Day 29: Hate that Wind from the West (July 31, 2022)

Let’s just say that going up a long hill with the wind in your face isn’t enjoyable. However, one of the places I stopped to recover had these interesting folks:

Horse, cow, and dog

I was especially interested in the cow, but the dog didn’t seem appreciative of my visit:

Cow and dog

The horse, however, didn’t seem to care much:


Regardless, I survivied today’s ride…highest heart rate 166.

Day 28: Thought for Today (July 30, 2022)

I did get back outside today…and it was a great day to ride for day 28 of 30 Days of Cycling!

No pictures, but you an see how beautiful it was by watching my thought for today:

If you are wondering where this is in Strasburg, Colorado…here is a photo of what I had my camera attached to to recorded it (snapshot taken a previous day): Read More

Day 27: Windy Again (July 29, 2022)

Day 27 of 30 Days of Cycling was on the exercycle in the basement again. Not only was it windy (albeit not horribly so), the was on and off…which just adds discomfort to the ride.

But today (I am posting this a day behind and post dating on WordPress), I am shortly going to climb on thy bicycle regardless of conditions. At least, that’s my plan. 🙂


Day 24: Farm Equipment (July 26, 2022)

I headed north this morning. Can you figure out where in Strasburg, Colorado I turned around at for day 24 of 30 Days of Cycling?:

Farm equipment

Okay, the side of the building gives it away. 🙂

Of the three pieces of equipment, this was my favorite:

Large farm machine

To give you a feeling of its size, I’m 6’4” or 6’3”, without a bicycle helmet:

Alan next to a tire

Tomorrow’s ride will probably be inside, given Wednesday morning life obligations…

There Is Hope

Day 21: Creation Is a Blessing

I figured I’d still take it a bit easier after Thursday’s “fun” ride, so I headed north on Strasburg Road. Trip out: no problem. Trip back: well…harder than I expected. On the surface (based on Thursday and today), it seems that my body does not start back up well after I stop for a drink. Hmmm…

Regardless, here are some pictures from my turn-around point today. First is a look northeast:

Farm trees

Here is a panorama that from due west to due east (you can click on it for a larger version):

West to east panorama

Here are some flowers that I noticed on the side of the road just before I climbed back on the bicycle to head home (and why I said creation is a blessing):


And, finally, if you are interested, the Apple Fitness stats from today’s ride, which show a maximum heart rate of 162: Read More

Kudos to Minecraft

Day 19: Pushed It a Bit Too Hard (July 21, 2022)

Day 19 of 30 Days of Cycling as toward Byers again.

This is me, just before I left first thing this morning:

Alan on his bicycle

And this is looking back at the halfway point:


Sadly, the perspective of the photo above does not do justice to the hill that I had to go back up in order to return home. Let’s just say that I got most of the way up it, but had some symptoms that meant it best to stop. Probably nothin’ other than not being in shape enough for the hill (and the eastward wind adding a decent amount to the effort), but I’m going to get checked out to make sure that is all it was.

And, unless they tell me otherwise, I’ll be back on my bicycle for day 20 tomorrow!

P.S. As much as it hurt my male ego, I rested a bit, walked up the remainder of the hill (with still a really high heart rate), and then rode the rest of the way home.

BTW, one of the symtopms was my heart rate hit 166, something I’ve never seen before. I am 58 and considering I am out of shape, that’s probably not the greatest thing based on this from the American Heart Association:

Maximum heart rate is generally calculated as 220 minus your age. That would make mine 162, so 166 isn’t horribly above that. But, at that point in time, it felt somewhat horrible. 🙂

UPDATE: The EKG and blood test all came back good. The critical care doctor said I can do what I am doing, but should listen to my body.

Day 18: Nobody Showed (July 20, 2022)

Nobody showed for my morning trig session, so I clocked out and went ahead and used the Exercycle for Day 18 of 30 Days of Cycling, while watching Zoom to see if any came late.

Nothing to report, although it was good to have my iFit subscription active again, so I could ride in Hawaii. 🙂

BTW, iFit folks (if you happen to read this), on your site you were going to force me to pay for a year for the individual plan (no discount), but I could go monthly by subscribing through your iOS app. So, now Apple is getting a cut instead of you getting it all.

(This was posted the following day, but backdated in WordPress to reflect the date it is about.)

Day 17: Moo! (July 19, 2022)

Good moooooooooo-orning. 🙂

These gentle folks were at the halfway mark of the bicycle ride I just returned from. They were all laying down, and I tried to keep my distance, so as not to disturb them. However, as you can see, all but a couple wanted to know what the weird lookin’ guy was doing.


When You Think It Makes You Look Good, but…

Day 15: GoPro Frames and Halfway There! (July 17, 2022)

Day 15 of 30 Days of Cycling! Halfway there!

Other activities delayed my ride, but it still was over 90° when I set out tonight.

I did a Facebook Live stream of today’s ride. I am still debating whether I’ll upload the high quality copy my GoPro HERO 10 took to YouTube, but here are some video frames from my ride:

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I don’t know what the model is…and I don’t think it is made anymore…but the Subaru in the last photo is one of my favorite cars “of old.”

The Nine Most Terrifying Words

I miss Reagan…

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.

Reagan says it best himself:

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I am a “live and let live” kind of guy, but at some point certain things are truly Orwellian and, if you haven’t read 1984, it does not turn out well.

One doesn’t have to be a feminist to realize that feminism will be meaningless if biological males can claim the mantle of being a “woman” in any and every context.

Important caveat: I am not saying that it is okay to be bigoted toward trans, non-binary, gay, etc. folks. It is not.

But, it is also not bigoted to recognize differences remain, that there are competing priorities (e.g. like fairness in women’s sports or safety for biological females), or that the Bible doesn’t support certain behaviors.

This Is Concerning