afternoon at the White House Farmers’ Market

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My Endless Mountains 1000K Story

Hey, everybody! Since I wasn’t able to get out this weekend and ride much, I spent a few hours at the computer with my favorite mug and some lemon herbal tea.

Steeping the Tea, Writing the Story

It was time well spent, as I finally put together a summary of Felkerino’s and my Endless Mountains 1000K adventure!

Felkerino and Me, first post-1000K ride together. We’re on singles, ha ha!!

My story, MG’s Endless Mountains 1000K: an Experiment in Randonneur Amnesia is posted on one of my favorite blogs, The Daily Randonneur.

Check it out! Now maybe I won’t feel the need to mention my 1000K completion in every post I do. I hope you like reading it as much as I liked writing it.

D.C. Commute Scenes: Unicycle Style

Back on the bike, finally! Only for the shortest of rides, though.
No matter. I still see cool things, even on the short route.

Like this commute scene.

Where is the Coolest Commuter?

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Sustenance in the City

I had a great time hitting the Thursday evening Farmers Market by the White House. I was on foot, of course. Post-1000K walking, remember? Check out these awesome veggies. Continue reading Sustenance in the City

Tour Buses and My Commute

One of the things I loved the most about summer commuting was navigating the tour buses.  It was great. My commute went from a somewhat sedate ride to one filled with anticipation of the unknown. Now the summertime bus traffic has ebbed somewhat, but there are still plenty out there.

Tour Bus on Ohio Drive

Many thoughts run through my brain whenever I see a tour bus. Continue reading Tour Buses and My Commute

Saving Up Nice Days for Rainy Ones

As many of you know, I have not ridden my bike since Felkerino’s and my completion of the Endless Mountains 1000K on August 28, 2010.

“Gersemalina, are you going to keep mentioning that 1000K in every post?”
Why yes, I think I am.
“Isn’t that bragging?”
“Isn’t that socially unacceptable bragging?”
I suppose that’s true, but I’m going to keep doing it until I write my ride report.
“I sure hope you write it soon, then.”

OK, back to my story. Walking around town in the awesome temperatures today got me wishing I could just bottle up the weather and save it for a day when the weather was not so perfect. Continue reading Saving Up Nice Days for Rainy Ones

Does your Bicycle Gravitate towards Bakeries?

Recently, one of my cycling/randonneuring friends said to me, “I can’t but help to notice a lot of pictures of pastry on your Flickr site. Does your bike gravitate towards bakeries?”

I wasn’t sure what he was talking about. Was it this? Continue reading Does your Bicycle Gravitate towards Bakeries?

Post-1000K Walking

Since the recent Endless Mountains 1000K, I haven’t pedaled one bit. Residual knee pain and general fatigue are the culprits. Knee pain is the randonneur superhero’s kryptonite, I’ve decided. Continue reading Post-1000K Walking