Solo break

Can't see the forest for the trees.

Can’t see the forest for the trees.

I was all on my oddy knocky for today’s penultimate stage at the Giro d’Italia. Charles “Live Update Guy” Pelkey had to dash off to the Wyoming state Democratic convention, which was being held in a Prius in Rock Springs, so Your Humble Narrator was flying solo.

And quite a stage it was, too. If you missed the call you can read back on it here.

Chazbo will be back tomorrow for the big finale, and then we will both be off to other pursuits for a bit. I think he’s committed to doing one final Tour. Me, I think I should be committed.


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14 Responses to “Solo break”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Did you get a ride in today? Hope so.

    I guess Nibali is the real deal now that he’s done it twice.

    One final LUG tour, le big show, would be neat for us readers. What do you think about it? I guess I will find the time to check it out since our slow move is almost over.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, I find that a steady diet of writing and drawing about cycling makes me want to not do it myself. I should’ve gotten out for a ride today, but instead opted for a haircut, buying a new case for my old iPhone, and a medium-heavy lunch of chorizo-and-potato tacos.

      Glad to hear your move is nearly in the history books. I don’t ever want to do that again. Not until I move into the camposanto.

      Could be worser, though. The bro- and sis-in-law are moving from Maryland to Florida … and selling three houses. Gah, etc.

      • khal spencer Says:

        “…medium-heavy lunch of chorizo-and-potato tacos….”

        Umm. You better start riding, or you might start looking like me. Lately I’ve been unable to shed the spare tire I put on while recovering from that knife fight with the surgeon back at the end of February.

        Amazing what indolence will do at our age. Thank Campagnolo I have that set of jerseys that describe me so well.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Hah. Let me add that holiday weekends always give me The Fear®. Too many unskilled pedalistas on road and trail, along with the traditional hordes of drunken, texting fools.

        And the bigger you are, the easier you are to hit.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Moving without riding definitely will alter one’s waistline. Guess I better get with it if I want to ride my age next Thursday. Nah, forget that; not gonna happen.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I still haven’t ridden my age this year, Pat. Khal is the only one of us to man up. I don’t know what President Trump will make of us. Sad! Weak!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        “Bunch of losers. Go home to your mommy. ” What a tool that guy is.
        A metric century plus 5 might happen this year, but not next week.

      • HurbenHurben Says:

        I do at least my age every week. 61 years & shit they were full of it. I’m lucky to have lived through history, even though there were times when I didn’t think that I’d make it, but, fuck it, I made it.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Good man y’self, Hurben. Any day you’re on the right side of the lawn is a good one, no matter how many miles you’ve ridden (or not ridden).

        But those days are more fun if you’ve ridden. Let’s all do more of that sort of thing.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good day Hurben! I should have said a metric century plus 5 miles. Shit, I’m 67 next Thursday. I agree, Patrick. After we close the sale of the old joint, more riding, hiking, and playing with the Duffinator will happen.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Happy Birthday in advance, Pat O’Brien.
        Do we use P O’G and P O’B to discriminate here?

      • Hurben Says:

        G’Day Pat,

        My century ride this year is in November at the annual round Lake Taupo cycle challenge. Always a good weekend & especially so this year given that it’s the 40th anniversary.

  2. carl b duellman jr Says:

    so i had an idea that would never work but i’ll run it up the flagpole anyway. you and charles could pirate a live video stream from the tour and then do like the tv show ‘mystery science theater 3000’. all we would see is your silhouettes against the live feed while you wisecrack through the stage (along with actual pertinent race info). you do the first stage for free then charge a nominal fee for the rest of the race. or if you don’t want to pirate the video feed, you could just rely on us watching our own feed with the sound off while you guys jabber away on a separate feed. i’d pay a few bucks a stage.

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