Well, the weather gave us a little bit of a break last week and allowed us to ride mountain bikes three times. Last Tuesday's IEW ride was awesome. We rode out to the East Moscow Mountain lookout and it was clear enough to see the Seven Devils Mountains... over 150 miles away! It was crazy how far you could see from up there. Lorena and I had to head back a little earlier than the other guys but we still got a good ride in. The rest of the guys rode a portion of a trail that was on fire from the slash pile burning currently underway on the mountain. It's pretty much out now but they had some crazy pictures. They also had an encounter with a big bull moose. Somehow it sounds a little better that we didn't risk any more life-and-limb than necessary by heading in early.
I headed out for a night ride last Thursday night to try out my Princeton Tec Switchback1 light system that I hadn't ridden with yet. It was a little shy of 40 degrees when I left at 6:30 and I thought I was adequately dressed... but it turns out that I should have worn a stocking cap under the helmet instead of a simple cycling cap. My forehead got really cold and it felt as though my reaction time was a little slowed down. Combine that with a sore neck muscle making it a little painful to look up and it made for a short ride that night. The light is great though. It's amazing how much light can come out of a small package.
We had great rides over the weekend with a super-fast road ride on Saturday. It's difficult to have average speeds over 19mph with the hills and wind out here but Lorena and I threw down a really solid ride. The last 7 miles were into a headwind but we were never below 21mph. I will admit that those miles were relatively flat but when you're feeling good, you're feeling good.
New cross tires are on the way to replace the ones that gave out on us last week. We're getting some Schwalbe CX Pro Lites. It's a similar tread pattern to the Tufo but without some of the hassles of the Tufos like sealant and valve extenders. We'll see how they turn out. I'm also in need of a new middle chainring on my mountain bike. Well, that and a chain. My Wipperman chain has finally bit the dust but the chainring it's running on barely has any teeth to grab it with. They're on order too along with lots of other parts we've been putting off replacing.
We're having a Halloween party this weekend since the actual holiday falls in the middle of the week. It's nice to actually have the space to do things like that. There's a cross race on Sunday so we'll have to see how we feel after a night of chilled adult beverages....
That's all for now. All sorts of school stuff due this week that's filling in the gaps in between rides. I'm actually taking a break from writing a paper to write this. That, and listening to the Mingus Big Band.
Before signing off, I must recommend everyone listen to the song "Choctaw Bingo" by James McMurtry. I heard this on a radio station out of Sandpoint, ID one day and was hooked.