Turkocalypse now

Never get out of the bed.

Never get out of the bed.

“Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger.”

Maybe. Especially if the bush is in a sunny window. It’s nearly noon, and all of three degrees above freezing, and the weather wizards say that’s about as good as it’s gonna get around here until sometime in 2016, when we could be looking at 45 and sunny.

The horror … the horror. …

Still, a man must ride. The world is full of bicycle reviews and deadlines, and never the twain shall meet if a man doesn’t ride.

And after the riding there shall be the cooking and the eating of the tinga poblana, a recipe I found when I was purging my collection in the process of searching for something I hadn’t prepared yet.

And after the eating there shall be … resolutions? Naw. I’d like to ride more in 2016, maybe (gasp) do some more self-supported touring, and toward that end I’m throttling back on the workload a bit, discarding the most irksome of my chores like unused recipes. That’s about it from this end.

How about you folks? Any big plans for the New Year? Sound off in comments.

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23 Responses to “Turkocalypse now”

  1. Sharon Says:

    bike. riding…enchiladas…movie. Will finish the year at about 10,300 miles. Fantastic year – great health in 2015.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You cracked the 10K mark! Well done indeed. Anyone else even close?

      • John in GJ Says:

        Nope. I was having a good year: I was closing in on 5000km in May but then I had to hang up the wheels in order to spend the rest of the summer (and into the fall) hiking around a particular 150 square kilometer chunk of western Colorado for the purposes of making a geologic map. Khal can probably relate. It didn’t leave much time and less energy for the ol’ bike(s).

        Next year will be different. But that’s what I said at the end of last year.

    • Steve O Says:

      10k?! Congrats!! ‘Sway to go!!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Sharon, way to go. You did it. I have never been close to 10K miles.

      • Sharon Says:

        Pat – thanks. It’s my first 10,000 mile year. I had a couple of 6,000 and 8,000 years around 1990 but much, much less since. Blessed with lots of good weather, good health and lots of time and riding buds this year. Everything just came together!

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Sharon: Wow! Congrats! Quite an incredible accomplishment! Good on ya!!

      PO’G: Just reviewed your tinga poblana recipe…..should go well with a wee dram of tequila!

      All: Have a safe and Happy 2016!

  2. John in GJ Says:

    You’re “throttling back”? Is that even possible? Well, without your heart completely stopping, that is. All I can say is good luck and you’re my inspiration and role model. Well, you and my three house cats, that is.

    Oh, and Sharon: 16,800 kilometers! Holy Shit! WAY TO GO!!

    I think I found yet another role model.

    See you all in 2016.

  3. Steve O Says:

    Resolution: Increase my mileage by 50%.

    That means going from squat to squat-and-a-half

  4. Steve O Says:

    5 tips for a more productive 2016:

    1) Be more efficient by reducing all lists by 80%.

  5. Steve O Says:

    Health goals for 2016:
    Eat at least one thing a day that does not contain bacon, whiskey, or Sriracha.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Happy new year to all. I was never much at making or keeping resolutions. Like Patrick, I would like to do a multi-day inn to inn tour. I love to camp, but not after riding all day. All I would want after a long day in saddle is a hot tub and a cold beer or two. A really neat 2016 event would be riding with some of you folks.

  7. mooremediaone Says:

    This may sound sacrilegious amongst us cycling folks, but I am actually going to try and cut back on my weekly road miles this year. Too many miles commuting to the office has had some unfortunate consequences relating to my old and tired body. For someone who loves being in the saddle, this will indeed be tough. I’ll pay it forward and give my spare mileage to those who are looking to add it to their 2016 total!

  8. Libby Says:

    Love The Turkapocalypse. Bathed in a shaft of light like he’s been painted by Rembrandt! Nice photo.

  9. Hurben Says:

    Ride my bikes a lot!

    Happy New Year to all.

    Down here we’ve had the traditional ‘we’re going camping, just like my father used to do’, followed by the traditional, wind howling & rain thundering causing mass evacuations.

    Got to love the holiday season.

    Best wishes to you all for 2016.

  10. Hurben Says:

    Apocalypse Now, I’ve got the ReDux edition & still the most powerful war scenes ever

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      The 1/9 Cavalry Regiment was part of the 1st Cavalry Division (as I was) in 1970. They really did wear those black cavalry hats with the crossed saber regimental pins most of the time.

  11. Larry T. Says:

    Once I gave up any ideas of being a competitive bike racer it’s been quality over quantity when it comes to mileage and more interest in time on the bike vs distance covered. New Year’s Resolution – spend more time in Italy. Happy 2016 to all!!!

  12. veloben Says:

    Happy New Year to all.

    Not much for resolutions and mileage has dropped since the touring bug bit a few years back. Can we set a tonnage or most miles below 10 mph goal?

    Instead of resolutions I try to get in at least one new challenging adventure/experience each year. The plan for 2016 is self supported tour from Chicago to Santa Monica CA in the fall. If I go with ACA (most likely) it’s 55 days and 2,400 miles right past the Duke City. Should be fun

  13. Peter W. Polack Says:

    Thanks for the Tinga Poblana recipe. I downloaded it and made it this morning. That’s why I read your blog; I never know what shit will be flung or what food I’ll find!

  14. Marc-André Says:

    Happy new year 🙂

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