I am funnier when I'm cranky

Trip Start Jun 15, 2012
Trip End Jun 27, 2012

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Katy roundhouse campground

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Monday, June 18, 2012

I don't have much to complain about today so this will probably be brief, and not very entertaining :).

We have had two really great days of sunshine and pedaling. Toby is keeping a stash of sunflower seeds in his handlebar basket and he is getting pretty good at doing drive-by spits at me and Tavish. Guy has offerred $20 to whoever can ride with no hands for 1 hundred yards. Boys are working on it...I am still trying to learn how to look behind me while pedaling (don't laugh! It's hard!). Last night we stayed at a bed and breakfast that was really just an empty, air conditioned house with brownies and ice cream stashed in it. Plus then Delores, the owner, cooked us breakfast. Sweet!

Yesterday we did 25 miles and today 14. Quite an improvement over the 37 we did the first day. We might be on to something with this whole 'start off suffering' plan...now when we get ready in the morning and say "Hey boys! We are only going 20 miles today and it's NOT raining'! Everyone cheers and the agony of pedaling 20 miles in blistering heat is easy to ignore. Kind of like me...for the last 9 years I have been able to wake up in the shittiest conditions and as long as I remind myself " at least I'm not pregnant and on bedrest!" anything is possible.

My biggest complaint (and you knew there would be one) is that I have to type this blog on my phone and it simply won't allow me to edit properly. I don't get picky about much (not about matching socks, or cleaning bathrooms etc) but I do get bugged about sloppy writing. I woke up in the middle of night panicking because I am pretty sure I wrote 'chaffing' instead of 'chafing' in blog s entry 2. I think chaff is what you separate from wheat and chafe occurs when you rub fat together, so it's a pretty big error for an English teacher to make. But when I thought about it some more, I recognized that my discomfort springs less from spelling than with the location of the chafing. I am, in general, way more comfortable with wheat and other farm plants (like coffee) than I am with discussion of body parts and that is why I spelled 'chafing' wrong and also why my boys are heading off to fourth grade health class equipped only with the terms 'you know...where pee comes out' and 'you know, the fart hole.'
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Jeanne on

Well, this post may have been briefer... but certainly still amusing. :-) That culvert you are standing in (last photo) may have been to to help handle the Midwestern DELUGES that crop up! (Also provided protection from falling trees and wind debris during those strong winds! It probably wouldn't work..but I'd head there if I saw a tornado headed my way. ;-)
I'm EXTREMELY impressed with how much ground you are all covering. The boys must be quite the little troopers. I DO have one question. Maybe you can address it in your next post: Are you now heading BACK to St. Louis for your flight home next week? It appears that way from the map on your travel blog. You have your Dad's Uncle Charles in Columbia...and his cousin Mag in St. James. I called her today and told her you were biking through Mo. She's very interested and would love hearing from you. St James is S of Rolla Mo..and it's about an hour (driving! NOT biking) S of Jefferson City MO.
From the photos...you all seem to be THRIVING on this trip. Boys will remember it for a life time. Such a great opportunity for all of you. Truly a bonding experience in the very best of ways. Very proud of you! Keep up your blogs. They are such fun to read --- and bring back MANY memorie of MO to me. :-)

TossMan8 on

Boy does that look like fun. A ride through the countryside on a bike with your family. The only thing I could imagine would be sweeter is if both the boys were to simultaneously ride a hundred yards with no hands, leaving Guy no option but to award them each $20. That's something I think I'd work with my brother on, the stronger one laying back at just less than 100 yards until they could coordinate their efforts just to 'put it to the man.'

Quite some conditions there too. But with everyone stronger next year after the off-season training regimen Guy told me you'll all be on, Paris-Roubaix should be no problem whatsoever.

Best of luck and have (even more) fun.

Here's something else to think about while the little wheels are going around: A bat and a ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

MLP on


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