Don’t touch that dial

If the posting seems a little spotty around the DogHaus, you need not fear that I’ve been snatched up by space aliens or the Homeland Security douchenozzles. It’s just that (a) I have a deadline and (2) we’re enjoying a stretch of absolutely beautiful weather perfectly suited to the underemployed.

We topped 70 today in Bibleburg and I went for an actual road ride, which is a rarity. Started in shorts and short sleeves, which is rarer still. The downhill bits were into a headwind and the climbs featured a tailwind. All this I like.

What I didn’t like was getting buzzed by a gravel truck in a blind corner on Marksheffel. Sonofabitch just had to squeeze past me despite oncoming traffic and Colorado’s three-foot rule, and I very nearly ran out of road (ordinarily this would not be an issue but today I was riding an actual road bike instead of the usual cyclo-cross bike).

Didn’t catch his company or his license plate, more’s the pity. But I didn’t let it spoil my outing. Did I mention I had a tailwind?*

*Yes, we have no photos to accompany this post. Did I mention I had a tailwind?

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11 Responses to “Don’t touch that dial”

  1. Debby Says:

    Hi POG, glad you got out to enjoy this beautiful day.

    I have a comment, not related to your post today but I think you’ll appreciate it. I’ve been following your blog for a while and was very inspired by your story of cutting the ties to your idiot former employer. So inspired that I handed in my resignation today! Like you, I was trapped in an employment relationship that was sending my stress levels through the roof and leaving me pissed off all the time. Today was the day when I finally decided to cut the ties. I’m looking forward to enjoying a summer of blissful unemployment and then moving into new opportunities, working for myself instead of for brainless zombies with a combined IQ less than room temperature. I don’t know what the universe will hold for me, but I am confident it will provide what I need. I am excited, for the first time in a long time!

    As a side note, I used to live in Bibleburg back in the 90s. I rode mainly with the touring club, but did the Penrose rides from time to time. Good fun. Now I’m in Boulder County but will be moving to Crestone soon. Actually I already own a home down there.

    cheers,
    Debby

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hi, Debby … welcome to the wonderful world of underemployment! It has its downsides — what doesn’t? — but the upsides outweigh them, in my humble opinion.

      I miss the Penrose ride. Heavy construction at the main Fort Carson gate, affecting the climb just past Cheyenne Mountain State Park and a few other stretches between Bibleburg and Penrose, has made Highway 115 more or less impassable by bicycle for quite a while now. New troops for the fort, better roads for the gravel trucks and prison guards, and so on and so forth.

      Once the work is done the road should be better than ever — but as Tom Petty noted, the waiting is the hardest part.

      Crestone, eh? I like that part of the state. I lived in Alamosa for a couple of years, and Weirdcliffe for quite a while. The Orient Land Trust is a favorite getaway, when I can get away. I’ve been wanting to try an extended bicycle tour that takes in a few Colorado hot springs, but have yet to put the legs and time together in the same place.

      Good luck with your new direction. Let us know how things turn out.

  2. Charley Says:

    You survived to write (bitch) about it! That is a good thing! Gravel truck drivers could give a shit less for the rest of us.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Charley … are you in residence at McDowell? Give us a report, would you? I heard secondhand that the place was packed to the rafters, and I haven’t had any desert time in years.

      • Charley Says:

        Yes the park is and has been full for about 6 weeks. Weather has been ridiculous. Cold? was about 6 days.
        A lot of racing has been going on since the last week of October and essentially finished last weekend.
        It is important to know that the park now takes reservations (online or telephone) for the campground. Since you have been here I think they have added about 10-15 miles of new trail. It is in the 80’s weather wise currently.

  3. khalspencer Says:

    Dang, Patrick.It never fails. Nice weather is accompanied by idiots in motor vehicles.

  4. adrienne shaw Says:

    Here in FL we too have the 3 foot rule. Might as well not have the rule at all, since we get buzzed on almost every ride. And you are so right, they just have to squeeze by when it is not safe, to save a few seconds on their commute. I’ve learned that the more road you give them, the more they take. Riding just a little bit more to my left will give the idiots pause about coming around.

  5. Grumbly Old Guy Says:

    Beautiful day in Lost Angles area. Blue skies, warm weather. Glendora Mtn Road is full of roadies prepping for the San Dimas Stage Race time trial, crit and road race.

    It is also PI DAY 3 .14 15 9…
    Have some pastry with someone special.

  6. pablo pinchasso Says:

    yo..Dog,,, did you see this….
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cyclingnews-online-production-editor-required-sydney-australia

    not that we want you to move but tele comute??

  7. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Serious whine here: you gotta truck, filled with loose debris, equipped with a tarp that’s never ever in use, and it’s spraying rock all over the place … but they sport a plaquard claiming “not responsible for broken windshields,” so it’s okay.

  8. Derek Says:

    I worked for a paving crew in Summit County. They have those “not responsible” signs but still payed for windshields pretty regularly just to avoid being sued. Patrick wasn’t able to get the company name, but if you’re driving and know what company, it might be worth a call.
    Oh and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to everyone.

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