Monday, June 27, 2016

Segment 1, Summer 2016

Note: these are entries taken from FB

6-26-16: off day 1 - Wallace, ID: spent our first rest day today by attending church, then a group of us enjoyed touring a silver mine, after which I worked on my bike to clean and oil chain.

6-25-16: build day 2 - Kellogg, ID: today we worked on a roof project and a shed project, tore out and replaced a window, widened a trap door for an access ladder, unloaded material, etc, etc. Some were over helping the local affiliate set up and start a pig roast, to which we were invited. Another great build day helping people in need of affordable housing. 

6-24-16: bike day 6 - 99.9 miles to Wallace, ID: some 6% hills to start and then on a flat trail for some 60 miles. Rained for most of the trail with temps at 45F the whole way. I had to double back a little looking for the last turn so I ended up 0.4 miles over the distance. I only got cold the last mile while trying to find our way, and then shivered for about 15 minutes in the shower trying to get warm. One week down! Build day tomorrow.

6-23-16: build day 1- Spokane, WA: I took the day off to get insurance papers filled out and filed. Made it to one of the sites for lunch and to take Ryan to the airport for his trip back to Americus. Ryan has done a great job with FBCA, starting the first ride in 2008 with a small group of whole way riders, to this year heading up 4 separate rides with close to 80 riders and support people - what a fabulous accomplishment! A big ‘oyee' to Ryan Iafigliola!!!!!

    Enjoyed a chocolate malt at a little diner today, that looked like it was from the 50's. They spoiled the malt a little with a squirt of whipped cream on top (I always seem to forget to ask for NO whipped cream), BUT, it gets a 9.5! Makes a guy consider moving here!

    Tomorrow is another long day, 99.5 miles. I hope I don't make a wrong turn and have to do a century. Although, if someone wants to make a generous donation to my ride, I will sacrifice and do the additional 1/2 mile.

6-22-16: bike day 5 - 74.5 miles to Spokane, WA: leaving after an early breakfast, I was pleased to be able to still ride my age in miles! Had a nice day mostly riding with my buddy Dan Sheridan, which made the day seem shorter. Also getting to know another group of great people that I’m riding with.

6-21-16: bike day 4 - to Wilbur, WA: a day off from the scheduled ride. My support car was damaged Sunday, nobody hurt, but the transmission needed to be replaced. It was towed into the nearest dealer, the transmission replaced, and then it needed to be picked up two churches back, so I had enjoyed the day in a rental car with Erica going back to get my car while the team rode on. We missed biking a 95 mile day, and did not get back to the Wilbur church until 11:30pm.

6-20-16: bike day 3 - to Sunnyslope, WA: finally, Stevens Pass, 70 miles, and good weather. Never saw the 11% grade, which is ok with me. I did have to stop a few times, mostly to talk to insurance people about the car (more later). The first stop I made was to shed some clothes; getting my leg over the cross bar, my heel caught and I fell over backwards on my butt. Smacked the back of my head good, but thankfully nothing to damage in that area! Small headache for a couple of minutes, with no serious issue. But, the helmet was compromised with that hard hit, so I will be replacing it ASAP (right A.J.?). The ride down was the most beautiful ride I have ever taken on a bike (sorry, Colorado).
6-19-16: bike day 2 - to Skykomish, WA: 52 miles, with a number of climbs that registered 12% and 14% grade. I biked them all except the last one when I ‘ran out of gas’ and walked some close to the top. Beautiful ride, great weather! Tomorrow we have Stevens Pass, which is about 15 miles to the top with mostly 6% grades, but 11% near the top. I have been waiting 5 years for this pass. Hope the ride will be worth it! 😀

6-18-16: bike day 1 of 45 - to Bothell, WA: swept and finished 44 miles! Had a flat tire, but it waited until I got to the church to go flat. I got help to use the new tire iron to put the tire back on; works great and helps prevent a pinch.

6-13-16: and so the 2016 FCBA begins today for to Washington I drive, part of the "blue ride" this summer

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