Finally, there is a tiny bit of time to post. Since my husband and I live on a Boy Scout Camp and my husband works there, summers are very busy for him. This year, after 25 years of marriage, I decided to work here also. I’m cooking for 200+ people. Mornings begin at 7 and I finish at 9 pm each day. My feet hurt terribly, but I get to cycle to work every day. It’s .25 miles each way. I work Sundays from 1 until Saturdays at 10. So I only have about 30 hours off each week. Fortunately for us, we have a house on the property, so we aren’t sleeping in the tents in this heat.
Last week, we had such voilent storms that trees fell in camp. We have been very fortunate not to have such horrible damage as to have to close camp, or to have fatalities. Our son’s camp (yes, he does the same thing for a living) is closed because so many trees have fallen as to make it impossible to get into the camp and to his home. And they are still out of power, 7 days after the storm that crippled them. They hope to salvage their summer camp season by re-opening Sunday. The deciding factor will be whether they are able to restore power.
Volunteer crews are on the property daily, cutting fallen trees, and patching up buildings. Sorry for so much “non-cycling” news, but it explains my cycling absence.
Currently, my touring bike is at Cycles Ed’s shop. The problems with involuntary shifting remained, even after the latest round of expensive work done at REI, so I decided to take the bike to someone who knows bikes intimately because he builds them. Not only does ED build ’em, he travels a great deal, providing mechanical support on registered rides throughout Virginia. He’s a friend. Why was I not taking my bike to him to begin with?
My original recumbent is laid up, waiting for me to order parts and repair it. I ride the new recumbent daily and doing so, on the rock roads and grassy hills of camp has given me a great deal of confidence on this bike. And I have finally worked out the kinks with the tandem. John and I took it for a spin a week ago, but the saddles were not the right height, the drum brake needed adjustment and the gears weren’t shifting properly. Yesterday, I got out on the tandem alone, and was able to “feel” the problems and deal with them. It’s difficult to do that while trying to orient oneself to the feel of another person’s weight and balance attempts on the first attempts at cycling tandem.
Now, we may be ready to work on our tandem cycling a little more. If only it weren’t so darn hot and our work so demanding. Because of the challenges we are facing in getting time on the bike, we will be making the C&O tour on individual bikes, and save a tandem trip for another time.
Yesterday, I was dismissed from work with the promise of 4 days off. I promptly went into another area of camp and volunteered. Where? Mountain Biking, of course. Trails for Kids provides mountain bikes and we provide the trails and the instructor. I learned a couple of new skills yesterday and went on a 45 minute ride (shouldn’t have been, but we had one very intimidated rider) in hot humid weather. Loved it and will volunteer again today. I don’t do any fast or daring maneuvers, but enjoy being with the kids and in the woods.
All’s well and I hope you are having a cooler summer than I.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.