March 31, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 2010 Bike Rides-Carolina Tarwheels

Wednesday, March 31, 2010-Crawford Dairy Loop

New Hope Church Road
New Hope Church Road

Cy, Dave, and I rode out out and picked up a friend along the way on New Hope.

Union Grove
Union Grove

The Wednesday Group is coming toward us.

Union Groovin'
Union Groovin'
So many interesting jerseys today!
So many interesting jerseys today!
Bruce is on his "mean recumbent machine"!  Again on Dairyland Road!
Bruce is on his "mean recumbent machine"! Again on Dairyland Road!
There will be many repeats of this "shot"!-  -I love Dairyland!
There will be many repeats of this "shot"!- -I love Dairyland!

This would be the last picture I took before the rest-stop below. I made the mistake of sprinting to a county line sign. Bruce (recumbent) and "Steady" counter-attacked. I was able to "latch on" behind them but they worked me over pretty good for more than a dozen miles of hills and varied terrain. I had 3 or 4 heart-attacks trying to stay behind them.

Cy and and would split at this rest stop and put in some more miles toward Hillsborough. Cy and I managed to get in over 60 miles on this Wednesday.

Thursday, April 1, 2010-Bass Mountain Loop With Cy

Heading south west from Hillsborough.
Heading south west from Hillsborough.

We headed out Dimmicks Mill and Ben Johnson leaving Hillsborough. We took a left on West 10 and stayed on West 10 just past Buckhorn and took a left on Bowman Road.

Things get a little fuzzy for me here. We hit Mebane Oaks Road at some point.

We went to Swepsonville where I missed a couple of shots of a muddy river.

This may be right over the top of Bass Mountain.

Allen House - Circa 1780

Original frontier log dwelling built by Quaker John Allen III. House stood approximately 400 feet southeast. Housed five generations. Moved in 1965 to Alamance Battleground State Historic Site.

We were coming back some on 54 before turning toward Saxapahaw.

Friday, April 2, 2010-Cy and I ride 40.

Friday, April 2, 2010-Cy and I shake our legs out with 40 miles toward Sahapahaw.
Friday, April 2, 2010-Cy and I shake our legs out with 40 miles toward Sahapahaw.

I guess this seems repetitive but- I love these old buildings, barns, silos.

Another rider takes advantage of the beautiful day!
Another rider takes advantage of the beautiful day!

We rode an "out & back" out to Saxapahaw.

So- yes, I was able to get yet another pic here!

Ben Johnson Road going into Hillsborough.
Ben Johnson Road going into Hillsborough.
Tack Shop on Ben Johnson Road.
Tack Shop on Ben Johnson Road.

Friday's ride with Cy is 40 miles. We rode a small loop when we got near Saxapahaw.

Saturday

The Pear Tree behind the house. It was "snowing" the white blossoms.
The Pear Tree behind the house. It was "snowing" the white blossoms.

Saturday!?!

My legs hurt too much to ride much today. I didn't try to catch any ride out of Carrboro as I was sure any one of the rides  would beat me up. I just strolled out from Hillsborough spinning as much as I could comfortable. Trying to use little pressure but keep the cadence kind of high.

Carrboro Saturday Moring B-Ride

I ran into the B-Ride on "Union Groove". I said the heck with it and turned around and rode with them. I heard the ride leader, Jeff Klee shout for them to wait up as I caught on. He's a great ride leader!

Jeff Klee
Jeff Klee

I told everyone that I would probably bail out somewhere. Too many miles.

This is Nicks Road. I love this spot.

So- I shoot quite a few shots hoping that one will come out good.

The scenery is so good that most come out great.

Daniela is purty and strong. Gosh- she's purty strong!

Daniela
Daniela

I don't drink really. Once a month now I may treat myself to one dollar Margarita night at Cassa Ibarra. Here I met Lisa and I want to say Ramone. That's not it. I hope they correct me. Anyway He is from France. She is Canadian/American-maybe. They met in French class. They are very delightful. We talked cycling (Paris-Brest-Paris), cycling tattoos (early 1900s posters on my legs), and France. I told Ramone about $1 Margarita night which he enjoyed.

Easter Sunday-Mark's Birthday Ride!

Yes- it was Mark's birthday. Right above is Matt Schumacher, too young!

Mark turned 56 today. So the ride is going to be 56 miles for some of these fellows.

Some other riders are taking advantage of the beautiful weather.

We pick "Ken" up here.

Cy is rolling out. Cy and I put in an extra 22 miles riding to the ride. Cy has an Easter dinner date so he will cut the ride short.

Tito

Tito has been teaching in South America for a couple years. He's back!
Tito has been teaching in South America for a couple years. He's back!

It's the Hillbros Chapter of the Playtex Cycling Team!

Yep- most of these guys are older than dirt.

Some of them have no visible means of support.

Mark- Birthday Boy!

Mark is the birthday boy. He's 56 years young today!
Mark is the birthday boy. He's 56 years young today!

Approaching Eflland-Cedar Springs Road.

Larry

Matt and half of Larry
Matt and half of Larry
Matt and Larry
Matt and Larry
Kent, Matt, Tito, Mike T.
Kent, Matt, Tito, Mike T.
Larry
Larry
Matt
Matt
Kent and Mike
Kent and Mike
Dave
Dave
Ken
Ken

Brother Dave

Dave has been my best friend for 30 years.
Dave has been my best friend for 30 years.

Alan

Alan is Matt's dad. Alan is a great ride leader and organizer. Alan leads the Wednesday ride from Union Grove.
Alan is Matt's dad. Alan is a great ride leader and organizer. Alan leads the Wednesday ride from Union Grove.

Corbett's Store

Kent
Kent
Matt is the youngest here but has spent the last 6 weeks with a leg in a cast!
Matt is the youngest here but has spent the last 6 weeks with a leg in a cast!
Mike and Mike gas it up after waiting a bit. This Mike is hard to hold on to.
Mike and Mike gas it up after waiting a bit. This Mike is hard to hold on to.

Spring Sprang

Did Spring spring?
Did Spring spring?
Gassing it up on New Sharon Church Road.
Gassing it up on New Sharon Church Road.

Happy birthday dear Mark!

Now my diet is blown. I over eat!
Now my diet is blown. I over eat!

Easter Sunday-Mark's Birthday Ride

Today with the extra miles that Cy and I had riding out and the extra mile I rode back home I get 86 miles. It felt like 87 though!

Wednesday was actually 59 miles.

Thursday I netted 75 miles.

Thursday was about 40 miles.

Saturday was 61 miles.

Sunday I managed 86 miles.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 321 miles for the week?

My legs hurt.

I couldn't believe it when Cy called again today.

We only rode 15. I'm tires.

AND- Bob's coming tomorrow to ride Wednesday!

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Comments 23 comments

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Your tired? I am tired just from looking at pictures of you guys getting tired! Whew! Why worry about eating some snackypoos when you get that much excersize? Loved the photograph of spring has sprung! Beautiful.

You have lots of friends--that is so cool. You get out and enjoy things--I want to go bike riding-rollerblading but not 86 miles..maybe 2 miles..okay maybe like 1/2 miles to the Dairy Queen for a chocolate icecream cone--LARGE ONE..and then maybe somebody could drive me back home...what do you think? hehehehe

Great Hub-nice pictures--boy this must have taken you all day! Good job!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo ghost. This did take all day- plus some more time in uploading them from the camera on other days. I've actually gained a couple pounds. I feel good though. Legs hurt and I need to take it easy tomorrow. Spring has sprung. I know you work hard when you're at it. Thanks for hitting this so quickly! Take care! Thank you Dear!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Awesome pics! What a great ride. I am so happy that you take the time to take pictures. They are really beautiful, the scenery is gorgeous.

I am determined to get back on my back this year. Maybe I will actually publish a hub and share some photos along the way.

Thanks for sharing,

Sage


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Wow. What a beautiful set of pictures. The scenery makes the ride worth it. Like running. I especially love the picture of spring springing. Here it has been snowing for the last four days. There is nothing but white outside. I love the red bud trees the most. Sadly, they do not grow here.

How does Cy pronounce his name? Like Cy Young? Or like the road in Casper Wyoming, where they say each letter separately. C.Y. Not Cy. It annoys the cowboys if you say Cy (sigh). They are constantly correcting me. Cy.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Sage. I take pictures but I don't "take time to take pictures". Sometimes this is 30 mph photography. It's no more trouble for me than pulling a water-bottle out to drink. It's safer than unwrapping a bar to eat. Just be careful. Practice alone, first, if you do it like me. Choose a camera that is easy to use "that way". Know that you might toss the camera if things get dicey. Thanks for coming by Sage!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Deborah- I'm glad I don't live there. I couldn't take it. Well- I can't take it anymore. I lived in the mountains. It snowed on the Blue Ridge Parkway 7 feet in May one year. Cy's name is like "sigh"- Cyrus. He's been a great riding partner. just thought about you walking the RR tracks with your dogs. "Our" train just went by. You take care Deborah. Stay warm!


getmyback 6 years ago

Micky, ok rest now

You did it but how?

All I can say is wow

Thanks for the ride

and the pictures outside

I appreciate your work, looks like a ton, glad you enjoy cycling so much

You must be in terrific shape

Thank You

billY


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey there you rhyming Bird!

You have a way with the Word!

I love it when you come around!

You carry those words that always astound!

Thanks billY


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msorensson 6 years ago

Wow!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Mickey!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Msorensson. Thanks for the comment. Enjoy!


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Ten Blogger 6 years ago

Wow ..awesome pictures.. Green grass.blue skies and wonderful flowers !!

Here is nice poem to go with that..

Lay down your head

And go to sleep

May you dream

Of gardens sweet

Close your eyes

And dream away

Of God’s gifts

To you this day

The sun that rose upon your head

As you lay within your bed

Green grass, blue skies and waters deep

Of this and more, dream in your sleep.

oh well.. we don't really have to Dream.. Spring is here for us to go out and enjoy !! Cheers !


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Ten Blogger 6 years ago

one more.. YOu rode 15 miles when you are tired ..great.. I ride 15 when I am full of energy :) You are an inspiration !


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Mick, glad it was you and not me. Hope you had fun. It would have finished me off. Pretty country, I'd choose the horses.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Ten Blogger!

You are so wonderful! You are devine!

You are so Dear! Thank you Ma'am!

A beautiful poem from a beautiful spirit!

Thank you!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo 50. You see that poem above you there? Isn't that great?

Yo 50. I cleaned today. Bob from one of the last hubs came into town for a day. We ride tomorrow. So I get tired again. Guess I'm in a rut. Good one though.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

You must have the stamina of the Everyready Bunny! I'm impressed. Loved the photos. Really pretty country. Especially liked the horses, barns, trees and flowers. Sorry you missed the muddy creek! Must have been a good site for you to have mentioned it. Thanks for the tour.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Peggy! Thank you for riding with me. It really is too scenic here. They've been selling some of the scenery here and sipping it off to other states! Thank you Dear!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hey Mick, I like most the spring flowers, it is beautiful, hehe and the nice countryside plus the enjoyment you had while riding the bike, Take care and rest also, Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much Maita. Just made another like this one. Thanks for stopping. You take care!


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

WOW Micky: Spring is definitely bustin' out all over in your neck of the woods. No wonder you ride, what breathtaking scenery. You rest my friend, peace!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Pmccray! I'm just taking it easy today! Thank you Dear! Peace!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Looks like an unforgettable ride with some wonderful cyclers like yourself .. I love the SPRING Flowers .. Beautiful Sweet MickyDee. Thanks for the virtual bike trip. It's the ONLY way I'd go that far on a bike. :0)

I admire YOU!

Mekenzie


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Aw shucks Mekenzie- it's nothing. Actually - sometimes it's too much and I could use a two-by-four against my punkin' head. But these rides are short enough. Thank you very much Dear!

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    Cy and I roll out for an easy 15 miler. Just shaking the legs out!
    Cy and I roll out for an easy 15 miler. Just shaking the legs out!

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