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Roadkill… and Away!

June 25, 2011

Today’s Ride: 32km—Mineral Springs, up Weirs Lane and back via Valley Rd.

Weather: Cloudy, cool

I could smell the skunk before I saw it. Barreling down the winding Sulphur Springs Rd., lungs still struggling to take in as much air as they could after the climb up the Old Ancaster Rd., the stench was all-consuming. The descent was quick enough that I was soon past the smell and the limp, black lump in the opposite lane. Sad. And it’s been a common feature of recent rides. Lots of raccoons, skunks, squirrels, rabbits, and even a goose run down by cars and rotting on or by the side of the road. I can’t help thinking of these unfortunate creatures as warnings of my own vulnerability on the road on a bike, but also that we are poor ecological community neighbors.

None of this, I hope is premonition for anything, but this morning’s ride was a light leg-loosener before I board a plane for Finland this afternoon. A week in Turku at a conference—and a room at an athletic centre, which comes with breakfast and bicycle included (some 5km from the conference site—pray for good weather). I’ve been feeling sluggish this week. Maybe the higher humidity, but my legs have felt slow and heavy and turning the crank has been unusually difficult. Things pick up, but starting out is hard going. I didn’t handle any of the climbs especially well, and saw (too late) a nasty patch of gravel right in the middle of the road while descending Crooks Hollow Rd.—already leaning at a precipitous angle: this could have stunk more than the skunk, but I managed to slow and straighten before the loose stone kicked the tire out from under me.

So, Finland-bound without road rash. I’ve uploaded WordPress to my iPod, and will experiment posting to the blog from there, but if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be back as the Tour de France gets underway. I’m fairly sure that Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck will have two podium spots reserved for them, but I expect big things from Jurgen Van Den Broeck and Bradley Wiggins. Maybe the elder Schleck will round out the top five, although it’s hard to discount Robert Gesink and/or Cadel Evans. And I’m also hoping that Ryder Hesjedal can repeat his strong performance from last year…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. xyxax permalink
    June 27, 2011 2:27 am

    I’m not sure, but there may be enough light to get a midnight ride in…

    • June 27, 2011 6:31 pm

      I’ll let you know. I crashed at 21:00 last night (in midday-like daylight), and it was very similar this morning just before 7:00, when I woke up.

      Sent from my iPod

    • June 27, 2011 6:34 pm

      And by “crashed,” I meant “fell asleep.”

      Sent from my iPod

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