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April 10, 2010-Two Rides-97 Miles But It Felt Like 98

Updated on April 16, 2010

I was determined to ride a century today.

My training is suspect - what can I say?

I felt like I wasn't getting enough miles.

Today I'm king of "I can" instead of denials.

My friends are riding 100s in the "hills".

Now that's a lot like riding treadmills.

The uphill miles are so much longer.

But those uphill miles will make you stronger!

I guess I’ll be out here for most of the day.

I’m not concerned with what comes my way.

I’m not sure of which way I should go.

I’m not taking it fast but I’m not taking it slow.

Let's see, I'll take the hills in this direction.

They comprise demise and affect affection.

I love and hate the hills. It's another race of truth.

Pulling a hard grade is like pulling a sensitive tooth!

Stand up! Sit down! Rest your hands atop the bars.

Pay no attention to other cyclists or even passing cars.

Relax your upper body take the grimace off your face.

Breath in, power and spin, but ride at your own pace.

Stand up! Sit down! Rest your legs and then your butt.

The lungs, the legs, the heart will burst or will it be the gut?

Shift up! Stand up! Shift down! Sit down! Spin awhile.

Some riders are up ahead. We'll have to ride single file!

I've got my gears in double low. Am I reaping what I sow?

Inquiring minds want to know- how can I be going this slow?

This hill is getting steeper with every passing week.

Maybe my brakes are stuck or my tire has sprung a leak!

Is it my butt that's dragging or could it be my brake?

I'm snorting too much exhaust. My lungs begin to ache!

Now I've had three heart attacks while getting up this hill.

This couldn't be more painful if I were doing it against my will!

The end is near! I swear it's just around the curve.

I hope I can appear a little fresher. I hope I do not swerve.

I'm sure the grade will ease a bit when I get around this bend.

My legs are screaming now. This pain will have to end!

What has happened to the top? It used to be right here!

The "end" I held dear, that once was here- where will it reappear?

El Diablo is in the curve up ahead? Why is He taunting me?

I'm seeing things and hearing things, things that are haunting me!

I'm finally over the top. I'll pump the pedals and recover my spin.

Is my rear out of gear? Are my legs too tired for the gear I'm in?.

So now I've met another group on the road.

These folks will brighten and lighten the load.

It's easier and faster to get a hundred done,

When other riders ride and you're not the only one.

You can hide behind a rider and block some of the wind.

At least before you revolve to take the front again!

It's the B-Group from Carrboro that I've latched onto.

They'll put in about forty-five miles before their ride is through.

I'll have to add another forty if I intend to make my goal.

When we make a loop through Hillsborough I'll continue to let it roll.

The group gets strung out and yoyos to and fro.

But it gets us down the road to where we need to go!

A lot of big folk don’t climb so well.

But they can drop like a politician in hell.

Some folks can climb where others can't.

Some can descend where there's any downward slant.

It’s nice to see the folks flutter up the hills,

And then fly down, appreciating all the thrills.

But all the butterflies flutter high.

They seem destined to the sky!

And just like the daring trapeze,

They seem to do it with such ease.

Well now it was exactly right here we were coming down a hill. There were folks dropping back on the left in our lane. The rider in front perhaps didn't see it. He pulled over right at the pot-hole and I had to go directly any damage management. Damage management and recovery modes are instantly simultaneous.  Before I could say "hole". I was beaten to the punch and was past the point of being heard by those who were "most in need of the warning".

There were, I guess, three flat tires right there.

The hole was a couple inches and about a foot across.

The best thing was that no one panicked and went down.

The best thing to do is "hold your line".

Don't swerve.

I rode back and helped with a couple of flats.

Some "flat changing" class was held a bit there.

There were a couple of remarks that led me to believe some thought I had "led them astray".

It would have looked like that to someone. People see different things and ways.

a rider may be wiggling back and forth in front of you - but if you make a "correction" to keep from going down, the person behind you may only see you. But you're only trying to avoid the guy in front of you who is trying to get food out of his jersey pocket and he sucks at it.

So - we ran over a pot-hole and had flats.

Like I explained then and now: I'm not a bad person. I'm just surrounded by bad people!

The pace is advertised to be a certain speed. I can ride with anybody but we can't ride the same up hills and downhills. We are not made the same.

It can hurt a rider to try to keep up on the up-hill grade and for the same and different folk the same could be said for the down-hills.

I always expect a heavier person, a more muscular person to go down hills faster. Heavier people can usually gravitate faster but sometimes shouldn't. Being skilled "technically" is a consideration.

So- we really can't ride as fast down or up like other people will.

Quite often I like to pull. I will pull "to a fault". Sometimes I pull because I can.

I was riding at the McEntire Airbase 24 hour "Ride Till You Barf" ride I think it was! This was decades ago if not centuries. You actually rode as far as you could for 24 hours.

Well- I rode till I barfed. Today, I can eat "some trail mix". I lost the taste for it at McEntire! I remember being behind a guy who moved over to the left. I guess he wanted me to pull through. I couldn't. Many years later this guy came into my store and said, "I remember you! You were that guy that was sucking my wheel at McEntire Airbase. You wouldn't pull through! You wouldn't work!"

Well- I can't remember exactly what he said. He had a young lady with him. It embarrassed me. I remember it being unpleasant.

So- today I over-compensate. I pull too much.

I would like to now acknowledge that I have been a wheel-sucker and I did not "pull through".

I'd like to apologize to that lion-hearted cyclist that did all the work that night until we pulled into the rest area and escaped without me in his draft. I must have been with you at least a few miles.

Yes, I am ashamed of my past behavior and if I had my way- I would be right in front of you when I threw up!

So- we all don't do everything the same. The alternative is wait up. Wait up at the tops of hills. Wait up on corners/turns.

We're riding into Hillsborough on Ben Johnston Road.

So today the riders will have coffee, lattes, or espresso at Cup-O-Joe's in downtown Hillsborough.

The Carolina Tarwheels cycle on to Carrboro after "Cup-O-Joe's".


But I leave the Carrboro Saturday morning B-ride for pursuit of yet another ride. I have 44 miles in as I leave the Hillsbros area. Dave and his gang will be out toward Hurdle Mills. I'll get in at least another 45 miles in maybe. This might be a century day after all.

I make it exactly to the store as Dave has instructed me. He always has great directions. He plots a course for me, by phone, and we all meet at the store at the same time. So I'm able to grab a brownie and a coke. I haven't wanted or had a coke in quite a while. Sucrose won't be too bad right now.

Somebody's having too much fun!
Somebody's having too much fun!

I think I'll be able to ride this century today.

It's nice having so many friends who play.

The Old And In The Way!
The Old And In The Way!

Let's climb a hill and ride by a barn.

Maybe we'll have time to tell a yarn.

Nice Picture Of Tenacity!
Nice Picture Of Tenacity!

So how many miles do I have right here?

It feels like about 70- at least in my rear!

I'd better stand up and shake some stuff loose.

I'm getting a knots and what-nots in my caboose.

I'm having severe pain and of so many sorts.

Things are not right, down in my cycling shorts!

There must be two mongoose on the loose.

I plead "Oh please, Vamoose!" but it's no use!

The pain causes wrinkles. The skin and muscles contort.

It looks like I picked the wrong day to wear this cycling short!

It's not now whether I'm a mouse or a man.

It's now "how much suffering can a rear-end stand?"

Somebody, please. hit me with a two-by-four.

I can’t stand this pain in my pants anymore.

Shorts when new are the finest cycling attire.

But now they’re old and have set me on fire.

Let me stand up and shake it "all about".

I feel my hind-end parts are just worn out!

How many miles is it now- I see it's just eighty!

That's a good figure- nothing shady with eighty.

Now - if I can just find that short cut!

The one that could save my sore butt!

With all the broken pieces I made up my mind.

I would ride a hundred and not a ninety-nine.

It is easier to convince my mind, I find,

Than convincing my sore behind!

Ninety five is sounding better all the time.

Oh Dear Lord, please help me end this Rhyme!

Then I thought 99 would be as fine.

I could certainly justify it in my mind!

I was not so tired as it was just ceasing to be fun.

But now I conceded, I was hoping to be done.

A bike ride can be just like my old Lady.

A girlfriend and a bike ride get old around eighty.

Here it is near ninety miles and I’ll be lucky to get 98.

You eat a lot of crow out here and there’s a lot more on my plate.

It was only 97 but it felt like 98.

If you have some time-allow me to elucidate.

Riding a century was what I did contrive.

I joined one cycling club and rode 45.

I need more training for what is yet in store.

I joined another group rode for 45 more.

This relationship is one of love and hate.

It may be only 97 but it feels like 98.

A century contains a hundred miles.

Eventually you start running out of smiles.

Take some time. This moment is to celebrate.

So what if it’s only 97, it feels like a flippin' 98!

by Micky Dee


The photo above is from the photo below. First I copied. I then "pasted the copy. I flipped the copy. this added a little more grass, porch, etc. Next, I rotated the "joined" photo. I then feathered the dirt in at the bottom right of the picture. I cropped it all to make a "nicer" picture out of a twisted pic.

You can see the "in-between" picture below. Notice the top right part of the picture. This is the flipped and joined from the "top".

A little cropping and touching up and we have the picture "under PHOTO PHUN".

2 cyclists with helmets?

Sometimes the piece you use for "fill" (after flipping and adding) and keep continuity might only be a strip. Occasionally I'll see something right away and play with it or not. Most "strips that are copied, pasted, flipped, and added could come out a bit as the pieces below.

This makes an infinite pattern!

The strip I used was possibly not what we see here. I was using it as an example. But here, above, we see 8 pieces, four of which are flipped and added to keep continuity. The same ending is the beginning (just flipped).

Super Shades

Catwoman's mask?
Catwoman's mask?

Whose eyes?

Whose eyes are these?

Alien Being

This is my alien of the year or week at least!
This is my alien of the year or week at least!

4 And 4 The Other Way!

Ok-this is the end of the PHOTO PHUN!

So you kids go outside to play for a while!

Or- check out these hubs, below, by Micky Dee!


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Jess. I feel like you can killmenow! I think I strained my gizzard today.

      Jess- it;s just so wonderful isn't it? The flat roads. The curves. The rolling hills, the long steep climb. Let's get out there and have some fun on bikes! Er... yee haw!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey Kimberlyslyrics Girl. I was looking for some music videos for an idea but the artists have none on youtube. So I'm striking out! I went for a bit of a bike ride today. I didn't eat before I rode. I'm trying to cut calories and climb a bit better. But I had a burning pain in my hip unless I stood up on the pedals. I cut the ride short to 25 miles or so. I have a friend coming in tomorrow. This young fellow has been a friend for many years. He'll probably be riding well. So that's what I've done today. I did move furniture (fridge) around enough to put a few pains into the back.

      I can't marry you this week-end. Adam is coming. Maybe in a few weeks or in the fall.

    • Jess Killmenow profile image

      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Great to read this as I start to get serious this season, reminding me of the physical and mental conflicts of cycling. Thanks!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      geez. I came back for and nothing new. Your really lazy I say. Still love ya.

      ps-please, please get off the bike, even for 10 minutes, your tushy must be so sore

      hurry up new hub, waiting, tic to tic toc, [o reminds me I have to finish one in my series]

      I'll leave you to chill, just have um a ee errand to run, ya that's it

      Micky Dee, marry me?


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Msorensson! You know- I do bet that 98 miles would feel like 99- maybe 100! Thank you!

    • msorensson profile image


      8 years ago

      I am sure you are in terrific shape, how would you know what 98 feels like?

      Great pictures, Micky :-)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Great rhyming Debarshi! I sit here and I want to rhyme back and I am so tired now that I can't. Different day, different ride, but tired. So thank you! God bless!

    • Debarshi Dutta profile image

      Debarshi Dutta 

      8 years ago from Calcutta

      Keep up the speed Micky.

      100 wont be too far away the day you make 90.

      I appreciate your endurance and stamina.

      But it is great fun,

      even though you are out in the hot sun

      sweating and kicking at the pedal

      At 100 you sure deserve a medal.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Howdy there Nomoretrucks! Long-distance is a lonely business quite often. I appreciate your being a cyclist! You know- I bet that 94 miles felt like 95!

    • nomoretrucks profile image


      8 years ago from scotland

      Great ride you got there pal. long distance is so different to anything else isn't it. why not give other bikeys a nod of anckowleagement and a grin. on a recent voyage it was all i needed to keep me goin' sometimes. I still managed to average 94 miles a day for 24 days-despite being an old croc at 46.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Maita. It wasn't a hard ride really. My shorts were my enemy though. I do try to be very careful when riding. It's a dangerous sport. Thank you Dear!

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      WOw, those were beautiful images, Mick be careful when driving and taking those pics, oh that was a long bike ride, Congratulations, Maita

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Kimberly. It is so nice to see you again! Please come by and "ride" with me often! You are charming as always! Thank you Dear!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Micky, not cool

      it's like your teasing us with something we can't do


      I love living through these journeys

      and am so proud of you

      you inspire me

      clearly not to cycle as I can't

      but to go after something you believe in

      For that from this hub, thank you


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Ladyjane! I'm glad you enjoyed them. It's all smoke and mirrors.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you 2uesday! It takes a bit of time to re-size pics and post. Thank you Dear!

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      8 years ago from Texas

      Great inspiring hub and great photos. You sure do have a lot of stamina for this type of riding. Cheers.

    • 2uesday profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi, I was here to read this and looked at all the photos - you put lots of time and work into this as well as the bike ride, well done Micky.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      That's pretty cool. Most of these cameras will let you set a timer to take a picture or video of yourself. Oh yeah- video! You can video Dude!

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Mick, your cameras and techniques would make a great hub. The picture in my avitar is a cropped image of me lighting off one of my 50 cal. BMG Barrets I got back in an email from a guy who was out in the desert that came to see what kind of cannon was going off and creating such a cloud of dust. I let him light a few and I gave him my email and figured I'd never hear but 3 weeks later sure enough!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Bro 50 Caliber! Thank you Sir! I do take the pictures while I'm riding. I've done this for many years. It's a natural movement for me. It's a lot safer than some folks taking their water bottle out or try to get at their food. I can usually hold the camera straight above my shoulder.

      As you can see -the house "was" crooked. A lot of pics will be a little off, especially as you're riding 20 mph and better with a group. The very first picture at the top is also the 13th picture down. I took the photo and straightened it. Then I cropped it. I then added just a little magic to make it different from the 13th.

      For taking pictures precariously, as you're moving as I do, I advise a camera for about a couple hundred dollars. Mine is a Kodac. My is the Z1285 from a few years ago. I've tried many cameras.

      One reason for choosing this one was experience with the way it worked as in the buttons were not hard to "turn on or turn off".

      Another "big" reason for this one is that it makes a large picture. All cameras open on a bit of "wide angle" opening.

      I find this fine. The big deal is that the bigger picture, in this case 4000 pixels, allows me to edit (twist, crop) a good or great picture out of a mistake.

      So- you can buy cameras for thousands of dollars (actually maybe you and I can't right now) or you can buy an almost throw away camera for a couple hundred bucks that will take better pics than cameras did decades ago.

      The pics will be great for uploading to hubpages.

      50 Caliber Bro- I know you should have many pictures that "we'd all" like to see.

      I reduce the size of my pictures to around 1000 pixels so that when they are enlarged (by clicking on them") you can see the entire picture usually.

      This should save hubpages some "storage memory" as well. Yes, you're welcome hubpages!

      I use infraview for reducing "batches" of photos. At the same time the pictures are reduced in color (which saves hupages storage memory).

      You would need to create a folder similar to the folder of original pictures. Always keep the the same. If you alter a picture rename it just a tad. Like 100_001. Make the new picture 100_001S for small or 100-001repair for a picture that you have twisted and or cropped.

      When you create a folder for pictures- always name it by the date first- then maybe add a short description- 04_14_10 as in April 4, 2010. Then complete it with 04_14_10UnionGrove as we rode from Union Grove or 04_14_10UG. When naming files dashes may not be allowed so I use the "space_line" that is with the dash key.

      I should have created a hub about my camera huh?

      Shop around Dusty Dude and get a camera that's easy to work and gives the biggest picture in your price range.

      I've been doing this for about 10 years. A camera lasts me about 2 years or so.

      I do not prepare to crash or drop a camera but in the back of my mind it cannot be a total surprise.

      $200 should get a pretty good camera!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hi Sa'ge! Thank you for riding along! There is family in so many ways! Aloha my Dear!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hello Theherbivorehippi! It's so good to see you. I'm afraid you are seeing the pictures "I can take". There are some rainy days that I stay home and ride inside. Yesterday was not so good. It was overcast and cold. My guy Cy had to ride home to fix a window that had blown out. I wound up meeting the group after putting in extra miles by myself. Folks were too cold and there weren't many folks. Thank you Dear!

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Mick, great production as always! Tell me how you take the photos? While riding? They come out so clear. I want to get a camera and it seems that you have a good one or you are a super talent or both.


    • Sa`ge profile image


      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      The road trip that many of us cannot take, thank you Mickey for taking us along with you. :) aloha there is family is so many ways.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image


      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Why does there NEVER seem to be any clouds in your pictures?? lol Does Mother Nature just follow you around with sunshine all the time or what!! Blue skies again!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Teresa! It was overcast/cold/colder today. Oh well. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Beautiful scenery, beautiful pictures, great art, great story. Thank you for sharing. Micky Dee, great day!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Brynda! Let's escape!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Storytellersrus! Let's get those dogs out! Let's be as good as our dogs think we are!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Billyaustindillon! Let's roll!

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      8 years ago

      Amazing! As usual! Love what you did with the photo of the house. Thanks for the escape.

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I appreciate the self analysis and the way you can laugh at yourself, or seems that way. I need to take the dogs for a walk. My legs are winter status and you inspire me, lol.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Ride on Micky :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Bro! Thank you for coming by Rossi! Thanks for spreading the word!

      You know I have that one that is huge. Sometimes we ride too much and sometimes with shorts that are too thin. I've been just a little over-trained. My mileage pretty high. Legs hurt all the time. Not too bad. I'm easing back a bit. Thank you Sir!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Hey bro...u have got nice pics here,was by someone today and left a greeting for her on your behalf,told her that you were up the hills biking.What was wrong in your cycling short?


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